Almost exactly three years after Italian soccer's darkest moment, the country's national team is full of smiles again. The Italy players yelped in delight as they celebrated in Sarajevo after securing a spot in the final four of the Nations League, despite coach Robert Mancini self-isolating in Rome after testing positive for the coronavirus. A member of his staff held up a phone and, via video chat, Mancini congratulated the players for the 2-0 win in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The son of World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro could follow in his father's footsteps after the 16-year-old joined the youth set-up at Serie A club Lazio.
Chievo Verona and Udinese were among the pioneers in terms of showing how far a provincial club could go in Serie A by relying on smart scouting, a strong youth system and intelligent transfer moves. Atalanta took that to the next level by reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League this year. Now, Sassuolo is shaping up as the next surprise in the Italian league.