Andrea Pirlo named Italy`s best for third straight year
Andrea Pirlo named Italy`s best for third straight year

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo claimed Serie A`s player of the year award for the third consecutive year during a gala event on Monday organised by the Association of Italian Footballers.

Crisis-hit Italian football set for reforms in 2016
Crisis-hit Italian football set for reforms in 2016

Serie A chiefs have welcomed a new package of reforms by the Italian football federation (FIGC) that will see squads limited to 25 players in a move designed to boost the flagging Italian game.

Antonio Conte calls on Italy `pride` for Croatia
Antonio Conte calls on Italy `pride` for Croatia

Italy coach Antonio Conte has called for the Azzurri to swell with pride when they take to a rain-battered San Siro pitch against Croatia in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier later Sunday.

Antonio Conte, Gigi Buffon welcome Roberto Mancini back to Serie A
Antonio Conte, Gigi Buffon welcome Roberto Mancini back to Serie A

Italy head coach Antonio Conte and skipper Gigi Buffon have welcomed Roberto Mancini as the new Inter coach.

Mario Balotelli ruled out of Croatia qualifier
Mario Balotelli ruled out of Croatia qualifier

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of Sunday`s Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia due to concerns over his hamstring and groin, the Italian football federation (FIGC) confirmed Saturday.

Spotlight on Mario Balotelli as Italy target Croatia jinx
Spotlight on Mario Balotelli as Italy target Croatia jinx

Italy host Croatia at the San Siro Sunday in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with misfiring striker Mario Balotelli`s place in the team under threat.

Azzurri revival clouded by bleak reality of Serie A
Azzurri revival clouded by bleak reality of Serie A

Italy host Croatia on Sunday in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier but behind the veneer of Antonio Conte`s seemingly rejuvenated Azzurri squad lies a murky backwater that is Italy`s Serie A.

Italy's football chief defends Mario Balotelli's inclusion
Italy's football chief defends Mario Balotelli's inclusion

Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio defended coach Antonio Conte's decision to include Mario Balotelli in the national squad, dismissing rumours that the Liverpool striker's recall was made under sponsors' pressure.

Balotelli should be treated like any other player: Conte
Balotelli should be treated like any other player: Conte

Mario Balotelli is just another player and should be treated the same way as the others, Italy coach Antonio Conte said on Monday.

Mario Balotelli back as Antonio Conte names Italy squad for Croatia
Mario Balotelli back as Antonio Conte names Italy squad for Croatia

Misfiring Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been recalled to Italy`s squad for next week`s Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia in Milan alongside Alessio Cerci of Atletico Madrid.

El Shaarawy, Menez end droughts to secure point for Milan
El Shaarawy, Menez end droughts to secure point for Milan

Stephan El Shaarawy ended a 19-month goal drought and Jeremy Menez hit a second-half penalty to earn Milan a share of the spoils in a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Serie A high-flyers Sampdoria on Saturday.

Increased calls for more Italians in Serie A
Increased calls for more Italians in Serie A

Former Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella has joined calls for a foreign player cap in Italy`s Serie A, days after national team coach Antonio Conte complained of seeing his selection choices limited.

Euro 2016 qualifying: Debutant Graziano Pelle hands Italy win over Malta
Euro 2016 qualifying: Debutant Graziano Pelle hands Italy win over Malta

Italy striker Graziano Pelle scored on his debut to earn a 1-0 away win over 10-man Malta with the visitors having hit the woodwork four times in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.

Antonio Conte defends Azzurri after `scant` Azerbaijan win
Antonio Conte defends Azzurri after `scant` Azerbaijan win

Italy coach Antonio Conte rejected criticism of his side following a "scant" 2-1 win over Azerbaijan that sent the Azzurri top of Group H in Euro 2016 qualifying ahead of an away clash with Malta on Monday.

Leonardo Bonucci gets ticking off for tweet as Juve-Roma row rumbles on
Leonardo Bonucci gets ticking off for tweet as Juve-Roma row rumbles on

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci was given a ticking off on Tuesday for a late night tweet about his winning goal for Juventus in Sunday`s stormy top-of-the-table match against AS Roma. 

Mario Balotelli left out but not excluded: Antonio Conte
Mario Balotelli left out but not excluded: Antonio Conte

Mario Balotelli has not been excluded from the Italy squad, coach Antonio Conte said on Monday, despite overlooking the maverick striker for this month`s Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Juventus need shake-up to be a formidable force in Europe
Juventus need shake-up to be a formidable force in Europe

Juventus are likely to need a shake-up at some point this season if they are to mount a serious challenge in the Champions League this season.

Antonio Conte, Guus Hiddink suffer contrasting Euro fortunes
Antonio Conte, Guus Hiddink suffer contrasting Euro fortunes

Antonio Conte and Guus Hiddink experienced contrasting fortunes in their first competitive games in charge of Italy and the Netherlands in their respective Euro 2016 qualifiers on Tuesday.

Youth holds the key to Italy's future, says Antonio Conte
Youth holds the key to Italy's future, says Antonio Conte

 Young players hold the key to Italy`s future, said coach Antonio Conte after his side played an "almost perfect game" to beat Norway 2-0 in their opening Euro 2016 Group H qualifier on Tuesday.

Euro 2016 qualifying: Simple for Simone Zaza as Italy tame toothless Norway
Euro 2016 qualifying: Simple for Simone Zaza as Italy tame toothless Norway

Simone Zaza made the most of the suspended Mario Balotelli`s absence up front by scoring the opening goal to pave the way for Italy`s comfortable 2-0 win over Norway in a Euro 2016 Group H qualifier on Tuesday.