The stars aligned perfectly for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as they were able to name former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Italian national team. Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli who resigned at the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil after seeing his Azzurri side fail to progress from a group which also contained England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Perhaps surprisingly, Antonio Cassano has never played a single minute of World Cup football, with his inclusion in Italy's 2014 squad being the Parma striker's first ever call-up to an Azzurri World Cup squad.
Now aged 31, Cassano has admitted that he thought his chance to appear at a World Cup had passed, but thanks to a serious show of dedication he was able to persuade coach Cesare Prandelli that he was worth taking to Brazil largely due to him scoring 12 goals and dropping 10kg over the course of the 2013/14 season.
After falling short of the knockout round for the second straight World Cup,the Italian national team has announced the man they hope will guide them back to the heights of the team's2006 World Cup triumph.
Antonio Conte has been named manager of the Italian national team after the team partedways with former manager Cesare Prandelli shortly following the World Cup.
Former Juventus coach, Antonio Conte, has been appointed as the new coach for the Italian national team, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed today. Since the unexpected resignation of former Italian coach, Cesare Prandelli, in the wake of their dismal World Cup 2014 group stage elimination, the position had remained vacant.
Well that did not take long. Just minutes after seeing his team lose to to Uruguay on Tuesday and fail to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli resigned.
Prandelli stepped down in his post-match news conference.
"Above and beyond, at the end of the match, I spoke to the president of the federation, and because the technical plan is under my responsibility, I have told them that I am going to resign from my position because when the technical plan and strategy fails, it is only fair for the person in question to take responsibility," Prandelli said.
Cesare Prandelli's decision to resign in the wake of the Azzurri's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay was a noble one, premised on the idea that he was responsible for Italy's poor showing in the World Cup. Setting aside his tenure as the Italian coach this cycle, if we focus on this match, then it was the correct decision to shoulder the blame.
After a controversial 1-0 loss to UruguayTuesday in the Group stages of the World Cup, Italian manager Cesare Prandelli has resigned from his position. His Italian squad came in third in the group after two consecutive losses against Costa Rica and Uruguay.
In 2010, Prandelli replaced Marcelo Lippi as head coach of the Azzurri after the 2006 World Cup.
It's the definition of premature to say a team can win it all after one game. Even after one strong performance against a good team. Even if said performance was in an environment in which the temperature rivaled that of a sauna.
It's premature, and yet I'm trudging along with the point anyway.
In the blistering heat and humidity in the Amazonian city of Manaus, Italy will take on England to open up their 2014 World Cup campaign.
The Italians will be looking to rebound after a disappointing performance in the 2010 World Cup where they earned only two points against a weak group, consisting of Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand, and failed to advance past the group stage for the first time since 1974.
After the 2010 South African World Cup sham, Italy arrives at the World Cup as the Euro 2012 runners-up and one of the most talented teams in the tournament. The Azzurri will play into the group D, together with England, Costa Rica and Uruguay.
On the eve of the first game against England, Italians have been debating a lot over Cesare Prandelli's choices.
Italy's winless streak is continuing at the worst possible time.
On Saturday evening at Craven Cottage, two weeks on the dot from their World Cup opener versus England, Italy made it six games without a win as they settled for a 0-0 draw againstIreland. Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli opted to rest his starters in favor of young, up-and-coming talent and fringe players just one day before the deadline to name his 23-man roster for Brazil.
With the World Cup in Brazil just weeks away, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has some extremely difficult decisions on his hands. Italy is considered by many to be a dark horse, but some (self-included) even consider them to be a serious threat to win. The Azzurri face a demanding group that features England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, and there is a possibility that Italy may fail to get out of the group stage for the second straight World Cup.
A rehearsal was held for the 2014 World Cup draw taking part on Friday in Bahia, which meant a simulated draw was whipped out of the bowls or hats or whatever the hell they'll use. Judging by that draft draw, there are a lot of federations which won't be sleeping tonight. There was one Group of Death, which included Brazil, Italy, and France with Australia for the parting gifts.
Italy National Team head coachCesare Prandelli is planning on going with a new striker partnership when his side take on Germany in Milan on Friday.
With the return to fitness after two serious knee injuries and his red-hot scoring form for Fiorentina, Prandelli told reporters in Italy that he'd like to start Guiseppe Rossi alongside Mario Balotelli for the match against the Germans.
Cesare Prandelli, who lead Italy to second-place at the 2012 European Championships, could leave his managerial post with the Italian National Team following the 2014 World Cup, according to reports in Italy.
The 56-year-old head coach has been in charge of a rejuvenated Italy side, one that also finished in third-place at the Confederations Cup this summer, but he could be off to a new challenge come July, 2014.
Mario Balotelli has been sent home from the Confederations Cup with a thigh injury ahead of Italy's semifinal revenge match against Spain and suddenly the heavily protested tournament doesn't seem worth playing anymore. Balotelli had already been ruled out of Italy's attempt to improve on their 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 final, so manager Cesare Prandelli decided to send him home so as not to risk further damage to his thigh or anything else that could be damaged by an unoccupied Mario Balotelli.
The Italian national team arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the Confederations Cup four days ago. Naturally, Cesare Prandelli's men have settled in and done the tourist rounds! Their first stop this morning was the city's iconic 'Christ the Redeemer' or 'Cristo Redentor' statue, which is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world.
