NEWS
Saturday May 26 2012
Diamanti: 'Better late than never!'

Alessandro Diamanti was a surprise inclusion in Italy’s 32-man long-list for Euro 2012. “Better late than never!”

The 29-year-old Bologna creative midfielder is hoping to be part of the final 23-man squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

“Better late than never!” he grinned in his press conference at the Coverciano training ground.

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Saturday May 26 2012
Italy-France set for Naples

Italy have announced they will play a friendly against France at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples.

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NEWS
Saturday May 26 2012
Bonucci: 'Italy can rely on Juve'

Leonardo Bonucci is confident the Juventus defensive block will remain solid at Euro 2012, as “the Coppa Italia Final was just a blip.”

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NEWS
Saturday May 26 2012
Montolivo and Chiellini 'improvements'

Giorgio Chiellini and Riccardo Montolivo underwent tests on their thigh strains that showed “improvements for both.”

The two players are both carrying injuries going into Euro 2012 and it remains to be seen if they can make it for the tournament.

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NEWS
Saturday May 26 2012
Prandelli assistant reveals Spain plan

Cesare Prandelli’s assistant Francesco Rocca explains how Italy must face Spain at Euro 2012. “The midfield is the key.”

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Saturday May 26 2012
Ferrara: 'Verratti is not Pirlo'

Under-21 Coach Ciro Ferrara shot down Marco Verratti’s status as the new Andrea Pirlo. “Maybe in 10 years...”

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NEWS
Friday May 25 2012
Giovinco to Juventus if…

Parma’s Sebastian Giovinco has underlined that he will only return to Juventus with the guarantee that he won’t be immediately sold on.

The 25-year-old’s future is in doubt given that he’s a wanted man on the transfer market following his 15 Serie A goals at the Tardini this term.

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BLOG ITALIA
Friday May 25 2012
At the feet of Balotelli

As Cesare Prandelli admits that he could take all six of his present strikers to Euro 2012, Alex Fusco takes a closer and concerned look at Italy’s attacking options.

The Italian national side can look towards the European Championship with a reasonable degree of optimism, but as Cesare Prandelli whittles down his preliminary 32-man squad selection to his final 23, concern – from outside the camp at least – surrounds his attacking options.

NEWS
Friday May 25 2012
Balotelli back in training

Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli returned to full training with the Italian national side on Friday.

The striker has been dealing with a few fitness issues over the last few days which saw him left out of Thursday’s 6-0 win over lower League side Virtus Vecomp.

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Friday May 25 2012
Bring on Spain, says Italy’s Marchisio

Claudio Marchisio has told Euro 2012 opponents Spain that Italy will have no fear going into their June 10 clash.

The two countries have been placed into Group C, along with Croatia and Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland.

“Today Spain are the champions at every thing, but I don’t think they are that far ahead of us,” the Juventus ace told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

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