Italy National Team

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  1. shiftee

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    Gli Azzurri Official World Cup Stats

    :goal: Goals
    • Totti - 2
    • Candreva - 1
    • Balotelli - 1
    • Sau - 1

    :assist:Assists
    • Chiellini - 2
    • Abate - 1
    • Totti - 1

    :yellowcard: Yellow Cards
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    :redcard: Red Cards
    • N/A

    (y) Clean Sheets
    • Buffon - 2

    :trophy: MOTM
    • Buffon - 1
     
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    Gli Azzurri - Team News

    There are a lot of question marks and only a few certainties heading into the upcoming World Cup tournament. Manager shiftee has left the door open for many players to make the final squad but he warns that the number of spots are limited.

    Here's what he had to say regarding squad selection:

    "I will not exclude anyone at this time as it is way too early to make final decisions. Everyone deserves a chance to impress in order to make the squad. One thing is certain, age will not factor in when making these decisions. I believe in having a good mix of younger and older players. A lot has changed since the 2006 World Cup winning team but I am very open to including players from that squad if they play well enough during the upcoming friendlies and deserve to be included. I hope there are some, unexpected players, that can rise above and surprise the media, and even myself. If someone like Di Vaio is in top form playing in Montreal, the door is open to him. I won't rule anyone out at this point."

    When questioned about which formation he prefers:

    "The final decision on a formation has not yet been made either. The training ground is much different that in-game situations and we've been trying out quite a few different formations. From various 4-3-3 formations, 4-2-3-1, to 3 and 5 man backfields, 1 and 2 striker formations, we've tried a lot. I really don't think we're going to settle on a formation until we finalize the squad."

    On Italy's chances in Group B:

    "This is a tough group. France has been a top team for a long time. England is very talented. Portugal has the best player in the world. Turkey is a tough team and play with heart from the opening whistle to the last. Belgium, perhaps is the team that is most under the radar in the entire tournament, I can see them making a statement this year. They are a very dangerous squad. In the past, Italy is usually favored to finish at least 2nd and unfortunately, they usually made it a lot more difficult for themselves by needing points in the final game to advance. Although expectations are high, and we are aiming high of course, it might be the same case this year. No game will be easy. This is the World Cup."



    It remains to be seen on whether or not any of the heroes of 2006 are included. The door, as of now, is still open to players such as Cannavaro, Totti, or even the bulldog Gattuso, among other historic players.

    We will find out soon enough.
     
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    Gli Azzurri - International Friendly Recaps 1-3

    Friendly #1
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    Mario Balotelli provided the offense in Italy's first International Friendly match vs Poland, netting a hat trick.
    Italy 3-0 Poland

    12 (9) Shots (SOT) 5 (4)
    50% Possession 50%
    19 Tackles 7
    0 Fouls 0
    0 :yellowcard:0
    0 :redcard:0
    0 Offsides 0
    2 Corners 1

    Match Events

    :goal:Italy: Balotelli (42')
    :goal:Italy: Balotelli (45'):assist:Giovinco
    :goal:Italy: Balotelli (54')

    MOTM: Italy - Balotelli

    Cleansheet: Italy - Buffon
    Italy's first International friendly vs Poland started off with both teams feeling each other out for the majority of the first half. The first goal of the game came at the 42 minute mark, when the Poland keeper couldn't control a rebound from a shot by Criscito. The ball landed at the foot of Balotelli who tapped it by the downed keeper. Just 3 minutes later, a corner kick by Pirlo was knocked away and gathered by Sebastian Giovinco in the box, who then passed it over to Balotelli for the one touch shot into the back of the net in injury time. In the 2nd half, Poland started to generate more chances, but at 54' Italy would catch a break as a desperation clear attempt near the middle of the defensive zone, found it's way to Balotelli who was in between 2 defenders. He turned and went on to split the 2 defenders before putting it past the Poland keeper for his 3rd goal of the game. Poland came close to narrowing the gap a few times, but Buffon came up big. Poland did beat Buffon, but the post preserved the cleansheet.


    Friendly #2
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    Both Totti and Del Piero got the call for the National team.

