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It's the making of Mario! City's problem boy helping to usher in a brave, new era for Italy
01/07/2012 by Dailymail
As he stood tall, shirt off, torso rippling and the colour of his skin proudly exposed, Mario Balotelli seemed keen to make a point in Warsaw's National Stadium on Thursday.Was it a riposte to the Gazzetta dello Sport cartoonist who had depicted him as King Kong prior to the England match? Was it a final, definitive answer to Italian fans who had racially insulted him an... Full Story »
Euro 2012 final preview - Spain and Italy go head-to-head in Kiev's Olympic Stadium
01/07/2012 by Sky Sport
Andrea Pirlo and Xavi: Italy and Spain playmakers clash again on SundayAfter 30 enthralling games which have yielded 72 goals, the winners of Euro 2012 will be crowned in Kiev's Olympic Stadium on Sunday night as Spain and Italy go head-to-head.Spain, who lifted the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, are defending the title of European champions they claimed four years ago an... Full Story »
Buffon blames Premier League for England's tournament failures
01/07/2012 by Dailymail
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon has stuck the knife into English football by claiming the Premier League harms the national side.Ahead of the Euro 2012 final against Spain, the World Cup-winning goalkeeper believes that the number of foreigners in the Premier League is stifling young English talent.Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in particular have been accused o... Full Story »
Boring? No chance! Spain and Italy gear up for Euro final as Del Bosque promises 'three attackers'
01/07/2012 by Dailymail
The coaches of Italy and Spain, Cesare Prandelli and Vincente Del Bosque, have scoffed at the idea that reigning champions Spain are boring, ahead of the Euro 2012 final in Kiev. Prandelli feels it is Spain who start favourites due to their amazing recent record.cRaring to go: Italy's Mario Balotelli and Spain's Andres Iniesta in training for the final'Spain are the best sid... Full Story »
Special mentality pushes Italy beyond limits: Buffon
01/07/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Italy have a special ability to achieve beyond their means in times of difficulty, according to captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.History is on the brink of repeating itself in the most curious of manners as the Azzurri prepare to tackle world champions Spain in the Euro 2012 final here on Sunday.Italy are just one win away from landing a major title and once again i... Full Story »
Casillas reflects on Spain journey
01/07/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 final against Italy, Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted he still had difficulty taking in the scale of his achievements with the national team over the last four years.The captain of the team that triumphed at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, the 31-year-old is bidding to become the first player to skipper a side to success at thre... Full Story »
Column: Balotelli challenging minds with his feet
01/07/2012 by YAHOO Sport
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The ignoramus who scrawled ''non sei un vero italiano, sei un africano nero'' - ''You are not a true Italian, you are a black African'' - on a wall near the San Siro stadium in Milan. Did he, despite himself, leap off his sofa in delight when Mario Balotelli thumped home his goal for Italy with a powerful nod of his shaven black head and put their countr... Full Story »
Prandelli deflects future talk - Italy boss regards Spain as favourites for Euro 2012 final
30/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Cesare Prandelli: Happy to have guided Italy into the final and is not thinking about his own futureCesare Prandelli has refused to be drawn into discussing his future as he focuses on trying to lead Italy to victory against a 'brilliant' Spain side.Prandelli's contract is not due to expire until 2014 but he is a man in demand after transforming the Azzurri's fortunes an... Full Story »
Silva: Euro 2012 final is win or bust
30/06/2012 by Goal.com
The Manchester City star has stressed that it is all or nothing ahead of Spain's clash wtih Italy on Sunday but is confident that his side have what it takes to winSpain midfielder David Silva believes that Sunday's Euro 2012 final clash with Italy will be nothing like the sides' Group C meeting earlier in the tournament.The finalists drew 1-1 on June 10 before going on t... Full Story »
Proenca named final referee - Webb overlooked as Portuguese official gets the nod
30/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Pedro Proenca: To referee Sunday's Euro 2012 final between Spain and ItalyPedro Proenca of Portugal has been chosen to referee the Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy on Sunday.The 41-year-old took charge of the UEFA Champions League final six weeks ago when Chelsea overcame Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.He has further enhanced his reputation at this summer'... Full Story »