Bulgaria 'deserved to beat Italy'
Bulgaria Coach Luboslav Penev believes “we were the better side and deserved the win” against Italy in their World Cup qualifier.
WC: Denmark stall Czechs
Italy can feel relatively content that Denmark-Czech Republic in their World Cup qualifying group ended in a goalless draw.
Roma 'worried' about De Rossi
Roma’s chief medic admits Dodo and Federico Balzaretti are improving rapidly, “but we are a little worried about Daniele De Rossi.”
Prandelli: 'Italy lost identity'
Cesare Prandelli concedes Italy “must not” repeat the performance in Bulgaria. “We’ve got to rediscover our identity against Malta.”
De Rossi risks a month out
Daniele De Rossi will undergo tests on the thigh injury he picked up on international duty, but early reports suggest he could be out for a month.
Cannavaro 'snubbed for surname'
Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro’s agent claims he would’ve been playing for Italy this week if he had “a different surname.”
Barzagli: 'Italy got it wrong'
Andrea Barzagli made tactical considerations after Italy’s 2-2 draw with Bulgaria. “We did not play the game we wanted to.”
Buffon: 'Bulgaria earned draw'
Gigi Buffon praised Bulgaria and admitted to a mistake on the opening goal after Italy’s 2-2 draw in Sofia.
Maggio evaluates Sofia performance
Christian Maggio gave himself “6 out of 10” for his performance in Italy’s 2-2 draw with Bulgaria.
De Rossi 'out of Malta game'
Daniele De Rossi will be sent home after limping off with a thigh injury in Italy’s 2-2 draw with Bulgaria.
Osvaldo: 'I'm half happy'
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo broke his Italy duck with a brace in Bulgaria, but could not be entirely happy with the 2-2 draw.
Prandelli: 'A valuable point'
Cesare Prandelli admits “a point is valuable” in Bulgaria after the World Cup qualifying campaign opened with a 2-2 draw.
Osvaldo brace scrapes Bulgaria draw
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo scored a brace, but Italy were chaotic and confused in the 2-2 opening World Cup qualifier in Bulgaria.
U-20 squad for Four Nations
Coach Gigi Di Biagio has named his Italy Under-20 squad for the Four Nations Tournament, including Cristian Battocchio and Nicola Leali.
Italy return to the 3-5-2 system for tonight’s opening World Cup qualifier in Bulgaria, fielding Daniele De Rossi, Sebastian Giovinco and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.
Prandelli: 'World Cup is the dream'
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has claimed that managing his nation at a World Cup would be 'a dream', in an interview with Rai Sport.
No Italy surprise for Giaccherini
Emanuele Giaccherini says he expected to be named in the latest Italy squad – despite not yet appearing for Juventus this season.
Prandelli on ItalJuve…
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has defended his decision to start with seven Juventus players in tonight’s game against Bulgaria.
Italy No 10 suits Giovinco
Sebastian Giovinco is worthy of the Italian No 10 shirt which he will be wearing against Bulgaria on Friday night, says Andrea Barzagli.
Prandelli: Osvaldo, Giovinco to start
Italian national team Coach Cesare Prandelli has confirmed that Pablo Osvaldo and Sebastian Giovinco will start against Bulgaria in Sofia on Friday night.
El Shaarawy joy at Azzurrini goals
Stephan El Shaarawy has shared his joy in scoring twice and assisting one goal in the Italy Under-21s victory over Lichtenstein on Thursday.
Azzurrini thrash Liechtenstein
The Italy Under-21s defeated Liechtenstein by seven goals to qualify for the play-offs of the European Championship.
De Rossi and Ogbonna set for return
Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi and Torino centre-back Angelo Ogbonna have been confirmed as fully fit to face Bulgaria in Sofia on Friday night.
Bulgaria-Italy probable line-ups
Italy will return to competitive action on Friday when they begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in Bulgaria.
De Rossi fit for Bulgaria
Daniele De Rossi has shaken off his ankle injury and took part in today’s game between ranks as Italy prepare to face Bulgaria on Friday.
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