World Cup 14
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.
Buffon on verge of extending
Gigi Buffon will sign a new contract with Juventus by the end of next week, reports Tuttosport on Wednesday.
Sneijder staying at Inter
Wesley Sneijder will not be leaving Inter for Anzhi Makhachkala in January, the player’s agent has underlined.
Giaccherini agent defends Italy call
The agent of Emanuele Giaccherini has defended his inclusion in the Italy squad despite a lack of playing time at Juventus. “Daniele De Rossi probably wouldn’t get a game there…”
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
El Shaarawy: 'Ready for Balotelli'
Stephan El Shaarawy is looking forward to partnering Mario Balotelli against France tomorrow. “Now I have to prove my quality.”
Chiellini sees 'weird' Italy-France
Giorgio Chiellini is one of the few old hands starting tomorrow’s Italy-France friendly. “It’ll be weird without Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo.”
Materazzi blasts 'scared' Benitez
Marco Materazzi was surprisingly nice about Zinedine Zidane, but blasted Rafa Benitez. “He thought he knew everything, but was afraid of his own shadow.”
Mangia: 'Italy scared Spain'
Devis Mangia praised Italy’s second half performance in difficult circumstances, but acknowledged Spain were ruthless with any mistakes.
Siena lose Paci for three weeks
Siena are going to be without Massimo Paci for the next three weeks after he suffered a thigh strain.
Lavezzi: 'PSG like De Rossi'
Ezequiel Lavezzi confessed he misses Napoli and would welcome Daniele De Rossi at Paris Saint-Germain.
U-21: Spain beat unlucky Italy
Italy’s Under-21 side paid the price for defensive errors, but dominated the second half and were denied by a goalline clearance in their 3-1 friendly defeat to Spain.
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