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Chelsea Officially Announce Conte Hiring

I wrote a month ago that Antonio Conte would be the next Chelsea manager and today the Blues confirmed that the Italian would take over as manager after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign. Conte has been Italy manager since 2014, following Cesare Prandelli’s resignation after Italy crashed out the World Cup in Brazil alongside England in [...]

Chelsea Head To Italy For Their New Manager

In a bit of a surprise Chelsea have agreed a ‘deal in principle’ for Italy boss Antonio Conte to become their new manager according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. Conte’s contract with Italy expires at the end of Euro 2016 and the 46-year-old wants to return to club management. The decision to settle [...]

Antonio Conte Named New Italy Manager

The stars aligned perfectly for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as they were able to name former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Italian national team. Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli who resigned at the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil after seeing his Azzurri side fail to progress [...]

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 [...]

Prandelli: Step Up Or We’re Out

Italy must step up the pace against Uruguay or face a second consecutive FIFA World Cup™ exit at the group phase, coach Cesare Prandelli warned on Friday after his side’s shock defeat. Costa Rica’s 1-0 win over the Italians left them needing at least a point against Uruguay in their final Group D game to [...]

Italy Stunned By Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s amazing run here at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ continued in Recife, the Central American upstarts adding Italy’s scalp to their Group D belt after opening with a win over Uruguay. Los Ticos are now through to the knockout phase for only the second time in their history, thanks to a Bryan [...]

Prandelli: I’m torn over Italy future

Cesare Prandelli has not yet decided if he wants to remain in charge of Italy beyond the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has already expressed hope that the 56-year-old will continue. “I’m torn,” Prandelli told Turin-based sports newspaper Tuttosport. “I miss the daily work on the pitch that you get [...]

Prandelli: Stakes high for Italy

The pressure is on Italy to perform in their World Cup  qualifier away to Armenia, coach Cesare Prandelli suggested Thursday on the eve of the Group B tie in Yerevan. “I am waiting to see an Italy side alive to the fact that the stakes are high,” said Prandelli. “We have to play at a high rhythm against Armenia [...]