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Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has admitted that he will go to bed on the eve of his side's Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Germany and dream of a "wonderful, fantastic evening" in Warsaw for the Nazionale. The Azzurri will enter the last-four encounter as underdogs, with Die Mannschaft having won their last 15 competitive games. However, just hours after captain Gianluigi Buffon urged his team-mates and the Italian nation to dare to dream, Prandelli intends to do just that before the game. "When I close my eyes and dream, I…
Daniele De Rossi has labelled Italy team-mate Andrea Pirlo a genius ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Germany. Pirlo has been the focus of much of the build-up on account of his influential displays to date and Sunday's stunning scooped penalty in the shoot-out success over England. De Rossi has nothing but admiration for the Juventus midfielder but he is keen to point out that Cesare Prandelli's side have many strings to their bow. "When there's a genius player in a team then the opposition will always need…
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon has issued a rallying cry ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final showdown with Germany. On the eve of the country's biggest game since the 2006 World Cup final, the Juventus goalkeeper took to Facebook to remind both his team-mates and the nation that nothing is impossible for those who dare to dream. "There comes a time in life when there remains nothing to do other than take your own path and follow your dreams; this is a duty of every single individual," Buffon wrote. "Too often…
Italy stars of yesteryear share their semi-final memories with UEFA.com as the Azzurri prepare for Thursday's UEFA EURO 2012 last-four encounter with Germany. Italy are hoping to reach the final of this competition for the third time, and the first since UEFA EURO 2000, but Cesare Prandelli's charges first have to overcome the mightily impressive Germany in the second semi-final in Warsaw on Thursday. Azzurri stars of previous tournaments shared their semi-final memories. 05/06/1968 Italy 0-0 USSR (aet, ITA won on coin toss) (Naples) Giacinto Facchetti: In those days there…
Riccardo Montolivo says he is looking forward to facing Germany and insists that he has not been put off taking penalties following his miss in the Euro 2012 shoot-out win over England. The 27-year-old came in as a replacement for the injured Thiago Motta in the quarter-final and gave an assured display before botching his spot-kick in the shoot-out. Speaking to reporters, Montolivo said Thursday's semi-final encounter with Germany will be extra special for him as his mother is German and he speaks the language fluently. "It's going to be…
Italy played 30 official games against Germany that first one was a 3-1 win on 01/01/1923 and last one was a 1-1 draw on 09/02/2011. Italy record 14 wins, 9 draws and 7 loses versus Germany. * Italy not lost to Germany in any competition matches . 01/01/1923 Milano Italy 3:1 (0:0) Germany 23/11/1924 Duisburg Germany 0:1 (0:0) Italy 28/04/1929 Turin Italy 1:2 (1:1) Germany 02/03/1930 Frankfurt/Main Germany 0:2 (0:0) Italy 01/01/1933 Bologna Italy 3:1 (2:1) Germany 15/11/1936 Berlin Germany 2:2 (2:1) Italy 26/03/1939 Florence Italy 3:2 (2:1) Germany 26/11/1939…
Having played a pivotal role in helping Juventus clinch the Scudetto in his maiden season at the club, Andrea Pirlo has taken that exceptional form straight into the Euros for Italy, with some superb displays against the likes of Spain, Ireland and England. A metronomic display full of class helped the Azzurri into the semi-finals at the expense of the Three Lions on Sunday night, a performance capped by a stunning penalty kick that turned the shoot-out in his side's favour in Kiev. It has led the footballing world to…
Cesare Prandelli and Carlo Ancelotti have lavished praise upon Andrea Pirlo after his performance for Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-final against England. Pirlo was at his metronomic best against the Three Lions and after guiding Juventus to the Scudetto while completing the Serie A season undefeated, the two coaches were eager to talk up the 33-year-old's ability. The current Italy trainer was adamant that despite the record-breaking efforts of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the past year, it is Pirlo who deserves to be named World Player…
Italy and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was spurred onto glory against England by a unlikely tribute before the game in Kiev. An artist in his homeland ploughed a field to show show the back of the strikers head. Dario Gambarini has used tractors to similar effect to create images of Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela among others in the past opted to create Balotelli ahead of the big game. The 2,700 square metre piece was created in Castagnaro, near the artist’s native Verona. Rather than show Balotelli’s face, however,…
Gianluigi Buffon has warned his team-mates to not let the success of Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final victory over England get to their heads, as Italy prepare for their semi-final clash against Germany on Thursday. Cesare Prandelli's men progressed to the semi-finals after a frustrating game against England in Sunday's last-eight clash. The Italians dominated the majority of the match but could only see off the Three Lions in a penalty shootout. However, the 2006 World Cup winner insists that he will only celebrate Italy’s success once they win something as…
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