Insigne surprised by headed goal
Lorenzo Insigne admits even he was surprised to score with a header in Italy’s Under-21 victory over Russia.
Marchisio ready for Malta
Claudio Marchisio, Ignazio Abate and Alessio Cerci have resumed full training with the Italy squad ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Malta.
Mourinho: 'I could return...'
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho dropped hints for Inter and Chelsea fans. “Next season I could return to somewhere I’ve already been.”
Portanova: No Pazzini apology
Genoa defender Daniele Portanova has refused to apologise after causing Giampaolo Pazzini’s injury. “It’s only a pity for those players who aren’t famous.”
Barzagli: 'Right attitude in Malta'
Andrea Barzagli warns Italy “need the right attitude” in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Malta.
El Shaarawy: 'We're the new Italy'
Stephan El Shaarawy is enjoying his partnership with Mario Balotelli at club and international level, as “we represent the Nazionale of youth.”
Pogba: 'France thanks to Juve'
Paul Pogba made his senior France debut and publicly thanked Juventus. “I would never have reached this stage without Juventus and am very grateful.”
Cerci: 'Italy thanks to Toro'
Alessio Cerci has thanked Torino and Coach Giampiero Ventura for his Italy debut. “Six months ago I was nothing, now I play against Brazil.”
Juve eye up Muriel
Juventus reportedly met with Luis Muriel’s agent this week in a bid to tempt the Udinese talent into joining them next season.
Osvaldo: 'If I'm so terrible...'
Roma striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo hit back at his critics and asked “if I’m so terrible, why do I read that Chelsea, Tottenham and Juventus want me?”
Florenzi joins senior Azzurri
Alessandro Florenzi has left the Italy Under-21 squad to join the senior side ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Malta.
War between Zarate and Lazio
It is open warfare between Mauro Zarate and Lazio, as he wants a contract termination and the club fines him €0.5m for jetting off to the Maldives on sick leave.
Woman denies Cavani affair
The 22-year-old Neapolitan student at the centre of the Edinson Cavani saga insists they are not having an affair after she was harassed by angry fans.
'Formidable Suarez scenario' for Juve
Luis Suarez “wants to play in the Champions League and could realise staying at Liverpool is counter-productive, so Juventus have a formidable scenario,” said a FIFA agent.
Borini targets Euro comeback
Fabio Borini is racing against time to regain fitness for the European Under-21 Championship, as the Liverpool and Italy striker battles his injury demons.
Viola promise new Ljajic contract
Fiorentina have assured “we will soon reach an agreement” to extend Adem Ljajic’s current contract.
Matri: 'Conte made me better'
Alessandro Matri has praised Juventus Coach Antonio Conte for making him a better player. “You have to work really hard to apply his ideas.”
Mangia: 'Italy can do better'
Coach Devis Mangia was still not content after Italy’s Under-21 side beat Russia 2-0. “We can do better and we know it.”
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Denmark shock Czechs
There was a huge shock in Italy’s World Cup group, as Denmark won 3-0 in the Czech Republic, while Gianni Di Biasi’s Albania stunned Norway.
U21: Azzurrini beat Russia
Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne were on target as the Italy Under-21 side beat Russia 2-0 in a friendly.
England fans brawl in Bologna
A 21-year-old England fan has been arrested after leaving a 65-year-old in a coma during a fight outside a pub in Bologna.
Vidal: 'Out for Juve revenge!'
Arturo Vidal is out for revenge when Juventus take on Inter and Bayern Munich. “I want to do everything possible to win.”
David Luiz: 'Italy dominated Brazil'
Brazil defender David Luiz praised Italy’s performance in last night’s 2-2 draw. “They dominated the second half and we were unable to stop them.”
Gattuso: 'San Siro moved me'
Gennaro Gattuso admits he felt “emotional” as he returned to San Siro as player-manager of Sion FC for today’s friendly with Milan, but is in no rush to come back permanently.
Pazzini eyes Milan comeback
Giampaolo Pazzini is confident his fitness levels are “improving day by day” after suffering a micro-fracture.
Pescara give up on Zeman
Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani poured cold water over reports Zdenek Zeman could return to the club. “He has other expectations.”
Bulgaria win in Italy group
Bulgaria demolished Malta 6-0 in Italy’s World Cup qualifying group, taking them to within a point of the Azzurri.
Vargas adds to Genoa concerns
Juan Manuel Vargas has been sent home from international duty, while Davide Ballardini updates fans on Genoa’s other injury problems.
Milito: 'Inter fans gave me strength'
Diego Milito has thanked the Inter fans after the devastating knee injury that ruled him out for at least six months. “The first few days were very hard.”
Cannavaro: 'I didn't dump Juve'
Fabio Cannavaro has hit back at critics and insists he “did not run away from Juventus” after their demotion to Serie B.
Zarate fined for injury hoax?
Mauro Zarate is set to receive a huge fine after he was given a week off due to an injury, but was spotted by Lazio fans in the Maldives instead.
Pandev: 'It's not my signature!'
Goran Pandev now claims the fax published by FIFA showing his vote “is not my signature” and continues to insist he voted for Jose Mourinho.
Azzurri injury updates
Italy’s medical staff have released updates on Ignazio Abate, Claudio Marchisio and Alessio Cerci ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Malta.
Milan beat Gattuso's Sion 6-0
Milan won their friendly match 6-0 against Gennaro Gattuso’s Sion FC in a party atmosphere at San Siro.
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