Given the strategically-placed branded sportswear strewn about the room, we can only assume that this is some kind of subtle viral thing, but it's still refreshing to know that Mario Balotelli does his ironing like the rest of us mere mortals: shirt off, 17th century portraiture on show, Biggie Smal...
Finally something (else) new in football Yes, goal-line technology has arrived, but this World Cup has also brought another radical innovation. On June 22, the football world witnessed the first water break in a World Cup match, after 40 minutes of the fixture between Portugal and the United States...
Italy were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages for the second tournament in a row, and ESPNFC blogger Mina Rzouki gives her verdict on what went wrong.
One sentence: World Cup recap
Another humiliatingly early World Cup exit shatters Italy's ideological project.
All team assessments
Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast | Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Italy wishes i...
The performance of Marco Antonio Rodríguez in the match between Italy and Uruguay fell short of his standards. It was incomplete. We saw two sides to the Mexican, one in the first half and another in the second.
There were a lot of fouls in the first half and he lost control of the game, a...
Italy didn't only lose a game of football to Uruguay on Tuesday. They also lost their place at the World Cup, the president of their football federation, Giancarlo Abete, their coach, Cesare Prandelli (both of whom resigned), and their best player, Andrea Pirlo, who retired from international f...
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Four years and 25 days ago, Cesare Prandelli took over the Italian national team. Two months later, he laid out his philosophy and promised change.
He said he'd make the country fall in love again with the Azzurri, that the team would be a force for good and that success could be a...