Haiti shocked Italy by coming up with equalizer in the second minute of injury time to earn a 2-2 draw in Rio. It was Italy's final warm-up match before they take part in the Confederations Cup and though they started with a very experimental line-up, manager Cesare Prandelli still called the result "an embarrassment.
World Cup Focus Final Look At Team Italy Before England is a post from: Serie A Weekly World Cup Focus Final Look At Team Italy Before England is a post from: Serie A Weekly It has been a long four years since the putrid results of South Africa and while the memory of that tournament may still haunt some players, this tournament should leave a better taste in their mouths.
Confederations Cup Recap: Mexico-Italy A Pirlo Balotelli Show is a post from: Serie A Weekly Confederations Cup Recap: Mexico-Italy A Pirlo Balotelli Show is a post from: Serie A Weekly A sublime free-kick from Andrea Pirlo and a second half strike from Mario Balotelli allowed Italy to kick-off their Confederations Cup campaign on a winning note.
2013 Confederations Cup Brazil Step One Defeat Mexico For Italy is a post from: Serie A Weekly 2013 Confederations Cup Brazil Step One Defeat Mexico For Italy is a post from: Serie A Weekly Italy kick off their 2013 Confederations Cup campaign with a tricky tie against Mexico on Sunday. The Azzurri are coming off two disappointing draws but are still favourites to win their.
Azzurri Focus: Maltese Workday In Order is a post from: Serie A Weekly Azzurri Focus: Maltese Workday In Order is a post from: Serie A Weekly Italy recommence their World Cup qualifying campaign with a trip to the National Stadium in Malta Tuesday evening. Italy are currently top of a tough Group B, one point ahead of Bulgaria and with a game in hand.
Italy verse Brazil Recap: Nothing Friendly is a post from: Serie A Weekly Italy verse Brazil Recap: Nothing Friendly is a post from: Serie A Weekly Mario Balotelli produced a moment of brilliance to earn the Azzuri a 2-2 draw against Brazil on Thursday evening in Geneva. These two powerhouses of world football have produced memorable encounters through the years.
Dopo una lunga attesa siamo ora a conoscenza dei 30 pre-convocati di Cesare Prandelli per i Mondiali in Brasile. I calciatori scelti dal tecnico azzurro si raduneranno a Coverciano il 19 Maggio p.v. (entro il 2 Giugno la lista definitiva, ndr). Non sono mancate le sorprese nè, tantomeno, le esclusioni eccellenti.
The media narrative constantly changes when it comes to international soccer. Previously, we've been subjected to massive over-reaction to every Spanish triumph, but now as we sit two days removed from Spanish defeat at Maracana, we are hearing about how Spain was never that dominant and how a European country cannot win in South America.
Italia - Spagna: Azzurri senza Balotelli, l'impresa Ã¨ difficile Di Fabrizio Landolfi GiovedÃ¬ sera la nazionale italiana, guidata da Cesare Prandelli, giocher la semifinale di Confederations Cup contro la Spagna campione d'Europa e del mondo, allo stadio Castelao di Fortaleza. Gli azzurri sono chiamati a compiere un'impresa davvero difficile, di fronte agli stessi avversari con cui un
Italia - Messico 2 - 1: Buona prova degli Azzurri, decisivi Pirlo e Balotelli Di Fabrizio Landolfi Domenica sera l'Italia di Cesare Prandelli ha fatto il suo esordio nella Confederations Cup, vincendo 2-1 contro il Messico al Maracan di Rio de Janeiro. Gli azzurri sono andati in vantaggio al 27' grazie all'ennesima prodezza su punizione di uno straordinario Andrea Pirlo, per poi subire il
It's summer, Manchester United are looking for a midfielder, their new manager is a Dutchman. Step forward, Wesley Sneijder. Yes, that Wesley Sneijder, the man who, alongside Ezequiel Garay, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for the last four summers is again at the centre of speculations.
Alejandro Sabella (DT) hizo pÃºblica la lista de convocados para la Ãºltima doble fecha de eliminatorias mundialistas (2014), a jugarse el 11.10.2013 vs PerÃº (Buenos Aires) y el 15.10.2013 vs Uruguay (Montevideo). Ya clasificada, Argentina no contarÃ¡ con la presencia de Lionel Messi (lesionado) en cuya plaza fue nombrado Mauro Icardi (Inter), quien fuera tentado por el entrenador Cesare Prandelli para formar parte de la selecciÃ³n italiana.
A lot can happen over an international break â€“ and this one was no exception. On Tuesday, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, gli Azzurri defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 to secure their berth to Brazil. The Azzurri have officially qualified for the World Cup (as if there was any doubt)!
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A momentous moment, indeed â€“ and one particular player had two reasons to celebrate.
The 2013 Confederations Cup has been run and won. Despite not clinching the title, the Azzurri have left a solid enough impression to indicate that they will be a genuine contender at next year's World Cup finals...
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After soaking up and reviewing what undoubtedly was the most talked about Confederations Cup, there were a number of key talking points to emerge.
Serie A Weekly With Five-A-Day Football Tuesday May Two-Eight is a post from: Serie A Weekly Serie A Weekly With Five-A-Day Football Tuesday May Two-Eight is a post from: Serie A Weekly Reason number 1,465 why you should watch what you Tweet â€“ Cesare Prandelli has admitted he will drop Pablo Osvaldo from the national team picture due to his Tweet war with his head coach, according to Forza.