French players and supporters celebrate after their semi-final win over Germany. Photograph: Getty

In the past 18 months, it has been hard to avoid the avalanche of bad news coming out of France, from Charlie Hebdo to the Bataclan. People wondered(...)

The Pessoa Stadium, Leiria. Photograph: Getty

Belgium’s friendly against Portugal next Tuesday has been moved from Brussels to Leiria. The Royal Belgian Football Association announced on Wednesda(...)

People on the Stade De France pitch following last year’s terrorist attacks. Photograph: Getty

Uefa has insisted there are no plans to play matches at Euro 2016 behind closed doors in response to the increased security threat. Speaking to Frenc(...)

 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(...)

Fifa has asked the Italian Football Federation  to investigate comments made by Carlo Tavecchio, the favourite to become its next president. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Fifa has asked the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to investigate comments made by Carlo Tavecchio, the favourite to become its next president, in(...)

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(...)

Italy’s target man Mario Balotelli during a training session in Coverciano, Florence, Italy, yesterday. Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters.

Italy’s football chief Giancarlo Abete has condemned the racist chants directed at Mario Balotelli during the Azzurri’s training session yesterday.The(...)

Italian football Federation President Giancarlo Abete has called the whole affair a “humiliating spectacle”.

Italian football last weekend registered a new low when a Lega Pro (Third Division) derby between two Campania teams, Salernitana and Nocerina, had to(...)