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Tuesday March 15 2011
'Parolo for Italy'

Cesena technical director Lorenzo Minotti believes the team's in-form midfielder Marco Parolo deserves a call up to the Italy squad.

The 26-year-old has shone in recent weeks, getting on the scoresheet against Sampdoria and Juventus, as Cesena attempt to survive relegation.

"The absence of international experience and his having played just one year in Serie A penalises him," Minotti explained.

"But he is a complete player, a modern footballer who has the right mentality.

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Saturday March 12 2011
Prandelli on Napoli, Juve and Balo

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli feels Napoli are still in the Scudetto race, reassures Juventus and hopes to have Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli back.

The Azzurri boss gave a lengthy interview to Sky Sport Italia, casting his eye over the current Serie A scene.

“The Scudetto is a three-horse race between Milan, Inter and Napoli. The Azzurri are still in there because they now represent a genuine team with organised tactics and I'm sure they'll be able to offer excellent performances right to the end of the season.

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Friday March 11 2011
Prandelli wants to talk to De Rossi

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli would like to talk to Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi following the violent conduct he showed against Shakhtar Donetsk.

De Rossi was caught on camera throwing an elbow at Darijo Srna and UEFA have opened an official investigation. He is expected to receive a three or four match ban.

Reports in the Italian media suggest De Rossi has fallen foul of the FIGC's 'ethical code', which would preclude Prandelli from calling up the 27-year-old for international duty until his punishment is completed.

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Wednesday March 9 2011
Italy to drop De Rossi?

La Stampa claims Cesare Prandelli might drop Daniele De Rossi from his Italy squad following the violent conduct he showed last night.

De Rossi is expected to receive a ban from UEFA after he was seen to elbow Darijo Srna during the second leg of a Champions League tie between Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Prandelli and the FIGC have put in place an ethical code and players who stray from it will not be called up for the national team.

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Wednesday March 9 2011
Italy: Improvement in FIFA Ranking

Italy have risen in the FIFA World Ranking, as Cesare Prandelli's men went up two places to 11th.

The Azzurri were down in 13th position last month, but recent results in the Euro 2012 qualifiers and friendly outings have seen them climb a little.

They are still behind the top 10, which is completed by Greece, while Spain, Holland and Germany remain at the helm.

Argentina have leapfrogged rivals Brazil to go fourth.

1.Spain

2.Holland

3.Germany

4.Argentina

5.Brazil

6.England

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Tuesday March 8 2011
Serb hooligans jailed for Genoa clashes

‘Ivan the Terrible,' leader of the Serb hooligans who stopped the Euro 2012 game in Genoa going ahead, has been jailed for three years.

Ivan Bogdanov, who earned the nickname Ivan the Terrible, was the figurehead at Marassi during the match that was called off on October 12.

Serb hooligans were determined to stop the game going ahead and invaded the team bus before kick-off, then threw fireworks and broke down barriers in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

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Friday March 4 2011
Italy: Friendly with Ukraine booked

It has been announced that Italy will play a friendly match against Ukraine on March 29 in Kiev.

Cesare Prandelli is taking his side to Eastern Europe for the international test against Andriy Shevchenko's squad.

The news was confirmed by FIGC President Giancarlo Abete this evening.

In a curious twist, the friendly with Ukraine comes just days after a crunch Euro 2012 qualifier.

The Azzurri will face Slovenia in Ljubljana on Friday March 25.

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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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