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Spain vs Italy preview - Italy in positive mood for Spain test
10/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Cesare Prandelli has called for a "dynamic, active and energetic" Italy when they take on defending champions Spain whose coach Vicente del Bosque knows a tough test awaits.After admitting that the prospect of facing tournament holders Spain was not causing him to lose sleep, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he would be sending his side out for the Group C opener in Gdans... Full Story »
Balotelli needs to learn weapon of team-work: Prandelli
10/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Mario Balotelli still needs to learn that team-work can be a weapon, according to his national team coach Cesare Prandelli.The sulky 21-year-old looks set to start for Italy against Spain in their European Championship Group C opener on Sunday.But his coach wants the Manchester City striker to understand that good team play can be just as impressive a trait as brillian... Full Story »
Ancelotti: Pirlo & Motta are perfect for Italy
09/06/2012 by Goal.com
Carlo Ancelotti believes that Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is blessed to have both Andrea Pirlo and Thiago Motta as his midfield options.The former Chelsea manager worked with Pirlo during their time at AC Milan, and is currently coaching the Brazil-born midfielder at Paris Saint-Germain.The 52-year-old believes that the two players compliment one another well, and could prov... Full Story »
We don't want another Chelsea.. this has to be beautiful
09/06/2012 by Dailymail
Call it the Chelsea effect. When Thiago Motta, Italy's uncompromising central midfield player, was asked to discuss his team's intentions before their first group game against Spain on Sunday, he did not sweat the niceties. 'We must win,' said Motta. 'Good football is optional. If we play good football, great, but it doesn't matter. Italy have won in the past with catenaccio... Full Story »
Capello reluctant to work in Italy again
08/06/2012 by Goal.com
Fabio Capello has revealed that he is uninterested in working in Italy again, admitting that he feels he has already "done enough" coaching in his homeland.The 65-year-old was linked with Inter immediately after resigning as England boss in February but nothing came of the speculation and the former AC Milan coach is still looking for a new job.However, Capello explained tha... Full Story »
Pirlo fit to face Spain despite sitting out Italy training session
07/06/2012 by Goal.com
Andrea Pirlo caused a stir by sitting out training on Wednesday, but any fears were quickly dashed as the Italy midfielder has been passed fit to face Spain in Gdansk on Sunday.The Juventus playmaker appeared briefly just before the session in Krakow but returned to the dressing room without lacing up after a brief chat with the Azzurri's coaching staff.Pirlo picked up a mino... Full Story »
Decisive penalty against Italy one of the most beautiful days of my career, admits Fabregas
07/06/2012 by Goal.com
Cesc Fabregas has revealed that his winning penalty in the shoot-out success over Italy in Vienna four years ago was "one of the most beautiful days" of his career.The Barcelona midfielder was just 21 at the time but he held his nerve wonderfully well to earn his country a place in the semi-finals of a tournament they would go on to win.Looking back on the game ahead of thi... Full Story »
Balotelli expected to face Spain - Striker 'probably' fit for Italy's Euro 2012 opener against champions
06/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Mario Balotelli: Has an adductor strain but is expected to be fit for actionItaly have been boosted by the news that Mario Balotelli is likely to be fit to face title holders Spain in their Euro 2012 opener.Manchester City striker Balotelli on Monday gave the Azzurri an injury scare after picking up a thigh problem and on Tuesday morning did not train ahead of the squad'... Full Story »
Cagliari's Astori on standby for Italy
06/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has revealed he will bring defender Davide Astori into the squad if he thinks Andrea Barzagli is a long-term injury risk.Barzagli suffered a calf injury in last week's 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia and has been ruled out for 20 days.That has meant the Juventus defender will miss the group stage and Prandelli admits he is now mulling over whether t... Full Story »
Meet Barwuah Balotelli: Italy striker to wear both family names on Euro 2012 shirt
06/06/2012 by Dailymail
Mario Balotelli will have both his family names on his Italy shirt at Euro 2012.UEFA's official tournament list shows that the 21-year-old forward has registered 'Barwuah Balotelli' as his shirt name.All in the name: Mario Balotelli prepares to fly to PolandBalotelli was born in Sicily as Mario Barwuah to parents of Ghanaian descent. His African heritage is now being stresse... Full Story »