World Cup 14
Xabi Alonso admires Pirlo
Xabi Alonso believes Italy are “combative and competitive” when under pressure, revealing Spain have studied Andrea Pirlo and their tactics carefully.
Aragones: 'Spain must fear Italy'
Former Spain manager Luis Aragones warns “it will be difficult” against Italy in their Euro 2012 opener on Sunday.
Zoff: 'Italy are Euro 2012 favourites'
Former Italy Coach Dino Zoff believes the Azzurri “are among the top four favourites” at Euro 2012.
Barzagli stays in Italy squad
Andrea Barzagli will stay in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad after tests showed he might be able to recover for the Ireland game.
Criscito: 'I should be at Euro 2012'
Domenico Criscito is still furious he was dropped for Euro 2012 when he is in what he calls “the same situation” as Leonardo Bonucci.
Buffon: We’d give anything to win
Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his excitement that the European Championships are due to kick off today, and admits to a bit of nervous apprehension.
Valdes: We must stop Pirlo
Victor Valdes has reiterated Gerard Pique’s point that Spain’s best hopes of overcoming Italy on Sunday lie in stopping Andrea Pirlo.
Chiellini: We can beat Spain
Giorgio Chiellini believes that Italy have the capacity to beat world and European champions Spain on Sunday afternoon.
Pique warns of Italy strength
Spain centre-back Gerard Pique has warned his teammates that Italy remain a strong force ahead of their Euro 2012 clash on Sunday.
De Rossi: Centre-back? 99.9 per cent yes
Daniele De Rossi has admitted today that there is a very strong chance that he will end up playing Italy’s opening game of Euro 2012 in defence.
Balzaretti unsure of future
Italy left-back Federico Balzaretti has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Palermo for next season.
Italy test two tactical systems
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli tested 4-3-1-2 and 3-4-3 systems in this morning’s training session ahead of their Euro 2012 opener.
Ancelotti: Motta perfect for Italy
Carlo Ancelotti thinks that Italy will benefit with the proposed first team introduction of Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta.
Maldini has Italy attacking doubts
Former Italy boss Cesare Maldini thinks the Azzurri may be short of a true centre-forward at Euro 2012.
Donadoni has Euro 2008 regrets
As Euro 2012 kicks off, former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni has looked back to his side’s 2008 elimination by Spain
Trapattoni hopes for Spain-Italy draw
Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping that Spain and Italy draw in Sunday evening’s Group C opening fixture at Euro 2012.
Motta demands Italian desire
Thiago Motta insists that tactics alone will not be enough for Italy in their Euro 2012 encounter against Spain.
Giaccherini ready for Italy debut
The uncapped Emanuele Giaccherini says he’s ready to start against Spain should boss Cesare Prandelli opt for him in a 3-5-2 system.
Capello unsure of Euro 2012 Italy
Fabio Capello doesn’t seem to be overly optimistic about Italy’s chances of success at the 2012 European Championship.
Pirlo returns to Italy training
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo was back in training on Thursday after he was rested as a precautionary measure yesterday.
Pirlo 'has bruised calf'
Andrea Pirlo has slight bruising on his calf, but is not thought to be at risk for Italy’s opening Euro 2012 game.
Platini: 'Balotelli can't walk off'
UEFA President Michel Platini sniped at Cesare Prandelli for threatening to pull Italy out of Euro 2012 and revealed Mario Balotelli “will be punished” if he walks off due to racist abuse.
Pirlo skips Italy session
Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli skipped today’s training session as Italy prepare for Sunday’s Euro 2012 opener against Spain.
De Sanctis backs 3-5-2 Italy
Morgan De Sanctis agrees that Italy should switch to Napoli’s 3-5-2 system, but warns against “underestimating” their Group C opponents.
Chiellini: De Rossi can defend
Giorgio Chiellini says a three-man defence which includes Daniele De Rossi could work for Italy at Euro 2012.
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