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Thursday June 7 2012
Trapattoni hopes for Spain-Italy draw

Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping that Spain and Italy draw in Sunday evening’s Group C opening fixture at Euro 2012.

The Republic of Ireland Coach will face both teams in the group stages of this summer’s European Championships and recognises the importance of three points against Croatia for his team.

However, the former Italy boss suggested that even a draw with Slaven Bilic’s side will suffice for Irish hopes of a quarter-final berth, if the Azzurri also draw with Spain.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Cassano’s time to shine

After a number of false starts during his career, Antonio Cassano will be hoping to make a strong impact in Poland and Ukraine. Luca Cetta writes.

Cesare Prandelli’s aim was for a sparkling Italy brimming with talent. He also strived to be in charge of an Azzurri squad which would reconnect with the fans following the South African disaster. One player to bring those elements together was Antonio Cassano.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Motta demands Italian desire

Thiago Motta insists that tactics alone will not be enough for Italy in their Euro 2012 encounter against Spain.

The Azzurri may shelve their 4-3-1-2 formation in favour of a 3-5-2 shape for Sunday’s Group C clash.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Giaccherini ready for Italy debut

The uncapped Emanuele Giaccherini says he’s ready to start against Spain should boss Cesare Prandelli opt for him in a 3-5-2 system.

The Juventus midfielder was a surprise choice in the Coach’s Euro 2012 squad and he’s been tested as a wing-back during training this week.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Capello unsure of Euro 2012 Italy

Fabio Capello doesn’t seem to be overly optimistic about Italy’s chances of success at the 2012 European Championship.

The Azzurri qualified for the competition with real ease, but boss Cesare Prandelli’s side are not in good form and their preparations have been hit by the betting scandal.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Pirlo returns to Italy training

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo was back in training on Thursday after he was rested as a precautionary measure yesterday.

The key Juventus player missed Wednesday’s sessions due to concern over a bruised right calf muscle.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Italy need club-like Di Natale

Italy may end up needing the goals of Antonio Di Natale at Euro 2012 if they are to progress, but will they be forthcoming? Antonio Labbate writes.

Antonio Di Natale was the last Italian player to touch the ball at Euro 2008. It wasn’t a happy memory for himself or the country as a whole. His failure to slot home during the Vienna shoot-out gave Cesc Fabregas the opportunity to put Spain into the semi-finals and he, unlike the Udinese striker, didn’t miss.

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Wednesday June 6 2012
Pirlo 'has bruised calf'

Andrea Pirlo has slight bruising on his calf, but is not thought to be at risk for Italy’s opening Euro 2012 game.

The Juventus midfielder did not take part in today’s training session in Krakow and it was later revealed by staff that he was suffering from a bruise to his right calf muscle.

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Wednesday June 6 2012
Platini: 'Balotelli can't walk off'

UEFA President Michel Platini sniped at Cesare Prandelli for threatening to pull Italy out of Euro 2012 and revealed Mario Balotelli “will be punished” if he walks off due to racist abuse.

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Wednesday June 6 2012
Pirlo skips Italy session

Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli skipped today’s training session as Italy prepare for Sunday’s Euro 2012 opener against Spain.

The Azzurri took to the field this afternoon in Krakow, but Pirlo did not change into his football boots.

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