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Thursday June 14 2012
A chequered past against Croatia

Italy face Croatia next in Euro 2012 and, as Luca Cetta explains, the Azzurri will have to reverse the historical form guide to claim the points.

Following a build-up fraught with talk of a wounded Italy – one suffering from the betting scandal which reached the corridors of Coverciano and experienced a friendly defeat from their only possible warm-up clash – the Azzurri showed there is both character and quality in the new-look team during their Euro 2012 opener.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Schillaci would go with Di Natale

Italy should start with Antonio Di Natale in Thursday’s Euro 2012 game against Croatia, says Salvatore Schillaci.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Gay rights groups condemn Cassano

A gay rights association in Italy has called for Antonio Cassano to be dropped after his homophobic comments. “It was horrible and vulgar.”

The striker shocked many when he used an offensive term to describe any gay players who may be in the Azzurri squad.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Italy's Abate needs five stitches

It’s reported Ignazio Abate needed five stitches to his face after an accidental collision in today’s Italy training session.

The Milan and Azzurri full-back was taking part in a game between ranks when he suffered the deep cut to his eyebrow in a clash with Antonio Nocerino.

Sky Sport Italia claim medical staff had to apply five stitches to seal up the wound.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Pirlo: 'Italy can go far'

Andrea Pirlo is confident Italy are “aware of our strength” going into tomorrow’s game with Croatia. “With these components, we can go far.”

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Prandelli: 'Changes for Croatia'

Cesare Prandelli said he has “just one doubt” on who to field against Croatia tomorrow, but refused to confirm or deny whether Mario Balotelli risked the chop.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Bilic: 'Modric better than Pirlo'

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has no fear of facing Italy tomorrow. “Luka Modric is better than Andrea Pirlo.”

The Azzurri have never been able to beat Croatia in their history, picking up only two draws from five meetings.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Astori targets Azzurri recall

Davide Astori has his sights set on World Cup 2014 after the Cagliari stopper just missed out on Euro 2012 selection.

The defender was axed from the initial 32-man squad before being recalled to Poland as cover for Andrea Barzagli.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Pepe wanted Euro 2012 role

Juventus’ Simone Pepe admits that he would have liked to have been part of the Italy squad at Euro 2012 – but he’s happy for Emanuele Giaccherini.

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Tuesday June 12 2012
Cassano: 'I'm not homophobic'

Antonio Cassano has released a statement attempting to calm the furore over his statements. “I am not homophobic and didn’t want to offend anyone.”

The Italy and Milan star used a particularly offensive word in today’s Press conference when asked whether there were any gay players in the squad.

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