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Monday June 18 2012
FIGC: Prandelli will stay in charge

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has given Italy boss Cesare Prandelli his full backing, regardless of the Azzurri’s result tonight.

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Monday June 18 2012
Marchisio: Calcio not fair to gays

Claudio Marchisio has come out in support of gay marriage, suggesting that football’s perception of homosexuality is unjust.

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Monday June 18 2012
Italy to make four changes

Cesare Prandelli will make four changes to his Italy side for the game against the Republic of Ireland – as well as reverting back to a 4-3-1-2.

The Azzurri had used an unchanged 3-5-2 in their 1-1 draws with Spain and Croatia, but they will go back to the shape they developed during qualification tonight.

Gianluigi Buffon will start in goal behind a defence which will include three new faces for the tournament.

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Monday June 18 2012
Prandelli’s pressing Italy issue

Italy look like they’ll change shape against the Republic of Ireland in their final Euro 2012 group game. David Swan examines the reasons why.

Italy are left in a familiar situation heading into their final group game against Republic of Ireland – relying on another team to help them out with the right result, just as they were in Euro 2008 and Euro 2004.

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Sunday June 17 2012
Prandelli: 'We've worked on changes'

Cesare Prandelli hinted Italy have been working on a return to 4-3-1-2 against Ireland for some time. “I don’t just wake up in the morning and change my mind.”

The Coach held his Press conference in Poznan ahead of the Monday evening encounter with the Republic of Ireland.

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Saturday June 16 2012
Prandelli: 'Why I quit Fiorentina'

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli reveals the Della Valle brothers were the reason he left Fiorentina. “I asked for two Italian players and they bought five foreign ones.”

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Friday June 15 2012
Italy to change players – not shape

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he could make up to four changes to the team that will face the Republic of Ireland – but Daniele De Rossi will remain in a three-man defence.

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Friday June 15 2012
Italy ignored warning signs

Cesare Prandelli blamed poor finishing as the reason why Italy didn’t beat Croatia, but Rob Paton argues differently.

‘Only win’ emblazoned the Gazzetta dello Sport on their Thursday morning edition. The message to Cesare Prandelli’s Italy was simple. Follow up the good signs shown against Spain with a win against Croatia, to ensure that passage to the knock-out stages would remain entirely in their own hands.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Prandelli stands by system

Cesare Prandelli insists Italy may change a few players against Ireland, “but certainly not the system,” as qualification hangs in the balance.

The Azzurri’s 1-1 draw with Croatia today means they have only two points from as many games in Group C, trailing Spain and the Croats on four.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Prandelli: 'Wasted opportunities'

Cesare Prandelli admits Italy wasted too many scoring opportunities against Croatia, but “we can still believe in qualification, absolutely.”

The Azzurri had once again taken the lead through Andrea Pirlo’s free kick only to be pegged back in another 1-1 draw.

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