NEWS

Giorgio Chiellini believes Italy will “begin a new tournament” if they reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Cesare Prandelli hinted Italy have been working on a return to 4-3-1-2 against Ireland for some time. “I don’t just wake up in the morning and change my mind.”
Maxi Lopez says he “would like to stay in Serie A,” but denied holding talks with Parma or Napoli.
Cicinho has surprisingly revealed he “smoked and got drunk” while dropped from the Roma squad. “I didn’t do drugs because of the anti-doping tests.”
Mauricio Isla has effectively sealed his transfer to Juventus by sending a message to Udinese on Twitter.
Giovanni Trapattoni gave a typically fiery Press conference ahead of Ireland’s match with Italy on Monday night, including an attack on Roy Keane.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri is celebrating Milan’s decision “not to dismantle” the squad by keeping Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Parma risk going to a blind auction for both Sebastian Giovinco and Fabio Borini, as they are yet to reach an agreement with Roma.
Alberto Aquilani’s future remains in the balance, as there are reports Liverpool will renew his loan to Milan at a cheaper rate.
FIFA agent and transfer expert Ernesto Bronzetti tells Juventus to “hurry up” for Robin Van Persie and predicts a new winning era in Turin.
Domenico Criscito is confident “Italy will reach the next round” of Euro 2012, even if he is still bitter at missing out.
Mario Balotelli took part in training today, so he could recover in time for tomorrow’s match between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is pleased that Milan decided not to sell Thiago Silva and confirmed he’ll stay, but urged the club to “bring in new players.”
Ezequiel Lavezzi has “not yet signed for PSG, but it’s a pure formality,” assured the Napoli striker.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has opened the door to Juventus for Edinson Cavani, but only “if they bring me €70m in cash.”
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli says he’ll be “Italy’s biggest fan” if they progress, but that won’t stop him trying to eliminate them tomorrow.
Juventus are shopping at Euro 2012 and entering a bidding war with Lazio over Polish international Jakub Blaszczykowski.
Lille reportedly turned down an initial €5m offer from Inter for their French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
There are surprise rumours that Ricky Kaka could return to Milan just three years after his €70m move to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have reportedly overtaken Chelsea and PSG in the race for Douglas Maicon by offering a straight swap with Inter target Nuri Sahin.
Alberto Aquilani has a contract lined up at Milan, claim newspapers, but only after he has terminated his deal with Liverpool.
Cesare Prandelli insisted he wouldn’t change Italy’s 3-5-2 system against Ireland, but it’s reported he tested the four-man defence in a hidden training session.
Roma Coach Zdenek Zeman has returned home after minor heart surgery and is said to be recovering well.
Reports continue to suggest newly-promoted Sampdoria are in negotiations with Rafa Benitez to take over the team.
Gigi Del Neri praised Antonio Conte’s Juventus and cursed his luck while on the Turin bench. “If I’d had a bigger squad...”
Marcello Lippi does not believe Spain and Croatia are beyond stitching up Italy. “They do this sort of thing too. Just ask Villarreal...”
Swiss side Sion reveal how they convinced Gennaro Gattuso to join them. “His agent told us it was impossible.”
Andrea Barzagli says he and his Italy teammates are “not remotely considering the possibility we’ll be going home” on Monday night.
Gianluigi Buffon warns Italy must not “think like losers” by focusing on a potential Spain-Croatia stitch-up and blasted the media for focusing on the wrong issues.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
The Czech Republic pushed past Poland 1-0 to qualify for the quarter-finals along with Greece, who incredibly knocked Russia out.
Greece caused a massive upset by beating Group A leaders Russia and knocking them out of Euro 2012 with a shock 1-0 win!
Cesare Prandelli tested a 3-4-1-2 system in training today with a diamond midfield including Alessandro Diamanti, but Mario Balotelli picked up an injury.
Xavi is confident “Italy will reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals along with Spain, as our mentality doesn’t let us play for a draw.”
Mario Balotelli picked up a knee injury in training today and could well miss Italy’s last Group C game with Ireland.

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