Liveblog: Italy v Albania
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match comments from Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Gianni De Biasi’s surprising Albania.
Italy go 4-2-4 against Gianni De Biasi’s Albania in tonight’s World Cup qualifier, starting Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne, Andrea Belotti, Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva.
Totti ‘wanted to be petrol attendant’
Roma veteran Francesco Totti has revealed the profession he pursued before he became a footballer – a petrol attendant.
Ventura announces 23-man squad
Italy Commissario Tecnico Giampiero Ventura has announced his 23-man squad that will face Albania and the Netherlands.
U21: Azzurrini victory in Poland
Italy’s Under-21 side earned a confident 2-1 friendly victory away to the European Championship hosts Poland, even though Alberto Cerri missed a penalty.
Buffon: ‘Bright future for Italy’
Gianluigi Buffon assures “Italy won’t have any problems after me”, thanks to Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mattia Perin and Alex Meret.
De Biasi: ‘If Albania beat Italy…’
Gianni De Biasi would be “the happiest person in the world” if Albania beat Italy but “I don’t know how many miracles Jesus gives you”.
Buffon: ‘End with a headbutt!’
Gianluigi Buffon considers how he’ll finally end his career - “maybe I’ll headbutt someone on the pitch, like Zinedine Zidane…”
Ventura: ‘No easy games’
Italy CT Giampiero Ventura warns “there are no easy games” ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Albania.
Buffon: ‘Won't be another 1000 games!’
Gianluigi Buffon says “it’s a huge pleasure” to play his 1000th game and jokes “there will be another thousand!”
Italy go 4-2-4 for Albania
Italy look likely to go with a 4-2-4 shape when they take on Albania in Palermo tomorrow night.
De Biasi: ‘I could have been CT’
Albania’s Gianni De Biasi reveals “just one person” stopped him being Italy CT, by vetoing his candidacy.
Panico: ‘More women in football’
Patrizia Panico hopes women as Coaches “will become natural as soon as possible” after taking charge the male Italy Under-16 team.
Di Natale: 'I avoided Napoli'
Antonio Di Natale reveals why he tried to avoid Napoli and calls Lorenzo Insigne “my heir” on the calcio scene.
Hysaj: 'Duel with Insigne'
Elseid Hysaj admits Italy-Albania on Friday “will be a sort of derby” and is looking forward to challenging Napoli teammate Lorenzo Insigne.
U21: Di Biagio on 'last doubts'
Italy Under-21 boss Gigi Di Biagio warns his players that Poland and Spain friendlies will help “remove my last doubts” for the Euros.
Panico and VAR make history
Patrizia Panico made history as the first female Coach to lead a male Italian national team and her Under-16 squad saw a penalty revoked via video technology too.
Panico: ‘Just getting started’
Patrizia Panico is taking charge of the male Italian Under-16s this afternoon, but admits “I didn’t expect all the fuss”.
Immobile: ‘Albania won’t be easy’
Ciro Immobile warns Italy against underestimating Albania - “they got to the Euros, it won’t be a walk in the park”.
Verratti agent: 'Italy future bright'
The agent of Marco Verratti believes 'the future is bright' for Italy, as his client joins up with the national team.
Verratti 'Hidden problems at PSG'
Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti has 'hidden problems' at PSG, reveals his agent.
Gagliardini-Verratti if De Rossi out
If Daniele De Rossi and Leonardo Bonucci are not 100 per cent fit, Italy could start Roberto Gagliardini and Alessio Romagnoli against Albania.
Chiesa: 'Inspired by Robben'
Fiorentina sensation Federico Chiesa admits he’s inspired by Arjen Robben and his father, but is unimpressed with social media.
Italy test 4-2-4 against Albania
Italy are planning a 4-2-4 formation against Albania, with Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti, but Leonard Bonucci is in doubt.
Insigne: ‘I joked with Buffon’
Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne reveals he “joked around a bit” with Juventus captain Gigi Buffon about recent controversy.
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