NEWS

Italy have Ignazio Abate back in the starting XI with Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli facing Spain’s ‘False 9’ system in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete notes reaching the Final “is already a success for Italy, but we want to continue dreaming.”
“Mario Balotelli is worth €250m,” declared the Italy and Manchester City hitman’s agent.
Referee Nicola Rizzoli reveals he had been picked to officiate the Euro 2012 Final – until Italy qualified. “I’m happy for the Azzurri anyway.”
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu says Italy have already “silenced” the pre-tournament critics by reaching the Final.
Gianfranco Zola is expected to become the new Watford Coach on Tuesday after Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo bought the club.
Diego Forlan is reportedly on the verge of leaving Inter in order to join Brazilian club Internacional.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew tips Italy to win tonight’s Euro 2012 Final, as they have “a better mixture to their game” than Spain.
Alessandro ‘Spillo’ Altobelli believes Mario Balotelli can make the difference against Spain. “He could be as strong as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Marcello Lippi has a mathematically impossible take on the Final. “Italy have a 50 per cent chance of winning, yet Spain are still the favourites.”
Napoli star Ezequiel Lavezzi is in Paris to complete a medical and his €30m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
Cesare Prandelli reveals he always hoped Italy would reach the Euro 2012 Final against Spain and his main target was “to make people fall in love with the Azzurri again.”
Antonio Cassano is eager to take revenge on his Real Madrid critics. “They used to call me fat, but I am ready to put things straight.”
Pep Guardiola expects Spain to adopt a ‘False 9’ system in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final against Italy. “I think Spain will win and make history.”
Fabio Capello believes Italy “can win in midfield” against Spain tonight, while he reveals he “has received several offers.”
Italy legend Dino Zoff believes the Azzurri “are the favourites” in the Euro 2012 Final against reigning World and European Champions Spain.
Julio Cesar is reported to be growing apart from Inter, so the club is targeting Udinese’s Samir Handanovic.
There are growing reports that Sampdoria have agreed a deal with current Under-21 Italy Coach Ciro Ferrara.
UEFA President Michel Platini praised Mario Balotelli and Cesare Prandelli’s “courage” in playing such attacking football.
Corinthians full-back Dodo, nicknamed ‘the new Roberto Carlos,’ has confirmed a transfer to Roma via Twitter.
Chievo have confirmed Roma are in talks for American Michael Bradley, but warn “Inter and Juventus like him too.”
After a loan spell at Juventus from Roma, Marco Borriello’s agent admits “we don’t know where he will play next season.”
Ex-Milan star Clarence Seedorf has officially signed a two-year contract with Brazilian club Botafogo.
Head of State Giorgio Napolitano invited the Italy squad to an official function on Monday and wrote a letter thanking Cesare Prandelli for his efforts.
Claudio Marchisio assures Italy are “confident” ahead of tonight’s Euro 2012 Final with Spain. “We deserve to be here.”
Andrea Barzagli believes Italy’s star man will be “the group” in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final against Spain. “We know what to do.”
Tonight Italy and Spain go head-to-head for the Euro 2012 trophy in Kiev, though some question marks remain over the line-ups.
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Mario Balotelli said it would be “incredible to win the Final with my goal, but if we win and I don’t score then it’ll be just as incredible.”
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi has told Milan they cannot sign Mattia Destro or Miguel Veloso. “Inter have the priority with me.”
Giorgio Chiellini is confident Spain “are only human and we can beat them” in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 Final.
Iker Casillas insists Spain are “not the favourites” for the Euro 2012 Final, as they are “equals” with Italy.
Xavi Hernandez says “Italy have changed” both in recent years and since the opening group game with Spain.
Vicente Del Bosque insists Spain and Italy have had “parallel tournaments, so there is not a big difference between the teams.”
Fabrizio Miccoli has been “very unfair and disloyal” in holding talks with Dubai club Al-Nasr, said Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini.

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