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Prandelli looking forward to Spain duel
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Prandelli looking forward to Spain duel

Jun 23 2013, 3:12am CDT | by

Salvador (Brazil), June 23 (IANS) Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Salvador (Brazil), June 23 — Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals. Brazil's 4-2...

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Prandelli looking forward to Spain duel

Jun 23 2013, 3:12am CDT | by

Salvador (Brazil), June 23 (IANS) Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Salvador (Brazil), June 23 — Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Brazil's 4-2 victory over Italy Saturday has set up a tantalising rematch of last year's European Championship final in Fortaleza Thursday, reports Xinhua.

Only a loss to Nigeria for Spain and a Uruguay victory by 12 goals or more against Tahiti in Sunday's Group B matches would save Italy from meeting the reigning European and World Champions in the final four.

"Matches like these make you grow and if we face Spain we'll try to play our normal game," Prandelli said Saturday.

The 55-year-old insisted he was satisfied with his team's spirited second-half performance against Brazil at the Arena Fonte Nova.

"After halftime we played great. I'm very pleased with what I saw, the way we reacted and had desire to attack deep. Of course against sides of Brazil's quality, you are always at risk of conceding a goal if you make a mistake and unfortunately that is what happened to us," he said.

Brazil, meanwhile, will likely play Uruguay in Wednesday's other semifinal at Belo Horizonte's Mineirao Stadium, if Spain expectedly beats Nigeria.

The Selecao have now posted five wins and four draws since their last loss -- a 1-2 defeat to England at Wembley in February.

"This result (against Italy) gives us even more confidence. We are not going to get too excited because we still have work to do. But today we have beaten a quality opponent which shows we are on the right track," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.

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Werder Bremen interested in Juventus forward

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Werder Bremen are keen on signing Juventus’ forgotten man Sebastian Giovinco this summer. The 27 year old Italian international was a peripheral figure last season at the Scudetto winners, and may be surplus to requirements at the club. Tuttosport report that Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen are interested in bringing Giovinco to Germany this summer and could prepare a bid for the striker. It is reported that Giovinco does not fit into his new coach M ...
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Italy beats Portugal in legends match at BMO

Jul 21 2014 9:23pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO — Italian soccer fans in Toronto didn’t get to experience the "once in a lifetime" opportunity to see one of soccer’s greatest talents, Roberto Baggio. They were, however, treated to a 2-0 Italian victory over Portugal in Monday’s legends match at BMO Field. Simone Barone scored late in the first half and Marco Del Vecchio scored early in the second securing the victory for Italy. The event was focused around the opportunity to see Baggio, who was relega ...
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Italy beats Portugal in legends match at BMO

Jul 21 2014 9:23pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO — Italian soccer fans in Toronto didn’t get to experience the "once in a lifetime" opportunity to see one of soccer’s greatest talents, Roberto Baggio. They were, however, treated to a 2-0 Italian victory over Portugal in Monday’s legends match at BMO Field. Simone Barone scored late in the first half and Marco Del Vecchio scored early in the second securing the victory for Italy. The event was focused around the opportunity to see Baggio, who was re ...
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Mario Balotelli lives in place far from reality, says Cesare Prandelli

Jul 21 2014 8:04am CDT | Source: Football - The Guardian

Former Italy coach hopes Balotelli learns from World Cup I dont not want to be seen as a victim, says Prandelli Co ...
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‘Italy’s technical project failed’

Jul 21 2014 4:34am CDT | Source: Football Italia

Cesare Prandelli has reiterated where he saw Italy’s World Cup campaign fail, as he looks to Germany’s example. ...
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Ghirardi hoping Parma pair stay

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New Juventus coach reassures midfield star over future

Jul 18 2014 5:10am CDT | Source: forzitalianfootball

New Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has moved to reassure star midfielder Andrea Pirlo of his future at the club. As AC Milan coach, Allegri preferred other players in midfield and allowed Pirlo to leave for Juventus in 2011, with the Bianconeri going on to win three successive Scudetti with the Italian regista playing a crucial role in that success. Cesare Prandelli’s Galatasaray were said to be waiting to pounce for the player after reports of a disagreement with Juventus chief executive ...
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