AZZURRI

Alberto Zaccheroni quit the Japan job and confessed “retirement is an option” at this stage.
Giovanni Trapattoni warned Mario Balotelli “is potentially a champion, but not a real Champion.”
As expected, Andrea Barzagli will be out for three months after undergoing surgery on his heel.
Emanuele Giaccherini has backed Antonio Conte to succeed Cesare Prandelli as Italy’s national team Coach.
It is reported that Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli will today undergo surgery to cure an ankle problem.
Luis Suarez has released an apology for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, which the Juventus defender has accepted.
Jose Mourinho believes Italy should look to persuade Cesare Prandelli to return as national team boss.
Michael Ciani has conceded that this coming season could be his last with Lazio.
Italy’s failure at this summer’s World Cup could cost them as much as €56m, according to reports.
Barbara Berlusconi has had her say on how Italian football’s highest office should be reformed following the World Cup.
Prospective new FIGC chief Carlo Tavecchio says he wants to dissuade Giancarlo Abete from resigning, and doubts Italy’s new CT will be decided upon today.
Agent Mino Raiola insists Mario Balotelli is used as a scapegoat “to hide the real problems in Italian football.”
“Not everyone at Milan loves Mario Balotelli,” warned agent Mino Raiola, who also blasted Italy fans and the FIGC.
The rumours are gathering momentum that Antonio Conte could become part-time Italy Coach while at Juventus.
Luis Suarez was banned three times for biting players, but a surprise report claims he was investigated eight times.
Uruguay captain Diego Lugano maintains the Luis Suarez ban was “barbaric” and “a breach of human rights.”
Mario Balotelli “is still the best Italian player out there” and Cesare Prandelli “made him a scapegoat,” according to Mino Raiola.
There are surprise suggestions that Juventus Coach Antonio Conte could be appointed part-time Italy Coach.
Fabio Cannavaro would be “honoured” by the offer of becoming Italy Coach, but his agent said there’s “little concrete” at the moment.
Lorenzo Insigne’s agent admits he was “disappointed” by the lack of World Cup playing time, but rejects Arsenal “as long as Napoli want him.”
Luis Suarez apparently told FIFA’s Disciplinary Commission he “lost my balance and hit my face” against Giorgio Chiellini.
It’s reported Antonio Cassano turned on Gigi Buffon and the Italy ‘senators’ after their World Cup exit.
President of Uruguay Jose Mujica defended Luis Suarez, claiming “Italians provoke and this time they went too far.”
Gigi Buffon slammed those calling for a generational shift. “You have to judge people on what they are doing, not what they could potentially do.”
Tuttosport claims Mario Balotelli could be bought from Milan by a financial institution and loaned to Juventus.