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.