WORLD CUP 2014

Andrea Pirlo is planning a Juventus renewal, shrugging off Real Madrid and Milan, but will quit Italy after the World Cup.
Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni dropped hints he’s available for the Italy job after Cesare Prandelli. “I’ll wait until after the World Cup.”
Alessandro Diamanti is impressed with his first match for Guangzhou Evergrande and confident he won’t miss out on an Italy call.
Cesare Prandelli reiterated Italy trust Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli, but it’s too early for Domenico Berardi.
Gian Piero Gasperini insists Alberto Gilardino “deserves to go to the World Cup” and will prove it in Napoli-Genoa.
Franck Ribery has backed Verona striker Luca Toni to return to the Italy squad in time for the World Cup in Brazil.
Italy will play Luxembourg in their final pre-World Cup friendly on June 4, it has been announced.
Fiorentina forward Mario Gomez wants his side to complete a ‘double’ of Champions League qualification and the Coppa Italia.
Costa Rica Coach Jorge Luis Pinto has praised a number of Italian players as his country prepares to play the Azzurri.
Genoa forward Alberto Gilardino has spoken of his desire to make Azzurri Coach Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup squad.
England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is concerned about the heat in Manaus, where his side will face Italy at the World Cup.
Roma forward Mattia Destro has spoken of his and his teammates’ desire to play for their respective countries at this summer’s World Cup.
FIFA have accepted Cesare Prandelli’s proposal to introduce ‘water breaks’ in exceptionally hot weather at the World Cup.
Marcello Lippi reveals he turned down an offer from Real Madrid and “it was a mistake” to quit Italy in 2006.
Alessandro Diamanti assures he’ll “work every day to earn my place” at the World Cup after joining Guangzhou Evergrande.
Cesare Prandelli hinted Italy should “expect new elements on a technical level” at the World Cup. Did he mean Francesco Totti?
Cesare Prandelli does not see Italy as favourites at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Giovanni Trapattoni could be at the 2014 World Cup after all as Coach of the Ivory Coast.
Another construction worker has been killed at Brazil’s World Cup stadium in Manaus, where Italy will make their debut.
Current Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni is the favourite to replace Cesare Prandelli on the Italy bench.
Cesare Prandelli has claimed that he is only focusing on the upcoming World Cup, not his future post-summer.
Giuseppe Rossi’s agent has given more updates on the knee injury. “The dream is to play the Coppa Italia Final” on May 3.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli will “wait until the very last minute” for Giuseppe Rossi at the World Cup.
Giuseppe Rossi feels “relieved” after his latest check-up, as the Fiorentina and Italy striker won’t need surgery.
Miroslav Klose has asserted his belief that Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente both ‘deserve’ and ‘have to go’ to the World Cup this summer.

WORLD CUP 2014 BLOGS

Richard Thomas says Cesare Prandelli’s arrival at Galatasaray provides the former Italy boss with an ideal opportunity to prove himself a winner.