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Brazilian-born Emerson called up to Italy squad to face Uruguay, Liechtenstein

Emerson has helped Roma to the verge of a second-place finish in Serie A this season.

Brazilian-born left back Emerson Palmieri has been called up to Italy's squad for the first time for a friendly against Uruguay and a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.

Emerson, 22, who plays for Roma, obtained Italian citizenship in March due to relatives on his mother's side.

AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was called back to the squad for the first time since injuring his left knee against Spain in October, which ruled him out for six months.

India U-17 World Cup team beat Italy 2-0

Indian players celebrate the victory against Italy.

The Indian U-17 World Cup squad, that is preparing for the U-17 World Cup, defeated the Italian Lega Pro U-17 team 2-0 on Friday. 

India's opponents comprised of youth players from clubs in Lega Pro and Lega Pro 2, the third and fourth tiers of Italian football, respectively.

Strikes from Abhijit Sarkar (31') and Rahul Praveen (80') led the team to a morale-boosting win months before the U-17 World Cup that starts in October later this year. Italy, who are not among the five UEFA qualifying...

 By Ben Gladwell

Ex-Palermo man Fabrizio Miccoli faces jail time over 'mafia-style blackmail'

Fabrizio Miccoli Palermo
Fabrizio Miccoli is a former Italy international.

Former Palermo and Italy forward Fabrizio Miccoli could be jailed for four years after being accused of "mafia-style blackmail" to settle a debt seven years ago.

The 37-year-old, who ended his career in 2015 after a brief spell with Maltese club Birkirkara, is accused of having approached the son of a mafia boss in a bid to recoup the sum of €12,000 he said was owed to a friend by a Palermo nightclub.

Mauro Lauricella, the son of reported mafia boss Antonino Lauricella, was absolved in a similar...

 By Ben Gladwell

Giulio Maggiore turns down Under-20 World Cup place to sit exams

The Italian national football team shirt for the UEFA Euro 2016 European football championships.
Italy's under-20 side will be without Giulio Maggiore at the World Cup in South Korea.

A young midfielder at Italy's Serie B club Spezia has turned down the chance to represent his country at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea because he has exams to sit.

Giulio Maggiore, 18, would have been part of the Italy squad departing for Seoul on Tuesday, but with the prospect of over three weeks away from home, he has turned down the opportunity in order to focus on finishing school.

"It's been a struggle balancing both [football and school]," he said in La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Between...

 By Dami Ugbane

Beach Soccer World Cup: Italy trounce Nigeria

Godspower Igudia of Nigeria during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.
Godspower Igudia of Nigeria during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.

Nigeria began her quest for a maiden FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup on a poor note, losing 12-6 to Italy.

Despite not having the best preparations in the weeks and months leading up to the competition, coach Adamu Adamu's team put up a brave showing against the Europeans in the early hours of Friday at the National Beach Soccer Arena, Nassau, Bahamas.

Abu Azeez (hat-trick), Victor Tale, Godspower Igudia and Emeka Ogbonna were the scorers for Nigeria, while Italy's Gabriele Gori was the star of the...