AZZURRI

Minister for Sport Luca Lotti insists “it’d be good for Italy as a country to be in the Champions League Final and we must all cheer on Juventus.”
Mario Balotelli is set to leave Nice at the end of the season, according to reports in France.
Reports in Spain suggest Italian international Mario Balotelli could join Las Palmas this summer.
Italian Coach Massimo Carrera has won the Russian title with Spartak Moscow, their first victory since 2001.
Italy lost 3-1 to Spain, so their final group game with Turkey will be decisive for the European Under-17 Championship.
Italy’s crucial World Cup qualifier with Spain on September 2 will be at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid – where the Azzurri won the 1982 trophy.
Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli joked about their time together at Inter and Manchester City. “Mario should’ve been at the level of Ronaldo.”
Francesco Toldo puts Gianluigi Buffon’s longevity down to “his constant desire to improve”.
Gianluigi Buffon’s agent says the Ballon d’Or “isn’t an obsession” for the Juventus man - “whether he deserves it is another matter…”
Juventus striker Moise Kean has given Italy their opening victory in the European Under-17 Championship, beating Croatia 1-0.
Mario Balotelli is expected to get another chance with the Italy squad for June’s friendly against Uruguay, which will be hosted by OGC Nice.
Inter are doubling down on their pursuit of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, offering €10m per year and the presence of director Lele Oriali.
Andrea Belotti insists he’s not thinking about the €100m release clause, but is a Milan supporter and he “dreams of the Champions League and World Cup.”
Inter are on the verge of welcoming back director Lele Oriali, who is currently working as team manager for the Italy squad.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte dropped hints he would love to return to Italy and joked about Simone Zaza’s Euro 2016 penalty.
Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura admits he had a “lively private life, but settled down when I met my wife” – by which point he was 61.
Mario Balotelli replied to Antonio Cassano’s claims he is “over-rated” by noting “there really are few friends and none of them at work.”
Italy have been fined €14,000 after the Albania match, with the visitors hit with a €92,000 fine.
Antonio Cassano admits “I only did 50 per cent of what I could have done” and picks his ideal XI.
Antonio Cassano believes Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli are overrated - “they’re lucky to have a very good agent”.
Roma legend Daniele De Rossi “worked with some of the 10 best Coaches in the world, Luciano Spalletti and Antonio Conte,” and is planning his future as a tactician.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino confirmed VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo are among the top five highest-paid players in Major League Soccer.
Italy could be invited to take part in the 2019 edition of the Copa America in Brazil, along with other nations from Europe, Central America and Asia.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio hopes Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri can be Italy CT one day in the future.