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Monday July 16 2012
A young argument getting old

Is Serie A really guilty of hindering the development of young Italian players? David Swan examines the evidence.

Spain has a lot to answer for. The machine that is their national team has led to every other country scrutinising their approach to developing young players and, combined with the 2010 World Cup debacle, has caused much inward reflection in Italy.

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Saturday July 14 2012
Immobile optimistic for future

Ciro Immobile is looking forward to starting the season with Genoa, where he believes he can do well and perhaps earn a call up to Italy.

The 22-year-old is with Genoa for the 2012-13 season, after they bought 50 per cent of his Juventus contract last January, midway through a very productive loan spell with Pescara.

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Wednesday July 11 2012
Di Natale hails phenomenal Balotelli

Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli could one day win the Golden Ball, says Euro 2012 teammate Antonio Di Natale.

Balotelli ended the competition as the joint top scorer thanks to his three strikes which included a stunning brace for Italy against Germany in the semi-finals.

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Thursday July 5 2012
Ferrara grateful to FIGC

Ciro Ferrara has thanked the Italian Football Federation for his time with the Under-21 squad and their permission for him to join Sampdoria.

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Thursday July 5 2012
Juve compensation for Chiellini

Juventus will receive financial compensation from UEFA for Giorgio Chiellini’s calf injury picked up whilst on international duty.

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Thursday July 5 2012
Top 10 uncapped players

With Euro 2012 over, it is time to look to the future for Italy boss Cesare Prandelli. Antonio Labbate highlights 10 uncapped players who could enter the Giro Azzurro ahead of World Cup 2014.

Francesco Acerbi (Milan)

“Acerbi is ready for Milan and the Italian national side. Give him a few months and he’ll be included in the Azzurri set-up.” Those were the words of Chievo Verona boss Mimmo Di Carlo recently after the 23-year-old’s impressive second half of the season at the Bentegodi. The centre-back has completed his dream move to San Siro, but with just 17 top-flight games under his belt, he has much to prove to Prandelli and Italian football in general.

Andrea Consigli (Atalanta)

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Thursday July 5 2012
Rivera votes yes to Prandelli

Italy legend Gianni Rivera has commended the direction the Azzurri are headed in under Cesare Prandelli.

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Wednesday July 4 2012
Hail Cesare

Italy may have faltered at the final hurdle in Euro 2012 against a dominant Spain, but Luca Cetta believes Cesare Prandelli is to be applauded for his work with the Azzurri to date.

Just like Julius Caesar and his great nephew Augustus Caesar successfully brought about a revolution in the Roman aristocracy and its political structure, so too did Cesare Prandelli initiate change in the Azzurri.

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Wednesday July 4 2012
Italy up six places in rankings

Italy are up to sixth in the latest FIFA World Rankings – but still behind the likes of Germany, England and Portugal.

The Azzurri jumped up six places after reaching the Final of Euro 2012, despite their dominant performances against England and Germany in the competition.

Portugal, who fell at the semi-final stages, moved up five places to fifth.

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Tuesday July 3 2012
Balotelli: 'I want paternity test'

Mario Balotelli has released a statement confirming he has split up from Raffaella Fico and will “take responsibility when I have proof of paternity.”

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