Italy

  • Antonio Conte isn't sending a message to Balotelli 18 hours 34 minutes ago

    Florence: Italy coach Antonio Conte was not trying to send a message to Mario Balotelli by leaving him off the squad. Balotelli, who recently joined Liverpool from AC Milan, was not included in the 27-man squad for Italy's first qualifying match for the 2016 European Championship against Norway on Sept. 9....
  • Mario Balotelli warned by Italy coach Antonio Conte 5 days ago

    Milan: Mario Balotelli has some work to do to earn the respect of Italy coach Antonio Conte. Conte tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he's not sure Balotelli's decision to move back to England is positive or not, "but I do know that whoever joins the national team must then deserve...
  • Seven countries join US in arming Kurds against ISIL 6 days ago

    Washington: Seven countries, including Italy, France and the UK, have joined the American effort to arm the Kurdish forces in northern Iraq against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist outfit that has gained control of large parts of Syria and Iraq. "In addition to support from the US...
  • Luis Suarez pledges not to bite again August 19, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez is ready to put his biting days behind him. The Barcelona striker was officially presented to fans on Tuesday at an event delayed for more than five weeks because of his suspension for biting an opponent at the World Cup. Suarez said he was ready to "erase" his history...
  • Italy name Antonio Conte as coach August 15, 2014

    Rome: Italy named former Juventus coach Antonio Conte as their manager on Thursday, replacing Cesare Prandelli who quit after the team's failure at this year's World Cup in Brazil. Conte has been given a contract until July 2016, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said on its website. Conte won three consecutive Serie...
  • CAS to announce Luis Suarez appeal verdict on Thursday August 13, 2014

    The outcome of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez's appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini will be announced on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday. Suarez was suspended for nine competitive internationals and from all football-related activity for four months after sinking his teeth...
  • Carlo Tavecchio elected as Italian FA president August 12, 2014

    Rome: Despite allegations of racism marring his electoral campaign, Carlo Tavecchio was elected the new president of the Italian football federation on Monday. Tavecchio beat Demetrio Albertini in the race to replace Giancarlo Abete, with the 71-year-old earning 63.63 percent of the votes in the third round of balloting. Albertini received...
  • Italian PM calls Modi for 'rapid, positive solution' on arrested marines August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Taking up the arrest of its two marines off the Kerala coast in the year 2012, Italian Prime Minister rang up his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday evening to resolve the issue. During the telephonic conversation, Italian PM Matteo Renzi conveyed that he hoped for "rapid and positive...
  • Luis Suarez appeals FIFA ban, bite verdict next week August 9, 2014

    Lausanne: Luis Suarez's appeal of his FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup will be decided next week. The Uruguay and Barcelona forward attended a six-hour hearing on Friday before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and gave a statement to the court. He is trying to persuade...
  • Hearing on Luis Suarez's ban appeal on Friday, verdict likely next week August 7, 2014

    Luis Suarez should find out next week whether he has won his appeal against a four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the decision is "likely to be rendered some days" after the closed-door hearing in Lausanne on Friday. The fast-track timetable...
  • Government puts deals worth Rs 30,000 crore with Finmeccanica on hold August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has put all dealings with Italian firm Finmeccanica on hold. A circular says that all procurements with Finmeccanica and its affiliates have been suspended. The move comes after Finmeccanica settled the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case in Italy. The Indian government move means arms deals worth...
  • G7 warns Russia, faces more sanctions July 31, 2014

    London: The G7 leaders in a joint statement on Wednesday said Russia will face further economic sanctions if it continued to support rebels in Ukraine. The warning came after the EU added eight more Russians to its sanctions. The G7 nations of economic powers, comprising the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan...
  • Finmeccanica settles with Italy prosecutors to end VVIP chopper deal probe July 30, 2014

    Milan: AgustaWestland's parent company Finmeccanica says it has reached a agreement with Italian prosecutors to settle legal proceedings over the the VVIP chopper deal in India, adding this did not equal an acknowledgment of any wrongdoing. India had cancelled the Rs 3,700 crore order with Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland for 12 top-end...
  • Qualifier Pablo Cuevas upsets Andreas Seppi in Umag 2nd round July 25, 2014

    Croatia: Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay upset sixth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday to become the first qualifier to reach the Croatia Open quarter-finals in seven years. Also, a local wild card, Borna Coric, last year's Junior US Open champion, beat qualifier Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-3...
  • FIFA rankings: Germany No.1 after World Cup triumph July 17, 2014