    Brazil 1 - 1 Italy
    12 Shots 9
    4 SoT 6
    49 Possesion 51
    18 Tackles 16
    0 Fouls 0
    1Corners 1

    MoTM - GK G Buffon 8.1
    :goal: M Balotelli 27' :assist: Di Natale
    :goal: Hulk 90'

    Italy visited Brazil in what would be considered a highly anticipated match up, and possibly high scoring, turned out to be quite the defensive battle. Balotelli put Italy ahead 1-0 27' into the game when he beat the lone defender and headed a Di Natale cross past the Brazilian keeper. A few legendary players for their respective countries came on to start the 2nd half, as Frencesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero got the call for Italy, and Ronaldinho came in for Brazil. The 2nd half saw both teams continue to play very well defensively. Brazil would tie up the game in injury time when Hulk tapped in an easy rebound with Buffon still sprawled out on the ground. Even though the Italians couldn't hold on for the W, this was a well deserved draw for both teams.


    Friendly #3
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    Gianluigi Buffon came up with some big saves throughout to help earn Italy the win vs Ivory Coast.


    Italy 3-1 Ivory Coast

    11 (6) Shots (SOT) 9 (7)
    46% Possession 54%
    20 Tackles 15
    1 Fouls 1
    0 :yellowcard:0
    0 :redcard:0
    3 Offsides 1
    2 Corners 1

    Match Events

    :goal:Italy: Balotelli :assist:Pirlo
    :goal:Italy: Di Natale
    :goal:Ivory Coast: Gervinho
    :goal:Italy: Quagliarella

    MOTM: Italy - Di Natale

    The 3rd friendly for both teams started off with a slower pace. Italy's manager shiftee is well aware of the offensive firepower that Ivory Coast has, especially being familiar with Seydou Doumbia in CSKA. The 1-2 punch up front of Doumbia + Drogba is one of the top pairings in this tournament. Italy would get on the board first though as Balotelli took a short pass from Pirlo, and got himself into space before putting the ball to the inside post and in. Shortly after that, Candreva placed a perfect pass just ahead of Di Natale who took a one time shot past the GK Copa. Part way through the 2nd half, the Italians looked more like Ital-Juve as Del Piero, Quagliarella, and Marchisio were subbed on, giving Italy 7 of 11 players on the pitch that are current or former Juventus players. Both teams continued to play very well defensively. Ivory Coast would pull within 1 when Gervinho fired a shot by Buffon. In the last minutes of the game, Ivory Coast brought GK Copa up into the box on a corner kick, seeing as he had just scored a goal in a previous friendly, but this time weren't so fortunate as the ball was knocked up to Quagliarella who then fired it in from just past the center line to seal the win.
     
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    Gli Azzurri - WCQ 01 Recap
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    Francesco Totti put the game out of reach vs Turkey with a blast from distance.


    Turkey
    0-2 Italy


    3 (1) Shots (SOT) 13 (12)
    52% Possession 48%
    24 Tackles 14
    2 Fouls 0
    0 :yellowcard:0
    0 :redcard:0
    4 Offsides 0
    1 Corners 2

    Match Events

    :goal:Italy: Candreva (56'):assist:Chiellini
    :goal:Italy: Totti (88'):assist:Abate

    Cleansheet Italy Buffon

    MOTM: Turkey GK Zengin

     
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    Gli Azzurri - WCQ 02 Recap
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    Belgium 0-3 Italy

    9 (4) Shots (SOT) 9 (5)
    40% Possession 60%
    23 Tackles 14
    3 Fouls 2
    0 :yellowcard:0
    0 :redcard:0
    2 Offsides 1
    2 Corners 1

    Match Events

    :goal:Italy: Balotelli (25'):assist:Totti
    :goal:Italy: Totti (40'):assist:Chiellini
    :goal:Italy: Sau (75')

    Cleansheet Italy Buffon

    MOTM: Italy GK Buffon

    The Italians were almost caught napping as Belgium rushed into the zone with first possession and crossed it into the box. The close range header was met by a lunging Buffon. At the 25' minute mark, Totti saved the ball from going out and drew defenders out of position before crossing into the box which was met by an open Balotelli header. Italy would get lucky 15' minutes later, probably due to the rain, as Chiellini knocked the ball up to Totti, who then turned and shot the ball from nowheresville, looked like it was going just wide but instead hits the post and goes in past a diving keeper. Sau would put the game out of reach in the 75th minute with a solo effort as if he was trying to make a statement to earn a full time starting spot.

     
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