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Monday February 28 2011
Di Vaio's Azzurri fairytale

Marco Di Vaio dreams of playing for Italy again even though he knows he has no Azzurri future under Cesare Prandelli.

Di Vaio, born in July 1976, has been playing some wonderful stuff this season for Bologna and his brace at Juventus on Saturday saw him move up to third in the Serie A scorers' charts.

Having netted 16 top-flight goals so far this term, it doesn't come as a surprise that some are touting him as an Azzurri candidate.

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Thursday February 24 2011
Italy's Cafu and Candela

They're widely regarded as two of Italy's best full-backs, but it has been a long road to the top for Mattia Cassani and Federico Balzaretti, as Scott Fleming reveals

Making your way in Serie A can be a bit like a game of monopoly. One costly blunder, serious injury, or act of indiscipline, and you can be sent back to the start.

Two men who can testify to that are Palermo defenders Mattia Cassani and Federico Balzaretti. If you had told them a few years ago that they would simultaneously be contenders for a starting shirt with the Italian national team they would have laughed. If you told anyone else they would have said: "Who?"

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Wednesday February 23 2011
Antognoni regrets not winning more

Fiorentina legend Giancarlo Antognoni regrets not winning more silverware despite being a member of the 1982 World Cup-winning side.

The former midfielder spent 15 year at the Artemio Franchi and very nearly inspired his side to the title in Serie A only for Juventus to pip Fiorentina to the post.

Speaking at a celebration in his honour, Antognoni said: "The 1982 World Cup was my only trophy, but I really wanted to win a Scudetto with Fiorentina even if the love of Florence is worth much more."

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Tuesday February 22 2011
Prandelli: 'Lower youth team age'

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has proposed a change of rules to limit the age of youth team players to 18. “Aged 20 you should be in the first team.”

Much has been said on the problems of bringing youth through the ranks to play in Serie A's top sides and Prandelli has a new plan.

“I believe we should help young players by limiting the maximum age of the Primavera youth teams to 18,” said the Italy Coach at the opening of the Viareggio youth tournament.

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Monday February 21 2011
Prandelli: Napoli can dream

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli feels Napoli supporters are in a position to dream this season.

The Partenopei currently lie second in Serie A, just three points behind League leaders Milan.

Speaking to Radio Anch'io lo Sport, Prandelli said: "The championship has become very difficult, but this is its beauty.

"Many teams can dream just like Napoli's fans whose team are putting on an extraordinary performance.

"Napoli are a great team because they have a clear identity."

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NEWS
Friday February 11 2011
Barone wanted by Cremonese

Lega Pro side Cremonese are attempting to sign Italian 2006 World Cup winner Simone Barone.

The midfielder, still only 32, is sensationally without a club just five years after winning international football's ultimate prize.

Barone is a free agent which means he can sign for any club outside of the transfer window.

Released by Cagliari in the summer just 12 months into a three-year contract, Barone hasn't been picked up by any other club.

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Friday February 11 2011
Rossi in no hurry to return to Italy

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi insists he is in no hurry to return to Italy, although he admits that it would be nice to play in Serie A again in the future.

The 24-year-old scored Italy's only goal in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Germany in Dortmund.

Interviewed in La Repubblica, he said: "Italy is my second home and I would like to go back there. But it's not so important for me.

"Spain, England and Italy are all on the same level. The important thing is the project. What I want to do is play and win.

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Friday February 11 2011
Pinzi unhappy with Oriundi policy

Udinese midfielder Giampiero Pinzi doesn't feel Oriundi should be allowed to play for Italy even if they are Lionel Messi.

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli handed a debut to the Brazilian born Inter midfielder Thiago Motta in a friendly against Germany on Wednesday.

He has also included the likes of Amauri and Cristian Ledesma in previous squads.

"Thiago Motta is a good player, we know that," Pinzi said. "But a national team like Italy which has won the World Cup four times doesn't have to fit in Oriundi.

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Thursday February 10 2011
Chiellini cries penalty

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini still feels his side deserved a penalty in last night's friendly with Germany.

The Azzurri went behind in Dortmund, but equalised and sealed a 1-1 draw thanks to a goal from Giuseppe Rossi.

Many of the players felt aggrieved after the match because Italy had two clear penalty claims just before half-time.

The first came when Per Mertesacker brought Antonio Cassano down in the box after 43 minutes.

Then shortly afterwards Dennis Aogo appeared to handle Mattia Cassani's cross-cum-shot.

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Thursday February 10 2011
FIGC chief Abete: 'Italy authoritative'

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete was impressed with the “authoritative and confident” Italy performance in Germany.

The Azzurri fought back in Dortmund to earn a 1-1 international friendly draw last night with Giuseppe Rossi's goal.

“I saw an authoritative and confident Italy on the field, with a fluidity of football that at times had been lacking in previous games.

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