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.
Deschamps joy at Italy return
France manager Didier Deschamps is “happy to be back in Italy” for tomorrow’s international friendly against the Azzurri.
Guidolin: 'Udinese need support'
Francesco Guidolin has urged the Udinese ultras to stand by them during this difficult time. “This is a new and young side that needs the support of its fans.”
Prandelli names Italy-France XI
Cesare Prandelli has named his starting XI for Italy’s friendly with France, a 4-3-3 including Marco Verratti, Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Pato on Milan, penalties and fans
Alexandre Pato looks ahead to Napoli-Milan, explains why he took the penalty and denies he was attacked by angry fans.
Samp ultras meet with Ferrara
The tension is cranking up ahead of the Genoa derby and 15 Sampdoria ultras held a meeting with players and Coach Ciro Ferrara.
Thigh strain for Guarin
More injury news for Inter, as midfielder Fredy Guarin has been diagnosed with a thigh strain and is out for two to three weeks.
Tommasi: De Rossi will stay
Former Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi believes that Daniele De Rossi will stay at the club, despite rumours of a move to Manchester City.
'Balotelli could be world's best'
Parma boss Roberto Donadoni believes that Mario Balotelli could go on to be the best player in the world.
Gasperini not resting on laurels
Palermo boss Gian Piero Gasperini has claimed that the club cannot delude themselves, despite their 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday.
Emanuelson: Milan back at square one
Urby Emanuelson has admitted that the there is a 'heavy atmosphere' around Milan after their poor start to the season.
'Conte was right to leave me out'
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted that his exclusion from the squad for the game against Pescara was 'a good lesson'.
Anzhi set to bid for Sneijder
Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder could make a January move to Anzhi Makhachkala, according to reports in the Russian Press.
Allegri rant revealed
Massimiliano Allegri's relationship with the Milan players looked to be disintegrating after reports surfaced of his rant after the loss to Fiorentina.
Fiorentina set for January spend
Fiorentina President Andrea Della Valle is set to invest upwards of €10m in January to help secure a Champions League place.
Marchisio: Juve can succeed in Europe
Claudio Marchisio insists that his Juventus side have what is needed to become a major player on the European stage.
Balotelli staying at City – agent
Mario Balotelli is again being linked with both Milan clubs, but his agent insists the striker will stay at Manchester City.
Silvestre won’t re-join Palermo
Palermo have rejected transfer speculation suggesting that they could recall Matias Silvestre from Inter in January.
Milan deny Pato-fans clash
Milan have dismissed widespread reports in the Italian media that fans hassled Alexandre Pato after the loss to Fiorentina.
Deschamps on Pogba and Mexes
France boss Didier Deschamps has explained why the Serie A based duo of Paul Pogba and Philippe Mexes are currently not part of his plans.
Italy to try a 4-3-3?
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli could decide to experiment with a 4-3-3 system in this week’s friendly against France.
Santon on recall and Newcastle
Davide Santon is happy to be back in the Italian national squad, but he has no desire for a Serie A return. “I’m happy at Newcastle.”
Bianchi future at Torino unclear
Torino chief Urbano Cairo has admitted that he is unsure whether Rolando Bianchi will sign a new contract with the club.
Inter hit back at Juve over Cassano
Inter technical director Marco Branca has thanked Juventus for ‘allowing’ them to sign Antonio Cassano.
Pato jeered by Milan fans
Alexandre Pato was surrounded by angry Milan fans as he tried to leave San Siro on Sunday following the 3-1 loss to Fiorentina.
Insigne leaves Under-21 squad
Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne has pulled out of today’s Italian Under-21 friendly against Spain because of an injury.
Italy possible XI v France
Early indications suggest that Italy will face France on Tuesday with a strike force consisting of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
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