World Cup 2014
Four Italians in Euro 2012 dream squad
Spain’s Andres Iniesta has been named as Euro 2012's player of the tournament by UEFA, but four Italians were included in the best 23 of the competition.
Sampdoria admit to Ferrara arrival
Sampdoria have confirmed that Ciro Ferrara will be their new Coach – but it will take a little bit more time to make his appointment official.
Rossi and Criscito praise Italy
Giuseppe Rossi and Domenico Criscito have applauded their Italian international teammates despite the 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final.
Ferrara set for Sampdoria
Ciro Ferrara could be confirmed as the new Sampdoria boss on Monday – leaving the door open for Devis Mangia to take over the Italian Under-21 side.
Italy boss Prandelli will fight on
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli intends to remain on the Azzurri bench to mastermind their World Cup 2014 bid – after last night’s 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final.
Del Bosque: 'Italy were unlucky'
Vicente Del Bosque made history with Spain this evening, but reassured Italy “they had a great tournament and no luck tonight.”
De Rossi: 'Spain on another level'
Daniele De Rossi admits Spain are “a step above the rest and we didn’t have the energy to chase them down.”
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Thanks for making them angry, 'Spain are boring' lobbyists! Rating the Azzurri after injuries, fatigue and a history-making Spain side made it a grim end to a glorious campaign in Kiev.
Barzagli: 'A good tournament'
Andrea Barzagli admits this Final defeat to Spain was “not pleasant,” but urged Italy to see the bigger picture.
Montolivo: 'Regret and frustration'
Riccardo Montolivo felt “regret and frustration” after Italy’s 4-0 Final defeat to Spain.
Albertini: 'No time to recover'
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini has criticised the lack of preparation time for the Final and clubs for not supporting Italy.
Abete: 'Prandelli's work continues'
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete insists Cesare Prandelli will continue his work after “bringing Italy back to the prestigious places in European football.”
Bonucci: 'We changed Italy's identity'
Leonardo Bonucci was in floods of tears after Italy’s defeat to Spain, but insists the victory was “shaking off the reputation of catenaccio.”
Chiellini: 'We were shattered'
Giorgio Chiellini reveals he suffered the third different thigh strain of the last six weeks. “There was no time to recover.”
Buffon: 'Hats off to Spain'
Gianluigi Buffon took his hat off to Spain. “Italy had a wonderful journey, but they have an inestimable value.”
Prandelli: 'Extraordinary tournament'
Cesare Prandelli tried to reassure Italy after their heavy Euro 2012 Final defeat to Spain. “It was an extraordinary tournament.”
Four-star Spain end Italian dream
A drained Italy’s dream ended at the final hurdle, as Spain retained their European title 4-0, though the Azzurri were down to 10 men for the last half-hour.
Final line-ups: Spain-Italy
Italy have Ignazio Abate back in the starting XI with Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli facing Spain’s ‘False 9’ system in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final.
Abete: 'Italy can dream'
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete notes reaching the Final “is already a success for Italy, but we want to continue dreaming.”
Balotelli 'worth €250m'
“Mario Balotelli is worth €250m,” declared the Italy and Manchester City hitman’s agent.
Rizzoli missed Euro 2012 Final
Referee Nicola Rizzoli reveals he had been picked to officiate the Euro 2012 Final – until Italy qualified. “I’m happy for the Azzurri anyway.”
Sirigu silences Italy critics
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu says Italy have already “silenced” the pre-tournament critics by reaching the Final.
Pardew tips Italy for Euro 2012
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew tips Italy to win tonight’s Euro 2012 Final, as they have “a better mixture to their game” than Spain.
Altobelli hails Balotelli
Alessandro ‘Spillo’ Altobelli believes Mario Balotelli can make the difference against Spain. “He could be as strong as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Lippi sees Italy-Spain paradox
Marcello Lippi has a mathematically impossible take on the Final. “Italy have a 50 per cent chance of winning, yet Spain are still the favourites.”
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