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Italy Qualify for Euro 2012

Azzurri now one of the favourites for  the European Championships 2012

After the poor Italian performance at the 2010 World Cup in  South Africa , Italy has already qualified for the  2012 European Championships with  two qualifying games to go and with an impressive tally of 22 points from 8 games with only one goal conceded. The Azzuri qualified for next summer's European Championships with a 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

New coach Cesare Prandelli has certainly delivered the results using 32 players so far of which only 14 were in the final 2010 World Cup squad.

Although Prandelli had already produced good results, including beating World Champions Spain in a friendly match, the team is still struggling to rebuild the trust of their fans.

 For many supporters the  performance at the last World Cup was so disappointing that they are still trying to get over it and struggle to be enthusiastic about the team’s future.

It’s not just in Italy that doubts persist. Italy is now considered  a “trembling favourite” according to the French newspaper “L'Equipe”. Pirlo and the rest of the team are not seen as being at the same level as the Germans, the Dutch or the Spanish or , dare I say it, England.  

Let’s hope for the best in the future!

The qualification matches:

3 Settembre 2010, Estonia –  ITALIA 1 – 2

7 Settembre 2010, ITALIA -  Isole Far Oer 5 – 0

8 Ottobre 2010, Irlanda del Nord –  ITALIA 0 – 0

12 Ottobre 2010, ITALIA -  Serbia 3 – 0

25 Marzo 201, Slovenia –  ITALIA 0 – 1

3 Giugno 2011, ITALIA -  Estonia 3 – 0

2 Settembre 2011, Isole Far Oer –  ITALIA 0 – 1

6 Settembre 2011, ITALIA -  Slovenia 1 – 0

 

Juve have provided 7 of the 32 players used in the qualifying matches whilst Inter, Milan and Fiorentina have each provided 4 players.

The players used, their clubs and number of appearances were:

Goalkeepers:

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) 4, Emiliano Viviano (Inter) 3, Salvatore Sirigu (PSG) 1

Defenders:

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) 8, Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) 5, Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersberg) 3, Federico Balzaretti (Palermo) 3, Andrea Ranocchia (Inter) 3, Mattia Cassani (Fiorentina) 3, Luca Antonelli (Genova) 2, Lorenzo Di Silvestri (Fiorentina) 1, Cristian Molinaro (VFB Stuttgart) 1, Gianluca Zambrotta (Milan) 1

Midfield

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) 7, Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina) 6, Daniele De  Rossi (Roma) 5, Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) 5, Stefano Mauri (Lazio) 3, Christian Maggio (Napoli) 3, Thiago Motta (Inter) 3, Alberto Aquilani (Milan) 3, Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria) 3, Simone Pepe (Juventus) 2, Antonio Nocerino (Milan) 2

Forwards

Antonio Cassano (Milan) 8, Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter) 8, Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal) 6, Fabio Quaglirarella (Juventus) 2, Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) 2, Marco Boriello (Roma) 1, Alberto Gilardino (fiorentina) 1, Debastian Giovinco (Parma) 1

Peter Ciccone

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