Pittsburgh United FC, the newly formed United Premier Soccer League club, announced a signing Thursday that it hopes will make a major impact on its roster when it begins play in the fall. It’s not a striker or goalkeeper. It’s a scout. The team announced the addition of Nicola Martini as its director of scouting. Martini has worked as an intermedi...

The in-flight entertainment turned out to be the Spinazzola Serenade. The loud singing and enthusiastic cheering on Italy’s plane home wasn’t for either of the two players who scored, but for the defender who prevented a goal in the team’s 2-1 victory over Belgium at the European Championship. “Ole, ole, ole, Spina! Spina!” they sang to Leonardo Sp...

Italy reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals with a thrilling 2-1 win over Belgium as first-half goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne settled a gripping encounter against the number one-ranked team in the world on Friday. Barella fired the opener after 31 minutes before Insigne’s wonderful curling strike doubled Italy’s advantage on the brink o...

Every Italian born after 1961 has, for sure, some childhood memories tied to figurinePanini and their beautiful albums. We’d buy them – or better, beg our parents and grandparents to buy them for us –exchange them with one another to complete our collections and, when only a handful was missing to reach the goal, we’d order them directly from Panin...

Substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina struck in extra-time as Italy beat battling Austria 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 at Wembley on Saturday. The two teams were locked at 0-0 after 90 minutes in London, with Italy enjoying the better of the first half and Austria coming back strongly in the second period. But Chiesa made t...

For Italy’s third group game at Euro 2020, Roberto Mancini rang the changes. He’d told the media that he had no first-choice team for this tournament, that every member of his squad was of equal importance. A dead rubber against Wales was a chance to practice what he’d preached. In came eight fresh faces, among them two men who were commented upon...

Italy head coach Roberto Mancini was delighted his side maintained a high level of performance, despite making eight changes to the starting XI in the 1-0 win over Wales at Euro 2020. The Azzurri qualified for the last 16 with a perfect record of three wins from three matches in Group A, scoring seven goals without conceding against Turkey, Switzer...

Armando LaChina, a former semi-pro soccer player and competitive tennis player who emigrated from Italy to the United States at the age of nineteen, managed tennis clubs and ultimately founded a tennis school, and currently operates his own telecommunications business in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he enjoys dancing the Argentine tango and spen...

For every sports fan out there, sports in Italy has a superb sporting pleasure to offer. The big 4 “F’s” Italian swear to: Family, Friends, Food & Football. Yes, I know all you football fans have a big smile on your face now and a warm feeling around your heart.  Historically speaking Italian sport is not very rich, but that doesn’t mean they are l...

A flurry of second-half goals gave Italy a 3-0 win over Turkey in the opening match of the European Championship. Ciro Immobile kicked in a rebound from close range and Lorenzo Insigne added another following a poor clearance. Both came after an own-goal from Turkey defender Merih Demiral had given Italy the lead. The Italians dominated from the st...