Posts Tagged ‘italy euro 2012’
June 28, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor
The Azzurri are defying the odds yet again at Euro 2012. The naysayers had a field day approaching the tournament in Poland and Ukraine after three straight losses and a match-fixing scandal back home threw off Cesare Prandelli’s preparations, but the team has roared back in reply to surge towards the semi-finals, often giving as good as they got.
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