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Wednesday June 29 2016
Azzurri Ultra: United we stand

Italy are showing more unity than even in 2006, exemplified by Lorenzo Insigne, argues Richard Hall.

He has played hardly any football in the tournament and yet when he did, he looked lively on both his substitute appearances. He created a goal for Graziano Pellè against Spain and nearly got one of his own against the Republic of Ireland. Lorenzo Insigne could feel quite perturbed that he hasn’t been used more throughout the tournament.

“We are united as a group. We are all starters,” he told the Press. “When I’m called upon, I’ll do my best.” This is a feeling that resonates through the squad.

Mattia De Sciglio also waxed lyrical about how his team have every reason to think they can beat the Germans this weekend. The unity and togetherness that runs through the team is perhaps is even greater than was in the 2006 squad. Perhaps it needs to be, as even though the World Cup winners were given little hope, they had a better roster and much more quality.

The Azzurri still need to be careful, as while the Germans often fall to the Azzurri, patterns can be reversed. Just ask Spain.

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Have your say...
I'm ignoring the ignorants here. Forza Azzurri.
on the 1st July, 2016 at 10:08pm
Far too many "journalists" are allowed to analyze the team & players as if they know what they're talking about when they don't. It's particularly bad w/ the Italian National Team. This is another example. So many people going on about Insigne when he is not even close to the kind of caliber a team needs on the international level. He can only play in one formation, he doesn't track back, he disappears for 20 minutes of every game he plays and he only racks up the stats against poor opposition
on the 1st July, 2016 at 6:20pm
Forza Azzurri, Forza Italia - really looking forward to tomorrows game. If we play the kind of tempo we did against Spain then we can hurt Germany, but the level must be sustained for 90+ minutes.

Forza Italia
on the 1st July, 2016 at 1:07pm
Well, it is almost certain that De Rossi is out..Now I am more than convinced that the game will be won or lost in the midfield..If Sturaro and Parolo have a great great game, Italia will win...Thats the simple truth and the obvious!!ozil, khedira and kroos must be harrassed, cut out and negated..Also, Eder to rush back and intimidate kroos from playing his game..
on the 1st July, 2016 at 12:23pm
Seems like Mustafa has something against the people of Naples, must be a fan of Juve. He can't stand any positive comments about Naples can he?
on the 1st July, 2016 at 1:04am
Well, Italia has already exceeded all expectations..I never did doubt the result against Spain but it will be a different game against the machine like robotic Germans..Italia are the clear underdogs going into this one, they need a huge effort right from the BBCC and more than the wingers, the battle will be won or lost in the center midfield..Parolo will have a very huge role to play just like Simone Perrotta had to in 2006 world cup and also like Montolivo in 2012 Euro semis..
on the 30th June, 2016 at 8:23pm
Very Nervous as the Day is approaching

FORZA AZZURRI ......
on the 30th June, 2016 at 7:07pm
@Mustafa - Yes, it was Darmian's assist but it was Insigne who switched the play, cross field to Darmian, that started the whole thing. If Conte needs a player who can exploit the space between defenders - he is the best choice. He already played like that for Napoli. He looks lively and def. more creative than Immobile and Zaza.
on the 30th June, 2016 at 2:13pm
'Mustafa', a strong, Italian name.
on the 30th June, 2016 at 8:56am
Conte you fool.....quit chelsea now and re-sign up for more years with the azzuri...i for one did not believe at first but after the belgium game you had me.....can ventura replicate the same?? well time will tell....even if italia falls to germany (which i really believe they will not because simply no team in this competition will break through that defensive wall)......you have done the best job since Lippi in 2006.
on the 30th June, 2016 at 1:24am
Do not get me wrong, it's blogs like those that create and spread negativity and cut the the fans into divisions.

I'm with Azzurri and all its players all the way.
on the 29th June, 2016 at 10:29pm
CIAO AMICI!
ITALIA STAND UNITED&TALL WE WILL COME OUT PROUD OF THIS MATCH
WITH GERMANY!
INSIGNE IS ONE OF THE BEST ON THE FIELD BUT HE WOULD NOT FIT
CONTE'S PLAN UNLESS WE CHANGE THE FORMATION!!!
WE HAVE A BUNCH OF TALENTED PEOPLE!! WHO COULD FORGET FLORENZI'S GOAL AGAINST BARCELONA FROM THE HALF!!!
GIACCHERINI'S GOAL VS BELGIUM SO TALENTED!
BARZAGLI MADE INIESTA INVISIBLE IN THE GAME VS SPAIN!
IF THEY ARE NOT TALENTED WHO ARE??
THE SUPERB GERMANY TEAM COULD NOT BEAT POLAND!!!!
9 IS A MAGIC NO!
on the 29th June, 2016 at 9:08pm
@Mustafa. Please keep to the context of "United we stand". When the Italians put their Azzurri jersey on they are one team, and we as true Italian fans come together.

So unless I was mistaken from your bitter tone against a player from a particular region, please save your comments until the Serie A starts.

Sorry fellow bloggers I got rather side tracked there form the real subject here and therefore let's continue to hope and cheer on the Azzurri.

Fora Azzurri!
on the 29th June, 2016 at 9:03pm
@ Mustafa - You're part of the problem trying to create divisions within the fan base. Go back under your rock and rethink those last two words you just uttered
on the 29th June, 2016 at 8:37pm
Mustafa he said he created the goal. His lob to the other side of the field created the opportunity that led to the goal. As well he mentioned Inisgne because it was him that said United we Are. Not sure why you are being so negative towards a positive blog. And what does napolitano have anything to do with this?
on the 29th June, 2016 at 7:34pm
You claim that United We Stand, and yet you single out a Napolitano, even with an incorrect fact (It was Darmian's assist). Nothing against Insigne but people like you should not write. Forza Azzurri.
on the 29th June, 2016 at 7:12pm

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