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Portugal 1 - 0 Italy: Roberto Mancini: Italy were not outplayed by Portugal

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by PA42 hits

Italy coach Roberto Mancini insisted his side were not inferior to Portugal, despite slipping to a 1-0 Nations League defeat in Lisbon.The European champions, without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, got their campaign under way with a slender victory in their Group A3 clash at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz.Portugal did not have to get out of second gear to take the points against a much-changed sid...Full Story »

Cristiano Ronaldo misses out but Portugal open with win over Italy

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by PA13 hits

Portugal, without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, got their Nations League campaign under way with a 1-0 victory against Italy in their Group A3 clash at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz.Portugal did not have to get out of second gear to take the points against a much-changed side fielded by Roberto Mancini.After a dominant first-half display, the hosts finally made the breakthrough at the start of th...Full Story »

Portugal coach Santos wary of Italy threat in Nations League clash

Posted Monday, September 10, 2018 by PA29 hits

Fernando Santos has warned Portugal to expect to face an Italy side itching to prove their international “value” in the Nations League.Portugal will kick-start their campaign in UEFA’s new competition by hosting Italy in Lisbon on Monday, with manager Santos preparing for a tough encounter.“Italy have enormous desire to show their value, having failed to qualify for the W...Full Story »

Mancini confident Italy can learn from their mistakes

Posted Saturday, September 08, 2018 by PA18 hits

Italy boss Roberto Mancini is confident his side can learn from their mistakes after labouring to a 1-1 draw against Poland in the Nations League opener in Bologna.Mancini is looking to rebuild after the Azzurri’s failure to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.However, it was a rather lacklustre display for much of the clash at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, where Napoli m...Full Story »

Italy 1 - 1 Poland: Late Jorginho penalty salvages Nations League draw for Italy against Poland

Posted Saturday, September 08, 2018 by PA41 hits

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho clipped home a late penalty to secure Italy a 1-1 draw against Poland in their Nations League opener in Bologna.The Azzurri went into a first competitive game under new boss Roberto Mancini looking to rebuild following failure to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.However, for long spells it was a laboured performance at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara...Full Story »

Italy vs Poland - No large gap between Italy and world’s best – Jorginho

Posted Friday, September 07, 2018 by PA53 hits

Italy midfielder Jorginho has revealed he steered clear of this summer’s World Cup but believes the Azzurri are not far away from the top international sides despite failing to qualify for the finals in Russia.Beaten by Sweden in a play-off, the four-time winners missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958.They will continue their revolution under Roberto Mancini with their o...Full Story »

Finance Ministry warns Cristiano Ronaldo: Even in Italy, an arrest warrant could be activated

Posted Saturday, July 14, 2018 by Marca.com130 hits

Real Madrid have allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to move to Juventus, yet the Ministry of Finance has made clear that even if the Portuguese international is in Italy, a warrant for his arrest could still be activated. Ronaldo has been involved in a long battle with the Spanish treasury over a tax issue, although it was understood in June that a settlement agreement had been reached. Jose Maria M...Full Story »

Italy 1 - 1 Netherlands: Nathan Ake’s late leveller helps Holland draw against 10-man Italy

Posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 by PA56 hits

Nathan Ake headed home his first international goal as Holland scrambled to force a draw with 10-man Italy in Turin.The hosts had looked on course to win this clash of two nations who had surprisingly failed to qualify for the World Cup when Simone Zaza marked his recall to the Azzurri squad with a goal off the bench.But, after Domenico Criscito was sent off, Holland were able to find a way thro...Full Story »

Italy vs Netherlands - Roberto Mancini hoping Italy can tighten up at the back

Posted Monday, June 04, 2018 by PA143 hits

New coach Roberto Mancini has promised Italy will get the defensive side of their game right ahead of Monday’s friendly against Holland.Italy lost 3-1 away to France in Nice on Friday night after beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 a few days earlier, Mancini’s first game in charge.“The game against France was very important for us and this too will help us learn for the future,” Ma...Full Story »

France 3 - 1 Italy: France ease past Italy with World Cup warm-up win

Posted Saturday, June 02, 2018 by PA97 hits

France’s preparations for the World Cup were boosted by a 3-1 win over Italy in the Allianz Riviera in Nice. Didier Deschamps’ side took the lead in the eighth minute against an Italy side, missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, when Samuel Umtiti fired home from close range. Kylian Mbappe’s header from a narrow angle was partially saved by Salvatore Sirigu allow...Full Story »

Balotelli could be named Italy captain despite 'ugly' fan banner, Mancini confirms

