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Saturday June 9 2012
Zoff: 'Italy are Euro 2012 favourites'

Former Italy Coach Dino Zoff believes the Azzurri “are among the top four favourites” at Euro 2012.

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Friday June 8 2012
Barzagli stays in Italy squad

Andrea Barzagli will stay in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad after tests showed he might be able to recover for the Ireland game.

The Juventus defender suffered a calf strain this week and Cagliari’s Davide Astori flew to Poland as back-up.

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Friday June 8 2012
Criscito: 'I should be at Euro 2012'

Domenico Criscito is still furious he was dropped for Euro 2012 when he is in what he calls “the same situation” as Leonardo Bonucci.

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Friday June 8 2012
Buffon: We’d give anything to win

Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his excitement that the European Championships are due to kick off today, and admits to a bit of nervous apprehension.

Italy kick off their Group C campaign against Spain on Sunday afternoon in Gdansk, but the competition begins on Friday in Warsaw as co-hosts Poland play Greece.

“Today finally begins the European Championships,” the shot-stopper posted on his Facebook page. “The waiting and frustration of the competition in sight will be over.

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Friday June 8 2012
Valdes: We must stop Pirlo

Victor Valdes has reiterated Gerard Pique’s point that Spain’s best hopes of overcoming Italy on Sunday lie in stopping Andrea Pirlo.

One of the reserve ‘keepers in the Spanish squad at this summer’s finals, Valdes believes that Group C opponents the Azzurri can be stopped if Juventus man Pirlo is looked after.

“Pirlo is a great player, he is one who takes hold of central midfield for Italy,” the Barcelona man told AS.

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Friday June 8 2012
Chiellini: We can beat Spain

Giorgio Chiellini believes that Italy have the capacity to beat world and European champions Spain on Sunday afternoon.

The Azzurri are currently preparing for Group C’s opening match between themselves and La Roja by testing a new formation in training in light of Andrea Barzagli’s injury.

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Friday June 8 2012
Pique warns of Italy strength

Spain centre-back Gerard Pique has warned his teammates that Italy remain a strong force ahead of their Euro 2012 clash on Sunday.

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Friday June 8 2012
De Rossi: Centre-back? 99.9 per cent yes

Daniele De Rossi has admitted today that there is a very strong chance that he will end up playing Italy’s opening game of Euro 2012 in defence.

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Friday June 8 2012
Balzaretti unsure of future

Italy left-back Federico Balzaretti has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Palermo for next season.

The Italian has been linked with a switch to French side Paris Saint-Germain since before the January transfer window, when his agent first suggested the move was likely, whilst reports are now suggesting other Serie A sides are also tracking him.

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Friday June 8 2012
Italy test two tactical systems

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli tested 4-3-1-2 and 3-4-3 systems in this morning’s training session ahead of their Euro 2012 opener.

The Azzurri face Spain on Sunday and there is some doubt as to what shape they will use following Friday’s 3-0 friendly loss to Russia.

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