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Saturday June 30 2012
Azzurri already winners

Whatever happens against Spain, Italian football has been the moral winner of Euro 2012, argues Susy Campanale.

There is an Italian phrase that says ‘comunque vada sarà un successo’ – whatever happens, it’ll be a success. It has never been more apt than in the lead-up to the Final, for the Azzurri have already won their trophy regardless of the result against Spain.

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Saturday June 30 2012
Balotelli's Mamma: 'He cried'

Mario Balotelli’s mother Silvia reveals he “cried” after the Germany semi-final and she rang Cesare Prandelli to thank him for putting her son on the right path.

There were emotional scenes in Warsaw on Thursday when Balotelli rushed to the touchline and was hugged by his adoptive mother in the stands after scoring a brace.

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Saturday June 30 2012
Ramos: 'Pirlo is unique'

Sergio Ramos hailed “unique” Andrea Pirlo, but trusts Spain can make history in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 Final.

These sides met in the first game of their groups for a 1-1 draw on June 10 and come back together in Kiev on Sunday night.

“It is always good to know more on your opponents. As we faced Italy in the group phase, that is handy,” said Sergio Ramos.

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Saturday June 30 2012
Mancini: 'Euros change Balotelli'

Roberto Mancini told Italian television that Euro 2012 can change Mario Balotelli and Manchester City had been ready to give up. “He even celebrated!”

The striker took Italy into the Final against Spain thanks to his sensational brace in a 2-1 victory over Germany on Thursday night.

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Saturday June 30 2012
Buffon: 'Avanti Italia!'

Gianluigi Buffon sent another passionate message to fans ahead of the Euro 2012 Final. “It is better to suffer so we can rejoice than kid ourselves and die. Avanti Italia!”

Italy go head-to-head with Spain in Kiev on Sunday evening, repeating their first game of the tournament that ended 1-1.

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Friday June 29 2012
‘Cassano OK for the final’

Antonio Cassano has been given a clean bill of health for Italy ahead of the Euro 2012 final with Spain this Sunday.

There were doubts over his capacity to play a part from the start of the final against the Spanish in Kiev this weekend, after the player picked up a knee injury during the semi-final win over Germany.

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Friday June 29 2012
Team Italy impress Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas insists that his Spanish side will have total respect for opponents Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2012 Final.

“The winners will be deserving champions,” stated the Barcelona player on Friday. “I think we’ve been the two most consistent teams at the tournament.

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Friday June 29 2012
Prandelli proud of his Italy

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has looked forward to Sunday’s Euro 2012 Final against Spain – as well as discussing his own future.

The Azzurri progressed to the Kiev showdown after impressively defeating Germany 2-1 in Warsaw on Thursday evening.

“My players were extraordinary against Germany and I’m proud that I can train them,” the tactician stated this afternoon.

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Friday June 29 2012
Merkel hails artistic Pirlo

German youngster Alexander Merkel has hailed the ability of Italian international Andrea Pirlo. “He is football.”

The 20-year-old played alongside Pirlo at Milan before the latter joined Juventus and Merkel moved to Genoa.

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Friday June 29 2012
Italy qualify for Confederations Cup

Win or lose on Sunday in the Euro 2012 Final – Italy have qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup next summer.

Given that opponents Spain gained access to the competition thanks to their World Cup win two years ago, the Azzurri have qualified for the UEFA slot after beating Germany in last night’s semi-final.

The competition will take place in Brazil and will act as a dress-rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup Finals.

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