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Italy’s interim coach Luigi Di Biagio says the door is still open for maverick striker Mario Balotelli. Despite scoring regularly for Ligue 1 side Nice, Balotelli was once again overlooked for this month’s friendlies. The 27-year-old has scored 22 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for the French side this season. ‘Numbers and goals [...]

Gianluigi Buffon revealed he linked up with the Italy national squad for upcoming friendlies against Argentina and England to pay tribute to his late international team-mate Davide Astori. With Juventus still in the fight for the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia, the 40-year-old was expected to sit the two fixtures out to rest [...]

Wantaway AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has faced the backlash of angry supporters during Italy Under 21s’ recent clash with Denmark Under 21s at the European Championships. News spread this week that the 18-year-old stopper would not be signing a new contract at San Siro and would instead be seeking pastures new. Teenager Donnarumma was [...]

A 48 Team World Cup?

Expanding the World Cup to include 40 teams was not radical enough for FIFA President Gianni Infantino who has announced that he now leaning toward an even bigger expansion to 48. “I like 48 because it gives a particular flavor, but I’m still really torn,” Infantino said Wednesday after meetings outside Paris. Why even bother [...]

Italy have ended their search for Antonio Conte’s replacement by appointing Giampiero Ventura as their new head coach. The 68-year-old tactician will take the Azzurri reins on a two-year basis and his primary objective will be to obtain qualification for the Russia World Cup in 2018. The Italian Football Association (FIGC) confirmed Ventura’s appointment on [...]

Conte Acquitted In Match-Fixing Trial

Good news for Chelsea and the Italian national team as Antonio Conte has bene found not guilty in the Calcioscommesse match-fixing trial has found Italy coach, absolving him of any blame or involvement. Charges related to the alleged fixing of a game between his Siena side and AlbinoLeffe in 2011, which it was claimed he [...]

Marchisio Injury Big Blow For Italy

Antonio Conte will be forced to get creative this summer as he will head to the Euro’s without the services of one of Italy’s key players. Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio was stretchered off the pitch in the Bianconeri’s 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday and it has been confirmed that the Italian has torn the [...]

Prandelli Resigns

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli resigned after his team lost to Uruguay on Tuesday and failed to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup. Giancarlo Abete, the country’s football federation president, said he hoped the manager would stay on before offering his own resignation. Italy won their first game in Brazil against England, but [...]

Italy Out Of World Cup

Diego Godin’s late goal gave Uruguay a 1-0 win over 10-man Italy, a result that saw them advance to the knockout stages, but the match was overshadowed by an incident in which Luis Suarez took a bite out of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Suarez, who served lengthy bans for biting opponents while playing for both [...]

De Rossi To Miss Uruguay

Italy’s Daniele De Rossi has a leg injury and is highly unlikely to play in the World Cup Group D showdown against Uruguay on Tuesday, the Azzurri’s team doctor said on Saturday. The 30-year-old midfielder played the full 90 minutes in both of Italy’s games in the tournament, a 2-1 victory over England and a [...]