NEWS
Tuesday October 15 2019
Belotti: 'Liechtenstein lucky for me'

Andrea Belotti admits “Liechtenstein brings me luck,” as five of his total eight Italy goals were against these Euro 2020 opponents.

He had already scored a brace in Vaduz a couple of years ago, then was on target twice in tonight’s 5-0 victory, along with another goal on Italian turf.

“Liechtenstein brings me luck, especially playing here, as I got a brace here last time too,” the Torino striker told Rai Sport.

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NEWS
Tuesday October 15 2019
Verratti captains inexperienced Italy

Marco Verratti is captain of the Italy team against Liechtenstein tonight, as the starting XI has a total of 131 caps between them.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off in Vaduz at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

There are 10 changes from the XI that beat Greece 2-0 on Saturday, as only Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Verratti remains.

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BLOG ITALIA
Tuesday October 15 2019
Italy's opportunity to experiment

With Italy punching their ticket to Euro 2020, Anthony Barbagallo identified areas of the team where Roberto Mancini should experiment. 

Just two years after missing out on the World Cup, that passionate spirit has been reignited among many Italian fans. It felt like an eternity since we last saw the players and fans with smiles etched across their faces. With the Italian flags and shirts absent in Russia last year, the Azzurri supporters can now take these items out of their closets and put them on display at next year’s monumental Euro 2020. 

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NEWS
Tuesday October 15 2019
Probable line-ups: Liechtenstein-Italy

It’s all change for Italy against Liechtenstein in a potentially historic match, as Giovanni Di Lorenzo should make his debut, with Andrea Belotti and Nicolò Zaniolo stepping in.

It kicks off in Vaduz at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), although the Azzurri have already qualified for Euro 2020.

They are also guaranteed top spot in Group J thanks to seven wins out of seven.

Coach Roberto Mancini has won his last eight matches, so a ninth would equal the all-time Nazionale record set by Vittorio Pozzo in 1938-39.

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NEWS
Monday October 14 2019
‘Napoli were gifted €22m for Verdi!’

BLOG ITALIA
Saturday October 12 2019
Practically perfect Italy progress

Italy are a team transformed from World Cup failures to Euro 2020 perfect records, but Giancarlo Rinaldi awaits further developments.

They might have disguised themselves in green, but it did not leave us feeling blue. From one of the lowest points in the history of the Italian national team, we really could not have asked for more.

A 100% Euro 2020 qualification record - matched only by Belgium - and a place secured with three games to spare would have seemed almost unimaginable two years ago. Roberto Mancini has delivered on his promises with the same style he used to produce with the Sampdoria Number 10 on his back.

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Saturday October 12 2019
Crippa: 'Torino top four with Nzonzi'

Former player Massimo Crippa advised Torino to sign ex-Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi. “They can challenge for a top four finish.”

The Granata were seventh in Serie A last season and entered the Europa League preliminary rounds thanks to Milan pulling out, but lost the play-offs to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“I really like Toro this year and they are certainly among the candidates for a Europa League spot,” Crippa – now Coach of Serie D side Renate – told Tuttosport.

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BLOG ITALIA
Friday October 11 2019
One or two up for Italy?

While Italy continue to shuffle through No 9s ahead of Euro 2020, Football Italia's Chief Correspondent Richard Hall argues there is also a case for a front two...

There is always debate in Italy when it comes to the national team as there is so much coverage all over the peninsula. This has certainly changed since Giampiero Ventura’s failed attempt to reach the World Cup, which led the Gazzetta dello Sport to capture the public mood with the headline ‘Apocalypse’. The conversations are now often based on whether Italy have the quality, but things are changing. Now, with the European Championship on the horizon, questions like ‘who should start as the main striker?’ are becoming more normal again.

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NEWS
Thursday October 10 2019
Immobile favourite for Italy start

Ciro Immobile, Federico Bernardeschi and Francesco Acerbi are expected to start for Italy against Greece in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Roberto Mancini has numerous absentees, with the likes of Alessandro Florenzi, Emerson Palmieri, Stefano Sensi and Lorenzo Pellegrini out injured.

According to the latest reports, there are some doubts still in every area of the team.

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Wednesday October 9 2019
Acerbi: 'Italy enjoying football'

Francesco Acerbi said Italy are “enjoying our football” under Roberto Mancini and the Lazio defender is ready to fight for a place at Euro 2020.

The Azzurri have won all six Euro 2020 qualifiers so far, ahead of hosting Greece in Rome on Saturday and visiting Liechtenstein on Tuesday evening.

“We are happy to be playing in Rome, hope to win and put in a performance that entertains the crowd,” said the Lazio defender in his Press conference.

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