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Italy-England Averages 6.49M Viewers In United States

Jul 14, 2021 10:18 AM

ESPN's coverage of the Italy-England Euro 2020 Final averaged 6.49 million viewers, representing a 43 percent increase from the 2016 Portugal-France telecast. 

ESPN’s audience peaked at 8.2 million viewers as the Azzurri clinched the title on penalty kicks.

Approximately 31 million viewers in the U.K. watched the final on BBC and ITV, making it one of the most-watched programs in British TV history.

The Italy-England match deliver more viewers than each game of NBC Sports’ coverage of the Stanley Cup Final, and it also handily out-delivered nearly every game of the 2020-21 NBA season.

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Tags: England, Italy, UEFA Euro

Gareth Southgate Says England Loss Is 'My Responsibility'

Jul 11, 2021 9:25 PM

Gareth Southgate said he was responsible for England's penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

Southgate subbed on Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho late in the match, with both players missing their penalties.

“That is my responsibility,” Southgate said. “I chose the guys to take the kicks. I told the players that nobody is on their own in that situation. We win and lose together as a team. They have been tight throughout and that’s how it needs to stay. It is my decision to give him [Saka] that penalty. That is totally my responsibility."

Southgate sought to deflect blame from Bukayo Saka, who missed the fifth and final penalty.

“He’s such a super boy. He’s been a star and he’s going to continue to be a star. We’ve got to be there to support and help him. He’ll get a lot of love from outside because of what he’s done in this tournament," added Southgate.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane looked forward to next year World Cup.

“They’ve just got to hold their heads up high. It’s been a fantastic tournament and these things can happen. Anyone can miss a penalty. We win together, we lose together; these boys will grow for it and it gives us more motivation to do well in the World Cup next year." 

Jacob Steinberg & Nick Ames/The Guardian

Tags: England, Italy, UEFA Euro

Tests Confirm Leonardo Spinazzola Tore Achilles Tendon

Jul 3, 2021 5:24 PM

Tests confirmed that Italy fullback Leonardo Spinazzola tore his Achilles tendon during their win over Belgium in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Euros.

The 28-year-old was one of the team's standout performers and was named star of the match for three out of the Italy's four matches.

"He has been one of the best players of this tournament and he will still be even if he can't play in the next games. We are very, very sad with what has happened it seems quite a serious one," said Roberto Mancini after the game.

Lorenzo Insigne also expressed his sadness regarding the injury.

"Its a great loss, we will try to go all the way above all for him. Up to today he has been such a key player, an influential player for us."


Tags: Italy, Injury, UEFA Euro

UEFA Could Postpone European Championship To 2021

Mar 12, 2020 7:09 PM

UEFA are discussing the possibility of postponing this summer's European Championships to 2021.

European football's governing body will hold a video conference to discuss the potential move.

The Euros are currently scheduled between June 12th through July 12th.

Recent suspensions of domestic and European leagues and matches could potentially clash with the current start date of the Euros. 

Dan Roan/BBC Sport

Tags: Croatia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, UEFA Euro

UEFA To Discuss Future Of 2020 Euros Next Week

Mar 12, 2020 12:29 PM

UEFA will have a meeting with board members of the European Club Association to discuss their response to coronavirus.

"Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA EURO 2020," released the organization in a statement.

The 2020 European Championships are currently set to start on June 12th.

La Liga and Serie A recently suspended their domestic leagues, further complicating the start date for the Euros. 

Sam Marsden & Rodrigo Faez/ESPN

Tags: Belgium, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, UEFA Euro

UEFA Monitoring Conoravirus Ahead Of Euro 2020

Mar 1, 2020 5:13 PM

UEFA executives are set to meet on Monday, with Euro 2020 and coronavirus expected to be on top of their agenda. 

The European Championship is set to take place across 12 countries. 

Cases of coronavirus have been reported in Spain, the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway and Austria. Several Serie A matches were cancelled this weekend. 

UEFA have no plans to postpone or cancel the tournament as of now, though they are monitoring the situation.

Joaquín Maroto/

Tags: Croatia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, UEFA Euro

Andrea Pirlo Furious TV Deal Prevents Him From Coaching Italy

Aug 10, 2018 3:44 PM

Andrea Pirlo's television contracts are preventing him from becoming Roberto Mancini's assistant coach with Italy.

Pirlo retired from soccer last November.

Pirlo has hit back at the FIGC, who are instead preparing to appoint Angelo Gregucci as Mancini's assistant, for not making it clear before that his other commitments caused them a problem.

"Throughout my whole career, and still today, I always had such respect for the national team and the value that it represented, for me and for Italians, that I felt the need to specify that the dialogue which had opened up in recent months between me and the Italian FA has always been characterised by the utmost clarity and transparency," he said in a statement, published by ANSA.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Tags: Italy

Vincenzo Montella Admits He Could Leave Sevilla For Italian Team Job

Mar 19, 2018 10:14 AM

Vincenzo Montella could consider leaving Sevilla to take the Italian national team job.

"I feel good in Sevilla and I've got another year on my contract," Montella told RAI," Would I go to Juventus? No. They have a great coach and Allegri will be there for a while because he's doing a great job.

