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Thursday June 13 2013
Verratti has Dutch courage

Marco Verratti hopes his history with Holland can bring Italy luck in the Under-21 European Championship semi-final.

The Azzurrini topped Group A and will go head-to-head with the Netherlands in Petach Tikva on Saturday June 15, kicking off at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT).

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Wednesday June 12 2013
U21: Italy-Holland semi set

Italy will play Holland in the European Under-21 Championship semi-final at the Ha Moshava on Saturday night.

The Azzurrini qualified top of Group A and will face the runners-up of Group B, the Netherlands.

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Wednesday June 12 2013
U21: Italy to face Holland

Italy will play Holland in the Under-21 European Championship semi-final after Spain won 3-0 to meet Norway.

The Azzurrini were already qualified top of their group thanks to last night’s 1-1 draw with the Norwegians.

They’ll face the runners-up in Group B, who are now confirmed as Holland following today’s 3-0 defeat to Spain.

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Thursday February 7 2013
Balotelli and the two astronauts

Holland truly have some fans who are out of this world… 

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Thursday February 7 2013
Verratti lifts Azzurri gloom

Italy forgot to show up in Amsterdam last night, but a late goal at least saw them avoid defeat. Giancarlo Rinaldi wraps up the Holland friendly. 

Italy friendlies should come with a health warning because they can seriously damage your faith in the Azzurri. Even the most incorrigible optimist would find it hard to be upbeat after most of their international Amichevoli. And they left it until injury time to give fans anything to smile about in Amsterdam.

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Wednesday February 6 2013
Gila: 'Have patience with young Italy'

Alberto Gilardino is confident Italy will be ready for the Confederations Cup. “It’s only normal that it takes a little patience.”

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Wednesday February 6 2013
Montolivo: 'Azzurri too passive'

Riccardo Montolivo insisted Italy’s problems against Holland were not tactical, but more to do with “our passive approach.”

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Wednesday February 6 2013
Buffon: 'It's a growth process'

Gianluigi Buffon acknowledges Italy need more charisma, but hopes the friendly with Holland can be part of the maturation process for the 2014 World Cup.

“It’s beyond doubt that we need more character, also because we have many young players and so it is a growth process,” he said after a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam.

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Wednesday February 6 2013
Verratti: 'My first Italy goal'

Marco Verratti thanked Alberto Gilardino for the assist and explained why he wore shirt Number 2 for his debut Italy goal.

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Wednesday February 6 2013
Prandelli: 'Interesting Italy future'

Cesare Prandelli admits Italy need to improve the 4-3-3 system, gave Marco Verratti pointers and said the Azzurri “have an interesting future to work on.”

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