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(...)

 Fiorentina fans put up scarves, flowers and banners in memory of their captain Davide Astori. Photograph: PA

Serie A stopped for Davide Astori on Sunday. This was supposed to be the biggest weekend of the season, the biggest for many seasons, perhaps, all of (...)

 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(...)

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(...)

Spain midfielder Vitolo  passes Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and scores during the World Cup qualifier at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photograph:   Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Italy 1 Spain 1 Italy’s Daniele De Rossi scored a late penalty to earn a draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, sparing home go(...)