Tuesday June 28 2016
Azzurri Ultra: A team of giants

Italy's win against Spain gives them sweet revenge, believes Richard Hall, as they prepare to face their classic rivals Germany.

‘TIKITALIA’ was the headline in the Corriere Dello Sport as it claimed that Italy had crushed Spain, the masters of possession. They were right, the feeling of intense gratification that engulfed the Peninsula, when Graziano Pelle scored the Azzurri’s second goal, was as combustible as Antonio Conte on the side-lines. They had done it, they had lifted the curse of Spain, they had got their revenge. This was a team performance from a squad, not of spectacular stars but of a collective that had now allowed a nation to dream.

The Germans are next but it simply doesn’t matter. It could for the Italians be anybody because the togetherness of the squad and the tactical discipline that was also mixed with some direct and high tempo attacking arguably makes them more German than the Teutonic quarterfinalists themselves. Now Conte will take his team to another final on Saturday as this squad look to push even deeper into the competition. They have given the nation so much already but one has to think they still have so much more to give.

Have your say...
Thanks @ robertino ..... I thought they are wiped out after prequarters ....

Yep too many for Azzurri :-( ... many of those were not deserved !!! Pique got away with a serious foul and Pelle got one totally undeserved. In many matches players havent got sure shot bookings .. and Italy have got card happy referees .... btw who is the referee for next match ???
on the 30th June, 2016 at 10:12pm
@ roy...

if a player is carrying a yellow card into quarters game and gets a yellow during that game he misses semis..if a player brings a yellow card into quarters and makes it through that game without a yellow card then that one yellow card gets cleared..

disapointing we have so many yellows already
on the 29th June, 2016 at 7:43pm
on the 29th June, 2016 at 7:35pm
@robertino ...... I thought the Yellow Cards will be wiped out now ?????
on the 29th June, 2016 at 4:32pm
Baggio 4ever - I know you're feeling down after England's dismal showing but don't bring your negativity onto this website where true Italian supporters get behind their team and want them to do well without your negativity and lack of football knowledge! Stick to BBC Football website where you can follow all the latest news on how your team (England) are getting on in their search for a new Manager. Good luck with that one by the way. ITALIA! ITALIA!
on the 29th June, 2016 at 1:20pm
basically whole italian team has yellow cards..cant afford to get one card against germany if we want a proper shot at france..i didnt even wear my italian shirt for belgium game thinking worst team ever...its turned out to be pretty much the best football italy have played in my 30 years watching! in past we had great moments of play but never during whole game...

so proud!
on the 29th June, 2016 at 12:08pm
grazie azzuri
forza azzuri
I am Iranian I like azzuri very very much
on the 29th June, 2016 at 9:11am
us against Ireland. Germany also has a good team, but like in the past with our backs against the wall and the odds stacked against us we produce the results. Conte will not allow his players to let concentration slip and that`s all we need composure and intensity when we have the ball. Here`s to another giant slaying come the weekend, feeling optimistic :)
on the 29th June, 2016 at 8:45am
Great tournament so far by the Azzurri, didnt expect them to perform as well as they did. They just dominate every aspect of the game when the BBC & Buffon is present. Haven`t conceded with them all present. The team spirit is fantastic and Conte`s emotions brilliant it truly shows the passion, hunger and determination within the Italy side. Although we lost against Germany in a friendly not too long ago, as we all know when there`s nothing to play for Italy doesn`t do that great, just look at u
on the 29th June, 2016 at 8:41am
So far I've seen 2 sides of Italy .A team that played Sweeden and Ireland and another completely different one that played Belgium and Spain . Of course the latter was the better team by far . I just hope that ,against the Germans ,the better Italy team shows up !!
on the 29th June, 2016 at 8:09am
on the 29th June, 2016 at 5:39am
Fellow Azzurri tifosi, we might be witnessing a great chapter in world football history, and I for one am loving every minute of it. To draw Spain, Germany and France (at home) and then to achieve victory in the final would be incredible! The odds are against us, but we are fighters, and wouldn't this be a great chapter in our history if we can pull it off? (I know I'm not a player and I keep saying "we", but it's okay; all Italians are the same creature). FORZA!!!N5gZ
on the 29th June, 2016 at 2:53am
@Anonymous,@Rez, @RN @Milan fan, @dami @Mustafa

