Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli  receives a pat on the back from Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rodgers. Photograph: Peter Powell/Epa

Mario Balotelli’s agent has brushed aside reports that his client is set for an imminent return to Serie A.The Italy striker has failed to score in th(...)

Mario Balotelli and Alessio Cerci  during an Italy training session at Coverciano on in Florence. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

If Mario Balotelli had ever suspected that his recall to the Italy squad for Sunday’s vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia in Milan was a case of(...)

  Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Graziano Pelle of Italy celebrates after scoring against Malta at Ta’ Qali Stadium  in Valletta. Photograph:   Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The Netherlands’ poor start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign continued on Monday evening as a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace earned Iceland a 2-0 victory (...)

Italy’s coach Antonio Conte gets his point across  during the Euro 2016 qualification match against Azerbaijan in Palermo. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Euro 2016 round-up: The Netherlands grabbed two late goals to snatch a 3-1 home victory over 10-man Kazakhstan having trailed until just past the hour(...)

 Gareth Bale celebrates scoring Wales’s   first goal against Andorra. The Real madrid forward scored the winner in  a nervy win over the minnows at the the Camp d’Esports del M.I. Consell General. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

The Netherlands began their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 by slipping to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat away to Czech Republic on Tuesday night. The Wor(...)

Juventus have appointed Massimiliano Allegri as their new coach just 18 hours after Antonio Conte’s decision to step down as manager. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has been appointed as the new manager of Juventus following Tuesday’s shock resignation of Antonio Conte(...)

 Antonio Conte has departed Juventus after winning three league titles with the Turin club.  Photograph:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The decision of current Italian champions Juventus to part company with coach Antonio Conte has taken Italian football by surprise. Even if both parti(...)

Catania’s Jaroslav Plasil (right) and Roma’s Gervinho in action  at Angelo Massimino Stadium in Catania, Sicily. Photograph: Orietta Scardino / EPA

Juventus won a third consecutive Serie A title without playing on Sunday when AS Roma, the only team who could catch them, capitulated to a 4-1 defeat(...)

Barcelona’s Neymar  and Lionel Messi are both on the shortlist.

Six players from Bayern Munich’s treble-winning team were included among the 23 nominees for the World Player of the Year award announced by Fifa this(...)