NEWS

Alessandro Del Piero was “clearly very happy” with his debut goal, but warned Sydney FC teammates they must step up their game.
Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist admits he is “flattered” by the interest from Liverpool.
Lionel Messi reveals he scored a sensational free kick against Uruguay last night by copying Andrea Pirlo.
Angelo Alessio will be on the Juventus bench against Napoli after his ban was reduced, but the assistant manager “expected to be cleared.”
Andrea Stramaccioni assured Inter fans that Wesley Sneijder will return soon and “the derby result is worth triple.”
Walter Mazzarri prepares to face Juventus in Saturday’s top of the table battle, but insists “we never said Napoli were the anti-Juve.”
Agent Mino Raiola has vehemently denied reports Zlatan Ibrahimovic called Barcelona and Mario Balotelli “mediocre.”
Sebastian Giovinco hit back at criticism of his performance for Italy in Armenia. “All you care about is a goal.”
According to the latest reports, Mario Balotelli will be fit to make his Italy comeback against Denmark on Tuesday.
Arturo Vidal will return from international duty early after the Juventus midfielder was sent off for Chile.
Alessandro Del Piero has scored his first goal for Sydney FC with a trademark free kick, but could not avoid another defeat.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini made a shock claim that he is broke. “If they give me €100m I’ll sell the club tomorrow.”
Fiorentina’s Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia has confirmed he “would like to play for Italy.”
Adriano Galliani has blasted reports Milan are in talks to sell some of the club to Russian or Qatari investors.
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.
Stephan El Shaarawy is enjoying “a great moment in my career” with starring roles for Milan and Italy.
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Ciro Immobile scored Italy’s only goal in the Under-21 European Championship play-off against Sweden and had a special dedication.
Giovanni Trapattoni is under serious pressure after the Republic of Ireland were destroyed 6-1 by Miroslav Klose’s Germany.
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.
Domenico Criscito celebrated his return to the Azzurri after he was dropped from Euro 2012. “I hope to wear this jersey for a long time.”
Christian Maggio impressed for Italy, but explains how he felt on the floor watching Armenia’s goal go in.
Riccardo Montolivo made his Italy comeback and was pleased with the 3-1 victory over Armenia. “My position is not easy to interpret.”
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo concedes he and fellow Azzurri goalscorer Daniele De Rossi “must earn our places” for Italy and Roma.
Cesare Prandelli insisted Italy “put in a great performance” for their World Cup qualifying victory in Armenia, but was angry with the referee.
Italy survived a scare and some defensive howlers to secure a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory in Armenia.
Italy go for the Under-21 European Championship play-offs against Sweden with Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Giuseppe De Luca in attack.
Genoa had an unusual approach to training today, which included an alfresco barbecue and cards tournament.
Ciro Ferrara wishes his former Under-21 players the best for tonight’s play-off, analyses Juventus-Napoli and reveals a Lorenzo Insigne secret.
Abel Hernandez will go under the knife tomorrow to repair the cruciate ligament in his knee, which will keep the Palermo striker out for four to six months.
Italy have Sebastian Giovinco and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo in tonight’s World Cup qualifier in Armenia, as Mario Balotelli is only fit for the bench.
As expected, Francesco Lodi has officially extended his contract with Catania until June 2016.
Bologna defender Daniele Portanova has also seen his ban slashed to four months on appeal in the betting scandal.
Cesare Prandelli is confident it will be “the Italy of Euro 2012” against Armenia, kick-off 18.00 BST and had a warning for Mario Balotelli.
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has praised star-striker Miroslav Klose, calling him 'critical to the team'.

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