NEWS
Monday June 4 2012
Abate has Euro 2012 optimism

Ignazio Abate is confident that Italy will have a good European Championship despite Friday’s 3-0 friendly loss to Russia.

“It was quite a balanced game against Russia until 10 minutes from the end,” the Milan right-back stated at the Azzurri’s Coverciano training base. “We missed a lot of scoring chances.

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Monday June 4 2012
Barzagli could miss Euro 2012

Andrea Barzagli could potentially be ruled out of the 2012 European Championship after the Italian picked up an injury.

The Juventus stopper has suffered a calf strain that Azzurri medics fear could see him sidelined for the next 20 days.

Italy are set to assess his condition before making a decision on whether to replace him in the squad with another stopper. They will have until 24 hours before their Spanish tie on Sunday to request a squad change.

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Monday June 4 2012
Croatia lose Olic for Euro 2012

Italy’s Group C opponents Croatia have been dealt a blow after Ivica Olic was ruled out of Euro 2012.

The forward, set to leave Bayern Munich for Wolfsburg this summer, sustained a thigh injury in a 1-1 draw with Norway on Sunday.

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Monday June 4 2012
Giaccherini ready for anything

Emanuele Giaccherini says he will do whatever Italy boss Cesare Prandelli may ask of him at Euro 2012.

The Juventus player has made the final 23-man squad despite the fact that he has never been capped before.

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BLOG ITALIA
Monday June 4 2012
Italy may miss Aquilani

Cesare Prandelli’s decision to not even include Alberto Aquilani in his preliminary 32-man squad could come back to haunt him, as David Swan writes.

“I expect the team to be able to build the move and not passively wait for their opponents,” so says Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli. This was a comment made a couple of weeks ago when he was discussing what he wants to see from his Italy team at Euro 2012.

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Monday June 4 2012
‘Italy can reach Euro 2012 semis’

Italian legend Sandro Mazzola accepts the national side have problems, but he wouldn’t be surprised by a semi-final spot at Euro 2012.

The Azzurri played their only competition warm-up game against Russia on Friday night and were beaten 3-0 in Switzerland.

“You have to consider the climate in which the Zurich game was played,” the former Inter player told La Domenica Sportiva.

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Sunday June 3 2012
Lippi: 'Italy like in 2006'

World Cup winner Marcello Lippi has given Cesare Prandelli advice on going into Euro 2012. “It reminds me of 2006.”

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Sunday June 3 2012
Buffon 'not in betting investigation'

Gianluigi Buffon’s lawyer has reiterated “he is not involved in the investigation” into a betting scandal after his tobacconist in Parma was raided by police.

The Juventus and Italy goalkeeper was dragged into the scandal by the media, who pointed out he had paid large sums to a tobacconist who also has a betting booth.

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Sunday June 3 2012
Torino 'proud' of Euro Ogbonna

Torino President Urbano Cairo assures he is “very proud” to see Angelo Ogbonna at Euro 2012 and will make “seven or eight quality signings.”

The 24-year-old defender is part of the Italy squad going to Ukraine and Poland despite the fact he plays in Serie B.

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Sunday June 3 2012
Xavi fears fired up Azzurri

Spain are not happy about facing Italy in their Euro 2012 opener, especially with the current scandal. “It’ll make them even more dangerous,” said Xavi.

The Azzurri are in turmoil after a 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia and the betting scandal that enveloped the sport this week.

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