NEWS

Bologna are in freefall, but President Albano Guaraldi stands by Coach Stefano Pioli and feels “controversy is not helping us.”
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.
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.
Stevan Jovetic is “following the rehabilitation process very well,” announced Fiorentina’s chief medic and he could potentially face Atalanta.
FIGC President Ignazio Abete sees tonight’s friendly against France as a good test for Italy “and Marco Verratti.”
The ‘truce’ between Sampdoria ultras and the team has already crumbled after fans threw smoke bombs and fireworks at the training ground.
There are reports that Fiorentina’s Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia could receive a call-up from Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
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.
Marco Verratti turned down a move to Roma in 2010, Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani has revealed.
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 stopper Daniele Bonera is facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the loss to Fiorentina.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has told Mario Balotelli that he now needs to turn potential into reality.
Napoli’s Paolo Cannavaro says he’s not bothered about continually being ignored by Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
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 would have sacked Gian Piero Gasperini on Sunday had they not beaten Sampdoria, claims Sport Mediaset.
History favours Italy in their ties with France as the two nations meet in a glamour friendly at Parma this evening.
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.
It is only a matter of time before Andrea Consigli becomes a regular in the Giro Azzurro, says Atalanta teammate Guglielmo Stendardo.
The agent of Lazio’s Antonio Candreva has revealed why Juventus failed to sign him outright in the summer of 2010.
Diego Fabbrini will consider an Udinese exit in January should he fail to see more regular action.
Antonio Candreva is convinced that Italy’s attacking trident can deliver results in tonight’s friendly against France.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti says that he and Andrea Pirlo could co-exist in the same Italian national side.
Gigi Buffon will sign a new contract with Juventus by the end of next week, reports Tuttosport on Wednesday.
Wesley Sneijder will not be leaving Inter for Anzhi Makhachkala in January, the player’s agent has underlined.
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…”
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Stephan El Shaarawy is looking forward to partnering Mario Balotelli against France tomorrow. “Now I have to prove my quality.”
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.”
Marco Materazzi was surprisingly nice about Zinedine Zidane, but blasted Rafa Benitez. “He thought he knew everything, but was afraid of his own shadow.”
Devis Mangia praised Italy’s second half performance in difficult circumstances, but acknowledged Spain were ruthless with any mistakes.
Siena are going to be without Massimo Paci for the next three weeks after he suffered a thigh strain.
Ezequiel Lavezzi confessed he misses Napoli and would welcome Daniele De Rossi at Paris Saint-Germain.
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.
France manager Didier Deschamps is “happy to be back in Italy” for tomorrow’s international friendly against the Azzurri.

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