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We have been covering Italian national team since 2008. Through triumph and success to bitter disappointment. Some of the content we cover includes match previews and reports, player and manager interviews.

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Roberto Mancini believes 2019 was “a perfect year” for Italy and assures they will “play to win” Euro 2020 next summer. The 55-year-old guided the Azzurri to maximum points from their 10 European qualifiers – an achievement he is understandably proud of. However, he also stressed that they needed “to do more” if they were [...]

Mancini Happy With Italy Euro 2020 Draw

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Italy have been drawn Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in the Euro 2020 group stage. The Azzurri previously faced Turkey at Euro 2000, beating them 2-1 with goals from Antonio Conte and Simone Inzaghi. Italy have never before faced Switzerland or Wales at a Euros, although they have lost just nine of their 66 meetings with [...]

Roberto Mancini has extended his contract as Italy boss until 2022 after sealing qualification for Euro 2020. Mancini has honoured a clause in his deal to commit his future for another three years, having transformed Italy’s fortunes since taking charge in May 2018. Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup less than two years [...]

Andrea Pirlo has released a statement saying how unhappy he is that his TV contracts are preventing him from becoming Roberto Mancini’s assistant coach for Italy. Pirlo, who retired from football last November, was lined up to work alongside Mancini in the new Italy setup. However, the Italian FA (FIGC) vetoed his appointment because he [...]

Super Mario Back In Italy Squad

Mario Balotelli is back in the Italy squad after receiving a summer call-up from Roberto Mancini, his former boss at Manchester City. The 27-year-old Nice striker, who has scored 13 goals across his 33 appearances for the Azzurri, last featured for Italy at the 2014 World Cup, subsequently being overlooked by Antonio Conte and Giampiero [...]

Roberto Mancini Named New Italy Boss

Italy coach Roberto Mancini says he will talk to long-excluded striker Mario Balotelli about a possible return to the national team. Speaking at his presentation in Florence on Tuesday, Mancini said: ‘Mario is an Italian player. We’ll definitely talk. He’s one of those players we should take a new look at.’ Balotelli has not played [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]