AZZURRI

Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic backed old friend Roberto Mancini to become new Italy Coach.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez has been handed a four-month ban after being found guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
Former Milan and Italy defender Massimo Oddo says it is absurd to place the blame for the Azzurri’s World Cup failure solely on Mario Balotelli.
Ciro Immobile believes the experience of playing in a World Cup will stand him in good stead, but is sad at the way it ended.
Giovanni Trapattoni says scapegoating Mario Balotelli is not right, as he is a player who ‘should be supported’.
Former Juventus and Italy defender Antonello Cuccureddu says Mario Balotelli must show his worth on the pitch, not through words.
Antonio Candreva’s sister has revealed that the Lazio star is ‘sad and furious’ that Italy ‘went out and he did not play’.
Demetrio Albertini says that Mario Balotelli must ‘demonstrate he deserves’ the Italy shirt, and urges the team to ‘restart with Andrea Pirlo’.
Italy’s World Cup squad have landed at Malpensa Airport this morning after returning from their unsuccessful campaign in Brazil.
Andrea Pirlo has conceded that whilst he intends to retire from international duty, if Italy’s new Coach wants him, he will be available.
Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica has waded in on the Luis Suarez bite controversy: “I have not seen any bite.”
The Gazzetta dello Sport indicate that Italy’s next competitive squad will feature a whole host of new faces, including a number of Under-21 players.
Demetrio Albertini reportedly has in mind a reduced Serie A and the introduction of B teams to Italian football, if he becomes FIGC President.
Italy’s more experienced players were reportedly ‘decisive’ in Cesare Prandelli opting to resign as Coach.
Italy are flying back from Brazil tonight with Mario Balotelli sporting a new hairstyle and visibly distant from his teammates.
Mauro Camoranesi finds Mario Balotelli “over-rated and infuriating. I don’t know what his problem is.”
Fabio Cannavaro confessed he “couldn’t say no” if called to replace Cesare Prandelli as Italy Coach.
Uruguay are mounting a determined defence of Luis Suarez, claiming there’s an international conspiracy to get him banned.
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini confirmed he’ll try to talk Cesare Prandelli out of his resignation.
Alberto Zaccheroni has resigned as Coach of Japan, making him a candidate to replace Cesare Prandelli for Italy.
There are reports circulating that Mario Balotelli was substituted following a row with Cesare Prandelli in Natal.
Italia ’90 World Cup hero Salvatore Schillaci blamed Cesare Prandelli for 2014 failure. “Mario Balotelli is not a champion.”
Roberto Mancini is the favourite to replace Cesare Prandelli, but it’s reported he’ll turn down the Italy bench.
The Uruguayan Federation claims bite marks from Luis Suarez on Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder were ‘photoshopped.’
Giovanni Trapattoni insists Cesare Prandelli “did a great job” as Italy Coach at the World Cup.