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World Cup Draw Rehearsal & Pot Previews

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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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Prandelli wants Rossi-Balotelli partnership; Costa withdraws from Spain squad; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Latest FIFA World Ranking – Five Winners And Losers

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Latest FIFA World Ranking Five Winners And Losers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The release of today's updated FIFA World Rankings following the end of normal World Cup qualifying saw England miss out on a spot as one of the seeds for the draw.

With that to come in December after the playoffs for the remaining spots have been decided, Soccerlens looks at other winners and losers:

Switzerland

Ottmar Hitzfled masterminded Borussia Dortmund's period of dominance, now he coaches Switzerland.

Balotelli out of Denmark game injured

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Mario Balotelli has been Italy's first-choice striker under Cesare Prandelli.

Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's FIFA World Cup qualifier away in Denmark with a thigh problem.

Former Manchester City striker Balotelli, 23, missed the Azzurri training session on Wednesday and went to a local hospital after complaining of pain.

Wednesday Kickoff: Prandelli could leave Italy post after World Cup; Ronaldo upset with Özil sale; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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 sent home from Brazil with injury, tournament 60 percent less interesting

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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.

Italy v Brazil: World Cup hosts to be tested

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Italy v Brazil
Match 9, 2013 Confederations Cup
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Bahia
Saturday, 22nd June, 2013
16:00 Local Time (UTC 03:00)

Brazil and Italy are set to play each other in the Confederations Cup this Saturday, in what should be a mouth-watering affair.

Confederations Cup : Italy’s National Players Turn Tourists With ‘Christ The Redeemer’

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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 score twice in final 10 minutes to earn draw against Italy

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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.

Cesare Prandelli says he’ll get mohawk like Balotelli and El Shaaraway if Italy win World Cup

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Prior to Italy's friendly with the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Wednesday, manager Cesare Prandelli fielded questions from the media about the likely pairing of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy up front.

If his Milanese mohawk duo manage to lead Italy to a World Cup trophy in 2014, the 55-year-old proclaimed that he would also get a mohican haircut.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli vows to honour Balotelli and El Shaarawy with a mohican if they win the World Cup

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Italy manager Cesare Prandelli says he will get a mohican haircut if his side win the 2014 World Cup. The Azzurri boss is obviously pleased with the initial signs after Mario Balotelli left Manchester City to team-up with potential international strike partner and fellow mohawk devotee Stephan El Shaarawy at AC Milan.

Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho Linked to Managerial Position at AC Milan

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According to ESPN, AC Milan have targeted Jose Mourinho to replace Massimiliano Allegri as the manager of the club.

Milan are rebuilding their squad, putting an emphasis on young talent and are looking for a top-notch manager that has the ability to work with such a project.

Italy Exceed Expectations in Run to the Euro 2012 Final

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Italy Exceed Expectations in Run to the Euro 2012 Final is a post from: Serie A Weekly Italy Exceed Expectations in Run to the Euro 2012 Final is a post from: Serie A Weekly Before the start of the European Championships this summer, many in Italy were feeling pessemistic about the Azzurri's chances, not only with regards to the knockout stages, but towards getting out of the group itself,.

Milan players at Euro 2012: Cassano, Montolivo and Abate left helpless against Spanish storm

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A storm it was. One coloured red and blue with yellow trimmings. This was not the same side Italy faced in their opening game. This was a different team, though they donned the same colours and bared the same names on their back. Spain were imperious, majestic and mesmerising. Their performance will be remembered like [.

Former Reds ace defends Azzurri

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Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa firmly believes that Spain's glorious Euro 2012 final win should not undermine Italy's achievements as worthy finalists throughout the tournament.

Like the Spaniards, Cesare Prandelli's Italians arrived in Kiev unbeaten ahead of last night's title decider.

Spain win Euro 2012 in style

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Spain confirmed their place amongst football's greatest all-time teams on Sunday night with an emphatic 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final. The triumph means La Roja are the first team to ever retain the European Championships crown, and the first to win three international tournaments consecutively.

Etching Themselves In The History Books

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The one in red is a bit good isn't he

Champions, Champions, Champions. That's how the record will read for Spain going into their next footballing assignment. They have reached the pantheon of greatness as they now become the first team ever to retain the Henri Delaunay trophy. A run that started 4 years ago in the same competition, it is unprecedented and in all likelihood, unlikely to be repeated.

Euro 2012 Final Preview : Spain’s Treble Quest, Balotelli’s Record, Andrea Pirlo’s Ukrainian Bread and Italian Wags

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It is with immense sadness that we write our last Euro 2012 preview for you guys, but as written all over Cesc Fabregas's face at yesterday training session, it's about bloody time for that FINAL!

