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

Posted Saturday, March 31, 2018 by ESPN79 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.uk149 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 »

England v Italy – story of the match

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by PA17 hits

England’s World Cup preparations continued in encouraging fashion as they drew 1-1 with Italy in their international friendly at Wembley.The late influence of the video assistant referee saw Italy snatch a draw in the final match before Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate names his squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Four days after securing a deserved win in Holland, England f...Full Story »

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli pleased with progress shown in Italy win

Posted Saturday, March 24, 2018 by PA31 hits

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli felt his side showed some promising signs as they beat Italy 2-0 without Lionel Messi in a friendly in Manchester.Five-times world player of the year Messi sat out the pre-World Cup outing at the Etihad Stadium as a precaution because of a muscle problem.He watched from the stands, alongside injured Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, as Argentina upped the temp...Full Story »

Sergio Aguero to miss clash with Italy, confirms Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli

Posted Friday, March 23, 2018 by ESPN64 hits

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero will miss the match against Italy but could return to face Spain Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has confirmed Sergio Aguero will not be fit enough to face Italy at the Etihad on Friday. Aguero injured his knee in training with Manchester City earlier this month and subsequently missed the 2-0 win away at Stoke. However, after undergoing intensive treatment in Ab...Full Story »

Italy’s continued exclusion of Mario Balotelli is scandalous

Posted Friday, March 23, 2018 by Goal.com143 hits

The in-form Nice striker is perhaps better than ever, and the time has come for his return to national team set-upWhen Mario Balotelli departed Liverpool for Nice, his reputation was so low that the Reds literally gave him away. He had become a comic book character of fun, someone to be laughed at, even mocked. But 'Super Mario' is back — perhaps better than ever. His road to redempt...Full Story »

Two familiar faces are back in Italy’s squad to play England

Posted Sunday, March 18, 2018 by Dreamteamfc.com67 hits

Gianluigi Buffon will still be playing for Italy when we’re all long gone. Italy’s latest squad for the upcoming friendlies against England and Argentina makes for interesting reading. Four months after announcing his international retirement Buffon is back. Buffon has been named as one of Italy’s three goalkeepers along with AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Genoa...Full Story »

England open Six Nations hat-trick bid with routine win over Italy

Posted Monday, February 05, 2018 by PA42 hits

England’s quest for an unprecedented hat-trick of Six Nations titles was launched by a 46-15 victory over Italy that produced a late flurry of tries.The champions exploded out of the blocks by crossing twice through Anthony Watson inside the opening 10 minutes, but the overwhelming win their early onslaught appeared to signpost only materialised in the closing stages.In the end Italy&rsquo...Full Story »

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to be offered Italy job if Blues decide to sack - EXCLUSIVE

Posted Friday, February 02, 2018 by Dailystar.co.uk106 hits

Conte is on the brink at Chelsea after Wednesday’s 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth having also upset owner Roman Abramovich and the board with constant public attacks over transfers. It is understood that senior players are also fed up with him and have complained privately that training is too demanding under the Italian. A source close to Abramovich said last night: “I don’t...Full Story »

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

Posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com48 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.com73 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 ESPN98 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 ESPN111 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 PA113 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 PA100 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 ESPN62 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 PA67 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 PA60 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 PA65 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 PA53 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 »

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