World Cup 14
Italy ratings versus Malta
Milan’s Mario Balotelli was Italy’s Man of the Match in the win at Malta, the peninsula's three main sporting newspapers concur.
‘Balotelli fundamental for Italy’
Mario Balotelli has what it takes to become the leader of the Italian national side, says Fernando Orsi.
Insigne delays Azzurri dream
Napoli sensation Lorenzo Insigne is putting all thoughts about World Cup 2014 to one side until this season has come to an end.
Balotelli’s brace against Malta – video
Check out Mario Balotelli’s two goals in Italy’s 2-0 win at Malta in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday night.
De Sciglio: 'Proud of Maldini comparison'
Mattia De Sciglio smiled at the “wonderful comparison” with Paolo Maldini after another self-assured performance for Italy.
Buffon: 'I can reach 150 caps'
Gigi Buffon saved a penalty in Malta on his 126th Italy cap, but is confident he can reach 150 and criticised the Azzurri for their attitude.
Montolivo: 'Balotelli's a star'
Riccardo Montolivo praised Mario Balotelli’s form, thanked Gigi Buffon and explained why Milan and Juventus dominate the Azzurri.
De Sanctis: 'I leave the Azzurri'
Morgan De Sanctis has confirmed he is retiring from international duty. “I leave Italy in good hands.”
Prandelli: 'Thanks to Buffon'
Cesare Prandelli conceded it was not Italy’s finest hour, but praised Gigi Buffon and warned they were “lacking in intensity” in Malta.
Balotelli brace conquers Malta
Mario Balotelli bagged a brace as Italy earned a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Malta, but Gigi Buffon had to save a penalty.
De Sanctis international retirement
Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has announced his international retirement on his 36th birthday. “This is my last time with the Nazionale.”
Italy face Malta in tonight’s World Cup qualifier with a starting XI entirely made up of Juventus and Milan players.
WC: Czechs win in Italy group
The Czech Republic secured a 3-0 victory away to Armenia in Italy’s World Cup group, while tonight there is Denmark-Bulgaria and Malta-Italy.
Gastaldello focusing only on Samp
Sampdoria captain Daniele Gastaldello has claimed that he is focusing entirely on his performances for the club, despite rumours of a national team call-up.
De Silvestri wants Azzurri future
Sampdoria’s Lorenzo De Silvestri has admitted that becoming a regular in the Giro Azzurro is still in his thoughts.
Italy U-21's beat Ukraine
Italy Under-21's defeated their Ukrainian counterparts 1-0 in a friendly at Bassano del Grappa this evening.
Mifsud: Italy must not scare us
Malta captain Michael Mifsud has claimed that Italy 'must not frighten' his side when they lay each other tomorrow evening.
Maldini hails Italy boss Prandelli
Cesare Maldini says that Cesare Prandelli is doing a fabulous job as head Coach of the Italian national side.
Abate respects Malta organisation
Ignazio Abate has conceded that he expects Malta to cause Italy some problems in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.
Prandelli has one Malta doubt
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he has one doubt about his starting XI that will face Malta in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
A Juventus-Milan Italy?
Cesare Prandelli could decide to field an Italian starting XI against Malta made up solely of players from Juventus and Milan.
Italy five from five versus Malta
Italy will look to maintain their 100 per cent record against Malta when the two teams meet in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Buffon: 'Racism is a disease'
Gianluigi Buffon agrees with Kevin-Prince Boateng that “racism in football is like malaria and must be wiped out, but it’s different from general mickey-taking.”
Marchetti injury scare over
Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is back in full training with the Italy squad after an injury scare.
Mangia: 'Ukraine test Azzurrini'
Devis Mangia demands “improvements” as Italy go into their final pre-European Under-21 Championship friendly against Ukraine tomorrow.
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