Posted Friday, June 01, 2018 by Goal.com92 hits

Mario Balotelli could be named Italy captain but the striker is a doubt to face France, said head coach Roberto Mancini. Balotelli repaid Mancini's faith in recalling him to the international setup with a goal against Saudi Arabia in his first Azzurri appearance for four years. The Nice striker hit out at a banner – featuring the words 'my captain has Italian blood' – displayed d...Full Story »

France vs Italy - Deschamps expects Zidane to be France coach one day

Posted Friday, June 01, 2018 by PA118 hits

France coach Didier Deschamps fully expects Zinedine Zidane to take charge of Les Bleus one day, but is not letting that prospect distract him from his World Cup mission.Zidane is now a free agent after stepping down as Real Madrid boss just days after leading the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League title.Deschamps, who along with Zidane helped France win the 1998 World Cup and...Full Story »

Mancini satisfied with Balotelli display in Italy victory over Saudi Arabia

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by PA45 hits

Italy head coach Roberto Mancini thought Mario Balotelli enjoyed a “good enough” return to life with the Azzurri as the striker scored in a 2-1 friendly victory over Saudi Arabia.Balotelli, now 27, had not featured for Italy since the World Cup in Brazil four years ago and was recalled by new boss Mancini, his former manager at Manchester City, following a season in which he scored 2...Full Story »

Italy 2 - 1 Saudi Arabia: Mario Balotelli scores on international return as Italy hold off Saudi Arabia

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by PA102 hits

Mario Balotelli returned to Italy duty with a bang following a four-year absence as his first-half goal set the tone for a 2-1 friendly victory over Saudi Arabia in St Gallen.The 27-year-old striker, who last featured for the Azzurri at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, was recalled by new Italy boss Roberto Mancini after scoring 26 goals for Nice this season.He dug out an emphatic opener to assert ...Full Story »

Italy vs Saudi Arabia - Mancini expects Italy to express themselves against Saudi Arabia

Posted Monday, May 28, 2018 by PA133 hits

Roberto Mancini will not come down hard on his young Italy players if they make mistakes against Saudi Arabia as he attempts to dispel some of the anxieties of the recent past.Monday’s opponents Saudi Arabia will, unlike Italy, compete at next month’s World Cup in Russia, with group matches against the hosts, Uruguay and Egypt to look forward to.Italy’s surprise failure to get ...Full Story »

Buffon in consideration for Italy call, says Mancini

Posted Friday, May 25, 2018 by fourfourtwo.com93 hits

Roberto Mancini is preparing for his first game at the Italy helm, but for now Gianluigi Buffon will only be an interested spectator. Gianluigi Buffon's Italy career is not over yet, according to coach Roberto Mancini. It was thought the veteran goalkeeper had played his last game on the international stage, but Mancini revealed on Thursday he had been in conversation with Buffon. And the 4...Full Story »

World Cup simulation gives Spain 16% chance of glory... and 1.6% for Italy!

Posted Monday, May 21, 2018 by Marca.com133 hits

Four years ago, UBS predicted Brazil as the winners of the 2014 World Cup and their latest simulations have the South Americans back behind Germany, with Spain the third most likely team to emerge victorious this time around. Taking into account their own 'Elo' rating, which ranks teams on their objective strength, the study ran 10,000 simulations that consider each side's results in recent y...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli recalled to Italy squad for first time since 2014 World Cup

Posted Sunday, May 20, 2018 by ESPN111 hits

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 Ventura. New national team head coach Mancini knows Bal...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli 'disappointed' at Italy snub, says he deserves another chance

Posted Saturday, March 31, 2018 by ESPN118 hits

Mario Balotelli has admitted he was disappointed not to be called into the latest Italy squad, but he says he is now mature enough to respond in the right way and try to earn a recall in the near future. The Nice striker was left out of Luigi Di Biagio's squad for the recent friendlies with Argentina and England, in spite of his excellent form in Ligue 1. Balotelli, 27, has scored 22 goals in ...Full Story »

Stunning law student using lucky bum to help Italy against England… but will still cheer on 'friend' Jesse Lingard

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Thesun.co.uk219 hits

ITALIAN beauty Laura Bragato is boasting a 'lucky backside' that helps teams win matches. And she believes England will get a bum deal against the Azzurri on Tuesday night. Laura Bragato's lucky backside is gaining her a shed load of followers on Instagram Bragato, who claims she's friends with Three Lions ace Jesse Lingard, has built up quite a following on Instagram. It is no wonder she ha...Full Story »

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