July 6, 2010
After the humiliating experience in South Africa, la Nazionale arrived home with little left intact. Finishing bottom of a group containing Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand, it is the latest in a line of embarrassments that face the Azzurri. With Marcello Lippi and several of his old-guard hanging up their national boots, it is well and truly the end of an era.
June 21, 2010
Another game, another disappointing draw. The world expected the Azzurri to overcome the All Whites with relative ease, while la Nazionale tifosi remained cautious as to whether they could chalk up their first win of 2010. Having dominated the opposition for the second game in a row, failure to break down a stubborn defence has cost Marcello Lippiâ€™s men dearly and now a must win game against Slovakia lies ahead.
June 15, 2010
After months of anticipation, the Azzurriâ€™s World Cup campaign in South Africa kicked off last night, resulting in a 1-1 draw with Paraguay. As the incessant jibes at this â€˜oldâ€™ Italy got well under way, the world was quick to criticise a poor showing from Marcello Lippiâ€™s men...however having been prepared for a less than convincing performance, most Italians will be quietly pleased and confident for the remainder of the group stages.
June 9, 2010
Four goals in twenty internationals isnâ€™t a statistic that would strike fear into many defences this summer. However, having shown what he is capable of against Switzerland in the final pre-World Cup friendly for the Azzurri, Fabio Quagliarella is a man with something to prove, and the stage is set for him to leave his mark.
June 2, 2010
As the deadline loomed last night, Marcello Lippi selected the 23 men that will attempt to defend La Nazionaleâ€™s World Cup crown in South Africa in just over a weekâ€™s time. The biggest shock was the inclusion of Fabio Quagliarella, at the expense of Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi who misses out.
May 19, 2010
As the final 23-man squad begins to take shape, Marcello Lippi axed both Fabio Grosso and Andrea Candreva this week to whittle his squad down to 28. It came as no surprise that the latter failed to make the cut having failed to impress since his mid-season move to Juventus. However, where Lippi has caused debate is the admission of 2006 hero Grosso. Having scored the extra-time winner against hosts Germany in the semi-final, and then going on to convert the winning penalty in the final, has Lippi made the right decision?
April 22, 2010
49 days, 2 hours and 36 minutes. At the time of writing, that is all that stands between Italy and the commencement of the biggest showpiece in world football. La Coppa del Mondo. As Marcello Lippi begins to construct his squad for South Africa, Italians across the country and beyond will await his decisions with much anticipation and in the hope that the wily old tactician will once again lead the Azzurri to glory for a fifth time.