World Cup 2014
UEFA to probe alleged racism
UEFA have confirmed that they will investigate two separate reports of racist abuse towards players at Euro 2012, one of whom was Italy’s Mario Balotelli.
Webb to referee Italy-Croatia
English referee Howard Webb will take charge of Thursday’s Group C Euro 2012 game between Italy and Croatia.
Italy search for rare win
Italy will go into the Croatia game on Thursday in the knowledge that they have won just one of their last 10 games – in normal time – at major tournaments.
Ferrara won’t quit Italy U-21s
Ciro Ferrara expects to continue his adventure as Coach of the Italian Under-21 national side.
Prandelli: Italy must beat Croatia
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli insists that his side have no other option but to beat Croatia in Thursday’s Euro 2012 game.
Mourinho praises stopper De Rossi
Jose Mourinho has praised the defensive performance of Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi during Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.
Udinese revel in Di Natale glory
Udinese chief Gianpaolo Pozzo is delighted that club captain Antonio Di Natale scored in Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.
Albertini sees Italy and Spain
Italian Football Federation Vice-President Demetrio Albertini believes that Spain and the Azzurri are still favourites to progress from Euro 2012 Group C.
Giaccherini content with debut
Emanuele Giaccherini is satisfied after making his international debut in Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.
Spaniards blame 'shameful' turf
Spanish players and Coach Vicente del Bosque blamed the “dry pitch” in Gdansk for their draw with Italy. “It’s shameful we should have to play on this surface.”
Prandelli: 'Balo should've passed it'
Cesare Prandelli admits Mario Balotelli “should’ve passed it” in a great chance against Spain, but insists the substitution was “not punishment.”
Xavi: 'Spain deserved victory'
Xavi Hernandez feels Spain “deserved the victory” after their hard-fought 1-1 draw with Italy and complained about the pitch.
Torres praises Buffon
Fernando Torres praised Gianluigi Buffon and insisted he was not disappointed at being on the bench for Spain-Italy.
Del Bosque: 'Spain happy with point'
Vicente del Bosque concedes it was “a difficult match” against the Azzurri and Spain were content to grab a point.
Casillas: 'Draw was fair'
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admits the draw was “the right result, as both sides never gave up and attacked to the end.”
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Pirlo: 'Defeat did us good'
Andrea Pirlo believes Italy’s friendly defeat to Russia “did us good” to prepare them for the 1-1 draw with Spain.
De Rossi: 'Defender to play the ball'
Daniele De Rossi explains why Cesare Prandelli picked him as a centre-back against Spain. “We wanted to play the ball.”
Prandelli: 'This is the real Italy'
Cesare Prandelli pointed out the Azzurri came out to attack Spain in their 1-1 draw. “This is the real Italy.”
Di Natale: 'Revenge for 2008'
Antonio Di Natale admits he “still remembers” the penalty he missed against Spain in Euro 2008, so this was a special goal for him.
Di Natale earns Spain draw
Antonio Di Natale scored with his first touch as an impressive Italy performance held Spain to a 1-1 draw in the Group C opener.
Italy have chosen Emanuele Giaccherini, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli in a 3-5-2 system, but Spain opt for a no-striker system by dropping Fernando Torres.
Thiago Motta's Busquets reunion
Thiago Motta is looking forward to challenging Spain’s Sergio Busquets again today. “Nobody is unbeatable and we’re convinced Italy can win.”
Prandelli: 'Italy ready for Spain'
Cesare Prandelli confirmed Emanuele Giaccherini will start against Spain today. “We will be ready and eager to prove ourselves against the best.”
Probable line-ups: Spain-Italy
There are still some doubts as to how Italy will line up against Spain today, though Daniele De Rossi is bound for a centre-back role.
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