NEWS
Monday August 8 2011
Rossi: Italy can beat Spain

Giuseppe Rossi is confident that Italy have what is required to defeat Spain in this week's international friendly.

The visitors' will start the game as firm favourites, but Rossi, who plays his football for Villarreal, has faith in the Azzurri.

"We know that they are very strong," he told Sky Sport 24. "They've already proved that they are the best in the world.

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Monday August 8 2011
17 years of Spain

Cesare Prandelli ends his first year in the Italy hotseat with a clash against Spain, in a game Rob Paton says is more than just a friendly.

The question everyone in football has been trying to answer in recent seasons becomes Cesare Prandelli's and the Italian national team's to take on this Wednesday. It is a question they may also have to ask again in little under a year's time during Euro 2012, and if they are on target for an improved 2014 World Cup, inevitably the question will rise once more. How do you beat the Spanish?

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NEWS
Sunday August 7 2011
Sergio Ramos out of Italy match

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has pulled out of Spain's friendly with Italy on August 10.

The full-back aggravated a shoulder injury yesterday and is also a doubt for Real's Spanish Super Cup game.

Vicente Del Bosque will not risk Ramos against Italy at the Stadio San Nicola on August 10.

It's not clear if the Spanish Coach will call in a new player or work with those at his disposal.

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NEWS
Friday August 5 2011
Italy name squad for Spain

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has named a 24-man squad for Wednesday's glamour friendly against Spain.

The two teams will meet at Bari's Stadio San Nicola on August 10, with kick off scheduled for 20.45 local time.

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NEWS
Friday August 5 2011
Spain squad for Italy test

Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara has been called for Spain's friendly against the Azzurri on August 10, though he is Brazilian and born in Italy.

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Tuesday August 2 2011
Diamanti wants Italy recall

Alessandro Diamanti has joined Bologna with a dream. "I want to get back into the Italian national squad."

The former West Ham midfielder signed for the Stadio Dall'Ara outfit on Monday in a co-ownership deal from Brescia.

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Sunday July 31 2011
Prandelli: 'Italy must win group'

Cesare Prandelli has no illusions that Italy “must win” their 2014 World Cup qualifying group.

The Azzurri were paired with Denmark, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta in Group B during last night's Rio de Janeiro draw.

“We are Italy and our objective must be to win the group,” said Coach Prandelli.

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Sunday July 31 2011
Abete pleased with World Cup draw

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete feels Italy were given “a good draw” for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The Azzurri were top seeds in last night's Rio de Janeiro draw and are in Group B with Denmark, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta.

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Saturday July 30 2011
World Cup Draw: Italy face Czechs

Italy will face Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 2014 World Cup preliminary draw was held this evening in Rio de Janeiro with ex-Inter and Milan star Ronaldo picking from the pots with Paulo Henrique Ganso.

The Azzurri were top seeds in the draw and 13 teams will qualify for the tournament in Brazil.

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Saturday July 30 2011
World Cup Draw: CONCACAF, Oceania

The 2014 World Cup preliminary draw takes place this evening in Brazil, so we bring you the groups for CONCACAF and Oceania.

The winners of the Groups in Round Two will go through to the final qualifying groups in Round Three.

CONCACAF

Round Two

Group A: El Salvador, Surinam, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic

Group B: Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Bermuda

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