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Tuesday November 15 2011
Zoff expected Buffon career

Italian legend Dino Zoff always expected Gigi Buffon to reach and then surpass his 112 caps for the Azzurri.

The current Juventus custodian will draw level with the former Juventus ‘keeper this evening when Italy face Uruguay in Rome.

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Monday November 14 2011
Balotelli impresses Pepe

Simone Pepe has revealed his admiration for Mario Balotelli after playing and training alongside him with the Italian national team this past week.

Pepe was speaking of his new-found respect for the Manchester City striker’s abilities ahead of the Azzurri’s preparations for Tuesday’s friendly with Uruguay.

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Monday November 14 2011
Italy name side to face Uruguay

Italy will start with a front two of Mario Balotelli and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo in Tuesday’s international friendly against Uruguay.

Reports as early as last Thursday suggested that the duo would be tested against the South American outfit and boss Cesare Prandelli has confirmed they will be in the first XI.

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Monday November 14 2011
Osvaldo wants to impress for Italy

Daniel Pablo Osvaldo is hoping to make an impact should he begin in Italy’s friendly with Uruguay on Tuesday.

The new Roma striker is being tipped to start in the game just a month after making his Azzurri debut against Northern Ireland.

“I hope to integrate myself well into a team that is doing really well,” said the summer arrival from Espanyol.

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Monday November 14 2011
Di Natale at Italy’s disposal

Antonio Di Natale is ready to respond to the Italy call should boss Cesare Prandelli recall him to the squad.

The Udinese striker hasn’t played for his country since World Cup 2010, but Prandelli last week insisted that he could still select the veteran for Euro 2012.

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Monday November 14 2011
Italy-Uruguay: The previous ties

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Monday November 14 2011
Italy’s centre of attention

Would Cesare Prandelli consider breaking up his record-breaking defence for next summer? Rob Paton discusses.

With 83 minutes on the clock and the opposition pressing for a way back into the game, a lofted ball into the penalty area catches Giorgio Chiellini the wrong side of his marker. Andrea Ranocchia looks to have the covering run, but in misjudging the flight of the ball he clatters into his opponent and concedes a penalty.

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Sunday November 13 2011
Muslera relishes Olimpico return

Fernando Muslera returns to the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday as Uruguay face Italy. “It’s so emotional to be back there.”

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Sunday November 13 2011
Cavani welcomes tough tests

Edinson Cavani doesn’t mind a punishing schedule for Napoli and Uruguay. “We’ve got to continue with this intensity.”

The striker is set to star for his country in Tuesday’s friendly match against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Sunday November 13 2011
Prandelli and Buffon's 'historic' trip

Cesare Prandelli and Gigi Buffon explain why Italy took part in a “historic” training session on land confiscated from the mafia.

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