AZZURRI

Antonio Cassano will reportedly start alongside Mario Balotelli in tonight’s Euro 2012 semi-final between Italy and Germany.
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.”
Claudio Marchisio says Italy’s semi-final with Germany “will be tough, but we never give in!”
Bastian Schweinsteiger insists he is “100 per cent fit” to start for Germany in tomorrow’s semi-final. “We are prepared for Italy.”
Germany manager Joachim Low admits the plan is to “disarm” Andrea Pirlo and “dictate the tempo” against Italy.
Daniele De Rossi spoke about his back injury and heated exchanges with Mario Balotelli ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2012 semi-final with Germany.
Cesare Prandelli promised Italy will not go defensive against Germany. “We will run a few risks, but will always try to play football.”
Giorgio Chiellini “has recovered from his injury and could be on the field against Germany,” announced his agent.
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.
Riccardo Montolivo admits he’s already “getting goosebumps” at the thought of Italy’s Euro 2012 semi-final with Germany.
Marcello Lippi has praised Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli and pledged to further upgrade his opinion if they beat Germany to reach the Final.
Italy will wear black armbands in the Euro 2012 semi-final as a sign of respect for a soldier killed on duty in Afghanistan.
Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon concedes it will be tough to beat Germany – but he believes in his Euro 2012 dream.
Italy’s Daniele De Rossi is looking good to be declared fit to face Germany in Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final.
Italian legend Gianni Rivera is confident ahead of the Euro 2012 semi-final – although he admits Germany will one day beat the Azzurri.
Time for a quick game of what happened next? Italy striker Mario Balotelli takes a drink and then…
Giorgio Chiellini and Alessandro Diamanti could be thrown into the Italian starting XI for their Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is wanted by a host of European clubs, reports the Corriere dello Sport.
Andrea Pirlo has won over Europe with his performances, but Eugenio Corini remembers “on his debut aged 16 we knew a star had been born.”
“If Italy continue playing like this, we need fear no-one,” said CONI President Gianni Petrucci ahead of the semi-final with Germany.
“Italy will beat Germany with a Mario Balotelli hat-trick,” said agent Mino Raiola, who has updates on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marek Hamsik.
Stuttgart defender Cristian Molinaro gives the inside view on Euro 2012 semi-final Italy-Germany. “The truth is they really fear us.”
Half-German Riccardo Montolivo warns Italy will be “tough to beat” in the semi-final and hasn’t been put off taking penalties following his miss.
Andrea Pirlo feels Germany are afraid of Italy, took that penalty to “bring Joe Hart down a peg” and “won’t be upset” if he never wins the Ballon d’Or.
Joachim Low has declared that notable meetings from Italy and Germany’s past will not matter ahead of Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final.