Latest Italy National Soccer Team News

Venezia makes waves with American imports to Italian league

Sep. 24, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The team bus is a team boat for American midfielder Gianluca Busio and his Venezia teammates when they play home games in one of Italy's most picturesque cities. “We drive to a little port and the (water) taxi is waiting for us. That’s the only...

McKennie sent back to Italy after violating US team rules

Sep. 06, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Midfielder Weston McKennie is being sent back to Italy and will miss his second straight World Cup qualifier after breaking U.S. team COVID-19 protocols. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter made the announcement Monday, a day after the U.S. and Canada...

Italy sets unbeaten record; Germany, Spain top WCup groups

Sep. 05, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Italy set an international record of 36 games unbeaten on Sunday as Germany and Spain returned to the top of their World Cup qualifying groups. Though European champions Italy were held 0-0 at Switzerland, Germany and Spain were joined by England and...

Astonish the world: Italy keeps surprising on Olympic track

Aug. 07, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Italian Olympic team’s hashtag on social media for the Tokyo Games translates loosely as “Astonish the world.” Who knew, though, that the Latin phrase “Stupor mundi” would be so appropriate, especially for a track team that didn’t win a...

Viva Italia! Olympic golds follow soccer and song successes

Aug. 02, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The first hints that this was Italy’s year came when Italian band Maneskin won the popular Eurovision Song Contest in May. Then came the European Championship soccer title run in June and July. To top it all off, on the first day of...

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...