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I could never say no to a call - Buffon open to Italy return

Posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com38 hits

Gianluigi Buffon hinted that he would remain available to play for Italy, stating he could never reject a call from his country. The veteran Juventus goalkeeper said after Italy's World Cup play-off final defeat to Sweden that his time with the international team was over after a 175-cap career. Buffon was left in tears on the San Siro pitch after a 1-0 aggregate defeat meant the Azzurri wou...Full Story »

Ventura sacked from Italy post after World Cup qualifying failure

Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Goal.com58 hits

Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked as Italy manager after overseeing a catastrophic World Cup qualifying failure. For the first time since 1958 Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup, with a 0-0 draw against Sweden on Monday at San Siro clinching a 1-0 aggregate victory for the Swedes in their qualifying play-off. And the debacle has cost Ventura his job, as the FIGC confirmed in a s...Full Story »

Gianluigi Buffon remains positive after Italy's failure to reach World Cup

Posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by ESPN86 hits

Gianluigi Buffon will not be able to finish his career at the 2018 World Cup. Italy's legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon struggled to fight back tears but remained positive about the future as he tried to come to terms with Italy's failure to qualify for a World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Italy's 0-0 draw against Sweden at Milan's San Siro ensured there would be no Squadra Azzurra ...Full Story »

Ventura's missteps, shallow player pool responsible for Italy's World Cup woe

Posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by ESPN101 hits

MILAN, Italy -- Perhaps this had been coming for Italy. Successive group-stage exits at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and a head coach in charge whose greatest achievement in a 41-year career was promotion from Serie C in 1996 -- the warning signs were certainly there. But for a World Cup to take place without Italy, the four-time world champions and two-time runners-up, still feels like a jol...Full Story »

Italy 0 - 0 Sweden: Swede dreams become reality - but Italy fail to qualify for World Cup

Posted Monday, November 13, 2017 by PA101 hits

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after being shut out by Sweden at a sold-out San Siro. Trailing 1-0 on aggregate to a Jakob Johansson goal scored in Friday's first leg in Stockholm, Giampiero Ventura's Azzurri were cheered on by almost 72,000 Italian fans in Milan. But despite laying siege to the Scandinavian defence over 90 feverish minutes, Ital...Full Story »

Italy vs Sweden - Gian Piero Ventura calls on his Italy side to show heart in vital clash

Posted Monday, November 13, 2017 by PA87 hits

Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura has spoken about the need for "heart and determination" as his side prepare to host Sweden in Monday's World Cup qualifying play-off second leg. The Italians are in danger of missing out on the finals for the first time since 1958, having lost leg one 1-0 in Stockholm on Friday. Ventura, quoted by figc.it, said at a press conference ahead of the return meeting at ...Full Story »

Italy's Gian Piero Ventura faults referee after 'undeserved defeat' to Sweden

Posted Saturday, November 11, 2017 by ESPN56 hits

Gian Piero Ventura said Italy did not deserve their 1-0 defeat to Sweden in Friday's World Cup playoff first leg and placed blame on the referee for being too lenient. Sweden substitute Jakob Johansson scored his first international goal shortly after the hour mark with a shot from the edge of the area that deflected in off Daniele De Rossi and wrong-footed goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Italy...Full Story »

Sweden 1 - 0 Italy: Italy up against it after Jakob Johansson nets winner for Sweden

Posted Friday, November 10, 2017 by PA57 hits

Italy must beat Sweden at San Siro on Monday to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia after Jakob Johansson condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Stockholm. The four-time world champions risk missing out on the summer finals for the first time since 1958 and this play-off result piles further pressure on a side who struggled throughout the qualifying campaign. ...Full Story »

Sweden vs Italy - Daniele De Rossi: Italy are determined to reach World Cup

Posted Friday, November 10, 2017 by PA49 hits

No one in the Italy squad can imagine failing to qualify for the World Cup, not least Daniele De Rossi as he targets his fourth appearance at the summer finals. The 34-year-old Roma midfielder is one of only two players in the Azzurri selection who will travel to Stockholm to face Sweden on Friday having already earned over 100 caps. De Rossi will pass the recently-retired Andrea Pirlo in the ...Full Story »

Albania 0 - 1 Italy: Italy earn play-off seeding with win over Albania

Posted Monday, October 09, 2017 by PA49 hits

Antonio Candreva's second-half strike was enough for Italy to end their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory in Albania. Italy were already assured of a play-off spot for next summer's tournament in Russia despite their disappointing 1-1 draw against Macedonia on Friday night which saw them fall five points behind Group G winners Spain. But Candreva's strike at the Lo...Full Story »

Albania vs Italy - Italy face Albania with one eye already on WC qualifying play-offs

Posted Monday, October 09, 2017 by PA42 hits

Italy can begin their preparations for the World Cup play-offs when they head to Albania. Friday's disappointing 1-1 draw with Macedonia means the Italians cannot catch Group G leaders Spain. Nor can they be caught in second, however, and Belgium's win over Bosnia-Herzegovina means they are guaranteed a place in the play-offs. But Azzurri manager Gian Piero Ventura is under no illusions about...Full Story »

ANTONIO CONTE is weighing up quitting Premier League champions Chelsea at the end of the season and returning home to Italy.

