World Cup 14
Italy to turn to youngsters
The Gazzetta dello Sport indicate that Italy’s next competitive squad will feature a whole host of new faces, including a number of Under-21 players.
Albertini eyes B teams?
Demetrio Albertini reportedly has in mind a reduced Serie A and the introduction of B teams to Italian football, if he becomes FIGC President.
Senatori convinced Prandelli to leave
Italy’s more experienced players were reportedly ‘decisive’ in Cesare Prandelli opting to resign as Coach.
Mazzarri decision in December?
Inter will reportedly outline details of a one-year extension for Walter Mazzarri shortly, but may not sign it until December.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Hitzfeld: 'That's what Shaqiri can do'
Ottmar Hitzfeld hailed Switzerland and hat-trick hero Xherdan Shaqiri, “now we’ll get prepared for Argentina.”
Rueda: Video evidence on Sakho
Ecuador Coach Reinaldo Rueda called for video evidence to be used against Mamadou Sakho for his elbow.
Honduras Coach sorry for fans
Luis Fernando Suarez was “sorry to the people of Honduras I couldn’t get a victory” in the World Cup.
Deschamps: 'Now for Nigeria'
Didier Deschamps was pleased with France’s 0-0 against Ecuador and turned his focus to the knockout with Nigeria.
Italy squad leaves Brazil
Italy are flying back from Brazil tonight with Mario Balotelli sporting a new hairstyle and visibly distant from his teammates.
Camoranesi: 'Balotelli infuriating'
Mauro Camoranesi finds Mario Balotelli “over-rated and infuriating. I don’t know what his problem is.”
France draw with 10-man Ecuador
France failed to beat 10-man Ecuador after Antonio Valencia’s red card in an eventful game that somehow ended goalless.
Swiss soar on Shaqiri hat-trick
Xherdan Shaqiri scored Switzerland’s first World Cup hat-trick in 60 years to beat Honduras 3-0 and reach the Last 16.
Cannavaro open to Italian job
Fabio Cannavaro confessed he “couldn’t say no” if called to replace Cesare Prandelli as Italy Coach.
Lawyer: 'Conspiracy' for Suarez ban
Uruguay are mounting a determined defence of Luis Suarez, claiming there’s an international conspiracy to get him banned.
Susic: 'Bosnian heads held high'
Bosnia Coach Safet Susic hinted he’d be walking away after an historic World Cup victory. “We go home with heads held high.”
FA: 'We hope Prandelli stays'
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini confirmed he’ll try to talk Cesare Prandelli out of his resignation.
Zaccheroni resigns as Japan Coach
Alberto Zaccheroni has resigned as Coach of Japan, making him a candidate to replace Cesare Prandelli for Italy.
Sabella looks to Messi and Lavezzi
Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella hailed Lionel Messi and Ezequiel Lavezzi after Sergio Aguero’s injury scare.
Keshi: 'Messi is from Jupiter!'
Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi was full of praise and encouragement for Leo Messi. “He’s from Jupiter!”
Queiroz quits Iran job
Carlos Queiroz announced he is leaving the Iran bench after World Cup elimination, but only because the FA won’t offer a new deal.
Line-ups: Honduras, Switzerland
Switzerland have a very good chance of qualifying as they take on Honduras, but need a favour from France.
France aim to keep their 100 per cent record, but face an Ecuador side that wants to beat Switzerland to qualification.
Messi: 'Argentina keep dreaming'
Lionel Messi joins Neymar as World Cup top scorer on four goals and won’t disguise Argentina’s ambition.
Argentina pip Nigeria thriller
Leo Messi and Ahmed Musa scored braces as Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in a pulsating match, but both teams qualify.
Bosnia exit by beating Iran
Miralem Pjanic scored one and set up another as Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 for their first World Cup victory, but both teams go home.
Balo substituted after row?
There are reports circulating that Mario Balotelli was substituted following a row with Cesare Prandelli in Natal.
Schillaci: 'Balotelli not a champion'
Italia ’90 World Cup hero Salvatore Schillaci blamed Cesare Prandelli for 2014 failure. “Mario Balotelli is not a champion.”
Official: Udinese sign Thereau
As expected, Udinese have announced the arrival of striker Cyril Thereau from Chievo.
Mancini to reject Italy job?
Roberto Mancini is the favourite to replace Cesare Prandelli, but it’s reported he’ll turn down the Italy bench.
Uruguay FA: 'Suarez bite photoshopped!'
The Uruguayan Federation claims bite marks from Luis Suarez on Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder were ‘photoshopped.’
Trapattoni: 'Prandelli did a great job'
Giovanni Trapattoni insists Cesare Prandelli “did a great job” as Italy Coach at the World Cup.
Biava close to joining Atalanta
Corriere di Bergamo reports that Giuseppe Biava is close to sealing a move to his boyhood club, Atalanta.
Galliani defends Balotelli
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has come out in defence of Mario Balotelli, following heavy criticism of the player in the wake of Italy’s World Cup elimination.
Balotelli hits back at critics
Mario Balotelli has hit back at his detractors by posting an emotional message on social media.
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