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Friday December 3 2010
Cassano met with Prandelli

Where was Antonio Cassano while his Sampdoria side were dumped out of Europe? He was dinning with Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.

Doria crashed out of the Europa League on Wednesday after defeat at home to PSV, but Cassano didn't watch.

Frozen out of the side after a row with President Riccardo Garrone, the club are now trying to rescind the player's contract.

Azzurri Coach Prandelli has insisted in recent times that he wouldn't abandon the international and his midweek meeting with the player confirms as much.

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Wednesday December 1 2010
Prandelli: 'Mou did nothing wrong'

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli says Jose Mourinho's Cardgate was “nothing any other tactician hasn't done” and commented on the Serie A strike.

UEFA suspended Mourinho and fined his Real Madrid players after it was found he ‘ordered' them to receive second yellow cards for time-wasting, therefore clearing the disciplinary record for the knockout phase.

“Everyone does it and there's nothing strange about it,” insisted Prandelli of that incident against Ajax.

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Friday November 26 2010
Storari on Italy and his future

Marco Storari insists he deserves to be in the Italy squad and concedes that he may leave Juventus once Gigi Buffon returns to action.

The 33-year-old joined Juve in the summer, by signing a contract until 2013, given that first choice Buffon would be sidelined with injury until January.

After a difficult start, the veteran is now performing well, so well that he believes he should be in Cesare Prandelli's national team plans.

"It seems impossible for me not to be in the squad," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday.

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Wednesday November 24 2010
Prandelli gets behind Benitez

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has backed Rafa Benitez to turn things around at Inter amid calls for his dismissal.

Tonight's Champions League clash against FC Twente is said to be crucial in deciding Benitez's fate following a run of five games without a win, which has left Inter sixth in Serie A.

"I hope that Benitez isn't playing for his place in this evening's match," Prandelli said.

"He is a great tactician and a person of common sense too.

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Tuesday November 23 2010
Sorrentino has Italy ambition

Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino hopes to make Italy boss Cesare Prandelli change his mind so he calls him up in the near future.

The 31-year-old was superb last season and had thought he stood a chance of filling in for Gigi Buffon during the latter's injury lay-off.

However, Prandelli has decided to put his faith into two younger 'keepers in Bologna's Emiliano Viviano and Palermo's Salvatore Sirigu.

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Friday November 19 2010
Decision time for Prandelli

After the drab draw and performance against Romania, Antonio Labbate has concerns about Cesare Prandelli's shapeless Italian side

Amongst the inevitable doubts after Italy's disastrous showing at the World Cup under his predecessor, Cesare Prandelli had one certainty. Desperate to field a team which contained quality, a word he repeatedly used at his official unveiling, his idea was to build a side behind an attacking tandem of Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.

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Thursday November 18 2010
Another defeat for Italy

Scott Fleming laments the racial abuse of Mario Balotelli in last night's international friendly with Romania

Last night's friendly international should have been about the new Italy. It should have been about a side that was the antithesis of Marcello Lippi's Nazionale, brimming with youth and vigour, so inexperienced that Giuseppe Rossi was the captain and most capped player.

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Thursday November 18 2010
Ledesma shrugs off racist banner

Cristian Ledesma says he can't wait to wear the Italy jersey again and replied to the banners questioning his nationality.

The Lazio midfielder made his Azzurri debut in the 1-1 draw with Romania last night, but there were some who asked if he should've made the switch from Argentina.

“I can't wait to wear the Azzurri jersey again,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday November 18 2010
Balotelli: 'Racists were mainly stupid'

Mario Balotelli has urged everyone to fight racism and pointed out the actions of the ‘fans' in Austria was “more stupidity than anything else.”

The Italy striker was booed repeatedly during the 1-1 friendly against Romania and banners were held up that read: ‘Italy for the Italians' and ‘No to a multi-ethnic Italy.'

“I can't do anything on my own. Everyone has to do something to fight racism,” said the Manchester City star on Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday November 18 2010
Balzaretti delighted with debut

Federico Balzaretti is still buzzing from his Italy debut and knows he must impress with Palermo to get another chance.

“Playing last night was so satisfying. I hoped to do better, but just being there for that game was very exciting,” he told Stadionews.

The left-back was one of four debutants in the starting XI for the 1-1 draw against Romania.

“At the end of the game Cesare Prandelli complimented everyone. I am very happy to have received his call.

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