WORLD CUP 2014

Torino forward Ciro Immobile says it would be a dream come true to represent his country at this summer’s World Cup.
Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the cost of paying top-flight referees in Italy can be around €5m a season.
Fernando Llorente has revealed his ambition to face his Juventus teammates next week for Spain, and to make La Roja’s World Cup squad.
Andrea Pirlo has praised Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, as they prepare to face each other at the World Cup.
Atalanta playmaker Giacomo Bonaventura has admitted he is still harbouring ambitions of playing in the World Cup.
Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella has commented on his national team players currently plying their trade in Italy.
Former Milan attacker Ronaldinho says he wants to pursue a career in music once his playing days are finally over.
Zdenek Zeman has enthused at Marco Verratti’s development at PSG and urged that he go to the World Cup as Andrea Pirlo’s understudy.
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.

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.