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

Posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 by PA36 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 PA97 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 PA65 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.com72 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 PA88 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 PA29 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 PA71 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 PA98 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.com78 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.com112 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 ESPN84 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 ESPN102 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.uk184 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 PA30 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 PA48 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 ESPN81 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.com170 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.com87 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 PA49 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.uk118 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 »

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