Latest Italy National Soccer Team News

American midfielder Tessmann transfers to promoted Venezia

Jul. 15, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — American midfielder Tanner Tessmann transferred to Italy's newly promoted Venezia from Dallas on Thursday. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Tessmann made his professional debut with North Texas on April 27, 2019, signed with Dallas as a homegrown...

Olympic athletes to put on own medals at Tokyo ceremonies

Jul. 14, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus. The “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies in the 339 events was revealed Wednesday by International Olympic...

AP PHOTOS: After 1 month, Italy closes Euro 2020 with title

Jul. 14, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Italy’s national soccer team started things off on June 11 in Rome, and then finished things off exactly one month later in London. The Italians won their second European Championship on Sunday at Wembley Stadium by beating England in a penalty shootout...

Mural in soccer star's hometown becomes anti-racism symbol

Jul. 13, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Through the pens and pencils of children, England is fighting back against racism. After Marcus Rashford and two other Black players missed penalty kicks in the final moments of the national soccer team's European Championship loss to Italy, bigots defaced...

Analysis: England stars extol values at odds with some fans

Jul. 12, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — There wasn’t just missing out on the European title for a crestfallen and weary Gareth Southgate to contemplate. The fallout from England fans’ boorish behavior was proving as painful for the coach and the nation on Monday than the previous night’s...

Police investigate racist abuse of three England players

Jul. 12, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police opened investigations Monday into the racist abuse of three Black players who failed to score penalties in England's shootout loss to Italy in the European Championship final. The Metropolitan Police condemned the “unacceptable” abuse of...

Italy explodes in joy after winning European soccer title

Jul. 11, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italians celebrated the European Championship soccer title as a new beginning not only for their youthful national team but for a country that's been yearning to return to normalcy after being hit hard and long by the coronavirus pandemic. A cacophony of...

Racist abuse targets 3 English players who missed penalties

Jul. 11, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Three Black players who missed penalty kicks for England in the decisive European Championship shootout against Italy on Sunday night were subjected to racist abuse online, prompting the English Football Association to issue a statement condemning the language used against the...

Fans go from euphoria to despair as England falls short

Jul. 11, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — So close. It took just a few weeks to undo decades of pessimism for England fans, persuading millions that the team could defy decades of disappointment and win a major international soccer tournament for the first time since 1966. For...

Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout

Jul. 11, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on. And it just had to be because of a penalty shootout. Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating...