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We have been covering Italian national team since 2008. Through triumph and success to bitter disappointment. Some of the content we cover includes match previews and reports, player and manager interviews.

Prandelli: Italy Must Beat Croatia Now

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says that his side must beat Croatia in Thursday’s Euro 2012 game. The Azzurri started their tournament with a 1-1 draw against Spain, but Croatia’s 3-1 win over the Republic of Ireland has given them an early advantage in Group C. “It will be a game of details, a match that [...]

Brave Italy Held By Spain 1-1

Spain has still not beaten Italy in a match over 90 minutes as a vibrant and well-organized Italy side that will is disappointed that they did not win the game today against Spain. Italian coach Cesare Prandelli admitted a much after the game saying: “The disappointing thing is that the players also realise we gave them [...]

Italy centre back Andrea Barzagli will remain in their Euro 2012 squad after coach Cesare Prandelli and medics decided he would be available for some of the tournament despite a calf problem. “The scan this morning showed a noticeable improvement in the player’s calf,” Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci was quoted as saying by ANSA. [...]

Emanuele Giaccherini says he’s ready to make his debut against start Spain should Cesare Prandelli decide to use him in a new 3-5-2 system. The Juventus midfielder was a surprise choice in the Coach’s Euro 2012 squad and he’s been tested as a wing-back during training this week. “I’m happy playing wide left, it is [...]

Balotelli Fit For Italy Opener v Spain

At last some positive news from the Italy camp ahead of the Euros as Mario Balotelli should be fit to face Spain on Sunday says esare Prandelli Balotelli pulled up during training on Monday but flew with the squad to their Polish base on Tuesday. “Balotelli has an issue with his abductor muscle like (right [...]

Italy Fall To Third Consecutive Defeat

Russia piled on the misery for embattled Italy with a 3-0 victory in Friday night’s international friendly in Zurich’s Letzigrund stadium. Alexander Kerzhakov put the Russians in front on the hour mark, having been denied by the post in the first half. Roman Shirokov made it 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining and added his second at [...]

In indication of how much the latest match fixing and gambling scandals are impacted his team preparations for the Euros, Italian national boss Cesare Prandelli says that the Azzurri would quit Euro 2012 if they were asked to do so for the good of the game, “If they tell us that it is in the [...]

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli named his 23-man squad for UEFA EURO 2012 a few hours ahead of the friendly game against Luxembourg in Parma with defender Andrea Ranocchia and striker Mattia Destro the last two players to leave the Azzurri training camp. After reducing the squad from 32 to 25 players yesterday, with goalkeeper Francesco [...]

Italy Score Six In Practice Game

After three days’ hard training the Azzurri played their first warm-up match at Coverciano yesterday, a 70-minute game against Serie D side Virtus Vecomp Verona. Cesare Prandelli deployed a 4-3-2-1 formation with Emiliano Viviano in goal, defended by Ignazio Abate, Andrea Ranocchia, Davide Astori and Federico Balzaretti. Nocerino played in midfield alongside Daniele De Rossi [...]

Italian national team disappoints again on their friendly game in preparation for the upcoming Euro 2012, after suffering a home defeat against USA, with Fulham’s man, Clint Dempsey scoring the only goal. Playing with an experimental squad, Cesare Prandelli’s team actually managed to dominate the game but they just didn’t step the tempo up apart [...]