AZZURRI

Italy’s poor World Cup showing at Brazil ’14 has seen them drop five places in the FIFA World Rankings to 14th.
Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli should be selected for Italy on merit, just like all other Azzurri hopefuls.
Antonio Conte is the favourite to take over the Italian national team, but he must take a pay-cut to be offered the job.
Gigi Buffon thinks Antonio Conte is “dubious” on going from Juventus straight on to the Italy bench.
Juventus captain Gigi Buffon admits Antonio Conte quitting two days into pre-season training is “a bolt from the blue.”
Antonio Conte announced his departure from Juventus in a video message and hinted at the Italy job.
It is official that Antonio Conte has quit Juventus after three consecutive Scudetti due to disagreements over strategy.
Zenit defender Domenico Criscito admits he is “very flattered by Milan’s interest” and could return to Italy.
Udinese confirmed they “certainly won’t stand in his way” if Francesco Guidolin is offered the Italy job.
Juventus’ Fernando Llorente says the fact Coach Antonio Conte has only a year left on his contract will have no influence on the Old Lady.
Italy are set to drop to 14th in the newest edition of the FIFA World Rankings, which will be published on Thursday.
Barbara Berlusconi believes that Italy should take note of Germany’s World Cup victory, and their football reforms.
Nicola Rizzoli has reflected on the ‘honour and pride’ felt in representing Italian football at the 2014 World Cup Final.
Mauro German Camoranesi has a dim view of Italy’s current squad, noting “there are only two great players.”
Javier Zanetti trusts Leo Messi can lead Argentina to World Cup glory against Germany on Sunday.
Nicola Rizzoli refereeing the World Cup Final could mean Italy win the next tournament in 2018!
Alberto Gilardino blasted “crazy” Gian Piero Gasperini and Cesare Prandelli for pushing him towards Guangzhou Evergrande.
Milan are said to be furious with Mario Balotelli after he posted a picture of himself aiming a rifle at “haters.”
It’s reported Cesare Prandelli cancelled Galatasaray’s friendly with Roma because he’s afraid of Italian fans.
Giuseppe Rossi is raring to go with Fiorentina and Italy in this new season. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Alberto Gilardino has revealed his disappointment at not having at least received a phone call from Cesare Prandelli to tell him of his World Cup omission.
Fiorentina captain Manuel Pasqual believes the Della Valle brothers’ criticism of Cesare Prandelli is harsh, but understandable.
Marcello Nicchi believes that former Serie A referee Pierluigi Collina has the credentials to stand for the role of FIGC President.
Max Allegri said “many Coaches are capable” of taking the Italy job and “there’s no point discussing it now.”
Fiorentina patron Diego Della Valle blasted Cesare Prandelli for “running away from Italy. It’s in his DNA.”