NEWS

Cesare Prandelli insists “pessimism motivates Italy” to do better and drops more tactical hints for tomorrow’s clash with Spain.
It’s believed that Genoa have secured a deal for Velez Sarsfield striker Juan Manuel ‘El Burrito’ Martinez worth €6m.
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni reveals he’s “still waiting for the investigation” into Italy’s controversial Euro 2004 exit.
Xavi Hernandez laughed off those who still think Italy play “catenaccio. It’ll be an entertaining spectacle” against Spain tomorrow.
There are shock reports that Udinese midfielder Christian Obodo has been kidnapped while on vacation in Nigeria.
As Juventus are hesitating for Sebastian Giovinco, it’s reported Inter could dive in with cash plus Marco Davide Faraoni and Juan Jesus.
Juventus are thought to be keeping a close eye on Portuguese defender Rolando at Euro 2012. “They’ve been following him for over a year.”
Spanish legend Luisito Suarez believes “Andrea Pirlo is a more complete player than Xavi” Hernandez as Italy prepare to face the Iberians tomorrow.
Inter Coach Andrea Stramaccioni is flying to New Jersey to view tonight’s Brazil-Argentina match and specifically Lucas.
Glasgow Rangers have confirmed they are in negotiations with Gennaro Gattuso, as the ex-Milan star notes “money is not an issue.”
New Pescara Coach Giovanni Stroppa is proud to carry on the work of his mentor, but at the same time warns “we must forget Zdenek Zeman immediately.”
Xabi Alonso believes Italy are “combative and competitive” when under pressure, revealing Spain have studied Andrea Pirlo and their tactics carefully.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has again warned the Italian Super Cup could be scrapped if they can’t agree on venue and date with Juventus.
There are reports Milan will sell 20 per cent of the club to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, giving them huge funds and the chance to buy out San Siro.
Antonio Conte is in Poland to view Robert Lewandowski and Robin van Persie, but Juventus are also bidding €40m plus Alessandro Matri for Edinson Cavani.
CONI President Gianni Petrucci is “confident Juventus will respect the rules” by placing a new Calciopoli-baiting motto on their shirts.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini hopes new Coach Giuseppe Sannino “can last for five years. If I get rid of him early, then I deserve the sack instead.”
Udinese will send ‘Romanian Leo Messi’ Gabriel Torje to their Spanish feeder club Granada. “It’ll be better for him,” said his agent.
Serbian media claim Manchester City talent Aleksandar Kolarov wants a Serie A return for Inter worth €12m.
Former Spain manager Luis Aragones warns “it will be difficult” against Italy in their Euro 2012 opener on Sunday.
Former Italy Coach Dino Zoff believes the Azzurri “are among the top four favourites” at Euro 2012.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Empoli fought back from 2-0 down and saved a penalty in a dramatic 3-2 relegation play-out final that sends Vicenza into Lega Pro.
Alan Dzagoev bagged a brace as Russia crushed the Czech Republic 4-1 to go top of Group A, setting themselves up as dark horses for Euro 2012.
There are strong reports Juventus Coach Antonio Conte was in Poland today to watch Robert Lewandowski.
Alessandro Del Piero was linked with River Plate, but it’s now reported he has an offer from Brazilian club Flamengo.
Lucio has confirmed he’d like to leave Inter this summer and admits Fenerbahce “is an option to keep under consideration.”
Zdenek Zeman praised Francesco Totti as “the best player I ever worked with” and warns Roma that Luis Enrique-style possession football is “futile.”
Przemyslaw Tyton was the hero when he came off the bench to save a penalty, as Euro 2012 opened with two red cards and a 1-1 draw between Poland and Greece.
It is now official that Giovanni Stroppa has agreed a deal to become the new Coach of Pescara, replacing Zdenek Zeman.
Andrea Barzagli will stay in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad after tests showed he might be able to recover for the Ireland game.
Domenico Criscito is still furious he was dropped for Euro 2012 when he is in what he calls “the same situation” as Leonardo Bonucci.
Robin van Persie’s father dropped a hint the Arsenal hero could join Juventus by ruling out Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Arsenal man Johan Djourou’s agent has confirmed he could “play in Italy or Spain” next season, as there are a “series of meetings” with Serie A sides lined up.
Giuseppe Sannino begins his Palermo career by trying to “give the team the right hunger, balance and enthusiasm.”

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