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This result confirmed that Euro 2012’s final Italy v Spain will happen again this time at the Confederations Cup semi-final. Neymar, Dante and Fred (brace) kept Brazil unbeaten, Giaccherini and Chiellini sparked hope for some periods of the game for Italy. 
With great rhythm, atmosphere the Confederations Cup in Brazil is living the expectations, hosts Brazil are looking relentless against any team that standing in their way toward home glory, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side looked very good and they are the favourites now to get into the final against Nigeria or …

Puma and Italy officially unveiled their home kit which will be used for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Italy’s captain Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo presented the shirt at the nation’s training ground Coverciano. The new design ‘Azzurri’ shirt features a fluorescent blue colour with an Power graphic fades from bolt to light. The Italy kit will be first worn on the pitch against Brazil this week in Geneva, Switzerland.

The replica shirt is made of entirely 100% recycled polyester and features enhanced moisture management technology through the use of …

Tomorrow sees what could be the defining game for Croatia at the Euros, as they line up against footballing giants Italy. Once again the game will be played in Poznan, at the Stadion Miejski, and if Croatia are able to bag all three points they’ll confirm their place in the quarter finals. Slaven Bilic has to convey to his players that this is a must win game, if they draw or lose then they will have to face world champions Spain knowing that they need a result, a prospect no …

Second half substitute Antonio Di Natale’s well taken goal on the hour mark gave the Italians a deserved lead over defending champions Spain in Gdansk yesterday evening, before Cesc Fabregas restored parity with a neat finish from David Silva’s defence splitting pass just four minutes later.
Spain then had chances to snatch victory against much of the run of play, but Fernando Torres wasted several late opportunities.
Vicente Del Bosque elected to start without a recognised striker, with Cesc Fabregas the most advanced central figure in what was, essentially, a 4-6-0 formation. …

No striker? That’s right Spain started with no strikers as they adopted six midfielders which has worked very successfully for Barcelona. Italy on the other hand opted for two defenders with De Rossi as sweeper so this game could have gone either way. It panned out to be a very mediocre game of football without the flare everyone expected.
Fatigue was what seemed to be holding the Spaniards back as their play appeared very lethargic with no real penetration or purpose in their play. The first real chance came from an …

 
Group C gets under way in Gdansk this afternoon when reigning world and European champions Spain take on a troubled Italian side desperately trying to leave behind its domestic woes, and focus instead on putting together a decent tournament effort. Spain are dealing with their own pressures though, as the price of their remarkable four years weighs heavy on a squad that, in Carlos Puyol and David Villa, finds itself without two if its star performers.
On the road to lifting the 2008 European Championships, Spain triumphed over Italy in the …

When Marcello Lippi walked out on the national side following their disastrous World Cup 2010 campaign, it was clear to everyone that the Azzurri needed a pretty dramatic change of direction. Though Lippi will forever be revered for leading his country to the 2006 World Cup, his leadership had been called into question over his decision to persevere with the same core of players that had served him so well in Germany, often at the expense of promising youngsters such as Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli, and the increasingly insular …

Despite riding into this summer’s European Championships on the crest of a wave of corruption and scandal that threatens to pull Italy beneath the surface of their troubled waters and out of the tournament before it’s even begun, the Azzurri arrive in Poland with a squad that boasted the best defensive record in qualifying, and an explosive strike force that has the potential to cause as many problems on the pitch as they have done off it.
Coach Cesare Prandelli has instilled within his side a robustness that propelled an unbeaten …

‘imbarazzare’ (embarrassing) ‘una baraonda’ (a shambles) ‘disonorare’ (disgrace); just some of the words used to describe Italy’s world cup performance. 
Aside from the collapse of 2006 finalists France; the defending champions’ failure to even get out of their group was undoubtedly the shock of the summer. The pessimistic Azzurri followers claimed that the writing was already on the wall without a ball being kicked and it seems they were right, as their bunch of pretenders crashed out at the first hurdle for the first time since 1974, without a win to their name.
The Italians could be …

Reigning champions Italy were sensationally knocked out of the World Cup by Slovakia, who clinched their place in the last 16 with victory in a match of incredible drama and tension throughout.
The Azzurri were looking to bounce back after two consecutive draws against lower opposition and knew that only a win would be good enough to book a place in the next round. In the days leading up to the game, Marcello Lippi had called for a step up in gear for a game that he knew could be his last if Italy …