Player Ratings: Italy 2-0 Albania

Marco Verratti provided a dominant display in midfield to drive Italy to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Albania in Friday evening’s World Cup qualifier at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. The Azzurri took maximum points to keep pace with Spain in Group G thanks to a Daniele Re Rossi penalty after just 12 minutes, with Ciro Immobile’s second half More...

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By Conor Clancy On Friday, March 24th, 2017
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Italy 2-0 Albania: Azzurri seal points despite Albanian crowd disruption

Italy secured a 2-0 win over Albania at Palermo’s Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday evening, despite the game being temporarily suspended due to flares being thrown by the away supporters. Daniele De Rossi and More...

By Kevin Pogorzelski On Friday, March 24th, 2017
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De Biasi looking to take Albania to victory at the place he once called home

Despite facing each other as recently as 2014 and a number of players plying their trade on the peninsula, there will be few among the Albanian ranks familiar with the Stadio Renzo Barbera when they meet Italy on More...

By Adriano Boin On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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Ventura calls for aggressive Italy against Albania

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura expects his side to be tested early and often on Friday, as the Azzurri welcome Albania to Palermo in 2018 World Cup qualifying action. Currently level on points with Spain after four More...

By Adriano Boin On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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Buffon: Maybe I’ll end my career like Zidane

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon hasn’t ruled out leaving the world of football with a big bang, joking that he could headbutt someone much like Zinedine Zidane did. The Juventus No.1 has stated that he More...

By Paul Hill On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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The new age of Azzurri defending – Caldara, Romagnoli and Rugani leading the line

For those that weren’t fully aware of Mattia Caldara on the morning of February 25, they certainly were later that day. The 22 year-old Atalanta centre-back’s near perfect showing at both ends of the pitch against More...

By Conor Clancy On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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PODCAST: Ventura nurturing Italy’s next batch of World Cup winners

The  Forza Italian Football Podcast is a two-man show this week, with Conor Clancy and Luca Gunby trying to get by without Nicholas Carroll. As is now custom, this podcast was recorded live over on FIFTV. Although More...

By Vito Doria On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
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Giampiero Ventura speeds up Italy evolution with latest squad selection

Despite the presence of some veterans, the Azzurri tactician has chosen plenty of youngsters from provincial clubs for his latest Italian squad, and they are players that would surprise even those who follow calcio More...

By Forza Italian Football Staff On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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QUIZ: Can you name every Azzurri player from 2000-2010?

Italy have had their fare share of superstars that have donned the famous Azzurri shirt, from World Cup winners to Champions League holders. However, there have been others which are less well known. NOTE: In two-word More...

By Adriano Boin On Monday, March 20th, 2017
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Ventura: Italy must focus on youth

Don’t expect Italy coach Giampiero Ventura to base his selections on experience, as the tactician made it clear that youth continues to be a focus for the Azzurri boss. The national team will continue their More...