World Cup 14
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.”
Italy suspicion 'insults' Croatia
Croatia’s Coach Slaven Bilic and players insist it is an “insult” to think they’ll draw with Spain to knock Italy out, while mocking the betting scandal too.
Trap: 'I won't do Italy any favours'
Giovanni Trapattoni warns he will not make too many changes for the Republic of Ireland’s last game, as otherwise “people will say I’m favouring Italy.”
How will Italy approach Ireland?
Cesare Prandelli confirmed he’ll consider three or four changes against Ireland, so the Italian media consider the options.
UEFA investigate ‘banana throwing’
UEFA are set to investigate a report that a banana was thrown on to the pitch during Italy’s draw with Croatia in Poznan this Thursday.
FIGC trust Del Bosque and Spain
Italian Football Federation President Giancarlo Abete has dismissed fears of Spain and Croatia doing a deal to eliminate Italy from Euro 2012.
Casiraghi believes in qualification
Former Italian Under-21 boss Gigi Casiraghi is confident that the Azzurri can qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
Italy to change players – not shape
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he could make up to four changes to the team that will face the Republic of Ireland – but Daniele De Rossi will remain in a three-man defence.
Buffon: An Italy win will do!
Italy captain Gigi Buffon is confident Spain won’t be looking for a 2-2 draw against Croatia which could eliminate the Azzurri from Euro 2012.
Spain have no plans to draw
Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque says drawing 2-2 with Croatia on Monday in order to eliminate Italy is not in their plans.
Bonucci defends Chiellini mistake
Leonardo Bonucci has refused to blame Italy teammate Giorgio Chiellini for Croatia’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
One mistake cost Italy, says Montolivo
Italy made just one error in the game against Croatia and they paid the price for it, says Riccardo Montolivo.
Boban: Why take off Balotelli?
Zvonimir Boban believes that Cesare Prandelli made a mistake in taking Mario Balotelli off in the 1-1 draw between Italy and Croatia.
Zoff rues wasted Italy chances
Italian legend Dino Zoff thinks the Azzurri did enough in the first 45 minutes of their 1-1 draw with Croatia to win the game.
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