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Friday May 25 2012
At the feet of Balotelli

As Cesare Prandelli admits that he could take all six of his present strikers to Euro 2012, Alex Fusco takes a closer and concerned look at Italy’s attacking options.

The Italian national side can look towards the European Championship with a reasonable degree of optimism, but as Cesare Prandelli whittles down his preliminary 32-man squad selection to his final 23, concern – from outside the camp at least – surrounds his attacking options.

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Thursday May 24 2012
Prandelli could pick six forwards

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli admits that he may be tempted to take all six of his current strikers to Euro 2012.

The tactician was expected to axe one of them when it came to announcing his final 23-man squad, but that may now not happen.

“All six of the attackers deserve to be here,” he stated on Thursday evening. “They’ve really impressed me.

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Thursday May 24 2012
Italy test forward combinations

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli tested out a number of attacking combinations in this morning’s training session at Coverciano.

Assessing 4-3-1-2 and 4-3-3 systems, it was in the attacking departments of both shapes where his selections were of most interest.

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Monday May 21 2012
Prandelli: I know my Italy 23

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says that he already knows which 23 players he’ll be taking to Euro 2012 – but he’s challenged his squad to change his mind.

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Sunday May 20 2012
Prandelli impressed Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini praised his former Juventus teammate Cesare Prandelli. “I’m not surprised he became a Coach.”

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Friday May 18 2012
Prandelli: 'Italy's Total Football'

Cesare Prandelli insists Italy will play “in an attacking style inspired by the 1970s Total Football” at Euro 2012.

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Wednesday May 16 2012
The rise and call of Destro

Mattia Destro was one of a number of surprise inclusions in Italy’s 32-man Euro 2012 squad. Antonio Labbate takes a closer look at the Siena revelation.

The team bus pulls up. Mattia Destro throws his bag into the luggage compartment and climbs aboard. He sits in the same seat as always. Later, he pulls out his iPod, places his headphones over his ears and plays two songs – a Jennifer Lopez number and the Danza Kuduro dance anthem. The striker is ready for action.

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Tuesday May 15 2012
‘Rigoni deserved Italy chance’

Novara boss Attilio Tesser is disappointed that Marco Rigoni wasn’t included in Italy’s preliminary 32-man squad for Euro 2012.

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Monday May 14 2012
FIGC: Prandelli will remain

Italian Football Federation chief Giancarlo Abete has backed the selections of Coach Cesare Prandelli and insisted that the tactician will stay beyond Euro 2012.

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Monday May 14 2012
Italy issue injury update

Italy’s chief medic Enrico Castellacci has given the latest news available to him on injuries to Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi and Riccardo Montolivo.

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