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Desperate Italy cling to memories of 1982

June 21, 2010

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Back in the time of tight shorts and second round group stages, the World Cup was very different. Except for Italy that is.

New Zealand draw with Italy in another World Cup shock

June 20, 2010

YEAREND PICTURESNew Zealand could not quite pull off a win over Italy in their second Group F game on Sunday but a 1-1 draw still represented an extraordinary achievement.

Student loses shorts during training

June 17, 2010

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A portly South African student joined in Italy training on Thursday but got more than he bargained for when he lost his shorts trying a diving header and was later asked to step aside.

Ball not to blame for goalkeeping howlers

June 15, 2010


The standard of goalkeeping in the early stages of this World Cup has not been the best but blame cannot lie with the controversial Jabulani ball.

Italy finally get to concentrate on World Cup

June 3, 2010

It’s been a funny build-up to the World Cup for holders Italy.

The words “South Africa” have barely been mentioned in the last week despite the Azzurri being huddled up in an Alpine ski resort trying to get used to altitude conditions.

France to host Euro 2016

May 28, 2010

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Favourites France have been chosen to host Euro 2016 after beating Italy and Turkey.

Should Totti be allowed to make World Cup comeback?

May 5, 2010

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Italy coach Marcello Lippi says we won’t know until next week whether Francesco Totti will come out of international retirement at the World Cup.

Balotelli succeeds Cassano as Lippi’s torment

March 4, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/No sooner had the campaign to get Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano an Italy call-up subsided than Inter Milan’s Mario Balotelli had taken his place as coach Marcello Lippi’s ‘tormentor’.

Like many, Ronaldinho’s World Cup bid may have come too late

February 10, 2010

Ronaldinho has been left out of Brazil’s squad for next month’s friendly with Ireland, making it highly unlikely he will make Dunga’s list of 23 for June’s World Cup.