Serie B: Brescia and Bari tumble
Juve Stabia both beat and leapfrogged Bari in the table, while Brescia fell in a six-goal thriller at Novara.
Samp beat Ranieri's Monaco
Sampdoria got the better of Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco in today’s 2-0 friendly victory.
Diamanti committed to Bologna
Alessandro Diamanti has committed himself to Bologna. “Even if a big club came calling, I would not accept.”
Pirlo 'pleased' to inspire Messi
Andrea Pirlo is “very pleased” that Lionel Messi confessed to being inspired by him in a free kick for Argentina.
Maicosuel gives Udinese win
Udinese won their friendly test with Nd Gorica 1-0 thanks to a goal from Maicosuel.
Napoli 'were close to Verratti'
Marco Verratti “would probably have gone to Napoli” if PSG hadn’t stepped in, confessed Pescara director Daniele Delli Carri.
Balotelli 'positive fitness test'
Mario Balotelli had a “positive” fitness test today and should be ready to face Denmark on Tuesday, while Sebastian Giovinco’s ankle injury is “nothing worrying.”
Portanova: 'Juve treated differently'
Bologna defender Daniele Portanova is furious and wants to know “why were the other bans reduced by 60 per cent and mine by 40?”
Marrone uses Azzurrini memories
Luca Marrone has experienced the pain of Italy’s European Under-21 Championship play-off exit to keep them focused on Tuesday’s clash with Sweden.
No longer Longo stay at Espanyol
There are reports Inter have turned down an offer from Espanyol to keep loan striker Samuele Longo for another season.
Di Natale's 35th birthday party
Udinese celebrated captain Antonio Di Natale’s 35th birthday with a special Golden Ball cake and noted “he is like an adopted son.”
Prandelli stands up for Italy
Cesare Prandelli staunchly defends his Italy side against media criticism after their win in Armenia and gives an update on Mario Balotelli’s condition.
Pandev returns to Napoli
Goran Pandev is expected to return early from international duty after the Napoli striker was suspended.
Marchisio Snr's Golden Ball pride
Claudio Marchisio’s father is proud to see him in the Ballon d’Or long-list, but warns the Juventus midfielder “has to score 15 goals per season.”
Viola blast Roncaglia-Roma talk
Fiorentina have blasted reports Roma have offered Nicolas Burdisso plus cash for Facundo Roncaglia.
Del Piero has mixed Sydney feelings
Alessandro Del Piero was “clearly very happy” with his debut goal, but warned Sydney FC teammates they must step up their game.
Granqvist 'flattered' by Liverpool
Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist admits he is “flattered” by the interest from Liverpool.
Messi: 'I copied Pirlo!'
Lionel Messi reveals he scored a sensational free kick against Uruguay last night by copying Andrea Pirlo.
Alessio 'expected to be cleared'
Angelo Alessio will be on the Juventus bench against Napoli after his ban was reduced, but the assistant manager “expected to be cleared.”
Strama: 'Derby win worth triple'
Andrea Stramaccioni assured Inter fans that Wesley Sneijder will return soon and “the derby result is worth triple.”
Mazzarri: 'Napoli the anti-Juve?'
Walter Mazzarri prepares to face Juventus in Saturday’s top of the table battle, but insists “we never said Napoli were the anti-Juve.”
Ibra denies 'mediocre' Balo claim
Agent Mino Raiola has vehemently denied reports Zlatan Ibrahimovic called Barcelona and Mario Balotelli “mediocre.”
Giovinco hits back at Italy critics
Sebastian Giovinco hit back at criticism of his performance for Italy in Armenia. “All you care about is a goal.”
Balotelli fit for Denmark
According to the latest reports, Mario Balotelli will be fit to make his Italy comeback against Denmark on Tuesday.
Vidal early return for Juve
Arturo Vidal will return from international duty early after the Juventus midfielder was sent off for Chile.
Del Piero debut Sydney goal (VIDEO)
Alessandro Del Piero has scored his first goal for Sydney FC with a trademark free kick, but could not avoid another defeat.
Zamparini: 'I'm flat broke!'
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini made a shock claim that he is broke. “If they give me €100m I’ll sell the club tomorrow.”
Roncaglia: 'I'd like to play for Italy'
Fiorentina’s Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia has confirmed he “would like to play for Italy.”
Galliani: 'Milan not for sale'
Adriano Galliani has blasted reports Milan are in talks to sell some of the club to Russian or Qatari investors.
Mangia fears Azzurrini regrets
Devis Mangia can’t help but feel regret as Italy only have a 1-0 lead over Sweden in the European Under-21 Championship play-offs.
El Shaarawy enjoys 'great moment'
Stephan El Shaarawy is enjoying “a great moment in my career” with starring roles for Milan and Italy.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Immobile's Azzurrini dedication
Ciro Immobile scored Italy’s only goal in the Under-21 European Championship play-off against Sweden and had a special dedication.
Trap risks Irish sack after 6-1 loss
Giovanni Trapattoni is under serious pressure after the Republic of Ireland were destroyed 6-1 by Miroslav Klose’s Germany.
U21: Immobile secures win
Italy had by far the better of the Euro play-off, but Ciro Immobile could only give them a slender 1-0 first leg lead over Sweden. The decider is on October 16.
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