Euro 2012

2011: A New Start For Italian Football

by Niccolo Conte on December 31, 2010 · 3 comments

2010 was a bad year for Ital­ian foot­ball. I tried to think of the pos­i­tives, but very few came to mind. A dis­as­trous World Cup in South Africa, a bad show­ing in the Europa League, and only a Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory (guided by a Por­tuguese mas­ter­mind) which retains some dig­nity for Ital­ian foot­ball. While 2010 […]


Italy Given 3–0 Win Over Serbia by UEFA

by Niccolo Conte on October 30, 2010 · 3 comments

After the Italy — Ser­bia match was aban­doned due to fan trou­ble, peo­ple were unsure what UEFA would do about the entire sit­u­a­tion. But UEFA have decided, and there will be pun­ish­ment for both sides, not just for Ser­bia. Here’s an offi­cial UEFA state­ment regard­ing their deci­sion. “The Con­trol and Dis­ci­pli­nary Body has decided to […]


Preview Of The Serie A Return

by Niccolo Conte on October 16, 2010 · 5 comments

With the inter­na­tional break over, we can now focus back to this inter­est­ing title race in the works called Serie A. While the Azzurri have had a rel­a­tively dis­ap­point­ing inter­na­tional break with their 0–0 draw against North­ern Ire­land, their match against Ser­bia can­celled, and the fact that they won’t be part of the 2012 olympics, […]


Italy vs. Serbia Cancelled Due To Fan Trouble

by Niccolo Conte on October 12, 2010 · 15 comments

I was get­ting very excited about the Italy — Ser­bia game which was sup­posed to be played today, but to my (and prob­a­bly many other people’s) dis­ap­point­ment, the match was can­celled. The game was can­celled because of crowd trou­ble, mainly from the Ser­bian fans’s end. The match’s kick-off was delayed by about 35 min­utes, and […]


Italy To Face Serbia At Home In Important Qualifier

by Niccolo Conte on October 11, 2010 · 2 comments

Tomor­row Italy will be play­ing it’s final match of this inter­na­tional break, a qual­i­fier for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships of 2012 which will be tak­ing place in Poland and Ukraine. The Azzurri will be fac­ing Ser­bia at the Sta­dio Luigi Fer­raris of Genoa, and the Sam­p­do­ria play­ers like Cas­sano and Pazz­ini are look­ing for­ward to playing […]


Northern Ireland hold Italy to 0–0 draw

by Niccolo Conte on October 8, 2010 · 2 comments

A dis­ap­point­ing result for Italy, a 0–0 draw with plenty of wasted oppor­tu­ni­ties from the Azzurri. While there were some pos­i­tives to take from this match, Pran­delli really needs to teach his side how to fin­ish off oppor­tu­ni­ties. The entire team was slightly hes­i­tant, and against a well sup­ported North­ern Ire­land team in their own […]


Prandelli Calls Up Zambrotta

by Niccolo Conte on October 5, 2010 · 11 comments

With an inter­na­tional break approach­ing, we get a chance to ana­lyze the new Italy team which Pran­delli is build­ing. While he didn’t decide to call up Totti, he has included a player from the Lippi-days. Here’s the list of 23 play­ers which Cesare Pran­delli has called up: Goal­keep­ers: Mirante, Sirigu, Viviano Defend­ers: Cas­sani, Zam­brotta, Bonucci, Bovo, […]