Cesare Prandelli and Andrea Pirlo (embrace having arrived at Malpensa Airport after being knocked out of the World Cup in Brazil. Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Galatasaray have appointed former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli as their new coach.The Istanbul outfit, who had held an “exchange of ideas” with for(...)

To infinity and beyond Robin Van Persie may have looked like Buzz Lightyear as he took flight to head in one of the goals of the tournament in the Net(...)

A dejected Mario Balotelli (right) looks on from the bench during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas. The player has been linked with a move to Arsenal. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Arsenal may be the team to benefit from Italy’s early exit from the World Cup with under-fire Mario Balotelli prepared to consider a move away from A(...)

Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini leave the pitch after losing to Uruguay in Natal. Photograph:   EPA/

Curiously, in the aftermath of the “disaster” of Italy’s World Cup elimination at the hands of Uruguay, Italian media this morning (or yesterday?) pai(...)

Head coach Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay hugs Luis Suarez after their  1-0 victory over Italy  at Estadio das Dunas  in Natal, Brazil. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez claimed that Luis Suarez “is the target of certain sections of the press” after the Liverpool striker provoked another m(...)

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez during yesterday’s press conference where he criticised the English media.

Uruguay’s pre-match press conference at Natal’s Estadio das Dunas was sidetracked by another episode in Luis Suarez’s ongoing feud with the English(...)

Costa Rica’s  Bryan Ruiz heads home past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Group D game  at Arena Pernambuco  in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Costa Rica 1 Italy 0Costa Rica have qualified from the Group of Death that was supposed to eat them alive, and nobody can say that they do not deserve(...)

 With  Arsenal player Joel Campbell 
spearheading their frontline, 
Costa Rica 
 have a player capable of providing the cutting edge their smash-and-grab approach demands.
 Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Costa Rica and their collection of nimble attacking talents face Italy ready to produce another World Cup shock.The Central American nation were meant(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon claims the ball during an Italian  training session  with fellow  goalkeepers Salvatore Sirigu (centre) and Mattia Perin. Sirigu will start instead of the injured Buffon for the game against England. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will miss their opening World Cup Group D match against England in Manaus on Saturday with Paris St Germain stopper(...)

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli must choose between Mario Balotelli (left) and Ciro Immobile to lead the Italian front line against England in their opening World Cup game. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Will he be selected to face England? Will he be on song? Will becoming engaged just three days before the World Cup starts distract Mario Balotelli?Se(...)