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Italy National Team in the FIFA World Cup 2014

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»Official information: Italy Football Federation, Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, founded 1898.

Italy in the Confederations Cup 2013

Even finishing the Euro Cup 2012 in second place, Italy secured participation in the Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, because the Spaniards, Euro Cup winners, were already qualified to the Confederations Cup for having won the World Cup 2010.

Italy will play at least three matches in the Confederations Cup:

Matches
»June 16th 2013, in Rio de Janeiro: Mexico x Italy
»June 19th, in Recife: Italy x Japan
»June 22n, in Salvador: Italy x Brazil

Qualifying for the World Cup 2014

In the Qualification for the finals of the World Cup 2014, Italy is in Group B, playing against Bulgary, Czech Republic, Armenia, Denmark and Malta.

Matches:
September 7th 2012: Bulgary 2 x 2 Italy
September 11th 2012: Italy 2 x 0 Malta
October 12th 2012: Armenia 1 x 3 Italy
October 16th 2012: Italy 3 x 1 Denmark
March 26th 2013: Malta x Italy
June 8th 2013: Czech Republic x Italy
September 6th 2013: Italy x Bulgary
September 10th: Italy x Czech Republic
October 11th: Denmark x Italy
October 15th: Italy x Armenia.

Italy in the Euro Cup 2012

Italy finished second in the Eurocup 2012; Spain was champion, after beating the Italians in the final match by 4 x 0.
The draw put Italy in a tough group (facing Spain in the first match); the Italians had a streak of difficult games to reach the final.

Matches:
»Spain 1 x 1 Italy
»Italy 1 x 1 Croatia
»Italy 2 x 1 Republic of Ireland
»England 0 x 0 Italy (2 x 4 shoot outs)
»Germany 1 x 2 Italy (semifinal, memorable performance by Mario Balotelli)
»Spain 4 x 0 Italy

Players:
This was the lineup in the final match against Spain (see full squad list with photos): Gianluigi Buffon(GK,C); Giorgio Chiellini (Federico Balzaretti), Ignazio Abate, Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi; Andrea Barzagli, Antonio Cassano (Antonio Di Natale), Leonardo Bonucci; Mario Balotelli (remarkable biography; Balotelli and racism), Andrea Pirlo.
Coach: Cesare Prandelli (since 2010).

Italy in World Cup 2010



Italy qualified to the World Cup 2010 by easily winning the group composed by Italy, Republic of Ireland, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Cyprus and Georgia.

Matches:
In South Africa, Italy had a disappointing performance, playing only three matches and being eliminated early in the stage groups (read captain Fabio Cannavaro explaining Italy's failure):
»Italy 1 x 1 Paraguay
»Italy 1 x 1 New Zealand
»Slovakia 3 x 2 Italy

Players:
This was the line-up in the crucial match against Slovakia (see full squad list): Federico Marchetti (GK) (Buffon was injured); Domenico Criscito (Christian Maggio), Giorgio Chiellini, Fabio Cannavaro (C) (best player of the World Cup 2006), Daniele de Rossi; Simone Pepe, Gennaro Gattuso (Fabio Quagliarella), Vincenzo Iaquinta, Antonio di Natale; Gianluca Zambrotta, Riccardo Montolivo (Andrea Pirlo, recovering from injury).
Coach: Marcello Lippi (since 2004).