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Italy v Rep of Ireland preview - Pride at stake as Irish hope to halt Italy challenge
18/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Giovanni Trapattoni has named Damien Duff captain for his 100th capKevin Doyle has been restored to the starting line-up as the Republic of Ireland aim to salvage some pride in their final Group C game against Italy.Giovanni Trapattoni's men are already eliminated from the European Championship, having lost their opening two games against Croatia and Spain respectively.Ital... Full Story »
Spain star Xavi in angry blast after Italy stitch-up claim
18/06/2012 by The Sun
WE'LL GIVE 'EM EL ... Spain star XaviXAVI has angrily blasted suggestions Spain will try to stitch up Italy by playing out a stalemate with Croatia.Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon voiced fears of a 2-2 Euro draw between the defending champions and Croatia in Gdansk tonight — which would see the Azzurri go home.But Spain’s midfield star Xavi bristled when asked if they would tr... Full Story »
Prandelli calls for calm amid fears of Spain and Croatia carve-up
18/06/2012 by Dailymail
Cesare Prandelli called for calm as he prepared to send Italy into their make-or-break Group C clash with the Republic of Ireland on Monday night. The Italians need to win to have any chance of making it to the quarter-finals and even then, a high-scoring draw between Spain and Croatia in Gdansk would put them out.Calm down, dear: Cesare Prandelli insists his team must focu... Full Story »
Balotelli injury concern for Azzurri
17/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Mario Balotelli has offered Italy an untimely injury headache after limping out of training on Saturday with a knee problem.The Manchester City striker now faces a race against time to prove his fitness before the Azzurri take in their final Group C clash against the Republic of Ireland on Monday.Balotelli is due to be assessed by Italy's medical team on Sunday before ... Full Story »
Balotelli limps out of Italy training
17/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Errant and talented forward Mario Balotelli limped out of Italy training on Saturday with a knee problem.The Manchester City striker will be assessed by the Azzurri medical staff on Sunday to see if he can play in Italy's final Euro 2012 Group C clash with Ireland on Monday.Balotelli has started both of Italy's previous two games against Spain and Croatia, both of which ende... Full Story »
Italy need a goalscorer, says Ancelotti
17/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Italy will beat Ireland in their final Euro 2012 Group C match said two-time Champions League winning coach Carlo Ancelotti on Saturday but if they are to really be a contender they need to find a striker.The 53-year-old Paris Saint-Germain coach, a two-time European Cup winner as a player, told L'Equipe Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to his mind had got the strategy all wron... Full Story »
Balotelli injures knee, doubtful for Ireland match
17/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) Italy forward Mario Balotelli has injured his right knee in practice, and is questionable for the European Championship match with Ireland on Monday.The Italian soccer federation says the striker has ''a minor right knee problem.'' He'll be re-examined by a team doctor on Sunday.Balotelli has been the target of reported racial abuse in matches agains... Full Story »
UEFA investigate banana thrown on to pitch during Italy against Croatia as possible racism
16/06/2012 by Dailymail
Mario Balotelli was at the centre of another racism row as UEFA investigate claims of abuse by Croatia fans.European football's governing body are examining allegations of monkey chants and that a banana was hurled onto the pitch during Italy's 1-1 draw with Croatia in Poznan on Thursday. Incident: A steward holds a banana thrown onto the pitchThe Manchester City forward, wh... Full Story »
Man City deny Balotelli has joined Twitter despite string of posted pictures of star
16/06/2012 by Dailymail
It could have been one of the biggest headaches facing Manchester City next season - a Twitter account by Mario Balotelli.The striker appeared to have joined the growing band of footballers on Twitter under the name @mbalotelli1990.The account was set up an account on Thursday and has a number of pictures of the Italian - but City have claimed it is a fake.For real? Thi... Full Story »
'Racist abuse' against Balotelli at Croatia game
16/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Mario Balotelli was racially abused during Italy's 1-1 Euro 2012 Group C match with Croatia in Poznan, Poland, an AFP photographer at the game said on Friday.The photographer was situated in the corner where the majority of Croatian fans were sitting during Thursday's match and said he heard monkey noises being directed at the Italy striker.At one point, he also saw a stewar... Full Story »