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.

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.

Mario Balotelli won`t unsettle Italy, says Giorgio Chiellini
Mario Balotelli won`t unsettle Italy, says Giorgio Chiellini

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has played down suggestions Mario Balotelli could have an unsettling influence on the Italy squad after a controversial call-up for a key Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia.

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.

Pelle's big boost after flirtation with Italian squad
Pelle's big boost after flirtation with Italian squad

Southampton`s new powerhouse striker Graziano Pelle has hit the Premier League running and is full of confidence after four goals in five competitive matches propelled him to the fringes of the Italian squad, Saints boss Ronald Koeman told reporters.

Graziano Pelle's big boost after flirtation with Italian squad
Graziano Pelle's big boost after flirtation with Italian squad

Southampton`s new powerhouse striker Graziano Pelle has hit the Premier League running and is full of confidence after four goals in five competitive matches propelled him to the fringes of the Italian squad, Saints boss Ronald Koeman told reporters.

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.

Italy embark on reconstruction job with Dutch test
Italy embark on reconstruction job with Dutch test

Italy`s bid to rebuild after a humiliating World Cup faces its first test on Thursday in the shape of a Dutch squad also embarking on a new era.

Proud Balotelli hits back at racist critic

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has hit back at criticism, some of it racially motivated, of his performance in Italy`s dismal World Cup campaign and made clear he would not become a scapegoat.

Mario Balotelli thanks fans, calls Brazil "paradise"

Buoyed by his Man-of-the-Match winning performance for Italy against England Saturday, Mario Balotelli has described Brazil as "paradise" and thanked fans for their support.

Italy look to slay the ghost of 2010

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli might not admit it, but in Brazil the pressure is on to finally end the pain of a disastrous 2010 World Cup that plunged Italy into despair and sent the Azzurri into redemption mode.

No World Cup dream till after group phase: Prandelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he does not expect his players to harbour big World Cup dreams until they make it out of a "particularly tough" group phase in Brazil.

Zoff hails Prandelli`s contract renewal

Italy`s former head coach Dino Zoff has praised Cesare Prandelli`s contract renewal as an important sign.

Rossi reminds me of Baggio: Antognoni

Giancarlo Antognoni has likened Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi to Italy legend Roberto Baggio.

Guardiola determined to win "prestigious" Club World Cup

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he has no intention of taking the Club World Cup lightly as his European champions prepare to face China`s Guangzhou Evergrande in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Italy must be top seeds: Prandelli

Cesare Prandelli has challenged his Italy side to finish off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a victory as crucial ranking points are at stake for Brazil 2014.

Serie A: Roma-Napoli clash re-scheduled

The Serie A clash between Roma and Napoli will be played Friday, a day earlier than previously scheduled.

Prandelli looking forward to Spain duel

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Prandelli satisfied with San Marino win

The Azzurri coach wants his side`s tempo to improve ahead of a World Cup qualifier and the Confederations Cup and praised the attitude of substitute Mario Balotelli.

Albertini: Italy should bring home the trophy on Sunday

The vice-president of the FIGC and former international midfielder spoke of his belief that the Azzurri deserve the trophy, adding that they are in the final on merit