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Pirlo Injured, World Cup Status Unknown

Update – ESPN.com via Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Pirlo plans to be fit by the final group stage match against Slovakia. Add Andrea Pirlo to the growing list of World Cup injuries. The Italian midfielder and AC Milan star could miss an undefined number of matches after suffering […]

Group F Preview – Paraguay

The World Cup is one week away, and if you are a soccer fan, it is hard not to be anxious for the tournament to begin.  In anticipation of the first Group F match on June 14 (Italy v. Paraguay) I will post of preview of the other three teams […]

Why Americans Should Root for Giuseppe Rossi

The name “Giuseppe Rossi” makes American soccer fans shake their head in disgust and Italian fans smile in anticipation.  The 23 year old striker has made the Italian national team provisional roster and, even if he is only a reserve in this World Cup, he will likely star on future Azzurri […]

Rossi Named to Italian National Team

Marcello Lippi announced the provisional Italian national team roster today on the FIGC website (official website notice here, Goal.com English summary here).  Few controversies were expected, as the Italian squad won the last World Cup and looked to return most of that roster.  There were however a few items of […]

Juventus & Roma Hurt By Giampaolo Pazzini Double

Giampaolo Pazzini scored a double against Roma to lift Sampdoria to a precious 2-1 win and more significantly the Azzurri hopeful handed the title advantage to Inter while confirming his club’s European credentials ahead of Palermo and Juventus. With Inter now in the lead, the only match which could see […]

Who Will Anchor The Azzurri Defense?

The Italian national team has been blessed across generations with having some of the best centre-backs to ever grace the game. The list of names stretches back through the decades but in the past twenty years the obvious leaders would have to be Milan trio Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini (started […]

Juve’s Struggles to Hurt Italy in South Africa?

Juventus suffered another defeat which perhaps came as no surprise despite the fact Roma were rather not impressive until the penalty-kick which was converted by Francesco Totti. The Bianconeri did not deserve to lose the match but the players have certainly been struggling despite putting in a better effort against […]

Italy’s World Cup Group

There you have it, Italy in Group F, drawn with New Zealand, Paraguay and Slovakia. A relatively simple group and one Marcelo Lippi should take the Azzurri through with comfort. Group F Italy New Zealand Paraguay Slovakia They begin the defence of their crown in Capetown at the Greenpoint soccer […]

Italy Named World Cup Top Seed

In an announcement Wednesday that will not come as much of a surprise to followers of soccer, Italy was named one of the top seeds for the 2010 World Cup, joining host nation South Africa, Brazil, England, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and Argentina. The big news coming out of this announcement […]

Oriundi And Foreign-Born Players For The Azzurri?

With Brazilian striker Amauri close to becoming an Italian citizen, it looks like Bayern Munich’s Luca Toni will find it quite hard to represent Italy in South Africa. Azzurri Boss Marcello Lippi has hinted on more than one occasion that Amauri will be very useful for the national team. The raging debate is […]

ONE YEAR TO GO: Will World Champs or World Chumps be flying to South Africa?

To fans of Calcio it’s still as vivid as ever: The vision of Fabio Cannavaro lifting the World Cup aloft remains the proudest of Italian memories in a difficult recent history. But with one year to go before the 19th World Cup Final, Cannavaro and his Azzurri have a lot […]

Azzurri Shirts For 2009 Confederations Cup

When it comes to national team shirts, Italy’s are one of the Top 5 in popularity and style.  The Azzurri shirts for the 2009 Confederations Cup are out and all accounts are that they are a throwback to the shirts of the 1930s.  Check it out: The 8th Confederations Cup […]

Italy Meets Brazil Today In London

Kickoff for today’s international friendly will be at 7:45 pm London time, and 2:45 pm on the east coast in North America as the Azzurri take on Brazil in a high profile friendly at the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal Kaka will miss this encounter as well as compatriot Amauri […]

Italy Finalizes Roster For Brazil Friendly

The coach of the defending World Champions, Marcelo Lippi finalized his roster for the massive encounter against Brazil. An omission from the squad is Juventus icon, Alessandro Del Piero. Il Capocannoniere from last year didn’t get the call and neither did Serie A’s leading scorer Marco Di Vaio of Bologna. […]

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Grandstand Vidiprinter Footage

BBC’s Grandstand was a sports programme that aired on Saturdays and provided football fans from across the country with the latest scores running across the screen. In the 80s when the technology, called a vidiprinter, became popular, I remember watching the flashing cursor scroll across the screen hoping and wishing […]

It’s all on the Line Tonight

Tonight will determine a great deal about the health of the US National Team program. I feel the program is ill currently and could be terminally so with a loss tonight. However, the addition of Jonathan Spector for this match gives Peter Nowak a Premiership caliber player to put up […]

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CONCACAF Cup: Mexico’s defense looks surprisingly settled ahead of USA playoff

There’s a sense of creeping dread familiar to Mexican soccer fans, that sinking feeling that occurs when the opposition progresses past the midfield and is driving at the back line: “Oh no. We can’t stop them.” Mexico has a long history of great goalkeepers and defensive midfielders. Defenders? El Tri hasn’t […]