Reina saves penalty as Milan wins 2-1 at Genoa
MILAN (AP) — Pepe Reina made up for an earlier error by saving a stoppage-time penalty as AC Milan came from behind to win 2-1 at Genoa on Saturday and snap a three-match losing streak in Serie...
Zaniolo recalled to Italy squad, 1st call for Di Lorenzo
ROME (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini has recalled Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo to his squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Greece and Liechtenstein.
Belotti scores 2 as Torino beats Milan 2-1 in Serie A
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Andrea Belotti scored two goals in five minutes as Torino came from behind to beat AC Milan 2-1 in Serie A on Thursday.
Krzysztof Piatek had given Milan the lead with a...
Serie A race for 2 Champions League spots goes to final day
The race for the final two Champions League spots from Serie A will go to the last day of the season.
Atalanta drew 1-1 at Italian champion Juventus on Sunday to move into third place in the...
Donnarumma at root of Milan’s impressive form
MILAN (AP) — While AC Milan's forward line has been garnering most of the plaudits, young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has been at the heart of the team's success.
After WCup failure, Italy starts Nations League with a draw
ROME (AP) — Ten months after failing to qualify for the World Cup, Italy still doesn't look World Cup-worthy.
Playing their first competitive match since last year's playoff loss to Sweden, the Azzurri required a late penalty to draw with Poland 1-1 at home on Friday in the UEFA Nations League.
Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho converted the spot kick after substitute Federico Chiesa earned the penalty for Italy.
Mancini’s training sessions are music to the ears
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini is trying something new to motivate his players.
For the first time in Italy training sessions, music is being played from a speaker attached to a mobile phone.
"It's a new thing. I've been here for three years and until now I've only heard it in the changing room," Italy and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma said on Tuesday.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Goalkeeper Mattia Perin has transferred to Juventus as a replacement for departed captain Gianluigi Buffon.
Juventus announced the move Friday, saying it will pay Genoa a 12 million euro ($14 million) transfer fee plus another 3 million euros in eventual bonuses.
The 25-year-old Perin has spent most of his career at Genoa besides a couple loan spells and is also a member of Italy's national team.
AC Milan’s mistakes hand Italian Cup title to Juventus
ROME (AP) — AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma gifted two goals and Nikola Kalinic added an own-goal in a nightmare 4-0 defeat for the Rossoneri as Juventus claimed a record fourth straight Italian Cup title on Wednesday.
While the 19-year-old Donnarumma could not be blamed for Medhi Benatia's opener in the final, his mistakes led to the ensuing goals from Douglas Costa and Benatia. Then Kalinic headed a corner into his own net.
AC Milan to face Juventus in Cup final after shootout win
ROME (AP) — AC Milan's unbeaten streak in all competitions reached 13 matches with a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Lazio on Wednesday to advance to the Italian Cup final against Juventus.
After Lazio's Luiz Felipe Ramos placed his penalty attempt high over the bar, Milan center back Alessio Romagnoli — who grew up as a Lazio fan — calmly drilled his decisive shot into the left corner to seal the win.
The game ended 0-0 after extra time, following a scoreless first leg as well.
Donnarumma in tears after Milan fans jeer him
MILAN (AP) — A visibly shaken Gianluigi Donnarumma was comforted by AC Milan teammate Leonardo Bonucci as insults poured down on the teenage goalkeeper from the fans. And that was only the warmup.
Donnarumma has swiftly gone from being one of Milan's most adored players to its most hated.
After a protracted saga appeared to be settled in the offseason by Donnarumma signing a contract until 2021, speculation over his future has started again and supporters have had enough.
Insigne shows what Italy missed in Napoli win
ROME (AP) — It's what virtually all of Italy was hoping to see in the World Cup playoff against Sweden: Lorenzo Insigne streaking past the defense to score a decisive goal.
It finally happened on Saturday but Insigne was wearing a Napoli shirt instead of the national team kit.
Insigne helped the Serie A leader beat AC Milan 2-1 and strengthen the belief of all of the country's armchair fans.
No surprises in Italy squad for final World Cup qualifiers
MILAN (AP) — There were no surprises in the 25-man Italy squad announced on Saturday for its final World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania.
Bologna winger Simone Verdi received a second call up, after making his debut in March a friendly against the Netherlands.
There was still no space for Nice forward Mario Balotelli despite him scoring five goals in his past five matches for the French club.
No surprise in Italy squad for crucial qualifier in Spain
MILAN (AP) — There were no surprises in the 25-man Italy squad announced on Saturday for World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Israel.
Goalkeeper Mattia Perin returns to the squad for the first time in nearly a year, after injuring his knee in January.
The Genoa shotstopper will likely be behind Italy and Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon and AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma in the pecking order.
AC Milan goes on spending spree to dominate transfer market
ROME (AP) — It's the type of freewheeling spending spree that has been the domain of Middle East sheikhs and Russian oligarchs in recent years.
Only this time it's the new Chinese owners of AC Milan who have been dominating football's transfer market.