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Confederations Cup Shows How Media Overreacts Rather Than Follows International Soccer

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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 è difficile

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Italia - Spagna: Azzurri senza Balotelli, l'impresa è difficile Di Fabrizio Landolfi Giovedì 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

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Italia - Messico 2 - 1: Buona prova degli Azzurri, decisivi Pirlo e Balotelli

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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

Confederations Cup Recap: Mexico-Italy A Pirlo Balotelli Show

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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

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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.

Andrea Pirlo tries to act like he cares about Italy’s kit launch

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Every man and woman has obligations. Bearded Andrea Pirlo is no different. He is tasked with the duty to fight the tyranny of an unknown menace. To protect the world's depleted facial hair resources. To play football with orgasm-inducing skill. To make wine that gets people drunk in the classiest way possible.

A View From The Armchair: Our Final Word On Euro 2012

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During a fine European Championship finals tournament which had its shocks, the revelation that BBC co-commentator Martin Keown once captained England was possibly the most disturbing shock of all. Keown had as bad a tournament as Ashley Young, a player labelled an "international natural" last month by.

Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Italy – Rampant La Roja Make History In Kiev (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Questioned and criticised for a perceived over-passing of the ball without an end product throughout Euro 2012, Spain produced an outstanding, vital performance in the final against Italy which more than silenced their growing army of critics.

Euro 2012 la final España vs Italia Los invencibles

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España e Italia estarán en la final de la Eurocopa este domingo, los primeros buscando su tercer título en la historia para igualar a Alemania como los máximos ganadores y los segundos tratarán de ganar por segunda vez el torneo.
Las claves para que ambos llegaran vienen de sus sistemas de juego principalmente, de cierta dosis de determinación al triunfo y suerte, mucha suerte en momentos cruciales de los partidos.

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Azzurri Focus: Maltese Workday In Order

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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

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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.

Azzurri Focus: Milan Five Called Up By Prandelli

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Azzurri Focus: Milan Five Called Up By Prandelli is a post from: Serie A Weekly Azzurri Focus: Milan Five Called Up By Prandelli is a post from: Serie A Weekly Five Milan players have been called up by Italian coach Cesare Prandelli. The Azzurri play a International friendly against Brazil on Thursday and then a World Cup qualifier against Malta five days later.

Ogbonna, o outro “colored” da Itália

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Na hora de confortar os atletas italianos que estiveram em campo no desaire contra a Espanha na final do Euro, houve um jogador que me chamou a atenção. Isto porque Angelo Ogbonna, que não chegou a ser utilizado por Cesare Prandelli, foge ao protótipo do jogador italiano, como facilmente se percebe pela foto.

Soccerlens’ Euro 2012 Awards: The best and the worst from Ukraine and Poland

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Spain set a new world record on Sunday night by winning their third consecutive international trophy, with a commanding 4-0 win over Italy in Kiev confirming their place in history.

The Rest

Pfeffer on time in Germany, MLS Cup final notes, World Cup draw news, Mandela’s passing, more

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Zach Pfeffer on his time in Germany and goals for 2014. News and notes ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final. World Cup draw today. Sporting world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. More news.

Argentina: Convocados de Sabella vs Perú y Uruguay.

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Alejandro Sabella (DT) hizo pública la lista de convocados para la última doble fecha de eliminatorias mundialistas (2014), a jugarse el 11.10.2013 vs Perú (Buenos Aires) y el 15.10.2013 vs Uruguay (Montevideo).
Ya clasificada, Argentina no contará 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 selección italiana.

Calcio Confidential: Momentous Moments and Social Media Shenanigans

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A lot can happen over an international break – 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)!

Image via Calcio Nel Cuore

A momentous moment, indeed – and one particular player had two reasons to celebrate.

Confederations Cup Review: Illustrious Italians prove they can be a threat in Brazil 2014

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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.

Previa México vs Italia confederaciones 2013

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Solo las dos primeras de grupo pasarán a semifinales. Por eso, un paso en falso ahora dejaría a la desafortunada perdedora a merced de Brasil y Japón en los otros dos encuentros de la fase de liguilla.Méxicotiene a su favor una dilatada experiencia en este certamen,Italiala confianza. En once choques directos, los americanos solo se han impuesto a los europeos en una ocasión, la última hasta la fecha, un amistoso celebrado en 2010 (1-2).

Serie A Weekly With Five-A-Day Football Tuesday May Two-Eight

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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 – 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.

Juventus Coach Antonio Conte Given 10-Month Ban For His Part In Italian Match-Fixing Scandal

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By Chris Wright

After leading the club to a flawless Serie A victory last season, Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months after being found guilty of failing to report match-fixing that was going on under his nose at former club Siena (then of Serie B) back in 2010/11.

Del Bosque happy to meet Italy again

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The two sides had been drawn in Group C early on in the tournament. They played each other in their opening fixture and drew 1-1 and the Azzurri subsequently went on to draw against Croatia in their next game.

This meant that Italy needed a favourable result between Spain and Croatia in the final group game in order to progress.