AZZURRI

Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has called up 27 players for a pre-European U21 Championship training camp, among them Inter’s Andrea Pinamonti.
Giampiero Ventura called a host of new faces for Italy’s friendly against San Marino in Empoli on May 31, including Mattia Caldara, Federico Chiesa and Domenico Berardi.
Simone Zaza wants to atone for his Italy penalty miss, and admits he “didn’t adapt” to West Ham United.
Italy Under 20s beat South Africa 2-0 in Suwon, to go second in Group D at the Under-20 World Cup.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon describes himself as one of Roma captain Francesco Totti’s “favourite victims”.
Vincenzo Iaquinta describes Roma captain Francesco Totti as “the best player I played with”.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has opened the governing body’s doors to Francesco Totti. “We’ll evaluate the idea.”
Italy lost their opening game of the Under-20 World Cup, beaten by a ferocious Uruguay free kick despite Andrea Zaccagno saving a penalty.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio praised Italian tacticians around the world, but warned "we need Inter and Milan to become protagonists again."
Cesare Prandelli has been appointed as the new Coach of Al Nasr Dubai Sports Club for next season, replacing Dan Petrescu.
Antonio Conte confirmed he won’t stay at Chelsea without his family. “People have been trying to knock me off the mountain for 10 years. They failed.”
Uruguay named their squad for the friendly against Italy on June 7, including Matias Vecino, Diego Laxalt, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.
Cesare Prandelli claims he was “offered a much more lucrative contract” by Napoli, but “I had a commitment to the national team.”
Today is the 38th birthday of former Inter, Milan and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
Manolo Gabbiadini admits he misses Italy but is enjoying playing alongside his “extraordinary” Southampton teammates as “the World Cup is my objective”.
Italy have named their squad for the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, including players from Milan, Roma, Cagliari, Juventus and Fiorentina.
Italy are out of the European Under-17 Championship after a narrow 2-1 defeat to Turkey.
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”.