AZZURRI

Mario Balotelli was criticised by his Nice teammate Dante, who said “it’s up to him to step up and take charge, not blame the team.”
Marcello Lippi sees Juventus as “among the favourites for the Champions League” this season.
Italy striker Mario Balotelli is back in Nice’s squad to face Montpellier on Saturday.
Carlo Tavecchio has leapt to the defence of his record as FIGC President. “I’m a football expert.
Sandro Tonali’s agent says the Brescia youngster shouldn’t be compared to Andrea Pirlo - “if we want to go over the top, at the same age he’s even stronger”.
World Cup winner Alberto Gilardino has reportedly decided to retire, after scoring 273 goals across his career.
The Italy Under-21 side will face Belgium in a friendly on October 11 and then Tunisia on October 15.
Former Juventus and Parma defender Lilian Thuram claims he would be ‘ashamed to be Italian’ in 2018.
Former Italy CT Cesare Prandelli believes there are too many foreigners in youth academies - “I said the same things eight years ago…”
Alberto Gilardino is considering an offer from Pro Piacenza, having said he’ll retire if he doesn’t get an “interesting offer”.
Walter Mazzarri argues Simone Zaza might be ready to start for Italy, but he “doesn’t have the tempo” to lead Torino against Udinese.
Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella revealed his admiration for Milan, Giacomo Bonaventura, the Premier League and Lebron James.
Mario Balotelli denied he was fined by Nice for being overweight and replied to critics with a sarcastic selfie.
Mario Balotelli responds to criticism of him - “there was a real and valid reason I didn’t want to return to Serie A…”
Nice have reportedly fined Italy striker Mario Balotelli for starting the season overweight.
Laurent Blanc’s Paris Saint-Germain assistant is backing former Italy midfielder Thiago Motta to emulate Diego Simeone as a Coach.
Roma legend Francesco Totti will present his new autobiography at the most iconic symbol of Rome: The Colosseum.
For the first time since 1959, Italy have gone an entire calendar year without a competitive victory.
Mario Balotelli has been left out of Nice’s squad to take on Stade Rennais after he seemed overweight while playing for Italy.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci responded furiously to an internet troll who wished death upon his children.
Former FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio appears to claim Juventus players stopped Lorenzo Insigne playing in Italy’s World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Australian second tier side Avondale FC offered Andrea Pirlo a deal to come out of retirement, but it’s reported the Italy legend isn’t interested.
Legendary former Milan Coach Arrigo Sacchi hits back at Mino Raiola insisting “I’ve never heard of this person…”
A third UEFA competition could reportedly see eight Italian teams play in Europe.
Gigi Di Biagio saw “an improvement, but we have to do much better” after the Italy Under-21 side beat Albania 3-1 in a friendly.