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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has completed a 21 kilometre walk to a monastery in the middle of the night following the Azzurri's progress to the knockout stages at Euro 2012. The national team boss made a promise at the start of the tournament to the monks of the Camaldolese Priory that he would travel to the monastery on foot if his side qualified for the quarter-finals. Prandelli was joined by members of his technical staff and Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice-president Demetrio Albertini for the trip as they left Italy's…
Italy forward Antonio Cassano was grateful for his first goal at Euro 2012 against the Republic of Ireland, after heart surgery in November last year threatened to rule him out of the tournament in the first place. The opening of his account coincided with a 2-0 win for Italy over the Boys in Green which, combined with Spain's victory over Croatia, set up a quarter-final date for the Azzurri against England. "When I was recovering, my first thoughts were to go back to living," Cassano told Sportmediaset. "I've made three…
Italy have been rocked by the news that Giorgio Chiellini has suffered a strained hamstring and is therefore unlikely to play any further part in their Euro 2012 campaign. The versatile Juventus defender limped off during the Azzurri's 2-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in Poznan on Monday evening and subsequent scans have now revealed the full extent of the damage. "Giorgio Chiellini has suffered a strained left hamstring," Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci confirmed on Tuesday evening. It is not yet known exactly how long the centre-half will be…
Giorgio Chiellini lefts the match against Republic Ireland while he felt some pain in his left knee muscle.Professor Enrico Catellacci, doctor of Italy national team said He will be out for quarter finals match 100% but his condition will be test tomorrow to examine how much his left hamstring is damaged. Let's hope we don't lose Chiellini for rest of matches as we will need him so much in heart of defence. Patrick Tehrani
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has praised his side's mentality following a 2-0 victory against Ireland in their final Euro 2012 group match. Goals from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli saw the Azzurri finish runners-up to Spain in Group C, on five points, to progress to the quarter-finals. And Prandelli believes that Italy were worthy winners on Monday and has not set limits for the team if his players continue to show the same winning mentality. "We wanted this victory so badly and I think we deserved to win and progress,"…
Having survived a group stage which was "half very good and half so-so", Italy's Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Cassano are ready for the challenges ahead. There was a sense of relief in the Italy squad as they qualified for the quarter-finals, but also a sense of a job well done after Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli struck unanswered goals against the Republic of Ireland. Three Azzurri players spoke to UEFA.com at the Municipal Stadium Poznan. Daniele De Rossi, Italy midfielder Everything worked out well. We said many…
Italy Wins 2-0 Against Republic Ireland (35` Cassano, 90` Balotelli), while Spain beat Croatia 1-0.By this results Spain gain first place in group C and Italy earns second.Wait for tomorrow to know next opponent. Match Report Italy have qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 as Group C runners-up thanks to a narrow 2-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in Poznan on Monday evening. Cesare Prandelli‚Äôs men were on top for the majority of the first half, and a header from Antonio Cassano ten minutes before half-time gave the Azzurri…
Antonio Di Natale, who netted in the Azzurri's tournament opener against Spain, will make his first start of the tournament after being paired with Antonio Cassano up front. Elsewhere, the expected switch in formation from 3-5-2 to 4-3-1-2 sees Daniele De Rossi return in midfield alongside Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio, with Thiago Motta moved forward into the trequartista role. Federico Balzaretti takes over from Emanuele Giaccherini on the left-hand side of the defence, Christian Maggio makes way for Ignazio Abate on the opposite flank, while Giorgio Chiellini has been…
Poznan, June 18, 2012 -'' I am very peaceful. We have courage and character.'' These the words of Cesare Prandelli RaiSport Speaking to a few hours before the meeting with the Republic of Ireland, decisive race to qualify for the European Championship quarterfinals. coach has explained why it did not send Training: "Trapattoni knows us all too well because I give him other advantages. I'm glad that Xavi has praised Italy, in fact we would go on playing football, the idea is always to build the game.'' Prandelli He reiterated…
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