NEWS
Wednesday November 16 2011
Italy second seeds for Euro 2012

Cesare Prandelli’s Italy will be in pot two for the Euro 2012 draw which will take place in Ukraine on Friday 2 December.

UEFA have announced the seedings on Wednesday after the qualification stage for the competition ended last night with the play-offs.

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Wednesday November 16 2011
Balotelli could threaten Riva

Antonio Labbate on how Mario Balotelli could potentially one day dethrone Gigi Riva as Italy’s most prolific international goalscorer of all time.

It took over two years for Gigi Riva to open his scoring account for the Italian national side. Having debuted against Hungary in June 1965, the Cagliari legend had to wait until his fourth cap during a European Championship qualifier against Cyprus, in November 1967, to ripple the net.

NEWS
Wednesday November 16 2011
De Rossi has Italy faith

Daniele De Rossi is optimistic about Euro 2012 despite Italy’s 1-0 friendly home loss to Uruguay on Tuesday night.

The Azzurri suffered defeat last night, but the Roma midfielder was happy with how the team played at times.

“It’s a shame about the result, but we ended the year with yet another very positive performance,” he noted.

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Wednesday November 16 2011
Pepe: Muslera stopped Italy

Simone Pepe named Uruguay ‘keeper Fernando Muslera as the Man of the Match after Italy’s 1-0 defeat.

Uruguay collected a 1-0 win in Rome, but only after the former Lazio player had made a string of fine saves.

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NEWS
Wednesday November 16 2011
Balzaretti rues missed chances

Federico Balzaretti still can’t quite believe that Italy lost 1-0 to Uruguay on Tuesday night. “The ball just wouldn’t go in.”

The South Americans took an early lead at the Stadio Olimpico when Sebastian Fernandez struck after just three minutes.

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NEWS
Tuesday November 15 2011
Cavani celebrates Uruguay win

Napoli and Uruguay hitman Edinson Cavani reveals what tonight’s friendly victory in Italy meant.

“It really means a lot to us, as we came here trying to win against Italy and for our position in the FIFA ranking,” he said of the 1-0 result at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

“We also wanted to win to continue our fine form and this feels like a very important result.”

The Azzurri argued they played better on the night and had numerous scoring opportunities after Sebastian Fernandez netted the third-minute decider.

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NEWS
Tuesday November 15 2011
Balotelli 'angry with myself'

Mario Balotelli admits he was “angry with myself” for failing to score in Italy’s defeat to Uruguay.

“I am angry with myself, as I was unlucky and the ball didn’t want to go in the net,” he told RAI Sport after the 1-0 home loss.

“We’re going to Poland and Ukraine to win, otherwise it’s the end of the world!”

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Buffon still 'proud' of Azzurri

Gigi Buffon was disappointed he could not celebrate his 112th cap with a victory, but is “proud” of Italy’s performance.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Montolivo takes the positives

 

Riccardo Montolivo urges Italy to “take the positives” from a defeat that played into Uruguay’s hands.

“There are regrets because we played well in both halves and Uruguay did well to score early on. That allowed them to do what they wanted, which was sit behind the ball,” he said of the 1-0 result in Rome.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Prandelli: 'Undeserved defeat'

Cesare Prandelli felt it was “absolutely an unfair result” after the Azzurri were beaten by Uruguay in Rome.

“It’s absolutely an unfair result, albeit against a very strong side, but I think we played a good game,” said the Coach of the 1-0 defeat.

It was an uphill struggle from the start, as Sebastian Fernandez scored in the opening three minutes.

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