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.
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 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.
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
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 [.
Spain win Euro 2012 in style - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
EspaÃ±a e Italia estarÃ¡n en la final de la Eurocopa este domingo, los primeros buscando su
tercer tÃtulo en la historia para igualar a Alemania como los mÃ¡ximos ganadores y los segundos
tratarÃ¡n de ganar por segunda vez el torneo.
Las claves para que ambos llegaran vienen de sus sistemas de juego principalmente, de cierta dosis
de determinaciÃ³n al triunfo y suerte, mucha suerte en momentos cruciales de los partidos.
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.
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.
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 atenÃ§Ã£o. Isto porque Angelo Ogbonna, que nÃ£o
chegou a ser utilizado por Cesare Prandelli, foge ao protÃ³tipo do jogador italiano, como
facilmente se percebe pela foto.
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)!
Image via Calcio Nel Cuore
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.
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.
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.