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We're preparing to meet Spain in final, says Italy keeper Buffon
Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012 by Dailymail

Gianluigi Buffon believes Italy are good enough to beat England on Sunday night and be crowned champions - but says they might need to study law to do it!

The Italians arrived with a match-fixing and betting scandal in full swing back home.

We're preparing to meet Spain in final, says Italy keeper Buffon
Confident: Gianluigi Buffon thinks Italy will go through

Police even turned up at their training base in Italy demanding to speak to players in the build-up to the tournament, and Domenico Criscito was dropped from the squad as a result.

A total of 19 players from all levels of the game have been arrested.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and team manager Cesare Prandelli even offered to pull Italy out of the tournament to save face, but legendary keeper Buffon is now aiming to win it… providing the lawyers don't get involved, that is.

'We want to win the trophy,' he said. 'But maybe we need to start practising criminal law!

'This is where it starts. We are with the best eight teams in Europe and we know playing England won't be easy but we are ready.

'We are confident because of what we have already done here. Group C was the strongest.
I have a feeling that both ourselves and Spain are going to go a long way here; I wouldn't be surprised if we met again in the final.'

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia