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Prandelli Calls Italy A "Work In Progress"

After another disappointing performance in the 2-0 win against Malta on Tuesday, Cesare Prandelli points out Italy are “a work in progress. We must find our identity searching for entertaining football.” In scraping a 2-2 draw in Bulgaria and beating Malta in their opening World Cup qualifiers, Italy have been a shadow of the side [...]

Prandelli Explains Cassano Snub

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has explained why Antonio Cassano has been left out of his squad for the two World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Malta. “Cassano has said that he is currently only at 50-60 per cent and, at this moment, I don’t have time to recover players because we need to win games [...]

Prandelli Happy With Italy Performance

Cesare Prandelli insisted there were “good indications” from Italy’s friendly defeat to England after giving six players their debuts. The squad had an average age of under 25 and 12 of the players called up were uncapped for today’s 2-1 loss in Switzerland. “Defeats are still defeats, even if they are friendlies, but they are useful because we are planning [...]

Experimental Italy lose to England

Italy’s experimental young side lost 2-1 to England tonight in Switzerland. It’s the first time the Three Lions got the better of the Nazionale in 15 years, as they fought back from a Daniele De Rossi opener. Cesare Prandelli gave first caps to Stephan El Shaarawy and Mattia Destro from the Under-21 side, while Davide [...]

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was generous in his praise of European champions Spain after their 4-0 victory in Sunday’s final but was left ruing the lack of preparation time his team had. “They made history and deservedly – they have a lot of players who are tried and tested at this level and even though [...]

Italy Has No Answer To Spanish Style

Boring Spain? I don’t think so. Spain took Italy apart today in the Euro 2012 final winning 4-0 and becoming the first side to win three successive major tournaments. Spain had been criticized by some for winning without flair. That the tiki-taka style was boring to watvh as Spain were more concerned with keeping possession [...]

Italy v Spain Euro 2012 Final Preview

Few would have predicted that Italy and Spain’s 1-1 draw on June 10 would end up becoming a preview of the EURO 2012 final just three weeks later. Each squad has fought off adversities, injury problems, and questionable form among its players to make it to Sunday’s clash at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. Lineups [...]

Prandelli: We Will Attack Spain

Italy coach Cesare Prandell says that Italy will not sit back and defend against Spain on Sunday in the 2012 Euro Final. Prandeli says that “We shouldn’t be scared about playing them” and that Italy “played well in the 1st half” in the game in Gdańsk between the two sides in the Group Stage of [...]

Italian media shower praise on Balotelli

The Italian press is unanimous in its praise of Mario Balotelli after last night’s 2-1 victory over Germany that clinched a place in the final of the Euro 2012. Gazzetta dello Sport: “It’s us!!!” That is followed by a sub-headline which reads: “Super Balotelli, the whole of Italy celebrates.” Gazzetta’s editorial “A star is born” [...]

Super Mario Sends Italy Into Euro FInals

Two brilliant goals from Mario Balotelli destroyed Germany on Thursday and set up a final showdown with Spain in Kiev on Sunday. This was the best we have ever seen of Balotelli — and the Germans could not handle him. Much was made of the fact the Germans had two extra days rest following their [...]