NEWS
Wednesday June 6 2012
De Sanctis backs 3-5-2 Italy

Morgan De Sanctis agrees that Italy should switch to Napoli’s 3-5-2 system, but warns against “underestimating” their Group C opponents.

The Azzurri begin their Euro 2012 adventure on Sunday afternoon against Spain, then face Croatia and the Republic of Ireland.

“Just remember what happened in South Africa,” he said, referring to the first round exit in the 2010 World Cup.

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Wednesday June 6 2012
Chiellini: De Rossi can defend

Giorgio Chiellini says a three-man defence which includes Daniele De Rossi could work for Italy at Euro 2012.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 6 2012
Italy call-up Astori – just in case

Cagliari defender Davide Astori will join up with the Italy squad at their Euro 2012 training base today as cover for Andrea Barzagli.

The Juventus defender is a doubt for the tournament after picking up a calf strain in Friday’s 3-0 loss to Russia.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 6 2012
Italy remember Auschwitz victims

Italy’s Euro 2012 squad visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Wednesday morning.

Players and staff were given an emotional tour of the area which is now a memorial for those who died in the Holocaust during World War II.

The Azzurri were shown around by the museum’s director and were also spoken to by some of those who survived death at the facility.

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NEWS
Tuesday June 5 2012
De Rossi: 'No Euro plans'

Daniele De Rossi warns Italy to take it “one step at a time,” as their plans in the last World Cup went horribly wrong, and relives their last Euro meeting with Spain.

The Azzurri are in Group C along with Spain, Croatia and the Republic of Ireland.

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NEWS
Tuesday June 5 2012
Balotelli hat-trick in training

Mario Balotelli shook off his injury to score a hat-trick in today’s first Krakow game between ranks, as Italy tested out the 3-5-2 system for Spain.

The Manchester City striker had limped off during Monday’s training session with a muscular problem, but was back in action today.

He bagged a hat-trick in the game between ranks of 10 v 10, cheered on by the fans in the Polish stands.

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Tuesday June 5 2012
Prandelli sees 'adaptable Italy'

Cesare Prandelli said he’ll wait “until the last minute” for Andrea Barzagli to recover and will use an adaptable system against Spain with Daniele De Rossi in defence.

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Tuesday June 5 2012
Allegri: 10 more years only

Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that another 10 years in the game will be enough to take him to early retirement.

The former Cagliari Coach is preparing over this summer for what will be his third year at the helm of Milan and the 10th campaign of his coaching career.

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BLOG ITALIA
Tuesday June 5 2012
Injury, scandal, infighting and more scandal

Scott Fleming shifts through the detritus of a disastrous seven days for Italy and tries to find reasons for optimism.

The corridors of Coverciano must be littered with broken mirrors and black cats.

A police raid and Domenico Criscito's exclusion from the squad last Monday, Leonardo Bonucci being placed under suspicion of similar Calcioscommesse misdeeds last Tuesday, a friendly against Luxembourg cancelled on Wednesday, a friendly against Russia they were left wishing had been cancelled on Friday, and last night, news of an injury which could see Andrea Barzagli miss Italy's Euro 2012 campaign in its entirety.

NEWS
Tuesday June 5 2012
Rossi represents good value

Giuseppe Rossi’s agent has again encouraged prospective clubs interested in the crocked star to consider the value of signing him from Villarreal.

With the Spanish side relegated from the Primera Division last term, it is expected that a number of high-profile members of the squad will be sold.

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