World Cup 14
De Rossi: Centre-back? 99.9 per cent yes
Daniele De Rossi has admitted today that there is a very strong chance that he will end up playing Italy’s opening game of Euro 2012 in defence.
Balzaretti unsure of future
Italy left-back Federico Balzaretti has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Palermo for next season.
Italy test two tactical systems
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli tested 4-3-1-2 and 3-4-3 systems in this morning’s training session ahead of their Euro 2012 opener.
Ancelotti: Motta perfect for Italy
Carlo Ancelotti thinks that Italy will benefit with the proposed first team introduction of Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta.
Maldini has Italy attacking doubts
Former Italy boss Cesare Maldini thinks the Azzurri may be short of a true centre-forward at Euro 2012.
Donadoni has Euro 2008 regrets
As Euro 2012 kicks off, former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni has looked back to his side’s 2008 elimination by Spain
Trapattoni hopes for Spain-Italy draw
Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping that Spain and Italy draw in Sunday evening’s Group C opening fixture at Euro 2012.
Motta demands Italian desire
Thiago Motta insists that tactics alone will not be enough for Italy in their Euro 2012 encounter against Spain.
Giaccherini ready for Italy debut
The uncapped Emanuele Giaccherini says he’s ready to start against Spain should boss Cesare Prandelli opt for him in a 3-5-2 system.
Capello unsure of Euro 2012 Italy
Fabio Capello doesn’t seem to be overly optimistic about Italy’s chances of success at the 2012 European Championship.
Pirlo returns to Italy training
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo was back in training on Thursday after he was rested as a precautionary measure yesterday.
Pirlo 'has bruised calf'
Andrea Pirlo has slight bruising on his calf, but is not thought to be at risk for Italy’s opening Euro 2012 game.
Platini: 'Balotelli can't walk off'
UEFA President Michel Platini sniped at Cesare Prandelli for threatening to pull Italy out of Euro 2012 and revealed Mario Balotelli “will be punished” if he walks off due to racist abuse.
Pirlo skips Italy session
Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli skipped today’s training session as Italy prepare for Sunday’s Euro 2012 opener against Spain.
De Sanctis backs 3-5-2 Italy
Morgan De Sanctis agrees that Italy should switch to Napoli’s 3-5-2 system, but warns against “underestimating” their Group C opponents.
Chiellini: De Rossi can defend
Giorgio Chiellini says a three-man defence which includes Daniele De Rossi could work for Italy at Euro 2012.
Italy call-up Astori – just in case
Cagliari defender Davide Astori will join up with the Italy squad at their Euro 2012 training base today as cover for Andrea Barzagli.
Italy remember Auschwitz victims
Italy’s Euro 2012 squad visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Wednesday morning.
De Rossi: 'No Euro plans'
Daniele De Rossi warns Italy to take it “one step at a time,” as their plans in the last World Cup went horribly wrong, and relives their last Euro meeting with Spain.
Balotelli hat-trick in training
Mario Balotelli shook off his injury to score a hat-trick in today’s first Krakow game between ranks, as Italy tested out the 3-5-2 system for Spain.
Prandelli sees 'adaptable Italy'
Cesare Prandelli said he’ll wait “until the last minute” for Andrea Barzagli to recover and will use an adaptable system against Spain with Daniele De Rossi in defence.
Allegri: 10 more years only
Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that another 10 years in the game will be enough to take him to early retirement.
Rossi represents good value
Giuseppe Rossi’s agent has again encouraged prospective clubs interested in the crocked star to consider the value of signing him from Villarreal.
Italy rest Balotelli in training
Mario Balotelli only took part in light training on Tuesday in Italy’s final session before leaving for Euro 2012.
Barzagli hopeful of recovery
The injured Andrea Barzagli is remaining optimistic that he will be able to feature for Italy at Euro 2012 this summer.
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