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How Italy Will Beat Slovakia

Despite Italy’s lackluster performance in their first two group stage matches, the Azzurri have the chance to advance into the next round of the World Cup with a win or a tie plus help.  Some excellent analyses of the Italian team’s weaknesses have been published over the last few days, and […]

The Positives of the Buffon Injury

By now you have undoubtedly heard about the injury to Gigi Buffon and his questionable status for the remainder of the World Cup.  Reading between the lines of the statements coming out of the Italian camp it looks like possibly the best keeper in the world could actually miss the […]

How New Zealand Saved Italy

The biggest “win” in New Zealand soccer history was also a major victory for the Italian national team.  Slovakia was the better club for ninety minutes today, taking a 1-0 lead over New Zealand early in the second half on a goal by Robert Vittek.  The All Whites, who looked […]

Group F Preview – Is Slovakia the Team to Beat?

Manager – Vladimir Weiss Sr. FIFA Ranking – 34 Schedule – New Zealand (6/15), Paraguay (6/20), Italy (6/24) Qualification – First place, UEFA Group 3 Big name player– Marek Hamsik (Napoli) Last time they qualified for WC – Never A quick geography lesson for those who are unfamiliar with the […]

Group F Preview – Can New Zealand Steal Points?

Manager – Ricki Herbert FIFA Ranking – 78 Schedule – Slovakia (6/15), Italy (6/20), Paraguay (6/24) Qualification – First place, Oceania Big name player– Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers) Last time they qualified for WC – 1982 The colorfully named “All Whites” could conceivably be the worst team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.  Consider […]

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 […]

World Cup Group F Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Despite winning their UEFA qualifying group, the defending world champions’ Italy have failed to impress since winning the 2006 World Cup. Many will point to history in warning against reading too much into the Italian’s results, while others will point to the squad’s age as a reason to think a […]

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