NEWS

There are reports Gigi Buffon will not be fit to face Denmark on Tuesday, while Mario Balotelli and Sebastian Giovinco also struggle to be ready.
Francesco Lodi insists there was “never any doubt” he would renew his contract with Catania. “I want to stay here for life.”
Genoa Coach Gigi De Canio has urged Cesare Prandelli to call up Marco Borriello. “He has the quality and potential to play for Italy.”
Pescara goalkeeper Mattia Perin has already been linked with Milan, but his agent now confirms “he is monitored by Napoli too.”
Eugenio Corini has “made a dream come true” by becoming the Coach of Chievo, the side he captained during his playing career.
Palermo director Pietro Lo Monaco insists Maurizio Zamparini “was only joking” when he declared his intention to sell the club.
Francesco Guidolin performed some tests with his Udinese side and warned Pablo Armero “has to rediscover his enthusiasm.”
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Juve Stabia both beat and leapfrogged Bari in the table, while Brescia fell in a six-goal thriller at Novara.
Sampdoria got the better of Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco in today’s 2-0 friendly victory.
Alessandro Diamanti has committed himself to Bologna. “Even if a big club came calling, I would not accept.”
Andrea Pirlo is “very pleased” that Lionel Messi confessed to being inspired by him in a free kick for Argentina.
Udinese won their friendly test with Nd Gorica 1-0 thanks to a goal from Maicosuel.
Marco Verratti “would probably have gone to Napoli” if PSG hadn’t stepped in, confessed Pescara director Daniele Delli Carri.
Mario Balotelli had a “positive” fitness test today and should be ready to face Denmark on Tuesday, while Sebastian Giovinco’s ankle injury is “nothing worrying.”
Bologna defender Daniele Portanova is furious and wants to know “why were the other bans reduced by 60 per cent and mine by 40?”
Luca Marrone has experienced the pain of Italy’s European Under-21 Championship play-off exit to keep them focused on Tuesday’s clash with Sweden.
There are reports Inter have turned down an offer from Espanyol to keep loan striker Samuele Longo for another season.
Udinese celebrated captain Antonio Di Natale’s 35th birthday with a special Golden Ball cake and noted “he is like an adopted son.”
Cesare Prandelli staunchly defends his Italy side against media criticism after their win in Armenia and gives an update on Mario Balotelli’s condition.
Goran Pandev is expected to return early from international duty after the Napoli striker was suspended.
Claudio Marchisio’s father is proud to see him in the Ballon d’Or long-list, but warns the Juventus midfielder “has to score 15 goals per season.”
Fiorentina have blasted reports Roma have offered Nicolas Burdisso plus cash for Facundo Roncaglia.
Alessandro Del Piero was “clearly very happy” with his debut goal, but warned Sydney FC teammates they must step up their game.
Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist admits he is “flattered” by the interest from Liverpool.
Lionel Messi reveals he scored a sensational free kick against Uruguay last night by copying Andrea Pirlo.
Angelo Alessio will be on the Juventus bench against Napoli after his ban was reduced, but the assistant manager “expected to be cleared.”
Andrea Stramaccioni assured Inter fans that Wesley Sneijder will return soon and “the derby result is worth triple.”
Walter Mazzarri prepares to face Juventus in Saturday’s top of the table battle, but insists “we never said Napoli were the anti-Juve.”
Agent Mino Raiola has vehemently denied reports Zlatan Ibrahimovic called Barcelona and Mario Balotelli “mediocre.”
Sebastian Giovinco hit back at criticism of his performance for Italy in Armenia. “All you care about is a goal.”
According to the latest reports, Mario Balotelli will be fit to make his Italy comeback against Denmark on Tuesday.
Arturo Vidal will return from international duty early after the Juventus midfielder was sent off for Chile.
Alessandro Del Piero has scored his first goal for Sydney FC with a trademark free kick, but could not avoid another defeat.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini made a shock claim that he is broke. “If they give me €100m I’ll sell the club tomorrow.”

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