AZZURRI

There are four Italians in the UEFA Under-21 Championship All-Star squad, including Marco Verratti and Fabio Borini.
Stephan El Shaarawy warned he “won’t even be on the bench” against Brazil tonight due to an injury.
Hernanes is looking forward to challenging his Lazio teammate Antonio Candreva. “A month ago we celebrated, now we are opponents.”
Felipe Scolari admits he’d love to see a “perfect” Neymar-Mario Balotelli partnership as Brazil face Italy.
While Giulio Donati expresses how “happy” he is to join Bayer Leverkusen, his Inter and Under-21 teammate Luca Caldirola is courted by Werder Bremen.
With Andrea Pirlo injured, Riccardo Montolivo insists he’s ready to take over against Brazil. “I already play that role at Milan.”
Italy look set to start Alessandro Diamanti, Mario Balotelli and Antonio Candreva against Brazil this evening.
Italy go head-to-head with Brazil tonight and Cesare Prandelli confirms a change of tactics “to find the balance we lacked against Japan.”
The Italy team were advised to stay in their hotel in Salvador, but Mario Balotelli visited the favelas. “I am not afraid.”
Cesare Prandelli has claimed that Italy have not thought about returning home, despite rumours that the Confederations Cup could be cancelled.
Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov has been confirmed as the referee for Italy's game against Brazil in the Confederations Cup on Saturday.
FIFA say the Confederations Cup will not be ended prematurely, with reports in Brazil suggesting that a participating nation wants the tournament postponed
The Italian Football Federation are keen on handing Under-21 boss Devis Mangia a new contract.
Sebastian Giovinco says he’ll keep working hard to prove his worth after scoring his first goal for Italy.
Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi are both set to miss out on Italy’s Confederations Cup clash with Brazil.
David Luiz will undergo surgery for a broken nose, but not until after the Confederations Cup, so he could face Italy.
Italian Football Federation youth co-ordinator Arrigo Sacchi has urged Serie A clubs to not waste the nation’s up-and-coming talent.
Marco Verratti admits he did struggle to perform at the European Under-21 Championship after being brought back into the Azzurrini set-up.
Brazil’s Thiago Silva is showing Italy respect ahead of this weekend’s Confederations Cup clash between the two nations.
Giorgio Chiellini concedes Italy were fortunate to have beaten Japan in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday.
Daniele De Rossi concedes “Japan were incredible and the result is probably the only positive thing” about Italy’s game.
Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni admitted to “huge regret” at their 4-3 defeat to Italy in Recife.
Emanuele Giaccherini admits Italy “did not deserve” their 4-3 victory over Japan in the Confederations Cup.
Cesare Prandelli admits Italy “struggled like crazy” to beat Japan 4-3, but “the humidity is unbearable and we have to deal with it.”
Italy were trailing, leading and caught again in a Confederations Cup thriller, beating Japan 4-3!