Italy win a big deal for Deschamps
France boss Didier Deschamps was obviously delighted with his side’s 2-1 win over Italy at Parma on Wednesday.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Evra: 'Proud to beat Italy'
Patrice Evra admits the French are “very proud” to beat Italy, even in a friendly, and are on their way back after a disastrous 2010 World Cup.
Chiellini: 'Another friendly defeat...'
Giorgio Chiellini was the captain as Italy lost to France and admits the Azzurri are frustrated with their dire friendly record.
Sirigu winds up Verratti
Salvatore Sirigu mocked PSG teammate Marco Verratti and assured he knows his place in the Italy squad after defeat to France.
Verratti: 'Proud to be like Pirlo'
Marco Verratti enjoyed his first senior Italy start and is “proud” to be called an understudy to Andrea Pirlo.
Montolivo gives El Shaarawy advice
Riccardo Montolivo praised Italy and Milan teammate Stephan El Shaarawy after his debut goal, but also told him off.
El Shaarawy-Balotelli 'the future'
Stephan El Shaarawy was overjoyed with his first senior Italy goal and “hopes” he and Mario Balotelli can be the pairing of the future.
Prandelli: 'Italy must experiment'
Cesare Prandelli insists Italy “didn’t deserve to lose” against France, but saw it as a valuable experiment.
France ruin El Shaarawy's party
Stephan El Shaarawy’s first goal for Italy was not enough, as France fought back to win 2-1 in Parma and the Azzurri hit the crossbar twice.
Strama: 'I came from nothing'
Inter Coach Andrea Stramaccioni reveals how he felt when his playing career was cut short, the road to the Nerazzurri bench and why Javier Zanetti is “not human.”
Italy look to Marco Verratti, Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli for tonight’s friendly test against France.
Bologna stand by Pioli
Bologna are in freefall, but President Albano Guaraldi stands by Coach Stefano Pioli and feels “controversy is not helping us.”
Arsenal eye San Siro duo
Having baulked at Edinson Cavani’s price-tag, it’s now reported Arsenal want a January swoop for Inter’s Ricky Alvarez and Milan’s Philippe Mexes.
'Shameful' Roma treatment of De Rossi
Ex-Roma midfielder Leandro Greco alleged there is a “shameful” attempt by the club to discredit Daniele De Rossi so fans won’t protest his sale.
Jovetic hope for Atalanta game
Stevan Jovetic is “following the rehabilitation process very well,” announced Fiorentina’s chief medic and he could potentially face Atalanta.
Abete: 'Test for Italy and Verratti'
FIGC President Ignazio Abete sees tonight’s friendly against France as a good test for Italy “and Marco Verratti.”
Samp fans stage protest
The ‘truce’ between Sampdoria ultras and the team has already crumbled after fans threw smoke bombs and fireworks at the training ground.
Italy consider Roncaglia call
There are reports that Fiorentina’s Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia could receive a call-up from Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
Balotelli and Mancini 'had a row'
Agent Mino Raiola assures Mario Balotelli will not move until 2014 despite “a row” with Roberto Mancini, but isn’t so sure about Edinson Cavani.
Verratti turned down Roma
Marco Verratti turned down a move to Roma in 2010, Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani has revealed.
Nothing new in calcio, says Sacchi
Italy may be starting tonight’s friendly against France with youngsters Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and Marco Verratti, but Arrigo Sacchi isn’t overly impressed.
Milan lose injured Bonera
Milan stopper Daniele Bonera is facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the loss to Fiorentina.
Prandelli counting on Balotelli
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has told Mario Balotelli that he now needs to turn potential into reality.
Cannavaro on Italy snub
Napoli’s Paolo Cannavaro says he’s not bothered about continually being ignored by Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
Inter duo back in training
Wesley Sneijder and Philippe Coutinho returned to training with the rest of the squad on Wednesday as they edge closer to a full recovery.
Palermo had lined up Reja…
Palermo would have sacked Gian Piero Gasperini on Sunday had they not beaten Sampdoria, claims Sport Mediaset.
Italy v France past meetings
History favours Italy in their ties with France as the two nations meet in a glamour friendly at Parma this evening.
‘Rossi a future investment’
The agent of Giuseppe Rossi has urged Italian clubs to ponder the capture of his client during the January transfer window.
Hear the thoughts of Cesare Prandelli and Didier Deschamps as Italy take on France in Parma this evening.
Consigli deserves Italy spot
It is only a matter of time before Andrea Consigli becomes a regular in the Giro Azzurro, says Atalanta teammate Guglielmo Stendardo.
Why Juventus didn’t keep Candreva
The agent of Lazio’s Antonio Candreva has revealed why Juventus failed to sign him outright in the summer of 2010.
Fabbrini wants more action
Diego Fabbrini will consider an Udinese exit in January should he fail to see more regular action.
Candreva happy with Italy role
Antonio Candreva is convinced that Italy’s attacking trident can deliver results in tonight’s friendly against France.
Verratti: Pirlo and I for Italy
Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti says that he and Andrea Pirlo could co-exist in the same Italian national side.
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