Latest Italy National Soccer Team News

In second spell at Man United, Zelem leads transformed club

Nov. 16, 2019 6:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Katie Zelem had to leave Manchester United to chase her dream, just to get a chance of making a career out of playing the game she loves. Zelem’s journey — from the return to United to becoming captain and a face of Adidas marketing — captures the rapid advances in...

AP Interview: Rossi back home in Spain for another comeback

Nov. 11, 2019 5:23 AM EST

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Giuseppe Rossi is back home — in Spain. The American-born striker, originally from New Jersey and who played for the Italian national team before a series of injuries slowed his career, is back at Villarreal, the Spanish club where he thrived in his prime. "It's been a rough...

Villarreal to showcase its flair _ and ceramics _ in US

Nov. 8, 2019 8:07 AM EST

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — A short drive through the narrow streets of Villarreal can give you an idea about what matters most in this small city in eastern Spain. Only a few buildings stand out — the large ceramics factories that fuel the local economy and the iconic La Cerámica Stadium that is...

'The problem is I'm Italian': Balotelli spurs racism debate

Nov. 7, 2019 7:26 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The ball that Mario Balotelli angrily kicked high into the stands out of frustration because of racist chants is still traveling. Figuratively speaking, at least. In a Serie A season that has been marred by discriminatory slurs from the outset, Balotelli's outburst has prompted more debate,...

Italy's female soccer players aim to change law limiting pay

Oct. 24, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's surprise run to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup this year went a long way toward changing misconceptions about the female game in a country where the most popular sport is dominated by men. Out of a population of 60 million, more than 20 million spectators watched Italy's...