Italy’s Mistakes of 2010

by Niccolo Conte on July 1, 2010 · 5 comments

With Italy out of the 2010 World Cup, we have plenty of time to plan for the future and avoid any mis­takes we made in this tour­na­ment. So it’s impor­tant to know what Italy did wrong, the mis­takes that cost us dearly in the World Cup, mak­ing us end up last in the group, behind […]


The Azzurri per­formed poorly through­out the World Cup and waited till the 80th minute of the match against Slo­va­kia to start play­ing when it was too late to make a reac­tion to com­pen­sate for the fail­ures in the pre­vi­ous 260 min­utes of foot­ball. What is most trou­bling is the fact the Ital­ian reac­tion was not […]


Italy Eliminated with 3–2 loss

by Niccolo Conte on June 24, 2010 · 7 comments

What should be con­sid­ered a fair result; Slo­va­kia were bet­ter, and Italy were poor, it’s just as sim­ple as that. In the end Italy ends up right where they deserve to end up, the bot­tom of the table, behind New Zealand, Slo­va­kia, and Paraguay. Italy has not played well through­out their three games, only turning […]


Marchisio, just not good enough?

by Niccolo Conte on June 23, 2010 · 10 comments

Lippi has a strange team of play­ers for this 2010 World Cup, while he’s decided to stick with some of the old guard, we’ve also seen him pick a cou­ple of young­sters. But one thing is con­stant through­out Lippi’s selec­tions, Mar­cello Lippi’s omnipresent affec­tion towards pick­ing and rely­ing on Juven­tus play­ers. This has led to […]


Italy man­aged to draw 1–1 against both Paraguay and New Zealand while fail­ing to impress despite hav­ing seen a lot in terms of ball pos­ses­sion, in par­tic­u­lar against the Kiwis when the Ital­ians had just over 70% in terms of ball pos­ses­sion. Pun­dits and fans alike are debat­ing what has gone wrong for the Azzurri […]


Italy can only draw against New Zealand

by Niccolo Conte on June 20, 2010 · 3 comments

Yet another dis­ap­point­ing result for the Azzurri, while they drew with Paraguay last round of matches, that result seemed accept­able because New Zealand and Slo­va­kia drew as well. But a draw against New Zealand, know­ing that Paraguay had beaten Slo­va­kia 2–0 is def­i­nitely a bad result. Lippi decided to start with a stan­dard 4–4–2 formation, […]


Italy draw against Swiss in final friendly

by Niccolo Conte on June 6, 2010 · 9 comments

Italy have just con­cluded their final friendly before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and it seems like the Azzurri have been asleep for these friend­lies. While a 1–1 draw is cer­tainly bet­ter than the 2–1 loss they suf­fered to Mex­ico, the cur­rent World Cup cham­pi­ons seem pretty ordi­nary before the tour­na­ment kicks off. The […]