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...

AP Interview: Italian players' rep bemoans racism tolerance

Sep. 26, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was the day after Christmas and the festive atmosphere was quickly ruined when a soccer fan died in clashes outside of the venerated San Siro stadium in Milan. Inside the arena, the situation grew worse when Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is black, was targeted with racist monkey...

FIFA president: Racism in Italian stadiums 'very serious'

Sep. 22, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

PARMA, Italy (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums "very serious" following the latest incident of offensive chants. A 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to racist chants. The...

AP Interview: Serie A CEO cites 'billion' lost to TV piracy

Sep. 20, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The accumulated damage to Italian soccer by illegal television streaming services is "well beyond a billion euros," according to Serie A's CEO. Speaking in the aftermath of a Europe-wide crackdown this week against allegedly fraudulent pay-TV subscription services, Luigi De Siervo also said in...