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...
ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo played a key role in the winning goal and Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-1 Saturday to clinch a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.
MILAN (AP) — A black player for Italy's most popular soccer club won support from other European players Wednesday, a day after he was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse from an opposing...
Ronaldo hat trick of assists as perfect Juve beats Napoli
MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was hired by Juventus for his scoring fame. In the absence of goals, though, his influence knows no bounds.
On Saturday, Ronaldo set up all three of his side's goals — two for Mario Mandzukic and one for Leonardo Bonucci — as Juventus beat 10-man Napoli 3-1 in Serie A.
In seven league matches so far, he has five assists, compared to three goals.
MILAN (AP) — Leonardo Bonucci sensationally returned to Juventus from AC Milan on Thursday, with Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara moving the other way.
Bonucci won six Serie A titles in seven years at Juventus but the Italy defender joined Milan last year — in what was the shock of the transfer window — for a fee of more than 40 million euros ($45 million) amid reports of a dressing room spat.
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) — 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.
MILAN (AP) — Leonardo Bonucci's goal on his return to former team Juventus ultimately counted for nothing as the Bianconeri beat AC Milan 3-1 to move four points clear in Serie A on Saturday.
"It was pre-written," Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said. "He scored on his return but Juventus won, no one could have imagined a better night."
ROME (AP) — After directing Juventus' defense during six straight Serie A titles, Leonardo Bonucci began this season dragged down by the weight of his leadership duties at AC Milan.
Touted as the cornerstone of Milan's revival project under the club's new, big-spending Chinese owners, Bonucci instead turned in performances that left him wondering if his best days were behind him at the age of 30.
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.
Ventura calls on Italy to combat physicality with talent
MILAN (AP) — Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura is hoping his players can combat Sweden's physicality with their footballing talent when they meet again in the second leg of their World Cup playoff on Monday.
Italy was outraged at Sweden's physical approach in the first leg, protesting for yellow cards at perceived excessive contact, and Ventura felt Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir was too lenient.
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.
AC Milan’s Bonucci issued 2-match ban for elbowing
MILAN (AP) — Leonardo Bonucci's elbow to the head of a defender has resulted in a two-match ban and will prevent him from facing his former squad Juventus on Saturday.
The Italian league announced the decision on Monday, a day after Bonucci was sent off in the first half of AC Milan's 0-0 draw at home with Genoa on Sunday.
Bonucci’s red card could end up costing Montella his job
MILAN (AP) — Leonardo Bonucci's latest lapse in concentration may end up costing Vincenzo Montella his job at big-spending AC Milan.
Bonucci was sent off in the first half of Milan's 0-0 draw at home with Genoa on Sunday for elbowing a defender in the head as he jostled for position on a free kick.
Italy defender Chiellini injured, to miss qualifier in Spain
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy's preparations for a World Cup qualifier against Spain have taken a big hit following an injury to top defender Giorgio Chiellini.
The Italian soccer federation says Chiellini injured his right calf in training Friday morning and left the team, meaning he will miss both the game in Spain and another qualifier against Israel on Tuesday.
First video review in Serie A leads to saved penalty
MILAN (AP) — The opening match in Serie A also produced the first decision from video review on Saturday.
The Video Assistant Referee awarded a penalty to Cagliari but Diego Farias' effort was saved by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and the Bianconeri went on to win 3-0.
"I don't want to comment on the VAR, just as before I didn't comment on the referees' decisions," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "I'll only say that luckily we have Buffon in goal: He's still the best."
Bonucci hoping for the Pirlo effect after moving to Milan
MILAN (AP) — Not many players make the switch from AC Milan directly to Juventus, or vice versa. But Leonardo Bonucci hopes to prove as effective as another that did: Andrea Pirlo.
After winning the Serie A title with Milan in 2011, Pirlo moved to Juventus on a free transfer and kick-started the Bianconeri's domination of Italian soccer, winning four more league trophies before moving to Major League Soccer in 2015.
SERIE A 2017-18: 5 key players signed in the off season
ROME (AP) — Here's a look at five offseason signings to watch in the upcoming Serie A season:
Considered Italy's top defender — which is saying a lot for a nation that prides itself on its great defenders — Bonucci's transfer from Juventus to AC Milan could alter the balance of power in Serie A.
While Bonucci clashed often with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri last season, his decision to leave the six-time defending champion was still surprising.
SERIE A 2017-18: 5 teams to watch out for this season
MILAN (AP) — Five teams to keep an eye on in the Italian league this season, which starts this weekend:
Following another Serie A-Italian Cup double, Juventus has had to deal with infighting and the departures of Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, however, has again bought shrewdly in the offseason.
After sticking with Juve, reinvigorated Allegri starts again
MILAN (AP) — After a tumultuous two months, Juventus is looking to get back to what it does best: winning trophies.
That can begin on Sunday by beating Lazio to collect the Italian Super Cup, a week before Massimiliano Allegri's side opens its Serie A title defense.
Since Juventus lost a second Champions League final in three seasons, a shadow has been cast over the Italian champions by reports of infighting and the departure of key defender Leonardo Bonucci.
MILAN (AP) — Nothing is impossible. That's AC Milan's new unofficial slogan following Leonardo Bonucci's surprise transfer from defending six-time Serie A champion Juventus.
Presenting fans to Bonucci via Weibo on Friday, Milan CEO Marco Fassone recounted how Italy's top defender moved to a rival club.
