'They call me Pirlinho!'
Andrea Pirlo netted on his 100th Italy appearance for a 2-1 victory over Mexico and won over the Maracanà. “They’re calling me Pirlinho!”
Balotelli: 'I didn't know!'
Mario Balotelli believes Italy have what it takes to reach the Confederations Cup Final, but pleaded ignorance at the booking.
Prandelli: 'Balo, stop showing muscles!'
Cesare Prandelli hailed Italy’s performance against Mexico, but warned Mario Balotelli “has to stop showing off his muscles.”
Pirlo and Balo beat Mexico
Andrea Pirlo’s sensational free kick on his 100th cap and a Mario Balotelli strike saw Italy beat Mexico 2-1 in the Confederations Cup.
The Azzurri have Mario Balotelli and a new system in their Confederations Cup opener against Javier Hernandez’s Mexico.
Latina and Carpi promoted into Serie B
Latina and Carpi earned promotion to Serie B, but Lecce fans went on the rampage after their play-off defeat.
Prandelli: 'Pirlo is Italy guru'
Cesare Prandelli revealed Andrea Pirlo was asked to skip the Confederations Cup, while Stephan El Shaarawy is “frazzled” ahead of Mexico.
Benitez: 'Insigne on another level'
New Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez sent a message of praise for Azzurrini hero Lorenzo Insigne. “You are playing at another level.”
Caldirola: 'Italy-Spain Final a dream'
Italy Under-21 international captain Luca Caldirola says they will “fight for this dream” in the Final against Spain.
Parma approach Saponara
Milan have already bought half of Azzurrini starlet Riccardo Saponara, but now Parma want the other 50 per cent from Empoli.
Negredo blow for Napoli
Sevilla have reportedly warned that Napoli transfer target Alvaro Negredo will cost at least €20m cash.
Albertini urges U21 experience
Italy are in the European Under-21 Championship Final, but FIGC director Demetrio Albertini hopes “these lads can have more space in Serie A.”
Lotito: 'Lazio stars not for sale'
Lazio President Claudio Lotito assures Hernanes, Senad Lulic, Antonio Candreva and Federico Marchetti “are not for sale.”
Cellino: 'I won't sell Nainggolan'
Cagliari President Massimo Cellino says he “might sell Michael Agazzi, but not Radja Nainggolan.”
Biglia: 'Lazio perfect for me'
Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia can’t wait to begin this new adventure. “Lazio is the perfect club for me and I couldn’t miss this chance.”
Palermo confirm Sion's Lafferty
“We have sealed a deal for Kyle Lafferty,” confirmed Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini.
Gonalons confirms Napoli link
“It’s true, Napoli among other clubs called me,” confirmed the agent of Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons.
Juve-Suarez, Higuain-Arsenal, Jovetic-City
Juventus are renewing their bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after Arsenal closed on Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City on Stevan Jovetic.
Mangia: 'One last Azzurrini step'
Italy will face Spain in the European Under-21 Championship Final and Coach Devis Mangia notes “we only need to take one last step.”
Garcia: 'Europe and Rome derby'
Rudi Garcia already has his priorities set out for Roma. “We want to get back into Europe and beat Lazio in the derby.”
Duncan to Sunderland for Nainggolan?
Inter could sell Alfred Duncan to Sunderland and Matias Silvestre to Milan to fund Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Nocerino moves.
Tottenham target Lamela
Tottenham have joined Manchester United and Manchester City in their interest for Roma starlet Erik Lamela.
Pozzo on Basta, Isla and Benatia
Udinese Vice-President Gino Pozzo outlined their plans for Dusan Basta, Mauricio Isla, Antonio Di Natale and Mehdi Benatia.
Pot: 'Holland the much better team'
Italy beat Holland 1-0 in the Under-21 European semi-final, but manager Cor Pot insisted “we were the much better team.”
Gabbiadini: 'Italy can beat Spain'
Manolo Gabbiadini feels Italy’s work ethic and “humility” can beat Spain in the European Under-21 Championship Final.
Donati hails Azzurrini spirit
Giulio Donati admits Italy “knew we’d be under pressure” against Holland, but earned their Final spot with Spain.
Torrado: 'Mexico don't fear Italy'
Italy begin their Confederations Cup tonight against Mexico and veteran Gerardo Torrado warns El Tri have “got rid of that inferiority complex.”
Pirlo's Mexico Century
Andrea Pirlo hopes to “celebrate my 100th cap in style at the Maracanà” against Mexico and names his Italy heirs.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Prandelli: 'Balotelli should play'
Cesare Prandelli hinted at a change of tactics against Mexico and assured “there’s a good chance Mario Balotelli will play.”
Borini: 'Mangia right to pick me'
Fabio Borini says Italy Under-21 Coach Devis Mangia “was right to wait for me” after scoring the semi-final winner over Holland.
Brazil sweep Japan aside
Brazil beat Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan 3-0 in the Confederations Cup opener, as Italy face Mexico on Sunday.
Mangia: 'Italy never gave up'
Italy Under-21 Coach Devis Mangia praised their spirit after beating Holland and warned “we will play our game against Spain.”
U21: Borini sinks the Netherlands!
Holland hit the woodwork, but Fabio Borini scored the winner as Italy will face Spain in the European Under-21 Championship Final.
De La Torre: 'Mexico can win'
Mexico manager Jose Manuel De La Torre is confident about facing Italy on Sunday. “We know how to beat the big teams.”
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