World Cup 14
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Gila: 'Have patience with young Italy'
Alberto Gilardino is confident Italy will be ready for the Confederations Cup. “It’s only normal that it takes a little patience.”
Montolivo: 'Azzurri too passive'
Riccardo Montolivo insisted Italy’s problems against Holland were not tactical, but more to do with “our passive approach.”
Buffon: 'It's a growth process'
Gianluigi Buffon acknowledges Italy need more charisma, but hopes the friendly with Holland can be part of the maturation process for the 2014 World Cup.
Verratti: 'My first Italy goal'
Marco Verratti thanked Alberto Gilardino for the assist and explained why he wore shirt Number 2 for his debut Italy goal.
Prandelli: 'Interesting Italy future'
Cesare Prandelli admits Italy need to improve the 4-3-3 system, gave Marco Verratti pointers and said the Azzurri “have an interesting future to work on.”
Verratti rescues draw in Holland
Marco Verratti snatched a stoppage-time equaliser as Italy held Holland to a 1-1 friendly draw in Amsterdam.
Mangia praises Azzurrini victory
Coach Devis Mangia was pleased with “a great victory over one of the favourites” as Italy beat the German Under-21 side.
Andreazzoli: 'System means nothing'
New Roma Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli confirmed how different he is from Zdenek Zeman by stating “the tactical system counts for nothing.”
Hernanes given all-clear for Lazio
Hernanes has been given the all-clear to play for Lazio against Napoli on Saturday evening with a protective helmet.
U21: Borini's Italy beat Germany
Fabio Borini’s goal set up by Ciro Immobile has given Italy’s Under-21 side a prestigious 1-0 friendly win over Germany.
Italy have Stephan El Shaarawy, Mario Balotelli and Antonio Candreva leading tonight’s friendly against Holland.
Saha: 'I'm here to help Lazio'
Louis Saha has been presented to the media as a new Lazio player, wearing shirt Number 28. “I am very happy to be here and want to give my best.”
Zamparini: 'I'll never forgive Gasp'
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini had a typically fiery interview. “I will never forgive Gian Piero Gasperini and Pietro Lo Monaco.”
More arrests for attack on Spurs fans
Another three people have been arrested for the attack on Tottenham fans in Rome in November, two of them Lazio ultras.
Malesani: 'Why I took Palermo job'
Alberto Malesani reveals why he accepted the Palermo job and concedes the angry fan protest “was normal” in the circumstances.
Brocchi agent blames Matuzalem
Cristian Brocchi’s career could be over and his agent is pinning the blame on former Lazio teammate Francelino Matuzalem.
Gasp: 'Angry, disappointed, let down'
Sacked Palermo Coach Gian Piero Gasperini admits he is “angry, bitter and let down” after being replaced by Alberto Malesani.
Samp's Icardi injury scare
Bad news for Sampdoria, as hitman Mauro Icardi must undergo tests after he picked up a right knee injury during training today.
Blanc 'on Roma shortlist'
Roma director general Franco Baldini has confirmed Laurent Blanc “is on the short list of names for next season,” but won’t be called in this term.
‘Half of Europe wanted Neto’
Siena have explained the reason behind their decision to sell Luis Neto during the January transfer window.
Napoli rejected Salamon offer
Napoli turned down the chance to sign Bartosz Salamon before the youngster put pen to paper on a Milan deal.
Zaccardo couldn’t snub Milan chance
Cristian Zaccardo says he expected to end his career at Parma until Milan made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Lazio confirm Saha swoop
Lazio have confirmed that Louis Saha will be presented to the media as a new Biancocelesti player this evening.
Matri slams ‘absurd’ transfer talk
Juventus striker Alessandro Matri is stunned by the transfer rumours surrounding his future. “It’s absurd.”
‘Immobile proving his worth’
The agent of Ciro Immobile says the fact that Juventus wanted to re-sign his client in January shows how good he is.
Pirlo’s Juve ready for Celtic
Celtic Park will hold no fear for Andrea Pirlo or his Juventus teammates when the Champions League resumes this month.
Prandelli to change code of ethics?
Italian international tactician Cesare Prandelli is considering making a change to his code of ethics policy.
Lazio to sign Louis Saha
Lazio have reportedly signed free agent Louis Saha as a replacement for the injured Miroslav Klose.
Baggio 'seller' would offload Jovetic
Former Fiorentina patron Ranieri Pontello thinks that the club should learn from the Roberto Baggio sale and cash in on Stevan Jovetic.
Italy look to avoid sixth defeat
Italy will go into tonight’s game against Holland in the knowledge that they have lost their last five friendly encounters.
Quintero to leave Serie A?
Both Milan clubs are being linked with Juan Fernando Quintero, but his agent has suggested his future lies outside of Italy.
Interest in Bellomo remains
Bari star Nicola Bellomo is one to watch for the future, the player’s representative has commented.
Moratti hails ‘bright’ Stramaccioni
Inter President Massimo Moratti thinks Andrea Stramaccioni is the right Coach for a side with a future.
Insigne eyes Brazil 2014 call
Napoli sensation Lorenzo Insigne has admitted that he is targeting selection for the 2014 World Cup Finals.
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