When Mirko Vucinic swapped Italy`s Juventus for Abu Dhabi’s Al Jazira in July, sceptics wondered if it was a bulging pay packet rather than the prospect of slugging it out for the United Arab Emirates’ league title that lured the Montenegrin to the Gulf.
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.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri earned plaudits as a rejigged Juventus claimed their biggest league win in 31 years with a 7-0 rout of Parma which left visiting coach Roberto Donadoni feeling "impotent and embarrassed" on Sunday.
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.
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.
Andrea Pirlo is finally getting into his elegant stride for Juventus, just in time for the match which is likely to determine whether or not they progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Italian midfield star Andrea Pirlo appears to be hitting peak form in time for a crucial clash against Olympiakos on Tuesday that could prove decisive for Juventus`s hopes of qualifying from Group A in the Champions League.