Marcello Lippi

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 boss Cesare Pran­delli announced his 23 man squad for the friendly against the Ivory Coast which will take place on Tues­day in Eng­land. Many of the names cho­sen by Mar­cello Lippi were dropped. Pran­delli made some expected changes fol­low­ing the World Cup dis­ap­point­ment with Fabio Quagliarella the only striker remain­ing from the team selected […]


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 […]


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 […]


How Italy Will Beat Slovakia

by Robert Hay on June 23, 2010 · 6 comments

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 neg­a­tives about this Italian […]


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 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, […]