World Cup 14
Rossi believes in Spanish fair play
Giuseppe Rossi is convinced that Spain will have no intention of drawing with Croatia tonight in order to see Italy eliminated from Euro 2012.
Balzaretti pumped up for Italy
Federico Balzaretti can’t wait to take to the field in tonight’s crucial Euro 2012 game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.
Torres rings Spain alarm bells
Fernando Torres warns Spain they can’t play for a 2-2 draw against Croatia. “What happened to Russia must ring alarm bells.”
Bilic: 'Italy have to trust Croatia'
Slaven Bilic has assured Italy they “have to trust” Croatia not to stitch them up intentionally with Spain tomorrow.
Duff Irish captain against Italy
Damien Duff has described wearing the captain’s armband against Italy on his 100th cap for Ireland as “an awfully proud moment.”
Chiellini: 'New tournament for Italy'
Giorgio Chiellini believes Italy will “begin a new tournament” if they reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Prandelli: 'We've worked on changes'
Cesare Prandelli hinted Italy have been working on a return to 4-3-1-2 against Ireland for some time. “I don’t just wake up in the morning and change my mind.”
Trap on Italy and slams Roy Keane
Giovanni Trapattoni gave a typically fiery Press conference ahead of Ireland’s match with Italy on Monday night, including an attack on Roy Keane.
Criscito has faith in Italy
Domenico Criscito is confident “Italy will reach the next round” of Euro 2012, even if he is still bitter at missing out.
Balotelli shakes off injury
Mario Balotelli took part in training today, so he could recover in time for tomorrow’s match between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.
Tardelli: 'I'll be Italy's biggest fan'
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli says he’ll be “Italy’s biggest fan” if they progress, but that won’t stop him trying to eliminate them tomorrow.
Italy bring back four-man defence?
Cesare Prandelli insisted he wouldn’t change Italy’s 3-5-2 system against Ireland, but it’s reported he tested the four-man defence in a hidden training session.
Lippi: 'Spain do stitch-ups too...'
Marcello Lippi does not believe Spain and Croatia are beyond stitching up Italy. “They do this sort of thing too. Just ask Villarreal...”
Barzagli 'not considering' early exit
Andrea Barzagli says he and his Italy teammates are “not remotely considering the possibility we’ll be going home” on Monday night.
Buffon blasts Italy 'loser talk'
Gianluigi Buffon warns Italy must not “think like losers” by focusing on a potential Spain-Croatia stitch-up and blasted the media for focusing on the wrong issues.
Italy test Diamanti midfield
Cesare Prandelli tested a 3-4-1-2 system in training today with a diamond midfield including Alessandro Diamanti, but Mario Balotelli picked up an injury.
Xavi: 'Italy qualify with Spain'
Xavi is confident “Italy will reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals along with Spain, as our mentality doesn’t let us play for a draw.”
Balotelli out of Ireland match?
Mario Balotelli picked up a knee injury in training today and could well miss Italy’s last Group C game with Ireland.
Prandelli: 'Why I quit Fiorentina'
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli reveals the Della Valle brothers were the reason he left Fiorentina. “I asked for two Italian players and they bought five foreign ones.”
Croatian FA condemns 'hooligans'
The Croatian Football Federation condemned “deviant behaviour” from “hooligans” against Italy that prompted UEFA to begin disciplinary proceedings.
Tardelli: 'Irish pride against Italy'
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli insists they will play “for pride” and not make it easy for Italy in the last Group C game.
Barzagli: 'I'm ready for Ireland'
Andrea Barzagli is ready to make his Euro 2012 debut against Ireland and criticised the media for focusing on a potential 2-2 draw between Spain and Croatia.
Marchisio warns Balotelli
Claudio Marchisio supports Italy’s 3-5-2 system, warns Mario Balotelli “his opportunities could run out” and believes Spain won’t stitch up the Azzurri.
UEFA action on Croatia racism
UEFA have confirmed they will take disciplinary action against Croatia after racist chanting and a banana thrown on to the pitch in their game with Italy.
Euro 2004 Denmark-Sweden 'was fair'
The Italian media is dominated by comparisons with Euro 2004, but Thomas Helveg insists that Denmark-Sweden “was a fair game.”
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