WORLD CUP 2014

Italy have been drawn in Group D for next summer’s World Cup, alongside Uruguay, Costa Rica and England.
FIFA have confirmed that prize money awarded at the 2014 World Cup has been increased by 37 per cent, with the winners set to receive €25.5m.
The World Players’ Union FIFPro have joined Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli in warning the 2014 World Cup heat policy is “insufficient.”
Lothar Matthaus has one wish for the 2014 World Cup draw today. “I hope Germany avoid Italy, as they always beat us...”
Cesare Prandelli is preparing for today’s “ridiculous” 2014 World Cup draw and warned of heat exhaustion in Brazil.
Mario Balotelli revealed why he hasn’t met the girl who could be his daughter. “Children mustn’t be disappointed by adults who then disappear.”
Fabio Capello commented on Italy’s World Cup hopes, the changes at Milan and who he’ll support for the Scudetto.
Cesare Prandelli reveals he and Didier Deschamps “did not enjoy” seeing Italy paired with France in a World Cup draw rehearsal.
Ronaldo believes Mario Balotelli “can make the difference at the World Cup, if he behaves himself.”
Fabio Cannavaro trusts Italy will be ready for the World Cup, but has messages for Mario Balotelli and Francesco Totti.
UEFA President Michel Platini has suggested scrapping yellow and red cards, as well as bans, in favour of a ‘sin bin.’
Italy will be hoping Friday’s World Cup draw doesn’t resemble the rehearsal, or they’d face Brazil, France and Australia.
Cesare Prandelli hinted he could call Francesco Totti for the World Cup, but Antonio Cassano is less likely to be considered.
Adidas have continued the build-up to Friday’s World Cup 2014 group stage draw by unveiling the official tournament ball.
Italy have been placed in Pot Four for Friday’s World Cup draw in Bahia, FIFA have confirmed today.
Borja Valero admits he’s dreaming of winning a place in Spain’s World Cup squad given his fine form at Fiorentina.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli believes not being top seeds in the World Cup draw “could be better considering our character.”
Italy have jumped up to seventh in the FIFA World Rankings, but it comes too late for the World Cup draw.
Just days before the 2014 World Cup draw, at least three people have been killed after part of the Corinthians Arena collapsed.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter met with Pope Francis today and warned foreign investment in clubs “is not always a good thing.”
Riccardo Montolivo believes there are at least three teams better equipped than Italy to win the 2014 World Cup.
The Gazzetta dello Sport have put together the 23-man squad list Cesare Prandelli would name for the World Cup, if he had to today.
The World Cup play-offs have been completed, as Portugal, France, Greece, Croatia, Ghana and more qualified.
Cesare Prandelli warns Italy were “born to attack and at the World Cup I’d prefer a team that risks to the end.”
Nigeria – Italy’s next friendly opponents – have qualified for the 2014 World Cup, beating Ethiopia 2-0.

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.