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Stars hope to avoid Montolivo World Cup woe

Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo saw his dreams of World Cup glory ended cruelly in a nondescript friendly against Ireland and he may not be the last big star to suffer a similar fate.

PSG trio shortlisted for Ligue 1 player of year

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in the running to win France`s player of the year prize for the second year running after being one of three Paris Saint-Germain players shortlisted on Thursday.

Serie A salaries: De Rossi highest earner, Pogba on just €1m a year

The Italy midfielder earns more than any other player in the country, while the Juventus wonderkid is on a notably low wage

Pirlo out of Italy`s clash with Brazil

Italy will be without influential midfielder Andrea Pirlo for their final Confederations Cup Group A clash against Brazil on Saturday with a calf injury.

Pirlo to retire after World Cup

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo revealed that he would retire from the national outfit after the 2014 World Cup and could become a coach.