Line-ups: Italy-Costa Rica
Gigi Buffon, Thiago Motta and Ignazio Abate step into the Italy side to face Group D leaders Costa Rica.
Allegri on Pirlo departure
Former Milan Coach Max Allegri says Andrea Pirlo’s departure from San Siro in 2011 was a decision made by both the player and club.
Report: Barzagli to start for Azzurri
Sky Sport Italia report that Andrea Barzagli has shaken off injury concerns and will start for Italy against Costa Rica today.
Motta, Abate, Buffon to come in
Thiago Motta, Ignazio Abate and Gianluigi Buffon are speculated as Italy’s three new faces to come in to face Costa Rica today.
Italy press for time-outs, but…
Italy continue to pressure for time-outs to be sanctioned for today’s match with Costa Rica, but the rules indicate they may be unsuccessful.
Prandelli: Azzurri will have to suffer
Cesare Prandelli is confident his Italy team are ready for their World Cup match against Costa Rica but has called for drink breaks to be implemented.
‘Balo an important weapon’
Cesare Prandelli has called for Mario Balotelli to retain his focus as Italy continue their quest for World Cup glory.
Prandelli expects Spain revival
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli expects Spain to be back among world football’s elite within two months.
‘Buffon and Barzagli to play if…’
Cesare Prandelli has revealed both Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli will play against Costa Rica if they respond well to training tomorrow morning.
Prandelli wary of Costa Rica
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is wary of the threat tomorrow’s World Cup opponents Costa Rica will pose his side.
Balo only focused on World Cup
Mario Balotelli has insisted that he just wants to focus on the World Cup, not his own personal future.
Antonini shocked by Gilardino exclusion
Luca Antonini has revealed that he was shocked to see Genoa teammate Alberto Gilardino not in Italy’s World Cup squad.
Italy train in Recife
Italy have trained for the first time in Recife ahead of their game against Costa Rica tomorrow.
'Mario must understand his potential'
Jose Mourinho has urged Mario Balotelli to ‘understand his full potential’ and take this World Cup by storm.
De Rossi: Tough? I’m fair…
Daniele De Rossi doesn’t quite see himself as ‘Italy’s toughest midfielder’, choosing instead to describe his style as ‘physical’ and ‘fair’.
De Rossi: Italy’s core important
Daniele De Rossi has considered Italy’s ‘Tikitalia’ nickname and talks of the importance in the Azzurri holding a ‘strong core’ of players.
Italy to fly out to Recife
Italy will shortly leave their training base and head out to Recife ahead of tomorrow’s afternoon clash with Costa Rica.
Motta: 'Costa Rica like a Final'
Thiago Motta appreciates Italy’s new dual playmaker system and is ready to replace Marco Verratti against Costa Rica.
Thiago Motta: 'I feel Italian'
Thiago Motta insists he has no regrets about choosing to play for Italy rather than Brazil. “I feel Italian.”
Barzagli injury scare
There are rumours emerging from the Italy camp that Andrea Barzagli will miss the game with Costa Rica.
Prandelli keeps Costa Rica guessing
Gigi Buffon and Mattia De Sciglio trained with the full team, as Italy fly out tomorrow morning to face Costa Rica.
Keane is De Rossi’s idol
Daniele De Rossi has revealed his idol as a youngster was always former Manchester United player Roy Keane.
De Rossi: Azzurri getting closer
Daniele De Rossi believes Italy are getting closer to being at the level of world champions Spain.
Amelia: Balo has everything
Outgoing Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia says Mario Balotelli has impressed him at the World Cup and can do anything.
Italy-Costa Rica referee announced
The referee for Italy’s World Cup match against Costa Rica on Friday has been confirmed as Chile’s Enrique Osses.
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