NEWS

Manchester City and Italy striker Mario Balotelli is set to become a father, ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico has revealed.
Luis Enrique reportedly turned down offers from three Italians clubs this summer after announcing his departure from Roma.
Spain’s Andres Iniesta has been named as Euro 2012's player of the tournament by UEFA, but four Italians were included in the best 23 of the competition.
Sampdoria have confirmed that Ciro Ferrara will be their new Coach – but it will take a little bit more time to make his appointment official.
Cagliari have confirmed that they have signed Daniele Dessena on a permanent basis from Sampdoria.
Brazilian club Botafogo have had to find over €7m to secure the signature of Milan legend Clarence Seedorf.
Italian international Amauri could re-sign for Parma ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, reports are suggesting.
Inter captain Javier Zanetti has admitted that his outfit won’t start the new season as one of the favourites for the Scudetto.
Giuseppe Rossi and Domenico Criscito have applauded their Italian international teammates despite the 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final.
German defender Mats Hummels says he has no intention of leaving Borussia Dortmund for Juventus.
Ciro Ferrara could be confirmed as the new Sampdoria boss on Monday – leaving the door open for Devis Mangia to take over the Italian Under-21 side.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli intends to remain on the Azzurri bench to mastermind their World Cup 2014 bid – after last night’s 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final.
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Vicente Del Bosque made history with Spain this evening, but reassured Italy “they had a great tournament and no luck tonight.”
Daniele De Rossi admits Spain are “a step above the rest and we didn’t have the energy to chase them down.”
Thanks for making them angry, 'Spain are boring' lobbyists! Rating the Azzurri after injuries, fatigue and a history-making Spain side made it a grim end to a glorious campaign in Kiev.
Andrea Barzagli admits this Final defeat to Spain was “not pleasant,” but urged Italy to see the bigger picture.
Riccardo Montolivo felt “regret and frustration” after Italy’s 4-0 Final defeat to Spain.
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini has criticised the lack of preparation time for the Final and clubs for not supporting Italy.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete insists Cesare Prandelli will continue his work after “bringing Italy back to the prestigious places in European football.”
Leonardo Bonucci was in floods of tears after Italy’s defeat to Spain, but insists the victory was “shaking off the reputation of catenaccio.”
Giorgio Chiellini reveals he suffered the third different thigh strain of the last six weeks. “There was no time to recover.”
Gianluigi Buffon took his hat off to Spain. “Italy had a wonderful journey, but they have an inestimable value.”
Cesare Prandelli tried to reassure Italy after their heavy Euro 2012 Final defeat to Spain. “It was an extraordinary tournament.”
A drained Italy’s dream ended at the final hurdle, as Spain retained their European title 4-0, though the Azzurri were down to 10 men for the last half-hour.
Italy have Ignazio Abate back in the starting XI with Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli facing Spain’s ‘False 9’ system in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete notes reaching the Final “is already a success for Italy, but we want to continue dreaming.”
“Mario Balotelli is worth €250m,” declared the Italy and Manchester City hitman’s agent.
Referee Nicola Rizzoli reveals he had been picked to officiate the Euro 2012 Final – until Italy qualified. “I’m happy for the Azzurri anyway.”
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu says Italy have already “silenced” the pre-tournament critics by reaching the Final.
Gianfranco Zola is expected to become the new Watford Coach on Tuesday after Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo bought the club.
Diego Forlan is reportedly on the verge of leaving Inter in order to join Brazilian club Internacional.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew tips Italy to win tonight’s Euro 2012 Final, as they have “a better mixture to their game” than Spain.
Alessandro ‘Spillo’ Altobelli believes Mario Balotelli can make the difference against Spain. “He could be as strong as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Marcello Lippi has a mathematically impossible take on the Final. “Italy have a 50 per cent chance of winning, yet Spain are still the favourites.”

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