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Spain extends lead atop FIFA rankings, Italy 6th
04/07/2012 by YAHOO Sport
ZURICH (AP) -- Spain's successful defense of the European Championship extended its lead atop FIFA's world rankings, and runner-up Italy climbed six places to No. 6.The United States fell eight places to No. 36.The surge in points for European teams dropped Brazil six places to No.11, its worst position since the rankings began in 1993. The 2014 World Cup host was hurt by no... Full Story »
Balotelli to take paternity test after baby claim
04/07/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Manchester City and Italy star Mario Balotelli told Italian press Wednesday that he will take a paternity test after his former fiancee claimed that she was pregnant with his child.Raffaella Fico, a 24-year-old television celebrity and underwear model, told Wednesday's edition of the weekly Chi that she was expecting Balotelli's baby."Once I have proof of my paternity, I wil... Full Story »
Italy can reach the final at World Cup 2014 ... and here is how
04/07/2012 by Goal.com
The manner in which the adventure ended will take some getting over. Italy left Kiev in the early hours of Monday morning without the Henri Delaunay trophy amongst their carry-on luggage, having been handed a good old-fashioned spanking by the irrepressible Spain.But once the initial regrets are washed away in a few days time, Cesare Prandelli and the FIGC will be able to se... Full Story »
Johan Cruyff: I enjoyed Italy and I'm a big fan of Del Bosque's Spain
04/07/2012 by Goal.com
Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff praised both Euro 2012 finalists for their style of football after Spain defeated Italy in the final to win the tournament.The former Barcelona player and coach was at the forefront of the development of Total Football at Ajax and reached the final of the 1974 World Cup with Oranje, but this year he saw his country finish bottom of Group B i... Full Story »
Sampdoria announce Ferrara as new coach
03/07/2012 by Supersport.com
Italy Under-21 coach Ciro Ferrara will be the new Sampdoria manager next season, the Serie A club said on Monday.Speculation had grown in the Italian media that Ferrara, a former Napoli and Juventus defender, was favourite to take the job after former Liverpool and Inter Milan coach Rafa Benitez turned down an offer from the newly promoted Genoa club."The news has been in th... Full Story »
Balotelli to become a father
03/07/2012 by Goal.com
Italy striker Mario Balotelli was told he was to become a father hours before scoring twice against Germany in the semifinals of Uefa Euro 2012™, Italian media reported on Monday. The Manchester City player's girlfriend Raffaella Fico told weekly celebrity gossip magazine “Chi: “"I called Mario while he was with the national team before the match with Germany and I said t... Full Story »
Prandelli: Italy must not make 'one step forward and two steps back'
03/07/2012 by Goal.com
The trainer is happy with the Azzurri’s displays during the tournament, despite losing to Spain in the final, and believes playing well is the key to getting results in the futureCesare Prandelli insists Italy must make sure their run to the Euro 2012 final was no flash in the pan by pressing on with their development.The Azzurri proved many of their doubters wrong by reachin... Full Story »
Redknapp: Spain made it look easy
02/07/2012 by espnstar
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has compared the current Spanish squad to the Brazilian team that won the 1970 World Cup.Despite many predicting their Italian opponents to give them a tough fight in the Euro 2012 finals, it was Spain who strolled to the podium after out-passing Cesare Prandelli's men to record a 4-0 victory.Calling on his years of midfiel... Full Story »
Balotelli will learn
02/07/2012 by Sky Sport
Italy striker left devastated by final defeat in KievMario Balotelli: Left to rue what might have been after defeat to SpainItaly coach Cesare Prandelli believes Mario Balotelli will emerge stronger after the shattering defeat by Spain.The Azzurri conceded twice in each half as they were overpowered 4-0 by the defending champions in Kiev.It left Balotelli in despair after h... Full Story »
Prandelli praises players
02/07/2012 by Sky Sport
Italy boss says Spain were fresher than his well-beaten sideCesare Prandelli: Believed his players had not recovered sufficiently for the finalCesare Prandelli praised his Italy side despite losing the Euro 2012 final to history-making Spain on Sunday.The champions came flying out of the blocks and deservedly took a 14th minute lead via David Silva before Jordi Alba the... Full Story »