"Would I coach Italy? It's a dream for any coach to coach their national team, I don't know what would happen if they offered it to me..."

Montella has gained 16 out of a possible 36 points since replacing Eduardo Berizzo at the end of 2017.

Sevilla similarly lost Jorge Sampaoli one year ago to the Argentina national team job.

Tags: Italy, Sevilla, Misc Rumor

Antonio Conte Identified As Italy's Top Choice For Manager

Feb 27, 2018 7:58 AM

Antonio Conte has been confirmed as Italy's first choice to become their next manager.

Conte's future with Chelsea remains uncertain.

Roberto Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti, and Claudio Ranieri are also being considered.

“I haven’t chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best,” said football association’s vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta.

“[Conte] has already shown he knows how to be national team coach while the others haven’t yet,” said Costacurta, the former Milan and Italy defender who is in charge of selecting the coach under the federation’s emergency administration.

“That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be happy with Mancini or with Ancelotti – although [Ancelotti] seems to have removed himself from consideration.”

Conte left Italy to join Chelsea in 2016 after the European Championships.

The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, Italy, Misc Rumor

Gianluigi Buffon Receives Surprising Recall To Italian National Team

Feb 26, 2018 12:19 PM

Gianluigi Buffon has receiving a surprising recall to the Italian national team for friendlies against Argentina and England.

Buffon had planned on retiring from international duty following Italy's elimination from the World Cup playoff.

"I've had many discussions and Buffon must not end with that game against Sweden," caretaker manager Luigi Di Biagio said at a news conference on Monday. "It's a question of his personal story, and of prestige -- for what Gigi has given to our football.

"I've offered him two or three games to enable him to make his decision further down the line, so Gigi will probably be part of my squad in March."

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Tags: Italy, Juventus

Antonio Conte Rejects Links To Italian Job
Antonio Conte's future with Chelsea remains uncertain.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Italy Fires Gian Piero Ventura As Manager
Italy suffered a 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.

The Guardian

Gianluigi Buffon 'Sorry For Italy' Not Himself After Missing World Cup
Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

The Guardian

Italy-Sweden Headline World Cup Playoff Draws
Denmark will play Ireland, and Croatia is matched up against Greece.

The Guardian

Spain, France, Italy, Portugal To Receive 2019 Copa America Invites
There is a growing desire among Conmebol chiefs to include the four "Latin" European countries.

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Antonio Conte Regrets Not Leaving Italy Sooner
Antonio Conte suggested he would be reluctant to return to Serie A.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Graziano Pellè Sent Home After Refusing To Shake Manager's Hand
Graziano Pellè was taken off on the hour after an ineffective display in the World Cup qualifier against Spain.

The Guardian

Giampiero Ventura Will Succeed Antonio Conte As Italy's Manager
Giampiero Ventura's tenure at Torino was brought to an end by mutual consent after five years at the club.

The Guardian

Conte Blames MLS Decisions On Omitting Andrea Pirlo, Giovinco
Andrea Pirlo was a surprise omission, having been convinced by Antonio Conte to reassess his plan to retire after the 2014 World Cup.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Italy Leaves Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo Off Euro Roster
On loan from Liverpool, Mario Balotelli scored only one goal in 20 Serie A appearances for AC Milan this season.

The Guardian

Marco Verratti Undergoes Surgery On Groin
Marco Verratti had been troubled by the injury for several months.

Ranieri Uninterested In Italy Job, Wants Long-Term Deal With Leicester
Claudio Ranieri has ruled out his interest in coaching Italy to replace Antonio Conte after Euro 2016.

The Guardian

Antonio Conte Building Backroom Staff With Chelsea
Antonio Conte has yet to meet Roman Abramovich in person and expects to do so within the next week.

Fabrizio Romano, Marcus Christenson/The Guardian

Chelsea, Antonio Conte To Hold More Talks
Chelsea are prepared to offer a salary of £6.3 million per season to Antonio Conte.

Fabrizio Romano, Marcus Christenson/The Guardian

Report: Chelsea Has Agreement With Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte played in 296 matches for Juventus during his playing career and was manager of the club from 2011 until 2014 before taking the job for Italy.

Andy Edwards/Pro Soccer Talk

Gianluigi Buffon To Retire After 2018 World Cup
Gianluigi Buffon has represented his country a record 154 times and has made well over 500 appearances for Juventus, for whom he signed in 2001.

PA Sport

Antonio Conte Suggests Mario Balotelli Will Watch Euro 2016 On TV
Mario Balotelli has been picked by Antonio Conte just once following Italy's exit from the 2014 World Cup.

The Guardian

Andrea Pirlo's Career Playing For Italy Could Be Over
Antonio Conte would like Andrea Pirlo to join Inter Milan during the MLS offseason.


Carlo Ancelotti Dreams Of Managing Italian National Team
Carlo Ancelotti is 55 years old and is in his second season with Real Madrid.

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Sacchi Tries To Clarify Racist Comments About Italian Football
Arrigo Sacchi tried to clarify his remarks on Monday after stating he thought there were too many black players in Italy's national team pipeline.


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