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Thursday May 31 2012
Italy deny Bonucci story

Italian Football Federation Vice-President Demetrio Albertini has denied stories suggesting that Leonardo Bonucci will be placed under investigation.

A report on Thursday afternoon suggested that the Juventus defender, who is named in Italy’s 23-man squad to go to Euro 2012, was on a list of those set to be placed under investigation for their part played in the ongoing probe into illegal betting and match-fixing in the peninsula’s sport.

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Thursday May 31 2012
Agent: Why Criscito and not Bonucci?

Domenico Criscito’s agent has questioned Cesare Prandelli’s decision to drop him from the national team, whilst warning the media not to assume his guilt.

Criscito’s room at the Italy squad’s training centre at Coverciano was searched in the early hours of Monday morning as part of police raids across the country.

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Thursday May 31 2012
Bonucci named in betting probe

Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci has been under investigation for alleged match fixing since May 3, says Italian news agency ANSA.

The defender’s name appears on the paperwork of prosecutors in Cremona with regard to his time with former club Bari.

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Thursday May 31 2012
Ogbonna wasn’t certain of Euro call

Angelo Ogbonna insists the he wasn’t sure of his place in Italy’s final 23-man squad until late on Tuesday morning.

With two players left to cut from a group of 25, it was believed that Ogbonna and Andrea Ranocchia were in direct competition for the last defender spot. It went to the Torino man.

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Thursday May 31 2012
Prandelli to test Italy tactics

An optimistic Cesare Prandelli says Friday’s friendly against Russia will be primarily used as a tactical exercise by his Italian side.

Although the Coach will not confirm his starting XI until later this evening, he has revealed that he’ll test out 4-3-1-2 and 4-3-3 systems in the Zurich clash after Tuesday’s Luxembourg tie was called off.

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Thursday May 31 2012
Toothache sidelines Italy’s Balotelli

Mario Balotelli missed this morning’s gym session at Italy’s Coverciano training base so he could visit the dentist.

The Manchester City player was accompanied by team doctor Enrico Castellacci in order to resolve a tooth problem.

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Thursday May 31 2012
Prandelli – Italy’s unsackable Coach

No matter how Euro 2012 ends for Italy, Antonio Labbate explains why the Italian Football Federation must keep Cesare Prandelli.

Less than a day after Cesare Prandelli had named his 32-man preliminary squad and he was already being questioned about his future at the end of the European Championship. “I have a contract until 2014 and I want to respect it,” he stated from Italy’s Coverciano training base. “However, while on the bench at Euro 2012, I’ll be under examination.

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Wednesday May 30 2012
Chiellini to face Russia

Giorgio Chiellini is set to start Italy’s friendly against Russia on Friday along with Riccardo Montolivo, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.

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Wednesday May 30 2012
Buffon positive about Euro 2012

Gigi Buffon insists that Italy are in good shape ahead of Euro 2012 despite the latest scandal to hit the country.

“Things are going well and we’ll enter the competition with the desire to win it,” the goalkeeper stated at Coverciano on Wednesday. “That is the reason why we are all here…

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Wednesday May 30 2012
Can Prandelli emulate Vicini?

As Euro 2012 approaches, Luca Cetta compares the rebuilding phase under Cesare Prandelli with Azeglio Vicini’s transformation after the 1986 World Cup.

When Italy Under-21 Coach Azeglio Vicini inherited the top job from Enzo Bearzot after Mexico 1986, he took charge of an ageing squad in need of an overhaul.