The signing of prized Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from six-time defending Serie A champion Juventus on Friday boosted Milan's offseason spending to 211 million euros (nearly $250 million) — easily the most in Europe.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will not extend his contract with the Serie A side, putting Europe's elite clubs on alert.
Milan must now decide whether to sell the talented teenager before his current deal expires at the end of next season.
Milan CEO Marco Fassone announced the decision on Thursday after talks with Donnarumma's agent Mino Raiola.
Atalanta returns to Europe after 26 years; Spal promoted
ROME (AP) — Atalanta conceded a late equalizer and drew with regional rival AC Milan 1-1 in Serie A on Saturday but still celebrated its return to Europe after 26 years.
Atalanta is fifth, six points ahead of Milan with two rounds remaining.
The fourth- to sixth-placed clubs qualify for the Europa League, a competition that Atalanta has not participated in since 1991.
Gerard Deulofeu scored three minutes from time after Andrea Conti put Atalanta ahead just before halftime.
New owners want Milan in Champions League by 2018
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan's new owners are aiming to make the team a force in European soccer once more, and they want to do so with a mix of star signings and talented young players such as teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The takeover of Milan by a Chinese-led consortium was finally completed on Thursday, after several delays, ending Silvio Berlusconi's 31-year reign.
Italy coach Ventura brings in youth to build team
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura is counting on his youngsters.
Ventura has not been afraid to bring in new players since he took charge after the 2016 European Championship, including giving teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma his debut.
Controversial late penalty helps Juventus beat Milan 2-1
Fino alla fine (Until the end) is the Juventus motto and it lived up to it again as Paulo Dybala converted a penalty with the last kick of the match to beat AC Milan 2-1 and go 11 points clear in Serie A on Friday.
Teen goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma appeared to have earned Milan a precious point with some fine saves but Juventus was awarded a disputed penalty deep in stoppage time after Mattia De Sciglio was judged to have handled Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross.
AC Milan end losing run in Serie A by drawing with Lazio 1-1
ROME (AP) — Suso saved AC Milan from more misery by scoring a late equalizer at Lazio for 1-1 in Serie A on Monday.
Milan had lost three straight and was desperate to change course in a key match for the Europa League places.
Lazio remained sixth, three points ahead of Milan, with the top six teams likely to qualify for Europe.
Milan has finished outside the top six for three straight seasons.
‘Bull’s eye!’: Dybala works through adversity with class
ROME (AP) — "Take a bow and arrow, aim: Bull's eye!"
That's what Paulo Dybala tweeted after scoring one goal and setting up another in Juventus' 3-2 win over Atalanta in the Italian Cup.
If only it was always that easy for the Argentina forward.
Youth infusions at AC Milan and Atalanta keep Serie A fresh
ROME (AP) — A couple of teenagers restoring AC Milan to prominence.
A group of local players brought up through Atalanta's youth system leading the Bergamo squad to six straight wins and a nine-match unbeaten run.
While Juventus is seemingly marching unopposed to a record sixth straight Serie A title, it's been the unexpected stories of Milan and Atalanta that have kept the Italian league attractive entering the holiday break.
AC Milan win Super Cup after penalty shootout
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — AC Milan lifted the Italian Super Cup on Friday after winning a penalty shoot-out against holders Juventus.
Mario Pasalic scored the winning penalty as AC Milan edged a 4-3 shootout victory after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. Pasalic scored Milan's fifth spot-kick after their 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had denied Paulo Dybala.
AC Milan faces Juventus in Italian Super Cup
MILAN (AP) — Two days before the match, AC Milan is already playing catch-up with Juventus.
The Italian Super Cup, usually between the Serie A and Italian Cup champions, will be played Friday in Doha, Qatar, but Milan was forced to postpone its trip by a day to Wednesday because its charter flight had technical problems.
"We've suffered a serious sporting disadvantage," AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said after Tuesday's flight was canceled.
AC Milan’s youth movement in full flow as Juventus visits
ROME (AP) — At the age of 17, Gianluigi Donnarumma is already considered the heir apparent to Gianluigi Buffon.
After only seven Serie A appearances, 18-year-old Manuel Locatelli is drawing comparisons to Andrea Pirlo.
M'Baye Niang, a relative veteran at 21, is providing the kind of consistency at forward that Mario Balotelli couldn't.
France beats error-prone Italy 3-1 in friendly
BARI, Italy (AP) — Traditionally feared for its stalwart defense, Italy made three elementary errors to gift European runner-up France a 3-1 win in a friendly on Thursday.
Defender Giorgio Chiellini was to blame for France's opening two goals, and 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma failed to protect his near post to let in the third on his international debut.
Donnarumma, 17-year-old goalkeeper, called up to Italy squad
ROME (AP) — AC Milan's 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma received his first call up to Italy's squad on Saturday.
New Azzurri coach Gian Piero Ventura also gave Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, Torino forward Andrea Belotti and Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti their first call ups.
Italy hosts France in a friendly in Bari on Thursday then visits Israel four days later to open World Cup qualifying.