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Wednesday October 4 2017
Zaccardo signs for Hamrun Spartans

Cristian Zaccardo has reportedly signed for Maltest club Hamrun Spartans after he was close to joining Valletta yesterday.

The 2006 World Cup winner has been a free agent since the summer when his contract expired with Vicenza.

It was reported that he was in advanced negotiations for a new adventure in Malta.

His destination was meant to be Valletta, but instead Gazzamercato claim this evening he has signed a one-year deal with Hamrun Spartans.

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Saturday October 8 2016
Mancini invited by England FA

Roberto Mancini is in the stands for England’s World Cup qualifier against Malta, effectively confirming his status as the front-runner for the Three Lions job.

The former Inter and Manchester City Coach was invited to Wembley Stadium by the FA.

He was photographed entering the arena and then posted a video on Twitter of his view from the stands.

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Saturday October 8 2016
England FA invite Mancini

Roberto Mancini has reportedly been invited to watch England-Malta at Wembley by the FA, fuelling his links with the job.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the former Inter and Manchester City boss will be in the stands for today’s World Cup qualifier.

It seems he was invited directly by the Football Association, fuelling reports he is in negotiations for the England job.

Sam Allardyce parted company with the FA just weeks after taking over and Gareth Southgate is the caretaker manager.

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Sunday May 29 2016
Pelle': 'Malta brings me luck'
Graziano Pelle' insists Italy "lack sharpness" after hard training sessions, but Malta brings him luck.
 
The Southampton striker scored the only goal as the Azzurri beat Scotland 1-0 in a friendly on Maltese soil.
 
"I scored my first Italy goal here too, so Malta evidently brings me luck," he told Rai Sport.
 
"I am happy for the goal.
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Sunday September 6 2015
Buffon: '150 caps and a clean sheet'

Gigi Buffon marked his 150th Italy cap with a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Bulgaria. “My saves helped us get three points.”

The shot-stopper reached the milestone this evening in a Euro 2016 qualifier and it was his 62nd clean sheet.

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Sunday September 6 2015
Conte: 'Pirlo deserves respect'

Antonio Conte said Andrea Pirlo “deserves more respect” after criticism and feels Italy have the toughest Euro 2016 group.

The Azzurri won both games this week, beating Malta and Bulgaria 1-0, putting them top of Group H ahead of Norway and Croatia.

“We’re not qualified yet, so that has to be the primary focus until it is secured,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday September 6 2015
Verratti: 'Italy can't always get lucky'

Marco Verratti warned Italy have to improve their finishing because “we can’t always get lucky with the result.”

The Azzurri squeezed past Malta and Bulgaria with 1-0 scorelines, despite dominating the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

“These were two important games and the results were what really mattered. Now we are top of the group and qualification depends only on us,” the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder told Rai Sport.

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Sunday September 6 2015
Chiellini: 'It's almost done'

Giorgio Chiellini said “it’s practically done” for Italy in Euro 2016 after beating Bulgaria and Malta 1-0 this week.

“We knew these two games were important. The results were minimal, but we put in the effort and deserved more,” Chiellini told Rai Sport.

“Now in Europe all matches are difficult. We made a step forwards today, put in a fine performance and must build on that so we can secure qualification as soon as possible.”

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Saturday September 5 2015
Buffon: 'I won't reach 200 caps'

Gigi Buffon realises Italy have to improve against Bulgaria, but hinted at retirement. “I am not aiming to reach 200 caps!”

On Sunday evening the Azzurri host Bulgaria at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo for Euro 2016 qualifying.

It will be the 37-year-old goalkeeper’s 150th cap for his country.

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Saturday September 5 2015
Tavecchio: 'Conte will have offers'

Federation President Carlo Tavecchio “hopes Antonio Conte will stay until 2018, but there will be offers.”

Italy will face Bulgaria in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday evening at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo.

“Palermo is a fantastic city,” Tavecchio told reporters. “We need the passionate support of these people, the fire of the south.”

The Azzurri were criticised after a slender 1-0 victory over Malta on Thursday.

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