Casarin: Nicchi defending indefensible
Former referee Paolo Casarin has criticised the President of the Italian Referees’ Association after his defence of Gianluca Rocchi.
Reina: Always grateful to Napoli
Pepe Reina has explained that he ‘waited for the best opportunity’ this summer before choosing Bayern Munich, but says he’s grateful to Napoli.
Koulibaly: Thuram my inspiration
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly says that he hopes to one day emulate former Parma and Juventus man Lilian Thuram.
Conte congratulates Under-21s
Antonio Conte has offered his congratulations to Luigi Di Biagio’s Under-21 side for qualifying for the European Championship finals next summer.
Italy confirm Albania date
Italy have confirmed that they will play Albania, most likely at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, on November 18, just two days after facing Croatia.
Conte: Glass not half-empty
Antonio Conte has expressed his satisfaction with Italy’s work so far and hit out at those criticising his team already.
Di Biagio: Qualification great, but…
Luigi Di Biagio is happy to have seen Italy reach the European Under-21 Championship finals, but he had some sharp criticism for his players.
U21s: Italy advance to Euros
Italy have qualified for the European Under-21 Championship finals in Czech Republic after play-off victory over Slovakia.
Gomez increasing workload, Rossi…
Fiorentina have provided an update on the condition of the likes of Giuseppe Rossi, Mario Gomez and Marko Marin.
Trap: I won’t criticise Conte
Giovanni Trapattoni doesn’t see yesterday’s Italy win over Malta in a negative light, whilst he is looking forward to a ‘beautiful’ Inter-Napoli this weekend.
‘Ucan could leave on loan’
The agent of Roma midfielder Salih Ucan admits he’s in the dark over a potential loan move for his client, but it remains a ‘possibility’.
Inter target ‘new Nedved’
Inter could make a move for Sparta Prague winger Ladislav Krejci, dubbed ‘the new Nedved’ according to reports.
Albertazzi: Verona tough to beat
Michelangelo Albertazzi has enthused at life at Milan under Pippo Inzaghi, and also offers the inside track on weekend opponents Verona.
Callejon still believes in Scudetto
Jose Callejon believes Napoli are still in the hunt for the Scudetto despite their poor start to the season.
Iturbe likely to miss Chievo
Winger Juan Manuel Iturbe looks likely to be the key absence for Roma’s fixture with Chievo on Saturday.
Milan have Menez doubt
Milan could be without Jeremy Menez for their weekend trip to face Hellas Verona, but Diego Lopez is back training with the group.
Argentina open to Tevez
The Gazzetta dello Sport believe that for November’s international fixtures, Carlos Tevez will finally be recalled to the Argentina squad.
New Bologna eye Mancini?
Bologna’s prospective new owners are being linked with an audacious move to bring in Roberto Mancini as Coach.
Antonini: Flood help not publicity
Genoa defender Luca Antonini is at the centre of a controversy - despite his efforts in helping locals after the recent floods.
Preziosi: Italy friendly not enough
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi thanks Carlo Tavecchio for moving an Italy friendly to Genoa, but calls on the football community to do more to help.
Russians unhappy with Capello
Fabio Capello will be summoned before Russia’s Minister of Sport following the national side’s poor start to Euro 2016 qualifying.
Croatia unsure on Kovacic injury
Croatia Coach Niko Kovac has given an update on the condition of Inter’s Mateo Kovacic, admitting he doesn’t know how serious his injury is.
Roma to improve Strootman deal
Roma are reportedly set to offer Manchester United target Kevin Strootman a new contract extension.
Alex: Inzaghi has great desire
Milan defender Alex has been impressed with Coach Pippo Inzaghi since joining the club, and admits: “I’ve never trained so much.”
Juventus monitoring Neto
Juventus are apparently close to a new contract agreement with Gigi Buffon, but also interested in Fiorentina’s Neto.
Saputo finalising Bologna takeover
Bologna are close to being taken over by a group led by Canadian investor Joey Saputo and American lawyer Joe Tacopina.
Juve had Rabiot close, but…
Juventus reportedly were close to a draft agreement with Adrien Rabiot, before Paris Saint-Germain stepped in.
Everton, Saints eye Asamoah
Tuttosport reiterate that clubs from England are following Juventus’ Kwadwo Asamoah and now list Everton and Southampton.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Darmian on centre-back surprise
Matteo Darmian revealed how Antonio Conte prepared him to play in a three-man defence for Italy against Malta.
Pasqual: 'Italy had more chances'
Manuel Pasqual believes it would’ve been a different game had some of Italy’s chances not hit the Malta woodwork.
Verratti: 'Italy got the points'
Marco Verratti felt there was excessive criticism of Italy after a 1-0 win over 10-man Malta. “We got the points.”
Pelle: 'Prandelli dismissed me'
Graziano Pellè was self-critical after scoring on his Italy debut, praised Antonio Conte, slammed Cesare Prandelli and Malta.
Marchisio: 'Italy must do more'
Claudio Marchisio admits Italy “ought to prove ourselves more” against the likes of Malta and Azerbaijan.
Conte: 'Italy complicated it'
Antonio Conte confessed that Italy “complicated our lives” against Malta, but should gain belief after four wins.
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