AZZURRI

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks Italy are one of six countries with a serious chance of winning the 2014 World Cup.
Dino Zoff would welcome Francesco Totti back into the Italy side, but he’s played down comparisons between Mattia De Sciglio and Paolo Maldini.
Italy will wear black armbands in tonight’s international friendly against Brazil in memory of Pietro Mennea.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is respectful of the threat that Neymar will carry in tonight’s international friendly against Brazil.
Italy’s famous 3-2 win over Brazil in the 1982 World Cup remains their last ahead of tonight’s friendly between the two nations.
Brazil are today a better footballing nation because of the 3-2 defeat by Italy in the 1982 World Cup, says Paolo Rossi.
Cesare Prandelli said Italy “will try to surprise Brazil” in tomorrow’s friendly, but admitted to feeling “scared” after their plane was hit by lightning.
Italy and Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio described the “real scare” the team got when their plane was hit by lightning.
Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari insists Italy “are at a more advanced stage of the renewal process” ahead of tomorrow’s friendly clash.
The plane carrying the Italy squad to Geneva for tomorrow’s friendly against Brazil was hit by lightning.
Davide Santon and Simone Zaza have been sent home from the Italy Under-21 camp after picking up injuries.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has announced the 4-3-3 Brazil line-up that will start against Italy tomorrow evening, including Hernanes, Hulk and Neymar.
Andrea Pirlo has labelled the Brazil friendly as fundamental and welcomed Francesco Totti’s proposed return to the Italy side.
Cesare Prandelli has refused to name his starting XI for Italy’s international friendly against Brazil on Thursday.
Roma’s Daniel Pablo Osvaldo will wear the No 10 shirt for Italy against Brazil, while Mattia De Sciglio has ‘avoided’ Paolo Maldini’s legendary No 3.
Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci says he expected to send home Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini will take no part in Italy’s upcoming games against Brazil and Malta.
Former Italy boss Azeglio Vicini – who celebrates his 80th birthday today – has fond memories of World Cup 1990 despite the Azzurri’s failure to win the trophy.
Lazio star Hernanes has warned his Brazil teammates over the task that awaits them against Italy. “They have a truly strong defence.”
Davide Santon is in doubt for Italy’s Under-21 games against Russia and Ukraine after he pulled up with a muscular problem.
Mario Balotelli, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Riccardo Montolivo were tested in training as Italy prepare for Thursday’s game with Brazil.
Under-21 Italy Coach Devis Mangia explains why Davide Santon and Mattia De Sciglio switched teams, as “the Nazionale is one big squad.”
Roma director Bruno Conti is confident Francesco Totti “would make the difference” if he were to come out of retirement for Italy.
Luca Antonelli has returned to the Italy squad for the first time in three years and the Genoa man is enjoying this Azzurri “dream.”
Thiago Silva said it will be “a source of great pride” to play against Italy and the Brazilian already knows who he’ll swap shirts with.