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Sampdoria are celebrating their return to Serie A after just one year in the wilderness. “I always believed,” said Coach Beppe Iachini.
As reports continue that Robin van Persie has given the all-clear to Juventus, Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood admits the Dutchman could leave.
There are still some doubts as to how Italy will line up against Spain today, though Daniele De Rossi is bound for a centre-back role.
Cagliari have reportedly turned down a €12m offer for defender Davide Astori from Russians Spartak Moscow.
Fiorentina have reiterated there are “no negotiations with Napoli for Stevan Jovetic,” but admit he will be sold “if he does want to leave.”
The “lack of credibility” around the Italy squad could prove helpful, claims 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi.
President Aurelio De Laurentiis assures fans Napoli “will reinforce the defence, midfield and wings, but after Goran Pandev we don’t need anyone in attack.”
Serbia manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is confident “Italy can do well in Euro 2012,” though questions Daniele De Rossi’s new role in central defence.
Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani explained why he appointed Coach Giovanni Stroppa and that Marco Verratti will only go to Juventus “on our terms.”
Iker Casillas admits Spain are “nervous at facing prestigious players like Daniele De Rossi and Gianluigi Buffon” today.
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Sampdoria are back in Serie A after a last-gasp Nicola Pozzi counter-attack secured their play-off final victory away to Varese.
A Mario Gomez cushioned header gave Germany their hard-fought 1-0 win, but Portugal hit the woodwork twice.
Andres Iniesta has warned Spain to keep focused on tomorrow’s match with Italy. “We aren’t thinking about anything other than this game.”
Emanuele Giaccherini isn’t sure if he’ll start against Spain, but “can guarantee speed, counter-attacks and dynamism.”
Holland dominated possession, but were very wasteful in their finishing and paid the price with a shock 1-0 defeat to Denmark.
Vicente del Bosque is worried about Italy and urges Spain not to lose the opener tomorrow. “We are ready for every possible situation.”
Sergio Busquets warns Spain “cannot afford to get distracted” when they face Italy in the Group C opener on Sunday.
Italy tested their line-up for tomorrow’s Spain match, which includes Emanuele Giaccherini, Alessandro Diamanti and Angelo Ogbonna.
Serse Cosmi and Lecce are “in shock” after Christian Obodo was kidnapped in Nigeria for a €150,000 ransom. “He’s like a son to me.”
Gianluigi Buffon says Italy have “come here to amaze” and can rely on “pure talent” Mario Balotelli in tomorrow’s opener against Spain.
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.

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