World Cup 14
Di Biagio: 'Serbia played better'
Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio acknowledged “Serbia played better” after a 1-0 defeat, but still believes in qualification.
U21: Italy beaten in Serbia
Italy lost 1-0 in Serbia, making their European Under-21 Championship qualification considerably more complicated.
Prandelli: 'Italy born to attack'
Cesare Prandelli warns Italy were “born to attack and at the World Cup I’d prefer a team that risks to the end.”
U-21 line-ups: Serbia-Italy
Gigi Di Biagio’s Italian Under-21 side will line up with a 4-2-3-1 system in this afternoon’s European Championship qualifier in Serbia.
Prandelli talks set for spring
Italian Football Federation chief Giancarlo Abete says talks regarding the future of boss Cesare Prandelli are still at least four months away.
Prandelli pleased with Rossi-Balotelli
Cesare Prandelli dropped hints that Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli are his first choice front two after Italy’s 2-2 draw with Nigeria.
Ranocchia: ‘Italy concede too much’
Andrea Ranocchia admits Italy “conceded too many goals recently” after a 2-2 friendly draw with Nigeria.
Diamanti curses the woodwork
Alessandro Diamanti will “just have to keep improving on free-kicks” after hitting the bar in Italy’s 2-2 draw with Nigeria.
VIDEO Italy-Nigeria highlights
Giuseppe Rossi and Emanuele Giaccherini got the goals, while Italy also hit the woodwork twice in their thrilling 2-2 draw with Nigeria.
Montolivo: 'Italy wasted chances'
Riccardo Montolivo rued Italy’s wasted opportunities in a 2-2 draw with Nigeria. “We need to be more incisive.”
Sirigu: 'No time for Italy tactics'
Salvatore Sirigu explained the difficulties Italy have in working out tactical organisation with little time together.
Parolo: 'I saw Balotelli...'
Marco Parolo was content with his “official debut,” although he revealed a misunderstanding with Mario Balotelli.
Rossi 'worked well with Balo'
Giuseppe Rossi was happy with his first Italy goal in over two years and the partnership with Mario Balotelli.
Giaccherini: 'Italy needed tempo'
Emanuele Giaccherini warned Italy needed to keep the tempo up after a 2-2 draw with Nigeria and is “happy” at Sunderland.
Prandelli: 'A great performance'
Cesare Prandelli was impressed with Italy’s 2-2 draw against Nigeria. “I’d love to see performances like this all the time.”
Italy-Nigeria a four-goal thriller
Giuseppe Rossi and Emanuele Giaccherini were on target as Italy scrambled a 2-2 draw with Nigeria in an entertaining friendly.
Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli lead a revamped Italy side against Nigeria in London this evening.
Di Biagio: 'Serbia inconsistent'
Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio warns Serbia are “brilliant but inconsistent, so we must strike at the right moment.”
Prandelli honoured to reach 50
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he will be proud to lead the Azzurri for the 50th time this evening when they face Nigeria.
Italy probable XI v Nigeria
The Gazzetta dello Sport expects Antonio Candreva to be used behind a strike pairing of Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli in Italy-Nigeria.
De Rossi to match Facchetti caps
Roma’s Daniele De Rossi will equal the number of caps won by Inter legend Giacinto Facchetti if he features against Nigeria tonight.
Prandelli reaches half century
Cesare Prandelli will celebrate his 50th game in charge of the Italian national side when they play Nigeria this evening.
Sirigu: 'An honour with Buffon'
Salvatore Sirigu will start for Italy against Nigeria on Monday. “It’s an honour to wear Gigi Buffon’s jersey.”
Probable Italy-Nigeria line-up
Giuseppe Rossi, Mario Balotelli and Emanuele Giaccherini are expected to start in Italy-Nigeria tomorrow.
Prandelli wants Italy 'enthusiasm'
Cesare Prandelli is ready to unleash Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi on Nigeria, but wants “more enthusiasm” around the Azzurri.
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