Giampiero Ventura kick-starts integration of Italy’s next generation


The Azzurri opted for a change in system in their recent match with Liechtenstein, which also a range of new faces take their place in the squad as Ventura began his Italy evolution It is difficult to take too much from Italy’s performances this international break, which saw them thump Liechtenstein 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier, before claiming More...

by Conor Clancy | Published 3 weeks ago
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By Forza Italian Football Staff On Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Italy well within their rights to keep Giovinco out of the squad

Giovinco’s continued exclusion from the Italy set-up is nothing new and it’s not surprising that there’s no way in for the MLS star Giampiero Ventura’s squad for Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein More...

By Kevin Pogorzelski On Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Azzurri could rue the continued omission of Mario Balotelli

Once tipped as Italy’s No.9 for years to come, the 26-year-old now looks as though he might never reestablish himself as a regular in the Azzurri setup. Six goals in six matches in any of the major European More...

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By Louis Gibberd-Thomas On Thursday, November 10th, 2016

England v Italy:

A rivalry that burns fiercely between two great footballing nations, but how much of a disparity is there between the success of each side’s development of international footballers? Historically, the meeting More...

By Vito Doria On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Giampiero Ventura begins Italy evolution with latest squad selection

An abundance of wingers have been included by the Italy coach in his latest squad, which will likely result in a change of formation and possibly style of play for the Azzurri. Transitions from one generation More...

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By Conor Clancy On Friday, November 4th, 2016

Podcast: Atalanta set for Scudetto push and Alejandro Gomez for the Azzurri

Conor Clancy returned to the host’s seat this week as the Forza Italian Football Podcast returned. As Conor was joined by Nicholas Carroll and Luca Gunby, Inter, once again, were the primary focus as they More...

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By Vito Doria On Thursday, October 13th, 2016

International injuries to Montolivo and Milik have silver lining for AC Milan and Napoli

Riccardo Montolivo and Arkadiusz Milik suffered knee injuries while on international duty but their respective clubs can still see an upside despite the absences. Injuries to key players can have an overall effect More...

By Forza Italian Football Staff On Sunday, October 9th, 2016

When Italy meets an underdog

Italy needed Daniele De Rossi to convert a penalty kick just after the 80-minute mark against Spain on Thursday to scrape together a 1-1 draw in both countries’ second qualifier for Russia 2018. For most of the More...

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By Vito Doria On Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Ventura the man to bring the best out in Belotti for the Azzurri

An impressive start to the season has earned the Granata striker a place in the Azzurri squad, where he will be united with his former mentor at club level. Andrea Belotti has been in prolific form for Torino at More...

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By Marco Jackson On Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Italy v Spain – If at first you don’t succeed…

Until the recent past, the chief footballing difference between Italy and Spain’s footballing histories came in the form of their international sides, and the success, or lack of it they enjoyed. Both countries More...