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Wednesday December 14 2011
De Rossi – a future in defence?

Antonio Labbate on the possibility of permanently transforming Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi into a centre-back.

Roma boss Luis Enrique must be tempted to use Daniele De Rossi in that role again. He has to be after that performance.

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Monday December 12 2011
Di Natale makes it 67 in 84

Antonio Di Natale has sent a reminder of his ability to Italy boss Cesare Prandelli after rippling the net yet again.

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Monday December 12 2011
Lippi would have picked Balotelli

Marcello Lippi says that he would have selected Mario Balotelli had he remained in charge of the Italian national side after World Cup 2010.

The Manchester City ace has been a regular in the plans of new boss Cesare Prandelli when fit, but he never got a call from Lippi.

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Saturday December 10 2011
Ledesma's Azzurri appeal

“I don’t understand why Cesare Prandelli decided to drop Cristian Ledesma from the Italy squad,” said the Lazio man’s agent.

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Thursday December 8 2011
Rossi to be fit by Euro 2012

Italy have been given a Euro 2012 boost by the agent of the currently injured Giuseppe Rossi.

The Villarreal striker had become a key player in the first team plans of Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli over the last 18 months.

However, the former Parma man ruptured knee ligaments recently which required surgery and a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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Monday December 5 2011
Baggio hails Juve and Italy

The legendary Roberto Baggio expects Juventus and the Italian national side to fight for honours over the next 12 months.

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Sunday December 4 2011
Prandelli's Euro 2012 plans

Cesare Prandelli is already making plans for Euro 2012, as “a lot will depend on how the first game goes against Spain.”

The Azzurri have been put in the same group as the Republic of Ireland and Croatia, while their opening match is against the reigning World and European champions on June 10.

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Saturday December 3 2011
Balotelli 'sometimes crazy'

Mario Balotelli’s Inter youth team Coach says “he has the same potential as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he’s a little crazy.”

Manchester City have given SuperMario regular football and he’s now part of the Italy squad, but the Coach who first worked with him at the Inter youth team expects even more.

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Saturday December 3 2011
Spain stars fear Italy

Spanish stars Iker Casillas, Santi Cazorla and Fernando Llorente admit they hoped to avoid Italy in the Euro 2012 group phase.

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Friday December 2 2011
Riva: 'Group good for Italy'

Italy legend Gigi Riva is confident a group with Spain, Ireland and Croatia “is within our capabilities.”

The Azzurri have a tough draw for Euro 2012, including the reigning European and World champions.

“The group is within our capabilities, even if tough,” said 1970s hero Riva.

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