WORLD CUP 2014

The FIGC confirmed they have still not chosen Italy’s 2014 World Cup training base, though Mangaritiba is the favourite.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has rejected claims that he’s asked the Lega Serie A to bring forward the end of the season.
Parma midfielder Marco Parolo is hoping his form will be good enough to be involved in the World Cup next summer.
Uruguay international Edinson Cavani is excited to face Italy in the World Cup. “They are one of the best.”
Gigi Buffon warned England goalkeeper Joe Hart he should leave Manchester City if he wants to be at the World Cup.
Giuseppe Rossi has big plans for 2014 and today’s trip to Roma. “Winning with Fiorentina and going to the World Cup are my dreams.”
FIFA have controversially moved the kick-off time of Italy-England forward by three hours, increasing the risk of heatstroke.
Arrigo Sacchi warned Italy’s main contender in World Cup Group D is Uruguay. “We struggled more against them than England.”
Italy face a choice between two training camps for the World Cup – one in a safari park and another close to a nudist beach.
Gianfranco Zola believes Italy “have something more than England” in their World Cup group, outlining strengths and weaknesses.
Uruguay FA President Sebastian Bauzà and Costa Rica Coach Juan Luis Pinto “are not afraid” of facing Italy and England.
Chairman of the England FA Greg Dyke is pleased to be playing Italy in the World Cup in Manaus.
Italy “certainly did not have a fortunate draw,” but can do well against England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, said CONI President Giovanni Malagò.
Didier Deschamps admitted he was satisfied after France were placed alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E of the World Cup.
Argentina’s Alejandro Sabella could not hide his delight after Friday’s draw for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
England striker Wayne Rooney has insisted that they have to ‘beat the best’ if they are to win the World Cup.
Holland boss Louis van Gaal has confessed he hopes Spain have an off day when the two sides meet at next year’s World Cup.
Luis Felipe Scolari was satisfied with the World Cup draw, as Brazil were handed games against Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.
Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni believes Italy can be pleased with their group stage draw for the World Cup.
Former England boss Glenn Hoddle believes that England have ‘the perfect group’ being drawn alongside Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque believes his side have been handed a difficult task following the draw for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Russia Coach Fabio Capello has revealed what his gameplan would be if he was the Italy boss going into the World Cup.
Cesare Prandelli has insisted that he is ‘not worried’ despite Italy being drawn in a tough group for the World Cup.
England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that his side have a ‘tough group’ for next summer’s World Cup.
The draw for the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has taken place, throwing up some classic encounters.

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.