AZZURRI

Former Italy boss Cesare Maldini thinks the Azzurri may be short of a true centre-forward at Euro 2012.
As Euro 2012 kicks off, former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni has looked back to his side’s 2008 elimination by Spain
Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping that Spain and Italy draw in Sunday evening’s Group C opening fixture at Euro 2012.
Thiago Motta insists that tactics alone will not be enough for Italy in their Euro 2012 encounter against Spain.
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.
Fabio Capello doesn’t seem to be overly optimistic about Italy’s chances of success at the 2012 European Championship.
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo was back in training on Thursday after he was rested as a precautionary measure yesterday.
Andrea Pirlo has slight bruising on his calf, but is not thought to be at risk for Italy’s opening Euro 2012 game.
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.
Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli skipped today’s training session as Italy prepare for Sunday’s Euro 2012 opener against Spain.
Morgan De Sanctis agrees that Italy should switch to Napoli’s 3-5-2 system, but warns against “underestimating” their Group C opponents.
Giorgio Chiellini says a three-man defence which includes Daniele De Rossi could work for Italy at Euro 2012.
Cagliari defender Davide Astori will join up with the Italy squad at their Euro 2012 training base today as cover for Andrea Barzagli.
Italy’s Euro 2012 squad visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Wednesday morning.
Daniele De Rossi warns Italy to take it “one step at a time,” as their plans in the last World Cup went horribly wrong, and relives their last Euro meeting with Spain.
Mario Balotelli shook off his injury to score a hat-trick in today’s first Krakow game between ranks, as Italy tested out the 3-5-2 system for Spain.
Cesare Prandelli said he’ll wait “until the last minute” for Andrea Barzagli to recover and will use an adaptable system against Spain with Daniele De Rossi in defence.
Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that another 10 years in the game will be enough to take him to early retirement.
Giuseppe Rossi’s agent has again encouraged prospective clubs interested in the crocked star to consider the value of signing him from Villarreal.
Mario Balotelli only took part in light training on Tuesday in Italy’s final session before leaving for Euro 2012.
The injured Andrea Barzagli is remaining optimistic that he will be able to feature for Italy at Euro 2012 this summer.
Cagliari defender Davide Astori is in pole position to replace Andrea Barzagli if the latter is withdrawn from Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.
Domenico Criscito claims he should be called up to the Italy squad if Andrea Barzagli is ruled out of Euro 2012 with injury. “I was made a promise.”
Juventus duo Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon and Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Clarence Seedorf are all nominated for the annual Golden Foot award.
Mario Balotelli has been granted an injury reprieve, but Andrea Barzagli is all but ruled out of Euro 2012 for the Azzurri.