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Italy Rocked By Another Match Fixing Scandle

BoundFormer Italy striker Giuseppe Signori was among 16 people arrested for in the latest match-fixing scandal to rock Italian football. in a co-ordinated sting by Italian police on Wednesday.

The current scandal is focused on ex Serie A players and current players from both Serie B and Serie C as well as club directors from the lower leagues, all suspected of being part of an organisation that rigged games to fix bets.

Eighteen matches are under investigation including this season’s Serie A encounter between Inter Milan and Lecce, while matches involving newly promoted Siena and Atalanta are also being investigated.

Serie A

Gloomy Day In Italy As The Azzzurri Hits White Walls

Another intriguing match showed at the 2010 World Cup as the raining world champion Italy challenged New Zealand, a match that on paper looked to be an easy game for gli Azzurri turns out to be a disaster as they fail to get the three points from the Oceania representative. It was pretty much a horrible game played by Marcello Lippi’s side as they fell down first through another scrappy dead ball situation, which was not that different from the goal they conceded against Paraguay.

Unlike the previous game, Italy did manage to get level before the second half however after Iaquinta’s perfect penalty gli Azzurri never seems to pick up the pace and tempo needed to unlock the all Whites tough defense. As I already mentioned after their game against Paraguay, Marcello Lippi’s side is dying for some creative spark to connect the midfield and attack, this game now gives more vivid evidence of that needs.

Serie A

Azzuri Needs Creativity To Qualify

The Italian national team started their first game in the World Cup with a 1-1 draw against South American counterparts Paraguay despite having more of the ball possession. On paper the result isn’t actually something horrible for the Azzurri, however there were some negative aspects that needs to have a close attention from Marcello Lippi if he still expect his team going far in the tournament such as the lack of creativity, sharpness and Buffon’s injury.

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2010 World Cup Preview: Italy

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The Team: Those of you who were exposed to my Japan preview recently have heard enough about the Mario Bros., so I will spare you further Italian stereotypes. Instead, I will educate you about the Italian National Soccer Team, or as they are known in their homeland, the Azzurri. They’ve been to the World Cup 16 times, and they won the whole damn thing 4 times. Their goalies are stoic. Their defenders are solid. Their slippery mids and forwards… greasy?


Italy edges the US in Confederation Cup Action – Day 2

Italy came from behind to defeat the United States 3-1 in their opening Confederations Cup match in Pretoria, with American born Giuseppe Rossi scoring twice to beat a gallant 10 man U.S. team.

The U.S. had been reduced to 10 men when Ricardo Clark was sent off on 33 minutes for an ill-timed lunge on Gennaro Gattuso. The tackle was a foul, but it did not warrant a straight red card,

But then the US went 1-0 up when Jozy Altidore was fouled by Giorgio Chiellini in the penalty area and Landon Donovan stroked home for 1-0 half-time lead.

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It’s U.S. v Italy Today

The U.S. gets involved in Confederations Cup action Monday with a game against the World Cup holders. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Telefutura with a 2:25 ET kickoff.

“Italy is going to be favored,” U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra said. “The pressure will be on them, and we want to go out there and show that we can play with them and get a good result. Any time you get a chance to play Italy or another top team like the ones we will be facing is great. This is how you challenge yourself, and it’s what you measure yourself against. These are the best teams in the world and we want to see how we rate against them. It’s a good challenge for our team.”


Ronnie In Brazil Squad For Italy Friendly

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Ronaldinho, dropped by Brazil last year following a loss of form, has been recalled by coach Dunga for Brazil’s friendly against Italy. The AC Milan forward had been left out of Brazil’s last three games following a dismal display in their goalless draw at home to Bolivia in September. 

Striker Adriano, banned for three domestic matches on Monday for punching an opponent during an Italian Serie A game on Sunday, was also called up.

The Brazil v Italy friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium on February 10, will be the first meeting between the two sides since a 3-3 draw in France in 1997.


Brazil versus Italy at Emirates Stadium

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Two of the biggest powers in International football will square off against each other on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Emirates Stadium in London. Kick-off is set for 7.45pm. 

The match, a repeat of the 1994 World Cup final, matches two nations who have won an incredible nine World Cup victories between them. Brazil have made seven World Cup Final appearances in their history, winning five, with Italy winning four of their six World Cup Final appearances, including their victory in the last tournament in Germany in 2006.


Materazzi Not Racist, Just Hot For Your Sister

Marco Matterazzi, known as “The Matrix” by his Italian teammates, received an apology from London’s Daily Star newspaper last week for publishing that he had used “vile racist” language to goad Zinedane Zidane into headbutting him during the 2006 World Cup Final. In addition to the apology, Materrazi is receiving an undisclosed sum for his damages.

The Daily Star basically had stated that lip readers had confirmed Mr. Materrazi referred to Mr. Zidane’s kindly old mother as a “terrorist whore” in order to provoke Zidane into a confrontation. Zidane refused to confirm the rumor, and though Materazzi denied it, the damage was done in the court of public opinion. The Matrix was a racist.