1. Italy's World Cup Qualifying Campaign More Promising After Euro 2016 Run

    For the Italian national team, the 2016 UEFA European Championship is over. The players are back in Italy and will soon return to their clubs, some of which have already started preparing for the 2016-17 season...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 5 months ago 3,057 reads 11 comments

  2. Giampiero Ventura the Right Man to Take Azzurri into Next Generation

    A subplot to Italy's journey through the knockout rounds of the 2016 UEFA European Championship concerned the Nazionale's future manager...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 5 months ago 5,334 reads 57 comments

  3. Ranking Italy's Players Following Their Euro 2016 Exit

    Italy's run at the 2016 UEFA European Championship is over. It may not have been the kind of fairytale run that Wales and Iceland have been on, but Italy's path to the quarterfinals certainly exceeded all expectations...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 5 months ago 6,219 reads 13 comments

  4. Italy Comes Agonizingly Close in Euro 2016 Exit to Germany

    On Saturday night in Bordeaux, France, two titans of football went head-to-head. The quarterfinal match between Italy and Germany had been hailed as worthy of being the final of the 2016 UEFA European Championship, and the game lived up to its hype...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 5 months ago 6,082 reads 95 comments

  5. Germany vs. Italy: Big Game Will Be Determined by Little Weaknesses

    The 2016 UEFA European Championship is about to get serious. It's time for the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, and in the bottom half of the draw—the one where Europe's "big ...

    Sam Lopresti Written by Sam Lopresti about 5 months ago 8,329 reads 101 comments

  6. 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 5 months ago 9,711 reads 71 comments

  7. 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 5 months ago 4,755 reads 19 comments

  8. 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 5 months ago 3,260 reads 13 comments

  9. 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 5 months ago 1,938 reads 13 comments

  10. 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 6 months ago 1,908 reads 32 comments

  11. 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 6 months ago 2,826 reads 12 comments

  12. 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 6 months ago 4,292 reads 48 comments

  13. 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 6 months ago 12,666 reads 50 comments

  14. 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 6 months ago 2,151 reads 3 comments

  15. 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 6 months ago 9,556 reads 41 comments

  16. 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 6 months ago 5,821 reads 18 comments

  17. 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 6 months ago 3,183 reads 10 comments

  18. Thiago Motta's Number Inconsequential to Italy'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 6 months ago 4,581 reads 14 comments

  19. 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 6 months ago 2,373 reads 13 comments

  20. 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 6 months ago 3,087 reads 6 comments

  21. 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 6 months ago 1,653 reads 3 comments

  22. 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 6 months ago 2,436 reads 8 comments

  23. 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 6 months ago 2,913 reads 15 comments

  24. 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 6 months ago 4,419 reads 45 comments

  25. 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 6 months ago 6,187 reads 25 comments