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Italy v Germany Euro Semi-Final Preview

Italy and Germany are tremendous historic rivals; as two of Europe’s most powerful footballing nations, any match between these two squads is intense and there is usually something on the line. Although this match probably won’t be as epic as the battle in Dortmund in the 2006 World Cup, it is still highly-anticipated and should [...]

The dramatic penalty shootout win over England is firmly in the past says Cesare Prandelli as he has turned his full attention to Thursday’s showdown against Germany in Warsaw. “We have only celebrated for 10 minutes,” Prandelli said. “We have turned the page and our focus is already on Germany. “The Germans alongside Spain are [...]

Prandelli Praises Balotelli Composure

Cesare Prandelli praised Mario Balotelli’s work rate and character and said Italy had tried to play football after they overcame a host of missed chances to beat England in a penalty shootout to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2012. “All the forwards did a very good job tonight. It was difficult to create chances but [...]

For the sixth time, England have been knocked out of a major tournament on penalties, losing 3-2 on penalties to Italy tonight after a scoreless 120 minutes of play. Italy will next play Germany in the semifinals on Thursday in Warsaw, Poland while defending champion Spain plays Portugal on Wednesday in Donetsk, Ukraine. Other than [...]

Italy and England meet in the Euro quarter-finals on Sunday and to help me preview the game I have brought in two experts, Earl Reed and David Schiavone Earl writes for EPL Talk, the number one Premier League blog with daily news and analysis of the world’s most popular sports league. David writes for Forza [...]

Giorgio Chiellini To Miss England Game

A blow to Italy ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final against England as defender Giorgio Chiellini has been definitely ruled out of the match due to injury. Chiellini, the most experienced defender in Italy’s squad with 53 caps, was forced off during the second half of Monday’s 2-0 win over Republic of Ireland, which secured a [...]

Italy Advances To Euros Quarter-Finals

With a goal in each half, first by Cassano, and then the substitute Balotelli, and no repeat of the farce in 2004, saw Italy qualify for the quarter-finals after finishing in second place in their group. The victory ended a five-match winless streak for Italy, which began the tournament with 1-1 draws against Spain and [...]

Italy To Make Four Changes Against Ireland

Cesare Prandelli is expected to make four changes to his Italy side for today’s game against the Republic of Ireland  as he reverts back to a more traditional 4-3-1-2 formation. Most of Prandelli’s changes will come at the back as Ignazio Abate is expected to replace Christian Maggio on the right, while Federico Balzaretticomes will come in for Emanuele Giaccherini on the left. [...]

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said that the night before the match against Croatia in Poznan that he still has one doubt about who will be in his starting line-up. By all indications, Prandelli is deciding who will partner Mario Balotelli up-front with the expectation that it will be Di Natale. De Rossi will play again [...]

Finally some good news on the injury front for Inter  as it looks like injured defender Andrea Barzagli could be fit enough to play against the Republic of Ireland on Monday. The Juventus defender has been sidelined since June 1 with a calf injury. Doctors expected Barzagli to miss the group stages of the European Championship but [...]