Real still keen on Maicon
Real Madrid remain on the trail of Inter right-back Maicon two years after their original interest, according to Spanish reports.
Marchisio: Italy fear nobody
Claudio Marchisio has declared that Italy are not afraid of their quarter-final opponent after progressing through the group stages of Euro 2012 last night.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Italy player ratings v Ireland
That's how the cookie crumbles...after all the 'biscotto' controversy bad boys Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli sent the Azzurri to the quarters. But were there any eejits against the Irish in Poznan?
Trap: 'Italy can go all the way'
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes his fellow Italians “have the quality to go right through to the end” of Euro 2012.
Cassano: 'A new Euros for Italy'
Antonio Cassano believes the victory over Ireland and his goal mean Italy now “begin a new European Championship.”
Balzaretti: 'Italy so fired up'
Federico Balzaretti is confident Italy can progress in Euro 2012 because they are “remarkably fired up.”
Pirlo: 'One of my worst games'
Andrea Pirlo admits it was “one of my worst performances” against Ireland, but the important thing is that Italy went through.
Tardelli: 'Italy can reach Final'
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli was impressed with Italy and believes “they have everything to reach the Final.”
Bonucci: 'I silenced Balotelli!'
Leonardo Bonucci came off the bench and reveals why he stopped Mario Balotelli’s celebration. “Unfortunately, Mario is very instinctive…”
Chiellini injury 'worries' Italy
Italy’s chief medic has confirmed Giorgio Chiellini has a suspected thigh strain. “We are a little worried, yes.”
Di Natale: 'My Balotelli advice'
Antonio Di Natale thought he had scored against Ireland, but reveals the advice he gave to Mario Balotelli.
Marchisio: 'Tense and surreal'
Claudio Marchisio admits there were tense and “surreal” moments when waiting to hear the Spain result that sparked Italian celebrations.
Buffon: 'Thank you, Spain!'
Gianluigi Buffon thanked Spain for helping Italy qualify and felt it was “a sign” that Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli got the goals.
Prandelli: 'What heart, Italy!'
Cesare Prandelli says Italy can “achieve anything with this heart” after they pushed past Ireland to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Spain squeeze past Croatia
Spain struggled to squeeze past plucky Croatia 1-0 in the final minutes, helping to send Italy into the quarter-finals.
Italy through to the quarters!
Antonio Cassano and a stunning Mario Balotelli overhead kick gave Italy the 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, so the Azzurri are in the quarter-finals!
Benitez has Samp meeting
Rafa Benitez reportedly sent his entourage to have a meeting with Sampdoria in London today, as the newly-promoted club continue negotiations.
Spain and Croatia are pulling no punches with all-attack line-ups in their final Group C game, which will also affect Italy’s qualification hopes.
As expected, Italy switch to a 4-3-1-2 with Antonio Di Natale and Antonio Cassano in attack against the Republic of Ireland.
Platini surprised by Azzurri
UEFA President Michel Platini is surprised at how Italy’s attacking intent has changed and blasted the “idiot” Croatian fans who racially abused Mario Balotelli.
Del Piero close to Flamengo deal
Increasingly strong reports are linking Alessandro Del Piero with a new chapter of his career at Brazilian club Flamengo.
Atalanta now own Denis
Atalanta have officially bought German Denis on a permanent transfer from Udinese after he spent this season in Bergamo.
Buffon: 'No alibis for Italy'
Gigi Buffon has warned Italy must accept tonight’s Euro 2012 results “without ifs, buts or alibis. The team that deserves it will go through.”
Milan now own El Shaarawy
Milan have officially taken full ownership of Stephan El Shaarawy, sending Alexander Merkel to Genoa.
Juve: Van Persie to Torres?
Juventus are said to be switching their transfer interest from Robin Van Persie to Fernando Torres this summer.
Ancelotti predicts Italy-Ireland
Carlo Ancelotti predicts the Italy-Ireland and Spain-Croatia scores and admits Ezequiel Lavezzi “should be joining us” at PSG.
Prandelli: 'Trap knows us too well'
Cesare Prandelli is confident Italy won’t let nerves get to them tonight, although Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni “knows us too well.”
FIGC: Prandelli will stay in charge
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has given Italy boss Cesare Prandelli his full backing, regardless of the Azzurri’s result tonight.
Juve, Roma also want Acerbi
Chievo confirm that they are yet to agree with Genoa on the co-ownership of Francesco Acerbi and add a couple of new names to the list tracking the player.
San Siro turf to remain natural
Inter and Milan have opted against installing a fully synthetic pitch at San Siro, instead choosing a surface that is predominantly natural.
CONI: Serie A 'can't afford' strike
The Italian National Olympic Committee has warned last year’s dispute between players and the Lega Serie A that resulted in a strike cannot be repeated.
Perinetti hopeful of Balzaretti stay
Sporting director Giorgio Perinetti has warned away reported interested in full-back Federico Balzaretti, believing that he could remain with Palermo.
Marchisio: Calcio not fair to gays
Claudio Marchisio has come out in support of gay marriage, suggesting that football’s perception of homosexuality is unjust.
Palermo return delights Ujkani
Palermo’s goalkeeper for next season, Samir Ujkani, has expressed his delight in being handed a second chance at the club.
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