1. Italy vs. Germany Will Determine Euro 2016 Favourite

    The bottom of the knockout draw at the 2016 UEFA European Championship was a daunting sight. Among the eight teams on this side of the bracket were five former world champions...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 2 days ago 8,275 reads 70 comments

  2. Italy Play Perfect Game to Dethrone Champions Spain

    The king is dead. Long live the king. Two-time defending European champion Spain have been eliminated from the 2016 UEFA European Championship by Italy, and in emphatic fashion...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 3 days ago 4,332 reads 19 comments

  3. Italy and Spain Renew Rivalry in 1st Euro 2016 Knockout Round

    It's time to get down to business. The group stage of the 2016 UEFA European Championship is over, and the knockout rounds begin on Saturday. For Italy, the round of 16 starts on Monday at 5 p...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 6 days ago 3,226 reads 13 comments

  4. Ireland Defeat Exposes Italy's Lack of Depth

    The group stage of the 2016 UEFA European Championship came to a close on Wednesday. The final games on the slate came from Group E, and they provided ample drama...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 8 days ago 1,923 reads 13 comments

  5. Italy Must Keep Momentum Going in Group Finale Against Ireland

    The group stage of the 2016 UEFA European Championship is drawing to a close, and Italy are sitting pretty in Group E. By virtue of their victories over Belgium and Sweden, the Azzurri have sealed top spot in the group...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 10 days ago 1,898 reads 32 comments

  6. Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini Is the Embodiment of Antonio Conte's Coaching Ethos

    Much has been made of the choices Italy manager Antonio Conte made when he finalized his 23-man roster for the 2016 UEFA European Championship earlier this month...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 11 days ago 2,625 reads 12 comments

  7. Antonio Conte Answering His Critics, but Questions Remain for Italy

    So little was expected of the Italy national team as the 2016 European Championship began. The Azzurri were without two of their best midfielders due to injury, and their forward ...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 12 days ago 4,246 reads 48 comments

  8. Italy Again Confound Critics with No-Nonsense Approach That Is Reaping Rewards

    Italy came into their Euro 2016 game against Sweden knowing that it would be a different test than the one they passed against Belgium in Group E on Monday...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 13 days ago 12,638 reads 50 comments

  9. Italy Must Continue Playing as a Unit in Group Stage Match vs. Sweden

    Two nights have passed since Italy's 2-0 upset win over Belgium in Monday's Group E opener, and it still hasn't fully sunk in. The Italians came into the game as the very definition of uncertainty...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 16 days ago 2,139 reads 3 comments

  10. Italy Outplays and Outcoaches Belgium in Euro 2016 Opener

    The 2016 UEFA European Championship began for Italy on Monday with a marquee tilt against Belgium. The Belgians came into the game as one of the hot favorites in the tournament...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 17 days ago 9,502 reads 41 comments

  11. Belgium vs. Italy Is a Matchup of Strength on Strength and Weakness on Weakness

    The 2016 European Championship has begun, and already there have been surprises. If the four games that have been played at the post time of this article are any indication, this ...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 19 days ago 5,762 reads 18 comments

  12. A 5-Point Plan to Take Italy to Euro 2016 Glory

    The beginning of the 2016 UEFA European Championship is hours away. On Friday evening, host nation France will take on Romania to ring in the tournament, and three days later, the Italian national team will start their campaign against Belgium...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 21 days ago 3,094 reads 10 comments

  13. Thiago Motta as Italy's No. 10 Inconsequential to the Azzurri's Euro 2016 Quest

    In the week since Italy manager Antonio Conte announced his final choices for his 23-man roster for the 2016 UEFA European Championship, there has been a lot of controversy in his selections...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 23 days ago 4,272 reads 14 comments

  14. Italy Ease Past Finland in Final Friendly Test, but Questions Remain

    The Italian national team took the field against Finland for their final friendly before the 2016 European Championship with questions left to answer...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 24 days ago 2,359 reads 13 comments

  15. Italy Should Test Stefano Sturaro in Friendly vs. Finland

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has submitted his 23-man roster for the 2016 UEFA European Championship, and there is some consternation on the peninsula. That's not without reason...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 27 days ago 3,064 reads 6 comments

  16. Leonardo Bonucci's Evolution as a Leader Key for Italy in Euro 2016

    Six years is a long time. In football—a sport that often marks time in four-year World Cup cycles—it's especially long. A lot of things can change in that period. Teams can rise and fall...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 29 days ago 1,519 reads 3 comments

  17. Alessandro Florenzi's Versatility Could Be Vital to Italy's Euro 2016 Campaign

    As one Italy international has discovered, versatility can be a blessing and a curse in sports. A pitcher in baseball who can be effective as either a starter or reliever is often ...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 2,374 reads 8 comments

  18. Imprecise Italy Leaves Scotland Friendly with Few Answers

    On Sunday, Italy arrived in Malta for their first friendly match in their run-up to the 2016 UEFA European Championship...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 2,910 reads 15 comments

  19. Why Andrea Bertolacci Was AC Milan's Most Surprising Player in 2015/16

    Surprises come in all forms. They can be positive or negative. AC Milan had their fair share of both this season. The unexpected form of Juraj Kucka and M'Baye Niang were certainly positives...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 4,021 reads 45 comments

  20. Italy National Team's Midfield Must Take Shape in Scotland Friendly

    As the Italian national team begin their final preparation for the 2016 UEFA European Championship, there are major worries about an important part of the team. Italy's midfield is in shambles...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 6,161 reads 25 comments

  21. 5 Things for AC Milan Fans to Look Forward to in 2016/17 Serie a Season

    The 2015-16 season was a rough one for AC Milan . It was an improvement on last year's 10th-place finish, but the Rossoneri still didn't get where they wanted to go...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 5,265 reads 39 comments

  22. 5 Things Learned from AC Milan's 2015/16 Season

    AC Milan endured another difficult season in 2015-16. They finished better than last year, moving up to seventh from 10th in Serie A, but they struggled for long stretches of the ...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 6,689 reads 28 comments

  23. Mario Balotelli's Career at a Crossroads Ahead of Big Summer Decisions

    It's been quite a fall for Mario Balotelli . Four years ago, he was the up-and-comer in the Italian player pool...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 6,632 reads 49 comments

  24. AC Milan Need Major Overhaul Despite Performance in Coppa Italia Final

    Well, better late than never. After six weeks of vapid performances against some of Serie A's worst teams dropped them into seventh place, AC Milan put in a good performance ...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 5,909 reads 56 comments

  25. Juventus vs. AC Milan: Winners and Losers from Coppa Italia Final

    The Italian football calendar came to a close on Saturday with the final of the Coppa Italia at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Defending Coppa champions and five-time defending Serie A champions Juventus were looking to make history...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 1 month ago 13,002 reads 44 comments