Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon was born in Carrara, the Tuscan city where they quarried the marble for Michelangelo’s David 500 years ago. Maybe even now there is a(...)

 Italy manager Giampiero Ventura ahead of his team’s 0-0 draw with Sweden at San Siro. Photograph: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Giampiero Ventura is set to learn his fate as Italy boss in the next 24 hours after the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the 0-0 draw with Sweden at the San Siro. Photograph: Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon called time on his 175-cap international career following the confirmation of Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup — but head(...)

Sebastian Larsson reacts after Sweden draw 0-0 with Italy to secure their place at next summer’s World Cup. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

Italy 0 Sweden 0 (Sweden win 1-0 on aggregate) Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after being shut out by S(...)

Juventus’ goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates after their Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon. Photo: Miguel Medina/Getty Images

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said he will retire after the World Cup — unless he can help club side Juventus win the Champions League this se(...)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric challenges  Finland forward Simon Skrabb during the qualifier in Rijeka at the start of October. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia: Vedran Buble of Index.hr “After the win in Ukraine, everyone believes that Croatia will qualify for the World Cup, although the emotions are(...)

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile celebrates scoring his second  second goal as Juventus’ Sami Khedira looks on during the  Serie A match at Juventus Stadium. Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters

Juventus 1 Lazio 2 Lazio ended Juventus’s two-year unbeaten home record in all competitions with a 2-1 win after Paulo Dybala missed a stoppage-time (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores against Juventus in the Champions League match at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored twice as he inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus to get off to a flying start in Champions League Group D on T(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo  and Netherlands’ midfielder Lieke Martens after winning their Uefa Player of the Year awards at the conclusion of the  Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Monaco. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo was again named as Uefa’s Player of the Year in Monaco. The 32 year-old Portuguese picked up the title for the third time after a se(...)

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has completed a £30million move to Everton from Sunderland on a five-year deal, both clubs have announced. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Everton have broken their transfer record to sign Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for an initial £25m on a five-year contract. The deal makes the 23-y(...)

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