Italy players and their manager Roberto Mancini  celebrate  beating Belgium   at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/Pool

If we needed one moment to sum up Italy’s transformation over the past four years, it arrived in the 44th minute at the Allianz Arena. Lorenzo Insigne(...)

Italy defender Leonardo Spinazzola takes a shot at goal against Austria  at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Ben Stansall/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Leonardo Spinazzola is probably not the fastest at Euro 2020. And yet, nobody has run faster during the tournament. The Italy left-back was clocked by(...)

 Manuel Locatelli (right)  celebrates with his Italy  team-mates after scoring his second goal in the the Euro 2020 game against Switzerland  at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Italy 3 Switzerland 0 This is not a drill. Six days into Euro 2020, Italy became the first team to qualify for the knock-out stages courtesy of two b(...)

Lorenzo Insigne scores  Italy’s  third goal during the Euro 2020  Group A match against Turkey  at the Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Getty Images

Turkey 0 Italy 3 Well hello there, Italy. It’s good to have you back. On a taut and muggy night in Rome, a statement performance from what we now hav(...)

Joao Felix of Portugal challenges Aymeric Laporte of Spain during the international friendly match at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Aymeric Laporte made his Spain debut in a goalless draw with European champions Portugal on Friday night. The Manchester City defender was granted Sp(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring Barcelona’s second against Napoli. Photograph: Joan Monfort/AP

Barcelona 3 Napoli 1 (Barcelona win 4-2 on aggregate) A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Saturday for a 4-2 aggr(...)

For the second year in a row Cristiano Ronaldo has lost the Italian Cup final with Juventus. Photograph: EPA

Juventus 0 Napoli 0 ( Napoli win 4-2 on penalties) Gianluigi Buffon’s heroics were in vain as Napoli claimed their first piece of silverware in six y(...)

Dries Mertens after opening the scoring for Napoli. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Napoli 2 Liverpool 0 Liverpool will not mind should history repeat itself and another late defeat in Naples eventually end with Champions League glor(...)

 Alisson Becker of Liverpool makes a save from Arkadiusz Milik of SSC Napoli during their Champions League Group C match at Anfield on December 11th, 2018. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Danehouse/Getty Images)

Champions League Group E: Napoli v Liverpool Kick-off: 8pm. Venue: Stadio San Paolo. On TV: RTÉ 2, Virgin Media, BT Sport. One might expect Liverpoo(...)

Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane in action against  Tanguy Ndombele during the Premier League game at the  Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

The week’s ‘Memory like an Elephant’ award goes to our very own Conor Hourihane who, after making his Premier League debut with Aston Villa on Saturda(...)

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