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Italy determined to prove worth, says Prandelli
06/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team are determined to bounce back from their shock 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia and prove they are better than that.The 2006 world champions are on a run of three straight losses without scoring a single goal.Against Russia in Zurich on Friday their defending was particularly haphazard and in truth they could have conceded a bucke... Full Story »
Criscito: Prandelli said he would call me if Italy suffered injuries
05/06/2012 by Goal.com
The defender was cut from the squad after being quizzed by police for his involvement in Scommessopoli, but states the Azzurri coach promised him a place in the event of emergencyDomenico Criscito has announced he is ready to rejoin the Italy squad for Euro 2012 to replace Andrea Barzagli, who appears to have been ruled out of the group stages through a calf injury, and adde... Full Story »
Ivan Helguera has warned Spain to not show signs of complacency when they kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against Italy on Sunday evening.
05/06/2012 by Goal.com
Ivan Helguera has warned Spain to not show signs of complacency when they kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against Italy on Sunday evening.The Azzurri have seen their preparations for the tournament undermined by the Scommessopoli scandal and injuries to key personnel, while they were comprehensively beaten by Russia in their final warm-up fixture.However, Helguera was quic... Full Story »
Italy suffer blow as Barzagli in doubt for Euro
05/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Key Italian central defender Andrea Barzagli is a major doubt for Euro 2012 after tearing his left calf muscle according to the team doctor.The 31-year-old Juventus star - a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup winning squad - will definitely be out for around 20 days according to the doctor Enrico Castellacci."We will do our utmost so that he recovers in time, but that will b... Full Story »
Russia fly to Euro 2012 on a high after Italy win
04/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Russia coach Dick Advocaat said his team were brimming with confidence as they flew out to Euro 2012 on Sunday with a big friendly win over Italy in their pocket and the luck of a relatively easy group draw.The Euro 2008 semi-finalists recorded their first post-Soviet win over Italy in Zurich on Friday - a 3:0 drubbing that made amends for a lacklustre draw with Lithuania i... Full Story »
Spain pressured to retain Euro title
03/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
MADRID (AP) Spain's entire squad has finally come together for the last exhibition before the European Championship, with the defending champions playing China on Sunday.A week later, Spain opens against Italy to start the campaign to retain the title and give the debt-stricken nation a morale boost.Nine players from the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athleti... Full Story »
Prandelli: Loss will only make us stronger
02/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes Friday night's defeat to Russia will only make his team stronger ahead of the European Championship.The Azzurri lost 3-0 in Zurich in their last test before Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine."We have suffered a lot," Prandelli said. "We have made many mistakes and we hope that we have used them all tonight [Friday night]."Russia were bette... Full Story »
Tragedy for Toni as child stillborn
02/06/2012 by Supersport.com
Former Italy striker Luca Toni was struck by tragedy on Friday as his child was stillborn, Italian media reported.Toni, who now plays in Dubai, and model girlfriend Marta Cecchetto were expecting their first child."What should have been the best day of our lives has become the worst," said Toni in a brief statement."Our child has left us before seeing the light of day. We as... Full Story »
Italy 0-3 Russia! Stylish Russia sweep aside Italy in Zurich
02/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Dick Advocaat's side will head into UEFA EURO 2012 on the back of an impressive victory thanks in part to a pair of goals from Roman Shirokov.Andrey Arshavin (left) celebrates with team-mates as Russia defeat Italy 3-0After two consecutive draws, Russia rounded off their UEFA EURO 2012 preparations with an impressive 3-0 win against Italy in Zurich.Both teams fielded stron... Full Story »
Prandelli: Russia defeat could help Italy at Euro 2012
02/06/2012 by Goal.com
Cesare Prandelli believes that Italy's 3-0 friendly defeat against Russia on Friday will be a valuable lesson for his team at Euro 2012.A goal from Aleksandr Kerzhakov and a double from Roman Shirokov, all in the second half, stunned the Azzurri in what was their final warm-up match before the start of the Euros.After the game, Prandelli rued his side's defensive errors, bu... Full Story »