Mario Balotelli’s infamous celebration during Italy’s Euro 2012 semi-final win over Germany. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2012: Germany 1 Italy 2 June 28th, 2012 This was the tournament where Mario Balotelli proved that he was more than just a controversial figure (...)

  Antonio Conte has been given the go-ahead to bring in his own staff at Chelsea. Photograph:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Antonio Conte is edging closer to becoming Chelsea’s new manager after talks saw the club and the 46-year-old agree deals for some of his backroom sta(...)

Antonio Conte: the former Juventus manager has led Italy to the Euro 2016 finals.  Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Chelsea have sounded out Antonio Conte as they consider their options over who to appoint as their next permanent manager. Conte, who will lead Italy(...)

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(...)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck scores his second goal against Galatasaray in their Uefa Champions League match at The Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Arsenal 4 Galatasaray 1Arsene Wenger could scarcely have scripted it better. On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of his Arsenal appointment and ne(...)

Mario Balotelli. The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, travelled to Merseyside for further talks with Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre yesterday after Milan accepted a €20 million bid for the 24-year-old. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Mario Balotelli is poised to make a remarkable return to English football providing he agrees a Liverpool contract with several stringent clauses rega(...)

 Pope Francis eating lunch   at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria in July 2014. Photograph: AP Photo/L’osservatore Romano

Around here, the times they are a changin’ . . . or are they? From Pope Francis through to current Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, there is ce(...)

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(...)

Italy’s Mario Balotelli has courted more controversy with gun photograph.

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has stoked more controversy by publishing a picture of himself on Instagram pointing a gun at the camera with the messag(...)