NEWS
Tuesday November 23 2010
Sorrentino has Italy ambition

Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino hopes to make Italy boss Cesare Prandelli change his mind so he calls him up in the near future.

The 31-year-old was superb last season and had thought he stood a chance of filling in for Gigi Buffon during the latter's injury lay-off.

However, Prandelli has decided to put his faith into two younger 'keepers in Bologna's Emiliano Viviano and Palermo's Salvatore Sirigu.

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Friday November 19 2010
Decision time for Prandelli

After the drab draw and performance against Romania, Antonio Labbate has concerns about Cesare Prandelli's shapeless Italian side

Amongst the inevitable doubts after Italy's disastrous showing at the World Cup under his predecessor, Cesare Prandelli had one certainty. Desperate to field a team which contained quality, a word he repeatedly used at his official unveiling, his idea was to build a side behind an attacking tandem of Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.

NEWS
Thursday November 18 2010
Prandelli hits back at racists

Cesare Prandelli has told racist supporters they will have to get used to the new world. “My Italy will always be multi-ethnic.”

A small group of fans in the crowd for last night's 1-1 draw with Romania protested against the inclusion of Mario Balotelli and Argentine-born Cristian Ledesma.

They held up banners that read: ‘Italy is for Italians' and ‘No to a multi-ethnic Italy.'

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Wednesday November 17 2010
'I dream of Balotelli-Cassano attack'

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has revealed that he dreams of playing Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano together in attack.

The 53-year-old has never hidden his desire to build his side around Italy's two most exciting and temperamental players.

Unfortunately, Prandelli will not get that opportunity this evening, as Cassano was not called up following his dispute with Sampdoria.

Speaking to RAI Sport ahead of tonight's friendly, Prandelli said: "My most ambitious project was and remains that of seeing Mario and Antonio together.

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Wednesday November 17 2010
Prandelli: 'New boys had difficulty'

Cesare Prandelli admits “there were a few difficulties, especially in terms of character” with Italy's debutants.

“We came up against a very aggressive side. In the second half we had more space to move, but the character was great, as we didn't want to lose and fought to the end,” he said of the 1-1 friendly draw with Romania.

He played four senior debutants from the start – Cristian Ledesma, Andrea Ranocchia, Alessandro Diamanti and Federico Balzaretti.

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Tuesday November 16 2010
Diamanti and Ledesma to start?

It looks likely that Italy boss Cesare Prandelli will start with Alessandro Diamanti and Cristian Ledesma against Romania in Klagenfurt tomorrow night.

The pair featured in Prandelli's 'preferred XI' in Italy's final training session at Coverciano before they catch a flight to Austria later this afternoon.

Prandelli experimented with a 4-3-1-2 formation whereby Diamanti took up a position in the hole behind Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi up front.

Incidentally, Balotelli will wear the No 10 shirt.

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Tuesday November 16 2010
Prandelli gives four debuts

It's now confirmed that four players will make their full international debuts for Italy against Romania in Klagenfurt on Wednesday evening.

As reported earlier today, Cesare Prandelli has experimented with a number of new faces in his final training session and they will start.

Lazio's Argentina-born Cristian Ledesma will make his bow, alongside Alberto Aquilani who returns to the fold after an injury-plagued couple of years.

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Monday November 15 2010
Prandelli: 'I won't abandon Cassano'

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli believes Antonio Cassano must be helped and says that he doesn't intend to abandon the troubled Sampdoria star.

The Italian FA officially started arbitration proceedings to cancel Cassano's contract today for "insubordination and gross misconduct" at Sampdoria's request.

Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone will not forgive the 28-year-old following a training ground bust-up in October and is more than prepared to lose an asset worth £10m on a matter of principle.

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Sunday November 14 2010
Italy: Ledesma and Diamanti called

Cesare Prandelli has called Cristian Ledesma, Alessandro Diamanti, Federico Balzaretti, Andrea Ranocchia, Alberto Aquilani and Mario Balotelli against Romania.

The Italy Coach is taking this opportunity to experiment with his squad for Wednesday's match in Klagenfurt.

Ledesma is the one who stands out, as the Lazio midfielder is from Argentina and has made himself available for the Azzurri.

He joins fellow Oriundi Mauro Camoranesi and Amauri in recently accepting a switch to the Nazionale.

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Friday November 12 2010
Prandelli says no to Cassano

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has admitted that Mario Balotelli, Alessandro Diamanti and Alberto Aquilani could be named in his next squad – but Antonio Cassano won't.

The Azzurri play Romania in an international friendly next week and the new Coach will announce his 23 on Sunday.

"I said that I wouldn't call up players who behaved poorly or who comported themselves violently," Prandelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"When a player has been placed outside of a squad, he can't be selected for the national team.

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