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Wednesday February 9 2011
Prandelli: 'Let Cassano get on with it'

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has told the Italian media to let Antonio Cassano do his talking on the pitch.

Prandelli is fed up with fielding questions about the Milan playmaker.

Speaking to Rai Sport before this evening's friendly with Germany, Prandelli said: "Enough talking about Cassano. We have to stop it.

"I now want to see the kind of behaviour from Antonio that in my opinion will be extraordinary.

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Wednesday February 9 2011
Prandelli: 'Draw was the right result'

Cesare Prandelli maintains “the draw was the right result” in Dortmund and commented on Giorgio Chiellini's new position.

“The draw is the right result, a defeat would've been unfair. We played well in a difficult arena,” he said of Italy's 1-1 in Germany.

“We were a little more intense after the break, although in the first half we also had some good chances.”

Giuseppe Rossi scored the equaliser nine minutes from time after a Miroslav Klose opener.

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Tuesday February 8 2011
Giving youth a chance

Cesare Prandelli has named a young Azzurri squad for this week's friendly against Germany. Serafino Ingardia praises his approach

There is something fascinating about the Italy squad which Cesare Prandelli has named ahead of the Germany friendly. The first cap for the latest Oriundo Thiago Motta is obviously very interesting, but the best news is the increased number of youngsters in the squad.

After years of talking about giving youngsters a chance and rejuvenating the team, Prandelli has finally kept his word and started a new process which will hopefully prepare the next generation ahead of Brazil 2014.

NEWS
Tuesday February 8 2011
Prandelli reunites Cassano-Pazzini

Cesare Prandelli announced the Italy line-up against Germany, including Thiago Motta, Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano.

The Azzurri travel to Dortmund for Wednesday evening's international friendly and already know their initial XI.

“Gigi Buffon plays in goal, with Mattia Cassani, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Ranocchia and Giorgio Chiellini in defence,” explained the Coach during his Press conference.

“Riccardo Montolivo, Thiago Motta and Daniele De Rossi in midfield, then Stefano Mauri, Cassano and Pazzini in attack.”

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NEWS
Monday February 7 2011
'Cassano knows it's his last chance'

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli claims Antonio Cassano is under no illusion that this is his last chance to shine at the highest level.

Cassano was called up to La Nazionale on Sunday for the first time since his epic falling out with Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone in late October.

The 28-year-old allegedly swore at Garrone and refused to attend an awards ceremony held in his honour, prompting Sampdoria to ask that his contract be rescinded.

Eventually the matter was resolved in December when Milan opted to take Cassano off Samp's books.

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NEWS
Monday February 7 2011
Prandelli wanted five from Palermo

Palermo would have had five players in the Italian squad for this week's German friendly had injuries not struck.

According to reports this evening, Italy boss Cesare Prandelli was hoping to select defenders Cesare Bovo and Federico Balzaretti in the squad.

Prandelli phoned the duo on Saturday to enquire about their availability, but the pair had to decline the call-up for fitness issues.

High-flying Palermo did have three other players named in the party though for the midweek game in Germany.

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NEWS
Monday February 7 2011
Prandelli on the new faces

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has explained his thinking behind calling up new boys Thiago Motta, Alessandro Matri and Sebastian Giovinco.

All three players received their first Azzurri call-ups on Sunday ahead of Wednesday's international friendly against Germany.

Inter star Motta, the latest Oriundo, was expected to be included even though Italy had to get clearance from FIFA given that he had appeared for a Brazilian Under-23 side in his career.

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Sunday February 6 2011
Thiago Motta, Giovinco, Matri for Italy

Cesare Prandelli has named his squad for the Germany friendly, including newcomers Sebastian Giovinco, Alessandro Matri and Thiago Motta.

Italy travel to Dortmund for the international test on Wednesday and the Coach is taking the opportunity to perform a few experiments.

Thiago Motta becomes the latest of the ‘Oriundi' – players of South American origin – to earn an Italy call in recent years.

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Monday January 31 2011
Motta: 'I've spoken to Prandelli'

Inter midfielder Thiago Motta claims he has spoken to Italy boss Cesare Prandelli about playing for La Nazionale.

The 28-year-old Brazilian has Italian citizenship and is eligible for a call up as an oriundo.

"I have spoken with Prandelli and it made be happy," Motta said.

"I don't know if I will be called up but if it happens I will be very happy.

"I've had many joys in football and this would be another one.

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Thursday January 27 2011
Buffon and Cassano back for Italy

Cesare Prandelli has revealed his plans to call up Gigi Buffon and Antonio Cassano for Italy's next friendly match.

The Azzurri are due to face off against Germany on February 9 and Prandelli is currently thinking over his squad.

Buffon has never once been available to Prandelli since he took charge of the World Cup on account of a seven-month injury lay off following major back surgery.

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