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Friday June 8 2012
De Rossi: Centre-back? 99.9 per cent yes

Daniele De Rossi has admitted today that there is a very strong chance that he will end up playing Italy’s opening game of Euro 2012 in defence.

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Friday June 8 2012
Balzaretti unsure of future

Italy left-back Federico Balzaretti has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Palermo for next season.

The Italian has been linked with a switch to French side Paris Saint-Germain since before the January transfer window, when his agent first suggested the move was likely, whilst reports are now suggesting other Serie A sides are also tracking him.

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Friday June 8 2012
Italy test two tactical systems

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli tested 4-3-1-2 and 3-4-3 systems in this morning’s training session ahead of their Euro 2012 opener.

The Azzurri face Spain on Sunday and there is some doubt as to what shape they will use following Friday’s 3-0 friendly loss to Russia.

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BLOG ITALIA
Friday June 8 2012
Are Italy ready for Euro 2012?

With Italy out of form and tactically unsure ahead of their Euro 2012 debut, Rob Paton asks if they are ready.

“This team wants to get on to the field to prove it has quality and the right determination to be a protagonist at the Euros. This is the spirit we have now. I have found yet again a group ready to be honest and take responsibility,” declared Cesare Prandelli during this week’s build-up to the European Championships kicking off.

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Friday June 8 2012
Ancelotti: Motta perfect for Italy

Carlo Ancelotti thinks that Italy will benefit with the proposed first team introduction of Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta.

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Friday June 8 2012
Maldini has Italy attacking doubts

Former Italy boss Cesare Maldini thinks the Azzurri may be short of a true centre-forward at Euro 2012.

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Friday June 8 2012
Donadoni has Euro 2008 regrets

As Euro 2012 kicks off, former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni has looked back to his side’s 2008 elimination by Spain

Poland and Greece will start the proceedings later today, while the Azzurri will begin their tournament against the Spanish – the side who beat them on penalties at the last eight stage four years ago.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Trapattoni hopes for Spain-Italy draw

Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping that Spain and Italy draw in Sunday evening’s Group C opening fixture at Euro 2012.

The Republic of Ireland Coach will face both teams in the group stages of this summer’s European Championships and recognises the importance of three points against Croatia for his team.

However, the former Italy boss suggested that even a draw with Slaven Bilic’s side will suffice for Irish hopes of a quarter-final berth, if the Azzurri also draw with Spain.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Cassano’s time to shine

After a number of false starts during his career, Antonio Cassano will be hoping to make a strong impact in Poland and Ukraine. Luca Cetta writes.

Cesare Prandelli’s aim was for a sparkling Italy brimming with talent. He also strived to be in charge of an Azzurri squad which would reconnect with the fans following the South African disaster. One player to bring those elements together was Antonio Cassano.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Motta demands Italian desire

Thiago Motta insists that tactics alone will not be enough for Italy in their Euro 2012 encounter against Spain.

The Azzurri may shelve their 4-3-1-2 formation in favour of a 3-5-2 shape for Sunday’s Group C clash.

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