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European Championships
Are Mancini's Azzurri true blue?
09:01 Monday 14th October 2019

When Josh King put away Norway’s stoppage-time penalty on Saturday, snatching a draw at the death against Spain in Euro 2020 Group F after England had lost the previous night in Prague, only two perfect nations remained in the qualifying…

Why Max Allegri should top every managerial shortlist
15:00 Monday 20th May 2019

Massimiliano Allegri is a careful man. Everything that he does is meticulously planned, pored over and executed with a precision that precludes spontaneity. Thorough planning and attention to detail is a trait common among Italian managers.…

Where next for Antonio Conte?
09:00 Monday 8th October 2018

Chelsea endured its fair share of troubles in the past three seasons. The 2015/16 campaign was the worst. Players and fans revolted. The club's most successful manager was sent packing midseason. Interim boss Guus Hiddink could only salvage…

Too late, Azzurri realising what they had in Pirlo, Gattuso, and de Rossi
14:00 Saturday 5th May 2018

In the not-too-distant past, Italian midfielders were noted for their dexterity, physical prowess, astounding technique, and superior ability to read the game. Serie A was regarded as the best league in the world. One didn’t look much…

International Friendlies: England v Italy: A Combined XI
17:28 Tuesday 27th March 2018

The Three Lions are set to face Italy at the Wembley tonight. England have won only one of their last seven matches against the Azzurri. Their last encounter ended in a 1-1 draw in 2015. Gareth Southgate’s side has been unbeaten in last…

Premier League
Matteo Darmian could leave Manchester United after failing to dethrone Antonio Valencia
09:30 Monday 26th March 2018

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian looks destined to exit Old Trafford this summer after failing to nail down a starting place at right-back. The 28-year-old was given four years to become a regular in the defence but has found himself…

Is it time for Gianluigi Buffon to retire from Italy for good?
09:00 Sunday 25th March 2018

You say "Yes," I say "No." You say "Stop" and I say "Go, go, go." Oh no. Channelling Lennon and McCartney, Gianluigi Buffon made a stunning decision to come out of retirement and back into the Italian…

What next for the Italian national team?
12:30 Sunday 19th November 2017

Remarkably, Italy has failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup. The proud footballing nation won't grace the biggest stage for the first time in 60 years. Ironically, that competition in 1958 was hosted by the cause of the Azzurri's…

Meet the new wave of Italians taking the game by storm
12:00 Sunday 18th June 2017

The last seven years haven't been terribly good for the Azzurri. One major tournament final, but a disgraceful performance in said match, coupled with three very limp campaigns across the World Cup and European Championships, has resulted in…

Have you seen this manager? Cesare Prandelli
12:00 Friday 5th May 2017

Whether still chasing silverware, desperately seeking to avoid relegation, or sitting comfortably mid-table, clubs across Europe are beginning to plan for next season even as this one runs down. Some will be searching for a new manager. One…

European Football
Thousandth appearance for truly great Gianluigi Buffon
15:00 Sunday 26th March 2017

On Friday night, Italy defeated Albania 2-0. It was the great Gianluigi Buffon's 1000th career appearance, raising his stock even further among the greatest players in his or any generation. The World Cup-winning shot stopper made his debut…

European Championships
Chelsea bound Conte's Italy bow out, but can hold their heads high following credential boosting Euro 2016.
15:38 Monday 4th July 2016

While Italy's Euro 2016 tournament may have ended in the most heart-breaking fashion imaginable in a game of football- on penalties- The Azzurri and departing coach Antonio Conte can hold their heads high, coming away with their reputations…

Why Domenico Berardi Is The Man Italy Must Take To Euro 2016
16:05 Monday 7th March 2016

With the international break fast approaching, and along with it perhaps one of a last handful of chances for fringe players to stake their claims for Euro 2016 squad spaces, It's Round and It's White run the rule over Italy. Or, to be me more…

England National Team
Familiarity Can Be Both Friend Or Foe For England Against Italy In Manaus
17:39 Thursday 12th June 2014

Our Italian football correspondent Harry De Cosemo takes a look at the opening game for England in Brazil and the problems that the team will be facing.

An Indonesian Funded New Era At Inter While Roma Just Keep Going
17:47 Monday 21st October 2013

After an International break that saw the qualification campaign for next year's World Cup in Brazil come to a close and Wembley remembering what it was like to enjoy watching England, normal service resumed at the weekend.Of course Italy had…