Soccer Fans to Get Free Access to Museums So They Don't Destroy Cities

You look like you love sports. Would you ever fuck up a historical monument in order to prove to the world how much you really loved sport(s)? Would you rather go to a museum to prove that you love sports—and art—thereby killing two birds with one stone? I like where your head is at. » 3/12/15 3:20pm 3/12/15 3:20pm

Italy-Croatia Euro Qualifier Suspended After Burning Flares And Rioting

Riot police fought with soccer fans as a flood of flares landed upon the field and forced a temporary suspension of play in Milan at today's Euro 2016 qualifier between Italy and Croatia. » 11/16/14 4:42pm 11/16/14 4:42pm

Ageless Wonders, Crazy Owners, And Ultras: Our 2014-2015 Serie A Preview

Italy's Serie A is a league of stories, full of characters, narratives, plots, tensions, climaxes, and clichés. Time and again, the line between fact and fiction becomes so blurred that you just have to throw your hands up and shrug. You really couldn't make a lot of this stuff up. » 8/30/14 2:20pm 8/30/14 2:20pm

Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting

Luis Suarez, despite being sent home from the World Cup for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, was hailed as a conquering hero in Uruguay, unjustly done in by a biased FIFA and, somehow, the English media. But now Suarez has sort-of owned up in his first public statement since the incident, apologizing to Chiellini for… » 6/30/14 2:06pm 6/30/14 2:06pm

Buenos Aires Man Abused By Twitter Because Luis Suárez Bit Someone

Diego Suarez is a guy in Buenos Aires who uses @Suarez on Twitter. He has nothing to do with Uruguay's Luis Suárez. But when Luis bit another person in today's match against Italy, poor Diego got a bunch of unwanted attention from angry, misguided Twitter users. » 6/24/14 3:22pm 6/24/14 3:22pm

Mario Balotelli Jumps Over A Guy, Knees Him In The Head In The Process

Italy are playing Uruguay today in World Cup Group D's final matchday. The winner of of this game joins Costa Rica (!(?)) in the knockout stages, so as you'd imagine, it's a bit chippy. In the 23rd minute, Balotelli retreated into his own half to win a header, elevated, and jumped right over a Uruguayan player. He … » 6/24/14 12:46pm 6/24/14 12:46pm

Italy-Uruguay: Early Fireworks Are Uruguay's Best Hope

With Costa Rica and England a formality—who'd have guessed that before the World Cup?—all eyes should be on Uruguay and Italy in Natal. » 6/24/14 11:00am 6/24/14 11:00am

Costa Rica Beat Italy And Knocked Out England, All With One Goal

In arguments about whether Group D or Group G was the true Group of Death, the answer mostly rested on how you thought about Costa Rica vs. the US. Italy, Uruguay, and England were probably a stronger top three than Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, but the thinking went that the US had a better shot to make the Round of… » 6/20/14 2:51pm 6/20/14 2:51pm

How "Seven Nation Army" Became Soccer's Favorite Chant

Three World Cups later, the riff from the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" remains the soccer world's most prolific chant. It's possible to pinpoint the exact time and place the wordless chant was born: Oct. 22, 2003, in a bar in Milan. » 6/20/14 12:51pm 6/20/14 12:51pm

Your Italy-Costa Rica Open Thread

We start off the day with Italy and Costa Rica. Everyone is still alive in this group, though the result of this match could change that. We shall see. » 6/20/14 11:59am 6/20/14 11:59am

Italy-Costa Rica: England Be Damned, The Ticos Are In Search Of A Draw

Most would agree Brazil 2014 has been as exciting as any World Cup group stage in recent memory. The tournament began with an unbelievable twelve consecutive matches without a draw. Of those first twelve matches, five were come-from-behind victories with two of the five genuine upsets (Netherlands-Spain and… » 6/20/14 10:45am 6/20/14 10:45am

Mario Balotelli Has A Better Idea For Italy's Lineup

The collecting craze at this World Cup is not trading cards, but stickers. Panini's World Cup album is once again a hot seller, with collectors buying sticker packs in the hopes of completing an entire national side—or even the whole album. Mario Balotelli is his own sort of completist. » 6/17/14 11:30am 6/17/14 11:30am

England Lose; Salty Fan Unimpressed

Mario Balotelli scored the game-winner in the 50th minute and the quality of the game quickly deteriorated in the humidity of the rain forest. England had their chances, but came up empty in the end, much like this gent's imaginary testes. » 6/14/14 8:05pm 6/14/14 8:05pm

England's Trainer Injures Himself Celebrating Sturridge Equalizer

The first half of England-Italy had a little bit of everything. Italy took a 1-0 lead on a long-distance strike from midfielder Claudio Marchisio. England, likely preoccupied with Andrea Pirlo, bit on his drive on the ball and left Marchisio all alone. He put it right inside the post. » 6/14/14 7:26pm 6/14/14 7:26pm

Why England Should Fear The Crafty, Italian Genius Of Andrea Pirlo

If international soccer teams' styles represent their national characters—and Henry Kissinger says they do, so who am I to argue?—few encounters bring that out better than England-Italy. To the English, the Italians have always been skillful, stylish, crafty, and untrustworthy, both on the pitch and off—they switched… » 6/14/14 5:15pm 6/14/14 5:15pm

Italy To Play England Without Goalkeeper And Captain Gianluigi Buffon

36-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been ruled out of tonight's match against England after tweaking his ankle training Friday night in Manaus. Italian coach Cesare Prandelli initially downplayed the injury—"It is nothing serious but, yes, he left training early and, yes, is having treatment."—but on Saturday… » 6/14/14 1:23pm 6/14/14 1:23pm

Three Days Out, The World Cup Stadium In Manaus Is A Disaster

That photo up there is from Arena Amazonia in Manaus. The turf is patchy, sandy, and as acknowledged by the groundskeeper, in no way ready to host soccer, let alone a World Cup match. Too bad, because the crucial opener between England and Italy is on Saturday. » 6/11/14 4:06pm 6/11/14 4:06pm

Italy Great; Sky Still Blue

Regardless of how you feel about a shirtless, flexing Mario Balotelli, the luxurious follicles that sprout all around Andrea Pirlo's head, or Lorenzo Insigne's textbook giocatore look of prison-chic with a €1,000 weekly hair budget, Italy do not enter this tournament as a "sexy" team. Somehow, one of the handful of… » 6/05/14 3:15pm 6/05/14 3:15pm