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Tuesday June 26 2012
Prandelli's revolution

Scott Fleming asks whether Italy's audacious new style of play makes their progress at Euro 2012 worth more than previous success.

“The revolution will not be televised,” Gil Scott Heron once famously said.

Cesare Prandelli's revolution has been televised. Those of you with access to RAI or who know their way around an internet stream will have known well in advance of Sunday night's proceedings in Kiev that Prandelli's Italy was different. They are unlike the sides led by Marcello Lippi, Giovanni Trapattoni, Dino Zoff and Cesare Maldini, unlike any Italian national side going all the way back to the days of Vittorio Pozzo for that matter.

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Tuesday June 26 2012
Podolski: We don’t fear anyone

Lukas Podolski is the latest in the German camp to speak of their high confidence going into Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy.

Joachim Low’s side will meet the Azzurri in Warsaw’s National Stadium this midweek for a place in Sunday’s final against either Portugal or Spain.

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Tuesday June 26 2012
Balotelli-Cassano convince Capello

Fabio Capello says Italy have problems in attack – but he would still use Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano against Germany.

The Azzurri have progressed to Thursday’s semi-final after scoring just four goals in four games at the tournament.

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Tuesday June 26 2012
Ancelotti: Pirlo won it for Italy

Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti insists that Andrea Pirlo’s chipped penalty was the deciding factor in Italy’s win over England at Euro 2012.

The Azzurri progressed to the semi-finals thanks to a shoot-out victory in which Riccardo Montolivo was the first to miss.

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Monday June 25 2012
Bologna: Diamanti stays here

Bologna President Albano Guaraldi has warned away interested parties looking at Alessandro Diamanti: “He is going to be at Bologna next season.”

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Monday June 25 2012
Zamparini on Balzaretti, Prandelli

Maurizio Zamparini has reflected on his past situation with Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli, as well as his current one with left-back Federico Balzaretti.

Full-back Balzaretti, who is currently on duty with the Azzurri in this summer’s European Championships, has attracted a number of rumours.

With the player’s contract having just a year left to run, amid reports that he has rejected the chance to sign a new one, there have been continuous links with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Milan.

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Monday June 25 2012
Ozil confident of beating Italy

Mesut Ozil is confident that Germany have not only grown since their last tournament defeat to Italy, but that they will have no trouble beating the Azzurri this week.

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Monday June 25 2012
Chiellini back for Germany?

Giorgio Chiellini is reportedly on track for involvement in Italy’s semi-final this Thursday, despite suffering a thigh strain only a week ago.

The Juventus man picked up the first degree strain in his left thigh when in action for the Azzurri in their final group game of Euro 2012 last Monday against the Republic of Ireland.

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Monday June 25 2012
Thiago Motta eyes Italy recall

Thiago Motta is desperate to win his place back in the Italian side for Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany.

The Brazilian-born player started all three group games, but was left out of the penalty win against England on Sunday after suffering with a hamstring problem.

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Monday June 25 2012
Germany can be beaten, insists Prandelli

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has admitted that Germany will be favourites in their Euro 2012 semi-final clash – but they are not unbeatable.

The Azzurri will meet the Germans on Thursday night after defeating England on penalties last night in the final eight.

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