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Stunned Italy fail to reach 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sweden qualify

Stunned Italy fail to reach 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sweden qualify

A desperate 0-0 draw at home to a defiant Sweden ended the four-time world champions' hopes of reaching next year's finals in Russia and with it the international careers of several of Italy's biggest names.

Nov 14, 2017, 09:01 AM IST
2018 FIFA World Cup: Italy lose to Sweden in play-off first leg

2018 FIFA World Cup: Italy lose to Sweden in play-off first leg

The last time Italy failed to reach the World Cup was for the 1958 tournament in Sweden.

Nov 11, 2017, 09:19 AM IST
2018 FIFA World Cup: Italy face double-headed playoff nightmare against Sweden

2018 FIFA World Cup: Italy face double-headed playoff nightmare against Sweden

The last time Italy missed the World Cup was the 1958 edition which was hosted in Sweden.

Nov 09, 2017, 19:04 PM IST

Mario Balotelli must change for Italy future, says coach Giampiero Ventura

Even though the Azzurri are playing Uruguay in Nice on Wednesday, where Balotelli has just enjoyed a successful season, the notorious combustible striker will play no part.

Jun 07, 2017, 08:55 AM IST
2018 World Cup qualifier: Gianluigi Buffon smells wind of change as Spain arrive without Iker Casillas

2018 World Cup qualifier: Gianluigi Buffon smells wind of change as Spain arrive without Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas`s omission from the Spain squad by newly-appointed coach Julen Lopetegui has made Buffon realise he cannot go on forever.

Oct 06, 2016, 09:03 AM IST
Euro 2016, quarter-final: Germany vs Italy - As it happened...

Euro 2016, quarter-final: Germany vs Italy - As it happened...

Having lost all their previous eight meetings against Italy in major tournaments, Germany pulled finally pulled off a win against Italy in quarter-final of Euro 2016.

Jul 02, 2016, 23:35 PM IST
Euro 2016: Italy's 2-0 win shows Spain's golden era gone for good

Euro 2016: Italy's 2-0 win shows Spain's golden era gone for good

Spain were second best from the start against an Italy side, who were better organised, more effective on the ball and ruthless in every department.

Jun 28, 2016, 09:34 AM IST
Legendary Gianluigi Buffon set for 150 caps, and more

Legendary Gianluigi Buffon set for 150 caps, and more

Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon hopes to stretch his impressive tally of caps for Italy past the 150 mark as he targets playing for several more seasons at the top level.

Sep 06, 2015, 18:09 PM IST
Ronaldo-less Portugal beat Italy for the first time in 39 years

Ronaldo-less Portugal beat Italy for the first time in 39 years

Cristiano Ronaldo didn't turn up for his team, but Portugal achieved a historical feat on Wednesday after defeating Italy 1-0 in Geneva. It was their first win over the former World champions in 39 years.

Jun 17, 2015, 20:02 PM IST
Daniele De Rossi joins growing Azzurri injury list

Daniele De Rossi joins growing Azzurri injury list

Roma`s Daniele De Rossi has joined Italy`s growing injury list for their friendly against Portugal, four days after the Azzurri kept their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes alive in a controversial 1-1 draw away to Croatia.

Jun 14, 2015, 20:26 PM IST
 Italy`s late strike proves critics wrong: Sergio Parisse

Italy`s late strike proves critics wrong: Sergio Parisse

 Italian captain Sergio Parisse said his team`s dramatic last minute 22-19 victory against Scotland at Murrayfield answered the critics who have questioned the Azzurri`s place in the Six Nations championship.

Mar 01, 2015, 07:27 AM IST
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.

Nov 16, 2014, 17:48 PM IST
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.

Nov 14, 2014, 09:44 AM IST
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.

Nov 12, 2014, 21:57 PM IST
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.

Oct 11, 2014, 19:36 PM IST
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.

Sep 19, 2014, 15:24 PM IST
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.

Sep 19, 2014, 13:23 PM IST
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.

Sep 10, 2014, 15:20 PM IST
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.

Sep 03, 2014, 22:24 PM IST

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.

Jun 26, 2014, 05:01 AM IST