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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]