AZZURRI

Join us for all the build-up and action from tonight’s crucial World Cup qualifier between Italy and Christian Panucci’s Albania.
Gigi Di Biagio expects a “fascinating and new experience” for his Italy Under-21 side in tomorrow’s friendly with Morocco.
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.
Leonardo Bonucci and Gigi Buffon are the only Italian nominees for the Ballon d’Or, along with Dries Mertens, Edin Dzeko and Paulo Dybala.
Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne reveals an unexpected name for his football hero – Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.
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.
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.
The nominees for the Ballon d’Or continue to emerge, including Gianluigi Buffon, Dries Mertens, Paulo Dybala and Edin Dzeko.
Brazil Coach Tite is expected to attend Napoli-Manchester City to assess Allan and Jorginho.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assures that Giampiero Ventura’s job “has never been up for discussion”.
Italy are expected to go back to their 4-2-4 system against Albania with Leonardo Spinazzola, Antonio Candreva and Eder coming in.
Ciro Immobile will start against Albania, despite the risk of suspension at the World Cup play-offs. “It’s an important game.”
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assured they are “assisting Giampiero Ventura and ready to follow his choices” for the Italy squad.
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.
Gigi Buffon explains why Italy players held a private meeting without Giampiero Ventura. “We need to be a Team with a Capital T.”
Giampiero Ventura thanked Italy players for their crisis summit ahead of the Albania match, but insisted he “can’t complain” about his Azzurri tenure.
Albania defender Ansi Agolli believes they are “on the right track” ahead of tomorrow night’s World Cup qualifier against Italy.
Christian Panucci “would love to be on the field playing alongside my lads” for Albania against Italy, confessed the Coach.
Fabio Cannavaro believes the Scudetto race will be a “battle to the end” between “almost perfect” Napoli, Juventus, Roma and Inter.
Italy and Juventus captain Gigi Buffon proved he’s got great feet for a goalkeeper, exchanging tricks with freestyle star Lisa Zimouche.
Giancarlo Antognoni bemoaned the number of “failed experiments” by Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura. “The whole team doesn’t work.”
The injuries continue to pile up for the Italy Under-21 side, so Luca Valzania has been added to the squad against Morocco.
Italy are in the World Cup play-offs, but the final group game against Albania – and results elsewhere – will help define the draw.
Luciano Spalletti had been approached to take the Italy job before Giampiero Ventura, it’s reported, but he turned it down.