    Zurich: Germany have climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. The four-time champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez to appeal 'Fascist' bite ban, says Lawyer July 12, 2014

    Madrid: Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will appeal a "fascist' four-month ban for biting a World Cup rival, his lawyer said Friday. FIFA had rejected an appeal the previous day by Uruguay and the 27-year-old over the severity of his punishment. But now Suarez is going to the Court of Arbitration for...
  • Defying pope, Italian church parade stops by Mafioso's house in tribute July 7, 2014

    Rome: In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and 'ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as "deplorable and disgusting."...
  • World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez referee picked for Brazil-Germany semi-final July 7, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: The referee who failed to see Luis Suarez bite an opponent has been picked to officiate Brazil's World Cup semi-final against Germany. FIFA says on its website that Marco Rodriguez of Mexico will referee the match in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. Rodriguez has handled two World Cup matches, including...
  • World Cup 2014: Defender Andrea Barzagli to miss start of Juve's season July 2, 2014

    Rome: Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli, a World Cup winner with Italy in Germany in 2006, will be sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon and ankle. "Under the supervision of Juventus doctor Fabrizio Tencone the defender was operated on by Professor Sakari Orava in Turku, Finland," the...
  • World Cup 2014: Giorgio Chiellini hopes FIFA reduces Suarez's penalty July 1, 2014

    Madrid: Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has responded to Uruguayan Luis Suarez's apology for biting him during the World Cup Group B match which ended 1-0 in favour of Uruguay. "It's all forgotten, I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension," Chiellini said while mentioning Suarez on Twitter, reports EFE. Suarez had earlier apologised...
  • Around 30 bodies found in migrant boat: Italian authorities June 30, 2014

    Rome: About 30 bodies have been found in a migrant boat which was stopped between Sicily and the North African coast, Italian news agencies reported on Monday, citing the navy and coastguard. The rescuers made the gruesome discovery when they boarded a fishing boat carrying around 590 refugees and migrants to...
  • World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez flies home after World Cup expulsion June 27, 2014

    Montevideo: Luis Suarez flew home to Uruguay on Friday after being thrown out of the World Cup in Brazil and banned from soccer for four months for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in a Group D match earlier this week. The Liverpool striker was met by President Jose Mujica when he...
  • World Cup 2014: We made a bad impression, says Buffon June 26, 2014

    Milan: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon admitted the Azzurri "made a bad impression" at the World Cup as the players returned home. Buffon and a number of other players as well as resigned coach Cesare Prandelli and other staff landed at Milan's Malpensa airport following Italy's group stage exit from the World...
  • World Cup 2014: I will remain available for Italy, says Pirlo June 26, 2014

    Milan: Italy's midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo says he may go back on his decision to retire from international football. The 35-year-old Pirlo, who plays for Juventus, said before the World Cup that he would quit international football after the tournament in Brazil. However, on the airplane back to Italy following a disappointing...
  • Suarez bite row: Should role models behave more responsibly? June 25, 2014

    FIFA begins disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay's Luis Suarez after he was caught on camera biting Italian defender Chiellini during last Group D last match. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Suarez can stop biting, but it won't be easy, say psychologists June 25, 2014

    Luis Suarez can learn to stop biting opponents but it will not be a quick or easy process, senior psychologists have said following the Uruguay striker's bite on the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. Suarez, twice previously banned for biting, is under investigation by FIFA for...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Suarez June 25, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay forward Luis Suarez after Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini accused him of biting during the South Americans' 1-0 Group D victory at the World Cup on Tuesday. The probe means Suarez, twice previously banned for biting, may be hit with another lengthy...
  • The Beautiful Game: Suarez faces lengthy ban for biting Chiellini June 25, 2014

    Luis Suarez is facing an abrupt end to his World Cup after FIFA announced it will investigate the Uruguay striker for allegedly biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's on shoulder. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Italy's coach Prandelli offers to resign after exit June 25, 2014

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli offered his resignation on Tuesday after his team's elimination from the World Cup following a controversial 1-0 defeat by Uruguay. "At the end of the match I spoke to the president of the federation, I have told them I am going to resign from my position,"...
  • World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez faces another World Cup ban June 25, 2014

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez looks almost certain to be banned from the World Cup for the second successive tournament after he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during his team's 1-0 win on Tuesday. FIFA is investigating the incident which has become a worldwide talking point and Suarez, twice previously...