Iberian one-two in 2018 World Cup draw: Italy face Spain haymaker after Portugal body blow

2018 World Cup Draw Italy

Following the qualification draw for Russia 2018, unseeded Italy face fear of a rare World Cup absence as they match up against the likes of Spain in Group G. When Swansea City forward Eder slid in to give Portugal the lead against Italy in June, there was already an impression of how important that goal might prove to be. The crucial match-up had More...

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By Adriano Boin On Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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Italy set to begin 2018 World Cup qualifying with away match in Israel

Italy will begin their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on September 5, 2016 in Israel after being included in Group G in Saturday’s draw. The Azzurri have been drawn in a group with Spain, Albania, Israel, More...

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By Mike Lazar On Saturday, July 25th, 2015
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Conte awaits grudge matches against Spain in 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

After being drawn with European champions Spain in group G of the World Cup 2018 Russia qualifying matches, Antonio Conte is motivated to gain positive results against La Furia Roja to top the group. Italy will More...

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By Thomas Tague On Saturday, July 25th, 2015
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Italy drawn alongside Spain in 2018 World Cup qualification group

Italy have been handed a tricky group for their 2018 World Cup qualification group, competing against Spain for top spot in Group G. The groups for the qualifying campaign, due to start next year after the conclusion More...

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By Thomas Tague On Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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Croatia hit with point deduction over swastika incident

Croatia have been hit with a point deduction after a swastika was seen on the pitch of the venue hosting their Euro 2016 qualifier with Italy last month. The sickening incident has incurred numerous penalties for More...

Italy Euro 2016 Away Kit Leak
By Ryan Scalzo On Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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Puma leak reveals brand new Italy kit for Euro 2016

An online leak emerged on Monday showing the new away kit for the Italy national team ahead of next year’s Euro 2016 tournament. Puma have been manufacturing the Azzurri kits going back to the mid 2000s More...

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By Marc Mayo On Monday, July 13th, 2015
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Zidane still bitter over World Cup final headbutt

Nine years on from Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final, the Frenchman has reacted angrily when asked to discuss the incident. With the scores 1-1 in the More...

Roberto Baggio Italy Nigeria
By Vito Doria On Friday, July 10th, 2015
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Classic Azzurri Matches – Italy vs Nigeria 1994

As Italy teetered on the edge of elimination at the World Cup in 1994, arguably the greatest talent of his generation – Roberto Baggio – stepped forward and single handedly sent Nigeria packing with More...

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By Marc Mayo On Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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Italy drops to lowest-ever FIFA ranking

Antonio Conte’s Italy have dropped to 17th place in the official FIFA rankings, the Azzurri’s lowest position since the system’s introduction in 1993. The 2006 World Cup winners have not won in More...

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By Vito Doria On Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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Memories of Italy’s 2006 World Cup: Nine years after the Berlin triumph

On July 9, nine years ago, Italy won their fourth World Cup after defeating France on penalties at Berlin’s Olimpiastadion. Italy and France were level at 1-1 after 120 minutes, in an all-European World More...

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