Guys, you're my older brothers, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever."
on the 29th June, 2016 at 2:04am
@Anonymous……you make me laugh. You must have some emotional attachment to England…Maybe you had a lost love there…. I’M an Azzuri supporter and everything else Italian supporter. I guess you don’t like my opinions…..I’m very critical when it comes to football and I hard time digesting the past 2 world cups and the Italian league for not playing more Italians on those teams…..That’s why I’m a Sassolo supporter. Mostly Italian team with an Italian coach. Works for me. Not sure your even Italian
on the 29th June, 2016 at 1:47am
@rez …Rez , in all honestly, judging from the players that Conte selected and the recent past games, I didn’t think they had a chance in hell to impress. I’m not a hater. I’m just being honest. I didn’t think they were this good and many people agreed with me as well. I thought we can beat Costa Rica, right. What happened?? 2 World Cups and we couldn’t get out the group. NO EXCUSES….i love Italy and the Azzuri…I’m very critical when it comes to Sports and Italian Politics…arrivederci
on the 29th June, 2016 at 1:36am
I am man enough to say I was wrong. I thought Conte chose the wrong players and the team would be gone in the opening round. Pelle has been a revelation he might be better than Toni. Eder has been good too. It is team unison and chemistry and overachievement by the likes of Giacherrini Di Rossi Parola and the defence wow a machine and Buffon still has it
on the 29th June, 2016 at 12:59am
@ Anonymous people insulting me. I still stand by everything I said in the context in which I put it forward. Why would I ever hate my own nationality? That's a remarkably naive comment. I was simply expressing my frustration at the situation in a public form. You're the only one who looks stupid behaving like a child. Italy played great against Spain and I hope the same type of game is played against Germany. I still believe the team would play better with certain players included.
on the 29th June, 2016 at 12:07am
@Baggio 4ever: "Italy will still need a lot to impress me..."! Seriously?!! What is wrong with you haters?! What kind of an Italian are you? We are known for our slow starts in tournaments , or sometimes never "start" altogether. This team won the group of death with a game to spare. Knocked out the defending champions and is going to play the world champions next. What do you want to shut your big mouth? Would you be happy if they fly out to a different galaxy and beat their alien teams their?
on the 28th June, 2016 at 9:58pm
I for one will take my hat off to Conte and his side.I was one who considered this the worse bunch of players Italy had took to a tournament since 86.Unlike 86 they have jelled to a side capable of winning. Certain players have excelled like giaccherini, Buffon and his defence have been flawless. I could go on but no need I am eating enough humble pie for one day. Forza Azzurri hoping they make this Suffolk Eyetie happy on Saturday night
on the 28th June, 2016 at 8:23pm
To Mr. for Baggio 4 ever, its amazing how you manage to find the negative in Italy's euro campaign. Sure Spain has had a great run over the last 8 years as it was their turn. Italy has had a great run over the last 80 years with 4 world cups, a Euro and countless finals. As for you claiming be 90% Italian, it sure doesn't sound like it (maybe you wish you were LOL) It seems England is your team…….good team to choose, a team always over hyped which never seems to be able to reach a semi final!
on the 28th June, 2016 at 8:21pm
Is anyone else happy Motta got yellow carded? The man is a disaster and a liability IMO ... unfortunately De Rossi is not 100% ... who is going to fill that gap against Germany? Conte has some challenging tinkering ahead of him.
on the 28th June, 2016 at 7:29pm
I don't wanna even hear the words "If we go out against Germany". I WANT ALL NOW !

on the 28th June, 2016 at 5:58pm
@Anonymous...I'm here. First, I did my 23andme results...I'm 90% Italian....Thank you. As for the game, they did a good job versus a team that's in decline. Wow, Spain looked so upset after the game, I doubt it. Spain, remember this Spanish run in regards to a World Cup win, 2 Euro's and countless teams from La liga winning the big prizes year in and year out....Italy will still need a lot to impress me. But I would say, that its already been a success. Germany 2 - Italy 1.....Good Luck
on the 28th June, 2016 at 5:57pm
Padoin muuuucccccchhhh better than motta
on the 28th June, 2016 at 4:33pm
Anyone want to say anything negative about facing Germany? Like some of the people here have done all tournament. Like us true fans said from the beginning get behind the team. Forza Azzurri, they've already done us so so proud. I did have my own doubts about him but Conte has proved he's a genius.
on the 28th June, 2016 at 3:25pm
I will admit, I was very skeptical prior to the tournament and critical of Conte's squad selection. But that first game against Belgium instantly changed my perspective. The unity of the squad and having a backline and keeper that have played years together at the club level gives us a huge advantage. That, and the way they come pressing right out of the gate. Team unity and hard work will almost always trump a team of individual stars. Here's to the next one! Forza Azzurri!
on the 28th June, 2016 at 3:12pm
I have felt in my heart that this squad, and Sr. Conte, are driven to win by the lack of respect that Italy has had to deal with over the last eight years. You can see their desire to win when they are against the best. I like very much the way they stayed focused against Belgium and Spain, and they will play with the same intensity against Germany. Even though the German squad is superhuman and will be mightily difficult, I don't think our Azzurri are intimidated. FORZA ITALIA!!
on the 28th June, 2016 at 3:01pm
Di Rocco/Jenks/Sam De Martino/Roberto Baggio/Baggio 4ever/Tardelli82/Forza Napoli NY/Napoli Fan - Antonio - Hahahahahaha!! Shame on you all! How are you haters all feeling now? How stupid you've all made yourselves look! Stop posting on this website because your comments have all the credibility of a Roy Hodgson interview prior to a major tournament!! LOL!
on the 28th June, 2016 at 2:54pm
And to think there were so many people here who thought Italy won't even get out of the group. I remember you people were so vocal of your opinion. Where are you now?
on the 28th June, 2016 at 1:57pm
The feelings of pride and joy are growing. As is the feeling of strength and determination. Can we start believing? This Canadian thinks so. The renaissance of Italian defending is upon us. Forza Azzurri.
on the 28th June, 2016 at 1:34pm

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