Posts Tagged ‘Andrea Barzagli’
June 8, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor
Following their 3-0 friendly loss to Russia, all the ingredients are now in place for Italy to stage another fairy tale similar to their 2006 World Cup triumph: a match-fixing scandal back home, their credibility crumbling after three consecutive losses, and questions existing about how the Azzurri hold up against top class opposition, let alone on how they will stage a meaningful challenge for the European finals.
Category EURO 2012, Previews | Tags: Andrea Barzagli, andrea pirlo, Cesare Prandelli, Christian Maggio, Daniele De Rossi, euro 2012, Italy, Jeremy Lim, juventus, Sebastian Giovinco, spain italy analysis, spain italy lineups, spain italy preview, spain italy report, spain italy tactics, Thiago Motta
May 24, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor
For the first time since 2006, the Italian national team can stake a major claim of having a reasonable chance of winning the European finals. Coach Cesare Prandelli has worked wonders with the Azzuri, incorporating a meritocratic squad selection process as well as balancing out experience and vitality by mixing the old with the young.
In such a way, the wisdom of Gigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli are ably complemented by the energy of international upstarts Claudio Marchisio, Sebastian Giovinco and Angelo Ogbonna. With Italy breezing through the qualification process, the nation eagerly looked forward to see what Prandelli had in store for them as he announced his 32-man preliminary squad.
Category EURO 2012, International, Previews, Serie A | Tags: Andrea Barzagli, andrea pirlo, Angelo Ogbonna, Antonio Candreva, Azzuri, Cesare Prandelli, Claudio Marchisio, Ezequiel Schelotto, Federico Marchetti, Gigi Buffon, italy euro, italy euro 2012, Jeremy Lim, juventus, lazio, Marco Verratti, Paolo De Ceglie, Sebastian Giovinco, Simone Pepe, Stefano Mauri