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Wednesday February 1 2012
Lippi wants 2014 World Cup

Marcello Lippi has once again repeated that his desire is to Coach at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, not to return to club management.

The former Cesena, Napoli and Juventus Coach confirmed on Wednesday that he is looking to return to the game, but only at international level.

Lippi took Italy to both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and would like to make it three in a row, if not with the Azzurri.

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Sunday July 31 2011
Prandelli: 'Italy must win group'

Cesare Prandelli has no illusions that Italy “must win” their 2014 World Cup qualifying group.

The Azzurri were paired with Denmark, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta in Group B during last night's Rio de Janeiro draw.

“We are Italy and our objective must be to win the group,” said Coach Prandelli.

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Sunday July 31 2011
Abete pleased with World Cup draw

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete feels Italy were given “a good draw” for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The Azzurri were top seeds in last night's Rio de Janeiro draw and are in Group B with Denmark, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta.

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Saturday July 30 2011
Italy awaits 2014 World Cup draw

Italy are top seeds in the 2014 World Cup qualifying draw this evening, but could be paired with France and Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland.

The Azzurri are in Pot One for the draw that will take place in Rio de Janeiro tonight at circa 20.15 UK time, which begins the journey towards the tournament in Brazil.

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Saturday July 30 2011
World Cup Draw: Africa and Asia

The 2014 World Cup preliminary draw takes place this evening in Brazil, so we bring you the groups for Africa and Asia.

Africa

Group A

South Africa, Botswana, Central African Republic, Somalia or Ethiopia

Group B

Tunisia, Cape Verde Islands, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea or Madagascar

Group C

Ivory Coast, Morocco, Gambia, Chad or Tanzania

Group D

Ghana, Zambia, Sudan, Lesotho or Burundi

Group E

Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger, Sao Tome e Principe or Congo

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Saturday July 30 2011
World Cup Draw: Italy face Czechs

Italy will face Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 2014 World Cup preliminary draw was held this evening in Rio de Janeiro with ex-Inter and Milan star Ronaldo picking from the pots with Paulo Henrique Ganso.

The Azzurri were top seeds in the draw and 13 teams will qualify for the tournament in Brazil.

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Saturday July 30 2011
World Cup Draw: CONCACAF, Oceania

The 2014 World Cup preliminary draw takes place this evening in Brazil, so we bring you the groups for CONCACAF and Oceania.

The winners of the Groups in Round Two will go through to the final qualifying groups in Round Three.

CONCACAF

Round Two

Group A: El Salvador, Surinam, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic

Group B: Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Bermuda

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Saturday July 30 2011
World Cup Draw: Italy's record

Check out Italy's track record against their opponents in the 2014 World Cup draw.

Denmark

Azzurri won 7, drew 1, lost 3, scored 19, conceded 13.

Italy have not crossed paths with the Danes since the Euro 2004 tournament, which ended in an ill-tempered 0-0 draw and the Azzurri eventually went out in the first round.

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Saturday December 4 2010
Beckenbauer: 'World Cup in January'

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar might have to be played in January because of soaring temperatures, admits Franz Beckenbauer.

There is already controversy over the choice for the tournament, but on top of organisational difficulties, there are the weather conditions in a desert state.

"One should think about a different solution," member of the FIFA executive committee Beckenbauer told German newspaper Bild.

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Thursday December 2 2010
FIFA name World Cup hosts

FIFA's executive committee has awarded the hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals to Russia and Qatar respectively.

The Russian delegation saw off rival bids from Portugal and Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium and England after a feverish couple of days in Zurich.

The success of Qatar's bid was treated as a real surprise amid competition from Australia, the United States, Japan and South Korea.

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