Inter’s Conte fumes over media’s fixation on formations
ROME (AP) — Only three rounds into his Serie A return, new Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte is already fed up with the local media's obsession with tactics and the "modulo" — Italian for...
World Cup winner Barzagli to retire at end of season
FERRARA, Italy (AP) — Veteran Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli will retire at the end of the season.
Barzagli, who turns 38 next month, revealed his decision after Juve's 2-1 defeat at Spal...
Juventus draws with Parma, Napoli beats Sampdoria in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — Juventus is uncharacteristically leaking goals and coach Massimiliano Allegri is concerned ahead of the Champions League last 16, where they face Atletico Madrid.
For the second time in a week, Juventus conceded three goals as Parma fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in stoppage time in Turin on Saturday in Serie A.
Juventus, Milan, Lazio through to Italian Cup quarterfinals
Cristiano Ronaldo was among several regular players who didn't start though defending champion Juventus nevertheless eased into the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup on Saturday.
Juventus, which achieved the league and cup double in the past four seasons, won at Bologna 2-0 and will next face Atalanta or Cagliari.
Chiellini and Barzagli extend contracts at Juventus
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli have extended their contracts with the Serie A champion.
The club announced on Friday that the 33-year-old Chiellini had signed until 2020, while Barzagli, 37, penned a deal until 2019.
The two players have helped Juve claim seven successive Serie A titles and four Italian Cup trophies.
ROME (AP) — Juventus scored two late goals to rescue a 3-2 win over 10-man Inter Milan in a wild Derby d'Italia on Saturday and stay on track for a record-extending seventh straight Serie A title.
Juan Cuadrado and Gonzalo Higuain scored in the final four minutes as Juventus moved four points ahead of Napoli, which visits Fiorentina on Sunday in a tense title race.
"This is the hunger, pride and thirst for victory that this squad possesses. We will fight to the death to win," Higuain said.
Juventus defense falling apart without the BBC
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Without the BBC, Juventus' defense is falling apart.
Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini had been the mainstay at the back for Juventus and Italy for several years, helping the Bianconeri to six successive Serie A titles.
However, Bonucci surprisingly left for AC Milan in the offseason, while veterans Barzagli and Chiellini have each missed a handful of games already this season.
Buffon to sit out Juventus match after Italy WCup failure
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon is still recovering from Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup and won't play for Juventus at Sampdoria on Sunday.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri announced Saturday that defender Andrea Barzagli also won't play for the same reason.
Both Buffon and Barzagli announced after Italy's playoff loss to Sweden on Monday that they were retiring from the national team.
Italy needs a youth overhaul after missing World Cup
ROME (AP) — Out with the old guard and in with the new.
Italy's national soccer team needs a serious injection of youth to recover from its failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi — the three holdovers from the squad that won the country's fourth World Cup in 2006 — announced they were retiring from the national team in the aftermath of a 1-0 aggregate loss to Sweden in a playoff.
Italy’s once-vaunted ‘BBC’ defense is showing its age
ROME (AP) — With a combined age of 99, Italy's once vaunted "BBC" defensive trio is showing its years.
The Azzurri will still rely on Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup playoff against Sweden next month but the signs in Serie A lately have not been encouraging.
Bonucci's red card with AC Milan over the weekend was the latest poor performance after his high-profile transfer from Juventus made him the highest-paid player in Italy.
A look at the top 11 players who led Juventus to Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid:
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Defender Medhi Benatia has signed a contract that will keep him at Juventus for three more seasons after the club exercised an option to purchase his full rights from Bayern Munich for 17 million euros ($18.5 million).
The 30-year-old Morocco captain had been playing for Juventus on a season-long loan.
"Since I arrived I've always expressed my desire to stay at Juventus and I hope our future is filled with successes," Benatia says.
Juventus’ BBC is better than Barcelona’s MSN
Juventus' BBC is better than Barcelona's MSN.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar could find no way past the experienced defense of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini as Barcelona failed to score in 180 minutes of its Champions League quarterfinal against Juventus, which is beginning to dream of the treble.
Khedira and Insigne shine as Juventus, Napoli win
ROME (AP) — Promoted Pescara proved no test for an understrength Juventus.
Without rested goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and injured defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, the five-time defending champion cruised to a 3-0 win in Serie A on Saturday.
Sami Khedira scored one goal and set up another, Mario Mandzukic and Hernanes also found the target, and Gonzalo Higuain hit the post as the Bianconeri moved seven points ahead of second-place Roma, which visits Atalanta on Sunday.