"It started by chance and it seemed impossible but Leo interrupted me right away and said, 'Nothing is impossible. When there's desire to do things you can get them done.'"
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Italy defender Mattia De Sciglio will replace Dani Alves at fullback for Juventus in an unpopular transfer among the Turin club's supporters.
Juventus made the announcement Thursday that De Sciglio was joining from AC Milan and signed a five-year contract with the six-time defending Serie A champions.
Alves was released by Juventus in June and joined Paris Saint-Germain.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus' transfer campaign has taken another hit with the announcement that Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick will not be joining the club due to a reported heart problem.
The Champions League runner-up says it "confirms that, in agreement with Sampdoria, it has decided not to finalize the transfer."
Schick began medical exams with Juventus in June and was checked again last week.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Brazil winger Douglas Costa is ready to provide a boost to a Juventus squad that has lost two key players in the transfer market.
Costa was presented Monday after joining Juventus on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich for 6 million euros ($7 million). The deal requires the Italian champion to purchase his full rights within a year for 40 million euros ($45 million).
Biglia transfers from Lazio to big-spending AC Milan
ROME (AP) — Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia has transferred from Lazio to AC Milan, adding to the Rossoneri's freewheeling spending spree.
Milan said Sunday that Biglia signed a contract through 2020.
While details were not announced, Milan reportedly is paying a 17 million euro ($20 million) transfer fee plus an eventual 3 million euros ($3.5 million) more in potential bonuses.
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) — Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci is close to completing a transfer from Juventus to rival AC Milan that could signal a shift in the balance of power in Serie A.
When Bonucci arrived at Milan's offices Friday to sign the expected deal, his car was surrounded by Rossoneri fans.
Milan will reportedly pay a 40 million euro ($45 million) transfer fee to Juventus and sign Bonucci to a five-year contract worth up to 10 million euros ($11 million) per season, including bonuses.
A look at the top 11 players who led Juventus to Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid:
ROME (AP) — Brazilian-born left back Emerson Palmieri was called up to Italy's squad on Saturday for the first time for a friendly against Uruguay and a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.
The 22-year-old Emerson, who plays for Roma, obtained Italian citizenship in March courtesy of relatives on his mother's side.
AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was called back to the squad for the first time since injuring his left knee against Spain in October, which ruled him out for six months.
ROME (AP) — Juventus secured the first title of a possible treble by winning the Italian Cup with an authoritative 2-0 victory over Lazio in the final on Wednesday.
Dani Alves gave Juventus an early lead in the first half with a volley following a long cross from Alex Sandro. Then Leonardo Bonucci was left unmarked to tap in following a corner in the 25th minute.
"Compliments to the lads for a great match. We played an extraordinary first half," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
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.
Bonucci misses Italy training session with flu
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has missed a national team training session with the flu, three days before the Azzurri's World Cup qualifier against Albania.
The Juventus center back was absent from Tuesday's morning practice.
Italy is already without Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, who is still recovering from injury.
Juventus draws for 1st time in league this season
MILAN (AP) — There is still a glimmer of hope for Roma and Napoli.
Juventus was prevented from going 10 points clear in Serie A as a lethargic performance saw the leaders held 1-1 at Udinese on Sunday. It was Juve's first draw in the league this season.
Leonardo Bonucci was both hero and villain as he was outmuscled for Duvan Zapata's opener but leveled on the hour.
Juventus is eight points clear of second-placed Roma and 10 ahead of Napoli with 11 rounds remaining.
Juventus defender Bonucci punished for outburst at manager
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci will be left in the stands for Wednesday's Champions League match against Porto as punishment for his outburst aimed at coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Allegri announced the move on Tuesday at the pre-match news conference, saying he had agreed it with club officials as "a fair decision, out of respect for the squad, the fans and the club."
Juventus defender Bonucci extends contract through 2021
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Looking to become "even more of a legend" at Juventus, Leonardo Bonucci extended his contract with the Italian club on Monday until 2021.
The Italy defender joined Juventus from Bari in 2010 and has made 291 appearances — more than any other outfield player at Juventus in the past six years.
"I am happy and proud of this decision to continue this glorious and ever more victorious journey until 2021," Bonucci said.
Juventus reaches knockout round with 3-1 win at Sevilla
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic scored late to give Juventus a 3-1 win at 10-man Sevilla on Tuesday and a spot in the Champions League knockout phase.
Sevilla took an early lead when Nicolas Pareja struck a long-distance volley that Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon didn't appear to see as the ball skimmed through a crowded area.
Higuain fires Juventus to 2-1 win over former side Napoli
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored a record 36 league goals for Napoli last season, and on Saturday he scored his first goal against it, helping Juventus to a 2-1 win over his former team.
Higuain netted what was to prove the winner in the 70th minute, bursting into the area to fire a loose ball into the bottom right corner. He was engulfed by his teammates but didn't celebrate.
Spain out for revenge in Italy in pick of WCup qualifiers
MILAN (AP) — Spain will be out for revenge when it plays old rival Italy in Turin on Thursday in the standout qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup.
Italy beat Spain 2-0 in the round of 16 at the European Championship to end its bid for a third consecutive continental title.
A lot has changed for both teams since then, but Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci believes the Azzurri need to have that same spirit if they are to pull off a similar feat on home soil.