Spalletti leaves Inter, Conte expected to replace him

Soccer 05/30/19, 06:56

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has left the Serie A club, with Antonio Conte expected to replace him in the next few days.Spalletti joined Inter from Roma in 2017 and led the team to two straight fourth-place finishes and qualification to the Champions League. But he has failed to win ...

Milan coach Gattuso leaves club by mutual agreement

Soccer 05/28/19, 11:08

AC Milan has confirmed that coach Gennaro Gattuso will leave the club by "mutual agreement."The announcement on Tuesday came shortly after the club also confirmed that sporting director Leonardo has resigned.The departures follow in the wake of Milan's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League.Milan says it "will now ...

Atalanta, Inter get Champions League spots on wild final day

Sports 05/26/19, 16:31

Inter Milan survived a dramatic end to its Serie A campaign on Sunday to secure a Champions League spot for next season, while Atalanta will make its debut in Europe's top club competition.Leading 2-1 in the 89th minute against an Empoli team fighting relegation, Inter's defense was in disarray as ...

Italian bid edges Swedish rival in 2026 Olympic host study

Sports 05/24/19, 06:58

The Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo looked stronger than the Stockholm-Are project in an IOC analysis of the candidates published Friday.Polling by the International Olympic Committee, which typically looks to get a warm welcome from host nations, showed "83% support in Italy" ...

Fascist symbols and rhetoric on rise in Italian EU vote

Europe 05/23/19, 02:36

Honor to Mussolini" read the banner unfurled steps away from the Milan piazza where the Fascist dictator's body was hung upside down in 1945 by partisans after his summary execution. That this was the eve of the 74th anniversary of Italy's liberation from Nazi-fascism was not lost on the leader ...

Serie A race for 2 Champions League spots goes to final day

Soccer 05/19/19, 16:35

The race for the final two Champions League spots from Serie A will go to the last day of the season.Atalanta drew 1-1 at Italian champion Juventus on Sunday to move into third place in the Italian league, leapfrogging Inter Milan after the Nerazzurri lost 4-1 at Napoli.With one round ...

Sea-Watch enters Italian waters with migrants, flouting ban

Europe 05/18/19, 14:23

The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch says its ship carrying 47 migrants has entered Italian waters despite an explicit ban by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.Sea-Watch said Saturday it flouted the ban for humanitarian reasons, moving toward the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.Italy on Friday transferred some migrant families with small children ...

France’s Le Pen predicts historic vote for populist parties

Europe 05/18/19, 04:21

The leader of France's far-right National Rally is predicting that a group of like-minded right-wing populists will achieve "an historic feat" in next week's Europe-wide elections.Marine Le Pen is joining leaders of other nationalist parties Saturday in Italy for a rally organized by League leader Matteo Salvini in front of ...

Salvini pledges ‘shock’ proposals before EU elections

Europe 05/17/19, 08:35

Italian vice premier Matteo Salvini is pledging new "shock" proposals to relaunch Italy's economy during a campaign rally for next week's European Parliament elections with representatives of 11 like-minded populist leaders.The League leader spoke to foreign journalists in Milan on Friday, before a rally Saturday with other populist parties, some ...

Conte could be the right coach for troubled Inter

Soccer 05/13/19, 17:41

After being heavily linked with Roma and Juventus, Antonio Conte seems destined for Inter Milan if the coach returns to Italian soccer.Italian newspapers have reported Conte has already agreed on a three-year contract with the Nerazzurri to replace current coach Luciano Spalletti at the end of the season.Inter chief executive ...

Inter beats Chievo 2-0 to move closer to Champions League

Soccer 05/13/19, 16:27

Inter Milan took a crucial step towards securing Champions League football by beating 10-man Chievo Verona 2-0 in Serie A on Monday.Inter moved back into third spot in Serie A, a point above Atalanta, which occupies the final Champions League qualifying berth.Crucially, Inter was four points above AC Milan and ...

Roma beats champion Juventus 2-0 in bid for top 4 spot

Soccer 05/12/19, 16:38

Roma kept its bid to qualify for the Champions League very much alive with a 2-0 win over Italian champion Juventus in Serie A on Sunday.Edin Dzeko set up Alessandro Florenzi for the opener 11 minutes from time and scored himself in stoppage time to seal the result.Cristiano Ronaldo had ...

Atalanta moves to 3rd in Serie A after beating Genoa 2-1

Soccer 05/11/19, 10:05

Atalanta kept alive its dream of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time by beating relegation-threatened Genoa 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday. Halftime substitute Musa Barrow scored seconds after the interval and Timothy Castagne doubled Atalanta's lead in the 53rd minute as the team stretched its unbeaten streak ...

Allegri’s future in the air amid speculation on Conte return

Soccer 05/09/19, 10:43

Juventus has little to play for now, and coach Massimiliano Allegri is using his pressure-free time to think about his future.The 51-year-old Allegri has won five straight league titles, four Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups in five seasons at Juventus. However, the Champions League continues to elude the ...

Malago to lead organizing committee if Milan-Cortina wins

Sports 05/07/19, 06:48

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago will lead the organizing committee if the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid wins next month's vote to host the 2026 Winter Games.Malago's announcement came hours after a massive police operation in the Milan area resulted in 43 people being arrested — many of them public officials ...

Milan beats Bologna 2-1 to keep Champions League hopes alive

Soccer 05/06/19, 16:01

AC Milan kept its Champions League hopes alive by beating Bologna 2-1 on Monday in a Serie A match in which three players were sent off.Suso and substitute Fabio Borino scored in each half for Milan before Mattia Destro pulled one back for Bologna in the 72nd minute.Moments later, Milan ...

Italy’s Berlusconi picks up EU campaign outside hospital

World 05/06/19, 10:38

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was discharged from a Milan hospital on Monday, six days after intestinal surgery and vowed to continue his campaign for a seat in the European Parliament.Berlusconi, 82, told reporters outside San Raffaele Hospital he had some fear when he was hospitalized last week for abdominal ...

Champions League dream becoming reality for Atalanta

Europe 05/06/19, 08:02

The likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar could soon be descending on the small Italian city of Bergamo.Atalanta needs seven points from its final three Serie A matches to guarantee qualification for the Champions League for the first time in its history."We believed we could get into the Champions League, ...

Inter draws at Udinese and risks Serie A 3rd place

Soccer 05/04/19, 17:00

Inter Milan missed the chance of consolidating third place in Serie A on Saturday and could even find itself struggling to hold onto a Champions League berth.The Nerazzurri were held to 0-0 at relegation-threatened Udinese.That left Inter four points ahead of fourth-placed Atalanta, which visits Lazio on Sunday, and five ...

Italy emerges as ground zero for European extremist populism

Europe 05/03/19, 02:46

Italy's populist interior minister is uniting Europe's right-wing parties under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner for this month's European Union elections, pledging to reshape the continent from its technocratic heart in the EU's base in Brussels.The latest target of Matteo Salvini's wooing: Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. The two bonded ...

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