AZZURRI

Today is the 75th birthday of Inter legend Sandro Mazzola, a European Championship winner with Italy.
Roberto Mancini says “I’d be ready” if the Italy job became available and is backing Inter for the Scudetto.
Gianluigi Buffon assures the Italy squad “have total confidence” in Giampiero Ventura but admits Euro 2004 with Sweden was “a huge disappointment”.
Raymond Domenech says it would not be a ‘tragedy’ if Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup but admits Marco Materazzi was his best opponent.
Roma defender Emerson Palmieri insists he is “only thinking” about playing for Italy. “A man must only have his word…”
Sebastian Giovinco’s agent says his client ‘doesn’t know what to do’ to earn an Italy recall.
Italy will reportedly return to a 3-5-2 formation for the crucial World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Patrice Evra describes former Juventus teammate Andrea Pirlo as “the only player with a hand in place of a foot”.
Italy have been given an official warning by FIFA for delaying the kick-off in their match against Macedonia.
Gennaro Gattuso says watching Milan teammate Andrea Pirlo made him want to “change profession”.
UEFA has confirmed it is in talks with FIFA to take the new Nations League worldwide.
Alessandro Florenzi admits Italy “have to go to the World Cup” but “we don’t fear anyone”.
Today is the 73rd birthday of Italy’s all-time top-scorer and Cagliari legend Luigi Riva.
Andrea Pirlo could reportedly return to Juventus as an ambassador, or take a role with the Italy squad.
Sweden striker John Guidetti believes “the winner will be whoever makes fewer mistakes” in the play-off with Italy.
Pierluigi Casiraghi believes Italy should overcome Sweden in their World Cup play-off because “quality is worth more than organisation”.
Mario Balotelli pays tribute to the retiring Andrea Pirlo, adding the former Italy midfielder could have played for ’10 more years.’
Sweden Coach Janne Andersson says “we have everything to win” in the World Cup play-off with Italy.
The world of football has paid tribute to Andrea Pirlo, after he announced his retirement earlier today.
Andrea Pirlo has officially confirmed his retirement from football, so Football Italia takes a look back at his best moments from his 116 Italy caps.
Andrea Pirlo has officially confirmed his retirement, having played his final match for New York City FC last night.
Italy CT Giampiero Ventura insists he didn’t call-up Jorginho just so he couldn’t play for Brazil - “he’s doing well”.
Italy CT Giampiero Ventura declares “we’ll go to the World Cup, then we’ll respond to the criticism”.
Jorginho’s agent says his client has been convinced by Italy, and “there will be no re-opening of dialogue with Brazil”.
Inter midfielder Roberto Gagliardini believes “if we play as Italy, I’m sure we’ll go to the World Cup”.