NEWS

Marco Verratti will be suspended for Italy’s World Cup play-off second leg against Sweden at San Siro on Monday.
Andrea Pirlo hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll become a Coach or a director in future. “We’ll see if there’s a spark.”
Gigi Buffon notes there is “a fine line between anxiety and excitement” ahead of the World Cup play-off with Sweden, but “we have a 50 per cent chance of qualification.”
Giampiero Ventura defends his choices in the World Cup play-off against Sweden and insists “Italy results were some of the best of the last 40 years.”
Italy legend Marco Tardelli calls for Giampiero Ventura and FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio to quit if the Azzurri miss the World Cup.
Andrea Pirlo had been “thinking about retirement for a while” and thanked the New York City FC fans for “treating me like a star when I wasn’t.”
Italy start Ciro Immobile, Andrea Belotti and Marco Verratti in a 3-5-2 formation for the World Cup play-off first leg in Sweden.
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match talk as it happens from the World Cup play-off first leg between Sweden and Italy.
Sweden’s top scorer Marcus Berg believes “we can make it to the World Cup” and praised Coach Janne Andersson ahead of the play-off.
Dusan Vlahovic has joined Fiorentina for training this week, ahead of his permanent transfer once he turns 18 in January.
Dries Mertens admits “the last 12 months have been the best of my career, but it’s still strange to be considered a centre-forward” at Napoli.
Sweden goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson is excited to meet his “idol” Gigi Buffon in tonight’s World Cup play-off. “We even share the same birthday.”
Gigi Buffon revealed childhood memories of Italy missing a tournament and laughed off his retirement. “The Nazionale will continue without me!”
Former Juventus full-back Patrice Evra has been suspended from all European club matches until June 30, 2018 and sacked after kicking an Olympique Marseille fan.
Giacomo Bonaventura and Lucas Biglia are expected to be fit for Milan when they face Napoli next weekend.
Napoli have reportedly initiated contact for Atletico Madrid full-back Sime Vrsaljko.
Felipe Anderson is ready to return for Lazio, reports suggest, having missed the start of the season with tendinopathy.
Juventus have confirmed that Miralem Pjanic returned to the pitch today, but he’s still following a personalised training regime.
Napoli are reportedly considering three goalkeepers to replace Pepe Reina, namely Mattia Perin, Geronimo Rulli and Bernd Leno.
Former Milan forward Christophe Dugarry reveals he rejected Juventus twice in his career.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng discusses Carlo Ancelotti’s “strange” team selection against Paris Saint-Germain.
Zdenek Zeman isn’t surprised by Ciro Immobile’s form this season - “with me he scored 28 goals”.
Lorenzo Insigne’s agent admits 3-5-2 “is not very suited to him” but “I think he could adapt to being the second striker” for Italy.
Inter are reportedly optimistic that Mauro Icardi will be fit to face Atalanta after the international break.
Fabio Borini says he’s been impressed by Milan teammate Suso who “has grown so much technically and mentally” since they were together at Liverpool.
Roma’s Radja Nainggolan has been forced to pull out of the Belgium squad with a groin injury.
Suso’s father has confessed that the Milan attacker “has always been a Real Madrid fan.”
Inter are reportedly keeping tabs on Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi with a view to a possible transfer.
Filippo Inzaghi believes Italy’s “pace on the counterattack” and Ciro Immobile are the keys to overcoming Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.
Leandro Paredes admits “I’d like to go back to Roma one day” after revealing Eusebio Di Francesco was behind his exit.
Italy Under-21s boss Luigi Di Biagio has hailed the ‘incredible’ impact of Pescara boss Zdenek Zeman on the Azzurri’s young players.
Pescara boss Zdenek Zeman has urged Italy not to overlook Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne for their World Cup playoff against Sweden.
Fiorentina team manager Giancarlo Antognoni insists exiled co-owner Andrea Della Valle “will show up and settle the fans down soon.”
Palermo have announced the appointment of a new President, ending Maurizio Zamparini’s 15-year occupancy in the position.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s agent insists the Juventus target is only focused on “perhaps the best season in Lazio’s history.”