Thursday June 28 2012
Del Piero: 'Italy-Germany a derby'

Alessandro Del Piero scored against Germany in 2006 and reveals for Italians “it has always been The Game, like a derby that you dream of as a child.”

The famous 2-0 semi-final victory in extra time was secured by Fabio Grosso’s curler and a classic Di Natale counter-attack.

Tonight the two nations come back together in Warsaw for the Euro 2012 semi-final.

“Italy-Germany has always been The Game, like a derby,” Del Piero wrote on his official website.

“When you close your eyes as a child and dream of wearing the Azzurri jersey, singing the anthem, scoring a goal at the World Cup and lifting the trophy... the opponents are always Germany.

“I was a child and I celebrated 30 years ago as they played that night at the Bernabeu. Paolo Rossi, Marco Tardelli, Spillo Altobelli, campioni del mondo, campioni del mondo, campioni del mondo.”

Del Piero was referencing the famous television commentary on RAI at the final whistle of that 1982 World Cup Final victory, in which the phrase ‘world champions’ was repeated three times – the number of trophies Italy had won.

The former Juventus star has also given his verdict on tonight’s game to La Gazzetta dello Sport.