Liveblog: Albania v Italy
Join us for all the build-up and action from tonight’s crucial World Cup qualifier between Italy and Christian Panucci’s Albania.
U21: Morocco intrigue Di Biagio
Gigi Di Biagio expects a “fascinating and new experience” for his Italy Under-21 side in tomorrow’s friendly with Morocco.
Berisha: 'Panucci imposed discipline'
Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha, who plays in Serie A for Atalanta, explained how Christian Panucci imposed “discipline” ahead of the Italy game.
Italy return to the 4-2-4 formation with Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Eder and Antonio Candreva in the final World Cup qualifier in Albania.
Ballon d'Or: Bonucci on short-list
Leonardo Bonucci and Gigi Buffon are the only Italian nominees for the Ballon d’Or, along with Dries Mertens, Edin Dzeko and Paulo Dybala.
Insigne: 'Del Piero is my hero'
Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne reveals an unexpected name for his football hero – Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.
World Cup play-off in Milan or Udine
The home leg of Italy’s 2018 World Cup play-off next month could be played at San Siro in Milan or Udinese’s Dacia Arena.
ADL: 'Ventura abandon 4-2-4'
Aurelio De Laurentiis urges Giampiero Ventura to drop the 4-2-4 system for Italy, prepares for Roma-Napoli and reveals his Roberto Inglese plans.
Buffon joins Ballon d'Or nominees
The nominees for the Ballon d’Or continue to emerge, including Gianluigi Buffon, Dries Mertens, Paulo Dybala and Edin Dzeko.
Tite to scout Jorginho
Brazil Coach Tite is expected to attend Napoli-Manchester City to assess Allan and Jorginho.
Tavecchio: ‘No pressure on Ventura’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assures that Giampiero Ventura’s job “has never been up for discussion”.
Probable line-ups: Albania-Italy
Italy are expected to go back to their 4-2-4 system against Albania with Leonardo Spinazzola, Antonio Candreva and Eder coming in.
Immobile will start in Albania
Ciro Immobile will start against Albania, despite the risk of suspension at the World Cup play-offs. “It’s an important game.”
Tavecchio: 'Ventura never in doubt'
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assured they are “assisting Giampiero Ventura and ready to follow his choices” for the Italy squad.
Italy must win to be seeded
Other results mean Italy must win in Albania on Monday night or they might not be top seeds in the World Cup play-off draw.
Buffon: 'Italy must become a Team'
Gigi Buffon explains why Italy players held a private meeting without Giampiero Ventura. “We need to be a Team with a Capital T.”
Ventura: 'Azzurri can't complain'
Giampiero Ventura thanked Italy players for their crisis summit ahead of the Albania match, but insisted he “can’t complain” about his Azzurri tenure.
Agolli: 'Albania on right track'
Albania defender Ansi Agolli believes they are “on the right track” ahead of tomorrow night’s World Cup qualifier against Italy.
Panucci: 'I'd love to play for Albania'
Christian Panucci “would love to be on the field playing alongside my lads” for Albania against Italy, confessed the Coach.
Cannavaro: 'Napoli almost perfect'
Fabio Cannavaro believes the Scudetto race will be a “battle to the end” between “almost perfect” Napoli, Juventus, Roma and Inter.
VIDEO: Buffon freestyle fun
Italy and Juventus captain Gigi Buffon proved he’s got great feet for a goalkeeper, exchanging tricks with freestyle star Lisa Zimouche.
Antognoni: 'Failed Italy experiments'
Giancarlo Antognoni bemoaned the number of “failed experiments” by Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura. “The whole team doesn’t work.”
U21: Valzania added to squad
The injuries continue to pile up for the Italy Under-21 side, so Luca Valzania has been added to the squad against Morocco.
Why Italy must beat Albania
Italy are in the World Cup play-offs, but the final group game against Albania – and results elsewhere – will help define the draw.
Italy originally wanted Spalletti
Luciano Spalletti had been approached to take the Italy job before Giampiero Ventura, it’s reported, but he turned it down.
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