Last night England’s World Cup nightmare came true in the Brazilian jungle.
Nine days after getting sent off in a soccer World Cup qualifier, Italy striker Mario Balotelli left the field to a standing ovation following his winning goal in his team’s Confederations Cup opener.
Tottenham has offered Andrea Pirlo a three-year contract as part of its effort to sign the Juventus midfielder, the Daily Star said.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Italy upset tournament favorite Germany 2-1 to move into the final of the European soccer championship against defending champion Spain.
Juventus beat Napoli 3-0 to close within a point of Italian soccer league leader Roma, which was held to a 1-1 home draw by Sassuolo. Barcelona won 4-1 at Real Betis to open up a three-point lead in Spain.
Italy beat Mexico 2-1 in soccer’s Confederations Cup at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.
Italy set up a European Championship soccer semifinal with record three-time winner Germany after a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over England.
Spain was held to a 1-1 tie by Italy last night as it started its bid to become the first team to retain the European Championship soccer title. Croatia tops Group C after a 3-1 win against Ireland.
"It's a great feeling to get 100 caps and to score in the game, especially in a historical stadium like the Maracana."
- Andrea Pirlo on Jun 16, 2013