Italy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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The Netherlands internaional has confessed that he was unfamiliar with the Morocco international before the centre-half joined the Bavarian club

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The striker's wages had threatened to provide a stumbling block but both clubs are working closely with the player to smooth his exit from Stamford Bridge

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Very few European giants are likely to suffer shock elimination as the selection had a very familiar feel, with regular foes meeting once again in the group stage

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Join Goal to pick over some tantalising ties for this season's tournament and whether Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the Uefa Best Player award

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The prolific striker believes the sought-after Colombian rivals the Bayern star's abilities and has set his sights on Champions League qualification

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With the Italian league season set to kick off on Saturday, Goal takes a look at some of the talent that could rise to prominence over the course of the campaign

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The Blues have reportedly agreed a €12.5m deal for the striker but would lose out on over €7m of the fee after agreeing a payoff for the Spain international

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Inter have made the Argentina international available this summer, with Gus Poyet set to land the attacking midfielder on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent move

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The group phase of the tournament has become all too predictable and Uefa could consider amendments to the competition's format in order to liven things up

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CL seedings for the group stage see last year's winners among the front-runners, while the Serie A outfit promise a 'group of death' from their lowly place in Pot 4

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Despite holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg of their Europa League playoff, the Nerazzurri head coach has urged his players to send out a message to the continent on Thursday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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The Italians conceded three goals in 13 minutes thanks to a handful of errors which saw them lose out on a group-stage place to Athletic Bilbao

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COMMENT: Rafael Benitez's side's elimination at the hands of Athletic Bilbao has only served to further highlight the grave state in which calcio currently finds itself

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The two sides ended with a 1-1 draw in Italy, leaving tonight's Champions League second-leg play-off clash finely poised - follow it all LIVE on Goal!

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The midfielder is looking forward to the 2014-15 Serie A season as he felt he was asked to take on too many roles during the Dutchman's short tenure at San Siro

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It has been suggested that the Bianconeri will struggle to win a fourth successive Scudetto - but the midfielder insists that they need only remain concentrated

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Steve Bruce has identified the Uruguay international as his preferred replacement for the departed Shane Long, after a move for Jordan Rhodes fell through