World Cup 14
Italy stick with Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano, but Giorgio Chiellini is at left-back and Federico Balzaretti on the right against Germany.
'Why should Prandelli leave?'
Cesare Prandelli hinted he could reconsider his future after Euro 2012, but CONI President Gianni Petrucci notes “there’s no reason for him to go.”
Del Piero: 'Italy-Germany a derby'
Alessandro Del Piero scored against Germany in 2006 and reveals for Italians “it has always been The Game, like a derby that you dream of as a child.”
Ozil to mark Pirlo?
Italian pundits believe Alessandro Diamanti will be on the bench and Mesut Ozil is set to mark Andrea Pirlo.
Voller: 'Isolate Pirlo'
Ex-Roma Coach Rudi Voller gives Germany advice on how to beat Italy tonight. “They have to isolate Andrea Pirlo.”
Tevez: 'Italy-Germany real Final'
Carlos Tevez believes Manchester City teammate Mario Balotelli “can score the decisive goal” in tonight’s Italy-Germany clash, which is “the real Final.”
Buffon: We cannot make a mistake
Gianluigi Buffon admits that to defeat Germany in Thursday’s semi-final will require a perfect performance from Italy.
Prandelli will evaluate future
Ahead of tonight’s semi-final with Germany, Cesare Prandelli praises Italy’s work so far, but hints he could leave his position as Coach after Euro 2012.
Del Piero fears German trio
Italy should be wary of three German players in particular during tonight’s Euro 2012 semi-final, says Alessandro Del Piero.
Gattuso doesn’t trust Germany
Gennaro Gattuso admits that he has concerns for Italy in Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany.
Cassano set to start for Italy
Antonio Cassano will reportedly start alongside Mario Balotelli in tonight’s Euro 2012 semi-final between Italy and Germany.
Ivanisevic hails 'crazy' Balotelli
Former tennis ‘bad boy’ Goran Ivanisevic says he sees himself in Mario Balotelli. “He can score a winning goal, then set fire to the hotel.”
Marchisio: 'Italy never give in'
Claudio Marchisio says Italy’s semi-final with Germany “will be tough, but we never give in!”
Schweinsteiger 'ready' for Italy
Bastian Schweinsteiger insists he is “100 per cent fit” to start for Germany in tomorrow’s semi-final. “We are prepared for Italy.”
Low: 'We must disarm Pirlo'
Germany manager Joachim Low admits the plan is to “disarm” Andrea Pirlo and “dictate the tempo” against Italy.
De Rossi eyes Germany start
Daniele De Rossi spoke about his back injury and heated exchanges with Mario Balotelli ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2012 semi-final with Germany.
Prandelli: 'No defensive Italy'
Cesare Prandelli promised Italy will not go defensive against Germany. “We will run a few risks, but will always try to play football.”
Chiellini 'has recovered'
Giorgio Chiellini “has recovered from his injury and could be on the field against Germany,” announced his agent.
Klose admires Italian style
Lazio hitman Miroslav Klose hopes he’ll be picked to face Italy in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 semi-final, especially as he remembers Germany’s 2006 defeat.
Montolivo 'getting goosebumps'
Riccardo Montolivo admits he’s already “getting goosebumps” at the thought of Italy’s Euro 2012 semi-final with Germany.
Lippi: 'My Prandelli grade'
Marcello Lippi has praised Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli and pledged to further upgrade his opinion if they beat Germany to reach the Final.
Azzurri to wear black armbands
Italy will wear black armbands in the Euro 2012 semi-final as a sign of respect for a soldier killed on duty in Afghanistan.
Buffon following his Euro dream
Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon concedes it will be tough to beat Germany – but he believes in his Euro 2012 dream.
De Rossi set to face Germany
Italy’s Daniele De Rossi is looking good to be declared fit to face Germany in Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final.
Rivera ahead of Italy-Germany
Italian legend Gianni Rivera is confident ahead of the Euro 2012 semi-final – although he admits Germany will one day beat the Azzurri.
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