Posted Sunday, October 08, 2017 by Express.co.uk166 hits

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is thinking about returning to Italy Conte who led the Blues to the Premier League crown in his first season in charge of Stamford Bridge is known to be missing his homeland. While their have been deep divisions with Blues top brass about what he feels was a lack of support in the transfer market last summer. The club missed out on a series of Conte’s transfer...Full Story »

Ventura fumes at fitness levels after Italy's woeful draw

Posted Saturday, October 07, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com34 hits

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura blamed his players' poor fitness levels for a disappointing 1-1 draw against Macedonia that failed to guarantee the Azzurri a World Cup play-off spot. Giorgio Chiellini's first-half goal was cancelled out by Aleksandar Trajkovski with 13 minutes remaining to ensure a miserable end to an insipid performance from Italy. They travel to Albania on Monday for their ...Full Story »

Italy 1 - 1 FYR Macedonia: Misfiring Italy limp into World Cup qualifying play-offs after Macedonia draw

Posted Friday, October 06, 2017 by PA50 hits

Giampiero Ventura's misfiring Italy limped into the uncertainty of the World Cup qualifying play-offs after being held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin. Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini hit the target his colleagues in the forward line have often struggled to find in Group G by nodding the Azzurri ahead in the 40th minute. But with time and ideas running out at the Stadio Olimpico, Mac...Full Story »

Italy vs Macedonia - Ventura: I'm more interested in desire

Posted Friday, October 06, 2017 by PA28 hits

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura brushed aside questions about his side's formation ahead of Friday's critical World Cup qualifier against Macedonia. Ventura has controversially favoured a 4-2-4 formation - something not used by any Serie A side - but its limitations were horribly exposed in the 3-0 loss to Spain during the last international break. With Italy's chances of avoiding the play-offs ...Full Story »

Italy 1 - 0 Israel: Ciro Immobile header enough for Italy to see off Israel

Posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017 by PA41 hits

Italy kept the pressure on Spain in the race for automatic World Cup qualification as Ciro Immobile scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Israel. Immobile's second-half header means Gian Piero Ventura's side stay three points behind Spain, who sit top of Group G after hammering Liechtenstein 8-0. Italy's final two games are at home to Macedonia and away to Albania while Spain face Albania a...Full Story »

Italy will qualify for World Cup, says Ventura

Posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com66 hits

Italy head coach Giampiero Ventura is confident the four-time world champions will be among the 32 teams to feature in Russia. Giampiero Ventura is "sure" Italy will qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia, despite the country's disappointing loss to Spain. It was a night to forget in Madrid on Saturday as Italy crashed to their first tournament qualifying defeat in 56 games, beaten 3-0 ...Full Story »

Italy vs Israel - Ventura hoping to get Italy's World Cup qualifying campaign back on track

Posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017 by PA52 hits

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura knows he can afford no further setbacks as the Azzurri look to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track against Israel on Tuesday. Ventura was widely criticised for his tactics in Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Spain in Madrid which left his side struggling to consolidate second place in Group G. But while some have called for Ventura to be axed, other...Full Story »

Ventura defends Italy tactics after Spain defeat

Posted Sunday, September 03, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com52 hits

Giampiero Ventura defended his tactics after Italy lost a tournament qualifying match for the first time in 56 games, going down 3-0 away to Spain. The Azzurri had been unbeaten in qualifiers since losing 3-1 to France in a European Championship qualifier in 2006, but Ventura's decision to play a 4-2-4 formation against Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu appeared to backfire. The home side were ...Full Story »

Iniesta praises Bernabeu atmosphere as Spain hammer Italy

Posted Sunday, September 03, 2017 by Marca.com79 hits

Spain took a major step towards qualification for next summer's World Cup on Saturday as Andres Iniesta paid tribute to the fans in and around the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu during La Roja's 3-0 hammering of Italy. The result takes Julen Lopetegui's team three points clear at the top of their qualification group and there is a growing sense of hope in the next generation of younger Spanish pla...Full Story »

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