GiampieroVentura seals his 2nd qualification match in charge of Italy

Following Antonio Conte’s decision to step down from his managerial position around 2 weeks later, the Italian Football Federation announced that Giampiero Ventura was the man selected to replace Antonio Conte and this was confirmed on July 17 of 2016.

So far, Giampiero Ventura has guided the Italian national side to 3 World Cup 2018 qualifiers after facing off with Israel, Spain and Macedonia. Italy overcame Israel with a final scoreboard of 3-1 but they had to settle with a 1-1 draw against Spain.


AC Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella has dispelled rumours linking Chelsea out-of-favour star player Cesc Fabregas with a move to the club.

Fabregas was widely speculated as the replacement for injured Milan player Riccardo Montolivo. Montolivo is expected to remain sidelined for the almost the rest of the season after he picked up a knee ligament injury during international duty. Montolivo picked up the injury during the Italy-Spain duel in Turin.

Benatia Compares Massimiliano Allegri to Pep Guardiola

Juventus managed to find the best possible successor for Antonio Conte when they brought in Massimiliano Allegri.

It was seen as a stopgap solution at that time. It was because Allegri had just been sacked from his role at AC Milan, although he still remains the last manager to have led Milan to a league title. There was undoubted quality within the manager as it is starting to become evident. After having led Juventus to even more league titles and one Champions League final, Allegri has been as successful, if not better, than Conte.

As.Roma crashed out of the Champions League

Porto have made it to the UEFA Champions League group stages for the 6 successive season after claiming a convincing 4-1 aggregate victory over As.Roma.

The first leg resulted with a final scoreboard of 1-1 and everything had to be settled in the home turf of As.Roma at the StadioOlimpico which finished with Porto coming out on top with triumph.

Massimiliano Allegri reckons Miralem Pjanic as Best Future Player

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri reckons that midfielder Miralem Pjanic has the potential to become one of the best playmakers in the world.

After spending five years at Roma, the Bosnian midfielder has completed a move to the reigning Italian champions. Juventus spent a whopping € 32 million on the 26-year-old, as they were also aware that midfielder Paul Pogba would be leaving to Manchester United. Pjanic is not the most expensive acquisition by Juventus in the summer, as they spend an even bigger amount – £ 78 million – on striker Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.


Italian giant Napoli are reported not to be keen on finding a replacement for former top striker Gonzalo Higuain that was sold to archrival Juventus for a record transfer fee.

A lot of consistently scoring strikers were linked with the club o serve as replacement. However, Football Italia opined that the management might go with the option of Manolo Gabbiadini and Arkadiusz Milik this season.

Gigi Buffon reckons it’s kind of a change from Italy’s point of view

Gigi Buffon reckons it’s kind of a change from Italy’s point of view that they are free from the permutations and combinations of knockout qualification before their last group game.

In major competitions of late, there has mostly been a sense of Panic in the Italian camp approaching the end of the group stage, but, Six points on the onset in the current Euros have not only bought them the Round of 16 entry, but, it’s also certain that they will not slip to no. 2 in the group.


Cesare Prandelli said he has given his word to Italian club Lazio FC, even though they are interviewing other coaches.

He said he “shook hands and I gave my word.” The former Italy, Fiorentina and Galatasaray boss agreed terms almost a month ago, but Lazio are still out for any coach they believe would help them get the desired results they want in the next campaign.

Prandelli told news agency ANSA:

“I met (Lazio President Claudio) Lotito, we shook hands and I gave my word. As far as I am concerned, we have a gentleman’s agreement, so I will wait before speaking to anyone else.”

Allegri, Gianluigi Buffon and Barzagli allsigned contract extensions

Juventus secured their 5th successive Serie A title after what has been yet another dominant season where MassimilianoAllegri and his team won the Italian League even before the season had officially completed.

The only other clubs that were attempting to stay alongside Juventus competing for the top spots were Napoli and As.Roma but neither of them could really make a genuine charge as Juventus snatched the 1rst spot of the Serie A for the entire season.

MassimilianoAllegri wants to continue being in charge of Juventus and win more titles as the Italian manager decided to sign a contract extension that will be seeing Allegri coaching the club at least until 2018.

Azzurri hopes depend on Candreva

With Italy a goal down in Croatia during the European qualifying campaign back in June 2015, the Azzurri got a penalty. Antonio Candreva stepped up and provided the crowd in Split with a delicate yet impudent moment. He chipped in a Panenka penalty that levelled the tie and grabbed a point for his team.

It was one of the best goals in qualifying but Antonio Conte will be hoping that the Lazio midfielder will be able to provide moments of magic throughout the tournament, despite the L’Aquile star man coming off the back of a tough season.