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Wednesday December 29 2010
Prandelli: 'Cassano, Balotelli and...'

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has outlined a fascinating strategy for 2011. “Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano wide around two strikers.”

The tactician has said he'd like to adopt a more attacking system as confidence grows within the camp and revealed new plans for the future.

“The only path we must follow is one to bring the fans closer, excite them and bring out their passion,” Prandelli told the Corriere della Sera.

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Monday December 27 2010
Prandelli: '2011 for Balo and Cassano'

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli looks at his first few months in charge and hopes “2011 can be the year of Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano.”

The tactician took charge after Marcello Lippi's side crashed out of the World Cup in South Africa in the first round.

“So far the overall balance has been positive, considering the way we started with scepticism and depression after the World Cup failure,” Prandelli told RAI Sport.

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Wednesday December 22 2010
Bearzot was a legend, says Totti

Roma captain Francesco Totti has paid tribute to Enzo Bearzot, calling the 1982 World Cup winning Coach a legend of Italian football.

Bearzot sadly died in Milan yesterday at the age of 83, leaving Italy in a state of mourning.

"Bearzot was a legend of our country," Totti wrote on his official website.

"It's enough to see how many of his former colleagues are speaking about him with absolute and authentic respect.

"It's with this same respect that I too would like to pay my condolences to his family.

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Tuesday December 21 2010
Farewell Bearzot

Giancarlo Rinaldi bids goodbye to Enzo Bearzot, Italy's 1982 World Cup-winning Coach, who passed away today

It takes a special kind of man to run the Azzurri. Tactical vision, man-management skills and a steely resolve are required in about equal measure. Commissario Tecnico Enzo Bearzot possessed all three.

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Tuesday December 21 2010
Enzo Bearzot has died

Italy is in mourning today after it emerged that the Coach of the country's 1982 World Cup-winning side Enzo Bearzot has sadly died.

The 83-year-old passed away in Milan this morning. He had been battling illness for some time, but his condition recently deteriorated.

Bearzot was born on September 26, 1927 and was a good central midfielder in the 1950s.

However, he will always be remembered for his time in charge of Italy between 1975 and 1986.

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Tuesday December 21 2010
Tributes pour in for Bearzot

The great and the good of Italian football have come out to pay tribute to the late Enzo Bearzot who passed away this morning in Milan.

Bearzot is widely regarded as one of the best Italian tacticians. His finest hour came in 1982 when amid low expectations he managed to win the World Cup.

The players from that side have been among the first to pay their respects to him.

"Enzo Bearzot was one of the great Italians of the 20th century, of this I have no doubt" said Paolo Rossi.

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Monday December 20 2010
Matrix: Just like Berlin!

Marco Materazzi has likened Inter's Club World Cup win to his success with Italy at Germany 2006.

The Nerazzurri beat surprise finalists Mazembe 3-0 on Saturday and, although the defender didn't play, he's enjoying another global victory.

"Champion of the world again, it was as nice as Berlin four years ago," the veteran told his official website.

"It's not always true that one trophy is worth more than another, that one victory feels different to another, because other things make the difference.

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Friday December 17 2010
Italy dream over for Di Natale

Serie A top scorer Antonio Di Natale concedes that his international career is probably now over.

The Udinese ace wore the Azzurri No 10 shirt at the 2010 World Cup Finals, but hasn't played for Italy since their shock loss to Slovakia in South Africa.

"I think that my Nazionale chapter has now come to an end," he stated despite going back to the top of the scoring charts domestically.

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Monday December 13 2010
Abete hopes Italy get Cassano back

The President of the FIGC Giancarlo Abete hopes Italy gets Antonio Cassano back as soon as possible.

A verdict is expected today, which will seek to resolve the 28-year-old's situation at Sampdoria.

Cassano has been frozen out of the first team at Samp ever since he had a falling out with the ownership.

Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone has asked that his contract be rescinded, citing the player's insubordination as grounds to sever his existing deal.

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Monday December 13 2010
No Ukraine deal for Lippi

Talks between Marcello Lippi and the Ukrainian Football Federation have stalled, reports are suggesting.

Ukraine have been trying to hire the World Cup winning boss ahead of Euro 2012, a tournament they will co-host with Poland.

However, a Ukrainian TV station has today insisted that negotiations have collapsed over personal terms.

The former Juventus and Inter boss reportedly wanted an 18-month contract worth just over €7m in total.

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