U21: Di Biagio changes for Cyprus
Italy lost their first Under-21 European Championship qualifier, so Gigi Di Biagio “will make three or four changes” against Cyprus.
De Rossi defender in Italy 3-5-2
Daniele De Rossi was used in defence as Italy tested out a 3-5-2 system to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Cerci: 'Ready for Czechs'
Alessio Cerci has shaken off a knock and hopes to play in Italy-Czech Republic. “I want to prove my worth.”
Buffon: 'My loves, Juve and Italy'
Gianluigi Buffon will earn a record 136th cap in Turin on Tuesday, combining “my two great loves: Italy and Juventus.”
Candreva: 'I'll double my efforts'
Antonio Candreva is ready to “double my efforts” this year for Lazio and Italy leading into the World Cup.
Azzurri are 'Italy of tomorrow'
The Azzurri met with Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge, who said they represent “the Italy of tomorrow.”
Italy condolences after fan deaths
Italy captain Gigi Buffon sent a message of condolence to the families of two fans who died on their way to last night’s game in Palermo.
Optimism on Italy trio
Medics are “optimistic” Lorenzo Insigne, Riccardo Montolivo and Alessio Cerci can face the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Osvaldo brace in Azzurri test
Dani Osvaldo bagged a brace and Alessandro Diamanti also scored in Italy’s 3-0 friendly test ahead of the Czech Republic.
Astori: 'My season has started'
Davide Astori is glad his “season has finally started” after coming on for Italy, as he was benched by Cagliari.
Belgium star Bruno dreams of Italy
Massimo Bruno is a star of the Belgium Under-21 side, but admits he is a Juventus fan and is “dreaming of an Italy call.”
Guidolin: 'I'd like Italy job'
Udinese Coach Francesco Guidolin put himself forward for the Italy job. “I’d like to lead the Nazionale.”
Row over Destro injury saga
A row has erupted around Mattia Destro’s injury problems, as Roma and Italy Under-21 medical staff blame each other.
Maggio: 'Benitez helps Azzurri'
Christian Maggio admits Rafa Benitez’s tactics are “helpful” for his Italy performances in a four-man defence.
Penev: 'Bulgaria deserved win'
Bulgaria Coach Luboslav Penev believes his team “deserved to win” in their 1-0 defeat to Italy.
Prandelli: 'A step away from World Cup'
Cesare Prandelli was pleased with the win over Bulgaria and acknowledged Italy “are one step away from the World Cup.”
Injured Abate wants Italy stay
Ignazio Abate explained the injury that saw him stretchered off against Bulgaria, but wants to stay with the Italy squad.
Buffon: 'I earn my Italy place'
Gianluigi Buffon was decisive against Bulgaria and can set an Italy record on Tuesday. “I have to earn my place.”
Italy call Pasqual and De Silvestri
Italy have called Manuel Pasqual and Lorenzo De Silvestri to replace the injured Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonelli.
Insigne: 'Thank you Prandelli'
Lorenzo Insigne thanked Cesare Prandelli for “this opportunity” to make his first senior Italy start against Bulgaria.
Abate and Antonelli out
Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonelli are out of Italy’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic, so Cesare Prandelli could call new players.
Bonucci: 'Italy not qualified yet'
Leonardo Bonucci warned Italy “aren’t qualified yet” for the World Cup despite their 1-0 win over Bulgaria.
Gilardino: 'I should've had more'
Alberto Gilardino scored his 19th Italy goal to beat Bulgaria, but is still “a little angry, as I could’ve scored a second.”
Prandelli: 'Buffon saved us'
Cesare Prandelli said Gigi Buffon “saved the result” after Italy squeezed past Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifier.
Italy: Gila sinks Bulgaria
Alberto Gilardino’s header and a series of stunning Gianluigi Buffon saves saw Italy beat Bulgaria 1-0 and practically qualify for the World Cup.
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