AZZURRI

Atalanta striker Andrea Petagna celebrated his first Italy call-up, albeit just for a training camp. “It’s motivation to do even better.”
Roberto Baggio explains why he opted to spend his 50th birthday helping earthquake victims in Amatrice. “You can’t tell from home what’s really happening.”
Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura called players, including Roberto Gagliardini, Domenico Berardi and Gianluca Lapadula, for a training camp.
Former Inter President Massimo Moratti hailed Roberto Baggio on his 50th birthday, even if “many Coaches did not understand him.”
Italy’s European results this week saw them move closer to England in the UEFA ranking, as Roma and Fiorentina won with Napoli losing to Real Madrid.
Federico Bernardeschi celebrates “the best goal of my career so far” for Fiorentina and wants to be a leader in the new generation of Italy stars.
Roberto Baggio turns 50 on Saturday and confessed he is “constantly surprised by the affection of the people even 13 years after my retirement.”
Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura will name his squad for a get-together next week of promising young players who could get full call-ups.
Simone Zaza’s father says being “slaughtered” by the Italian media affected his son’s confidence at West Ham United.
Marco Verratti is “pleased at interest from big clubs, but I don’t want to change. PSG want to become one of the top three in Europe.”
Marco Verratti put on a masterclass as Paris Saint-Germain crushed Barcelona 4-0, while Borussia Dortmund missed a penalty in their loss to Benfica.
Roma defender Federico Fazio revealed he could opt to play international football for Italy rather than Argentina.
Marco Verratti’s agent warned “he has certainly reached a crossroads in his career. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and Juventus are interested.”
Mario Balotelli “lets his head drop and looks like he wants nothing to do with us,” said Nice teammate Valentin Eysseric.
Mattia Caldara reveals that when he heard about interest from Juventus he 'thought it was a joke!'
Gigi Buffon “could continue playing after the 2018 World Cup,” said his agent, but Gianluigi Donnarumma won’t be his Juventus heir.
Simone Zaza has admitted that his comical penalty miss for Italy in Euro 2016 'traumatised him'.
Juventus received more UEFA contributions for players on international duty at Euro 2016 than any other club.
Italy are reportedly hoping to recruit Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara once he gets his citizenship papers.
Italy will play a friendly against Uruguay on June 7 at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, where Mario Balotelli features for OGC.
Giuseppe Rossi admits he dreams of a return to the Italian national team, and 'still believes' he can achieve it.
Pippo Inzaghi called Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma “the new Gigi Buffon” and Manuel Locatelli “the future of Italian football.”
Sebastian Giovinco’s agent assures his client is “very happy” at Toronto FC, but hints at a new contract.
Italy CT Giampiero Ventura confirms he’ll go to Nice to “watch a couple of Mario Balotelli’s games”.
Sebastian Giovinco turned down Barcelona last year and has “two offers from China that would be hard to say no to,” confirmed the Toronto star’s agent.