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Thursday April 12 2012
Balo in the balance

After again making the headlines for the wrong reasons, Giancarlo Rinaldi asks whether Italy boss Cesare Prandelli should take a Euro 2012 gamble on Mario Balotelli.

Cesare Prandelli, I like to imagine, must have picked up his mobile phone anxiously. He heard the familiar chime meaning he had received a message and then spotted the sender's name: Roberto Mancini. He opened the text with nervous anticipation – knowing there was only one subject matter it was likely to contain.

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Monday April 9 2012
Prandelli congratulates Stramaccioni

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has had some words of encouragement for Inter’s latest Coach Andrea Stramaccioni.

Visiting the Nerazzurri’s training complex today as he continues a brief tour of clubs around the country, the CT remarked at how impressed he has been with Stramaccioni’s attitude during his rapid ascension from youth team Coach to head of the senior side.

“I complimented Stramaccioni [when meeting him] because it hasn't changed the way he is,” Prandelli told Inter’s official website on Monday.

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Monday April 9 2012
Italy boss Prandelli forgives Balotelli

Cesare Prandelli says that Mario Balotelli’s latest dismissal did not breach his strict code of ethics when it comes to the Italian national side.

The Manchester City man has been omitted from squads in the past for on-field misconduct, but Prandelli has absolved him for his red card against Arsenal at the weekend.

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Wednesday April 4 2012
Milan and Italy spurred on Cassano

Antonio Cassano’s agent has thanked Milan and Italy boss Cesare Prandelli for the support they’ve given his client.

The forward has now been given the green light to resume his competitive career following heart surgery last November.

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Tuesday April 3 2012
Prandelli looking at Di Natale

Cesare Prandelli visited Udinese’s training ground today, reportedly to request to Francesco Guidolin that he release Antonio Di Natale for training in late April.

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Monday April 2 2012
Prandelli granted training camp

After negotiations, Cesare Prandelli has finally been granted permission by the Lega Calcio to call up players to a training camp later this month.

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Sunday April 1 2012
Prandelli: 'We await Cassano'

Cesare Prandelli admits he will wait until the last minute for Antonio Cassano when picking the Euro 2012 squad.

“We are waiting for Antonio to be given the all-clear by medical staff,” explained the Italy Coach.

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Saturday March 31 2012
Mancini: 'No-one trusts Balotelli'

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini echoed Cesare Prandelli’s words about Mario Balotelli. “No, I don’t trust Mario. No-one trusts Mario.”

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Thursday March 29 2012
Prandelli: Italy could be in better shape

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has admitted that he would have liked more time to work with his national side ahead of Euro 2012.

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Wednesday March 21 2012
Abete: Italy worse off for Euro 2012

The Italian FA’s (FIGC) President Giancarlo Abete has warned that Italy will be worse off without the planned training sessions that Cesare Prandelli wanted.

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