Tavecchio: ‘Good feeling about Italy’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assures “we have good feelings” about Italy’s play-off with Sweden.
Happy birthday, Del Piero
Today is the 43rd birthday of Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006.
Ranieri: ‘Sweden have nothing to lose’
Claudio Ranieri doesn’t expect an easy play-off for Italy, because “Sweden are super-organised and have nothing to lose”.
Chiellini: ’50-50 with Sweden’
Giorgio Chiellini warns the odds of Italy getting past Sweden are “50-50”, and laments the loss of “real defenders”.
Ibrahimovic gives Sweden-Italy verdict
Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels his absence “lowered the level” of the Sweden squad, but Italy must make better use of Marco Verratti.
Bonucci: 'Missing World Cup not an option'
Leonardo Bonucci warned Italy that “missing out on the World Cup is not an option” ahead of their crunch play-off with Sweden.
Criscito 'would love Napoli, but...'
Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito “would be very happy to come to Napoli, but it’s unlikely,” said his agent.
Camoranesi: 'Di Natale better than Pirlo'
Mauro Camoranesi trusts Italy will beat Sweden in the World Cup play-off, but insists Antonio Di Natale was more “technically-gifted” than Andrea Pirlo.
Injury concern for Spinazzola
Leonardo Spinazzola pulled up during Italy’s training session today and is in doubt for the World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Brazil planned Jorginho call
Brazil “intended to call Jorginho in March,” reveals his agent, but the Napoli midfielder is committed to Italy, especially for the future.
U21: Replacements called up
Italy’s Under-21 side has called up replacements for injured Davide Calabria and Kevin Bonifazi for Tuesday’s friendly against Russia.
Sweden 'trash-talk' Italy stars
Sweden’s Serie A based players Emil Krafth and Marcus Rohden will “trash-talk” Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne in the World Cup playoff.
Pirlo: 'Thank you all'
Andrea Pirlo sent a thank you message to football fans after hanging up his boots. “I would never have imagined” such a response.
Eder or Zaza start Sweden-Italy?
Italy tested the 3-5-2 formation again, as Eder and Simone Zaza battle to partner Ciro Immobile against Sweden, dropping Lorenzo Insigne.
De Rossi: ‘Pirlo was exceptional’
Daniele De Rossi praises Andrea Pirlo’s “exceptional career”, as well as calling him “a true friend”.
Immobile: ‘Ventura needs time’
Ciro Immobile comes to the defence of Italy CT Giampiero Ventura - “I know him well, he just needs time”.
‘Donnarumma can replace Buffon’
Iker Casillas sees Gianluigi Donnarumma as the heir to Gigi Buffon, but hopes the Juventus veteran keeps playing.
De Rossi: ‘Glad there’s no Ibra’
Italy's Daniele De Rossi admits he’s glad Sweden don’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic anymore - “at 40 with a broken leg I’d never want Ibra against me”.
De Rossi demands ‘cold blood’
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi claims “cold blood will be needed” against Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.
Happy birthday, Sandro Mazzola
Today is the 75th birthday of Inter legend Sandro Mazzola, a European Championship winner with Italy.
Mancini ‘ready’ for Italy job
Roberto Mancini says “I’d be ready” if the Italy job became available and is backing Inter for the Scudetto.
Buffon: Faith in Ventura, 2004…
Gianluigi Buffon assures the Italy squad “have total confidence” in Giampiero Ventura but admits Euro 2004 with Sweden was “a huge disappointment”.
Domenech: No Italy, no tragedy
Raymond Domenech says it would not be a ‘tragedy’ if Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup but admits Marco Materazzi was his best opponent.
Emerson ‘only wants Italy’
Roma defender Emerson Palmieri insists he is “only thinking” about playing for Italy. “A man must only have his word…”
‘Giovinco doesn’t know what to do’
Sebastian Giovinco’s agent says his client ‘doesn’t know what to do’ to earn an Italy recall.
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