AZZURRI

Giampiero Ventura says he is “excited” about Italy’s upcoming clash with Spain as “if we win, we’ll have done something great”.
Italy named their squad to face Spain and Israel in next week’s World Cup qualifiers, including Lorenzo Pellegrini and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Italy will name their squad to face Spain and Israel, which is expected to include Federico Di Francesco, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Manolo Gabbiadini.
Napoli midfielder Jorginho ignores rumours Pepe Reina could join Paris Saint-Germain - “we’re thinking about ourselves”.
Spain Coach Julen Lopetegui says Milan’s Suso “is talented and deserved this call-up” after including him for the Italy match.
Spain have given a debut call-up to Milan winger Suso for their upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Italy.
Italy international Marco Verratti has received a three-match ban for Paris Saint-Germain after insulting the referee.
Gigi Di Biagio called up seven new faces for the Italy Under-21 games against Spain and Slovenia, including Patrick Cutrone and Riccardo Orsolini.
Francesco Totti received the UEFA Presidents’ Award ahead of the Champions League draw in Monaco. “I achieved my dream.”
Today is the 46th birthday of Milan legend and former Italian international Demetrio Albertini.
Carlo Tavecchio is “happy” with VAR in Serie A and has called for a reduction to 18 teams, as well as the return of relegation playoffs.
Gianluigi Donnarumma “received many offers and gave up on a lot in order to stay at my home,” explaining the Milan contract was “not about money.”
Today is the 33rd birthday of Italy and Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Former Italy CT Arrigo Sacchi assesses the current national side, warning there aren’t enough Italians in Serie A.
Italy have remained in 12th position in the latest FIFA rankings, with Brazil returning to top spot.
Giampiero Ventura is confident Italy “will be protagonists at the World Cup and among the favourites for the Euros" after officially signing a new contract.
Andrea Pirlo has become a father to twins and will return to Italy permanently in December, confirmed his partner Valentina Baldini.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio confirms Italy CT Giampiero Ventura has extended his contract - “we have full confidence in him”.
Today is the 44th birthday of former Juventus, Milan and Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi.
Napoli midfielder Jorginho believes “ourselves and Roma have narrowed the gap” on champions Juventus.
Journal du Dimanche claims Marco Verratti will sign a new Paris Saint-Germain contract worth €12m (£10.8m) per year.
Luigi Di Biagio says he is ready to take Italy Under-21s on “a new adventure” after being re-confirmed as their Coach.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed that Luigi Di Biagio will stay on as Coach of the Under-21s.
Today is the 48th birthday of Chelsea manager and former Italy CT Antonio Conte.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte “loses 2-3kg during the game” with his touchline antics, but admits he’s a more talented Coach than he was a player.