EURO 2016

France boss Didier Deschamps hopes his old side Juventus can win the Champions League this season. “They’ve had this objective for many years now.”
Agent Jorge Mendes claims Lionel Messi shouldn’t have won the Ballon d’Or this year. “It was an injustice. Cristiano Ronaldo would've won if he was at Real Madrid.”
Antonio Conte confirms he didn’t want to leave Italy for Chelsea in 2016. “We were all crying, because we knew we’d no longer see each other every day.”
Italy have a 100 per cent record after five Euro qualifiers for the first time in their history, but it’s nine wins on the trot going back to Euro 2016 too.
Valencia striker Simone Zaza called the Euro 2016 penalty miss for Italy “the worst moment of my career. I didn’t ask to take it.”
On this day 12 months ago, Italy beat Spain 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016.
Graziano Pellè confessed he “obviously would never have come to China if it wasn’t for all that money” after joining Shandong Luneng.
Simone Zaza admits he will “never forget” the missed Euro 2016 penalty. “I didn’t have the strength to rise from it,” but he’s found it again at Valencia.
Juventus received more UEFA contributions for players on international duty at Euro 2016 than any other club.
Portugal international Joao Mario jokes he’s “trying to talk Cristiano Ronaldo into joining me at Inter.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2016 Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, but Gigi Buffon is in ninth place.
Matteo Darmian discussed Euro 2016 disappointment, learning from Germany and why he can’t win over Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Simone Zaza has revealed for the first time the “suffering” that has haunted him since his penalty miss for Italy against Germany in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
Nicola Rizzoli will receive an award ahead of the Italy-Germany friendly for being the best referee at Euro 2016.
Daniele De Rossi laughed off reports of an offer from Juventus, but wouldn’t confirm his Roma future either and revealed he could’ve quit international duty.
Antonio Conte fought back tears as he described the Euro 2016 “family” and reveals the moment he “regretted” signing for Chelsea.
After Jose Mourinho, former Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque also feels Chelsea boss Antonio Conte “needs to be more restrained.”
Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura is “stunned” by the criticism of his side and warned “we’re only at the beginning of a generational shift.”
Italy team manager Lele Oriali believes Spain will “have a little more respect for Italy” after the Euro 2016 result.
Gigi Buffon urged Italy to replicate the “passion and desire” that allowed them to beat Spain at Euro 2016 and joked about his “sell-by-date.”
Sergio Busquets said Spain are “out for revenge” against Italy on Thursday after the elimination from Euro 2016.
Leonardo Bonucci believes Spain are stronger than Italy - “it’ll take a game like at the Euros”.
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon urged people to “turn over a new leaf” and stop comparing Giampiero Ventura to Antonio Conte.
Giampiero Ventura expects “another step forward” for Italy against Israel, but warned “I don’t want to talk about Euro 2016 anymore.”
Graziano Pelle looks forward to Israel-Italy, but won't take any more penalties after Euro 2016.
Giampiero Ventura hinted at changes to Italy in future, but explained why he had to work on a Euro 2016 basis against France.
Marco Verratti discusses his passion for the Azzurri and praises new Coach Giampiero Ventura: 'He's perfect for Italy'.
“Italy were close to glory” at Euro 2016 and Giampiero Ventura can “continue the work begun by Antonio Conte,” said FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio.
Marco Verratti admits interest from Real Madrid is “nice” but won’t leave Paris Saint-Germain without winning the Champions League.
Belgium international Jordan Lukaku is “excited” after completing his transfer from Oostende to Lazio.