England v Italy | Match Preview | The Final

England v Italy | Match Preview | The Final

For starters, Monday should be a national holiday.  The European Championship Final at Wembley will have the nation gripped until late Sunday evening, and either utter jubilation or remorse will follow, Monday morning. The amount of people not in for work the next day will far exceed those attending Wembley, probably. England have not won a major competition since the Wold Cup in 1966. The years of hurt, the thousands of caps given & endless failures of teams could end …
Euro 2020 Player Of The Tournament, So Far…

Euro 2020 Player Of The Tournament, So Far…

The final is set, the crowds are expectant & Wembley awaits… But before delving into ‘that’ game, it’s important to look at the players that have helped make this tournament a success. With France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal & the Netherlands all failing to make the last 4, it’s a tough ask to identify too many players that should be considered. There are some players that have indeed shone, that did not make the semi finals, and they still deserve mention. …
Five Euro 2016 Players Premier League Clubs Should Target

Five Euro 2016 Players Premier League Clubs Should Target

International tournaments are a great shop window and players realise that. Although it is important not to place too much stock into performances at tournaments like Euro 2016, they can provide the final details that clubs need to know about targets. They are great for showing how players deal with big matches especially. This tournament hasn't been the best for free-flowing football, instead providing some excellent tactical battles. The following five players have impressed me and I feel they would …
Italy vs Ireland Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Italy vs Ireland Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Republic of Ireland have a daunting task at their hands if they are to qualify to the round of 16. The 1-1 Draw against Sweden and a 3-0 thrashing means that not only should Republic of Ireland beat Italy, Sweden must drop points against Belgium in order for them to have a realistic chance at qualification. However,  manager Martin O'Neil is unperturbed and believes that his side has all it takes to qualify for the next round. Team News Italy …
Group E - Belgium v Italy | Key Men, Team News and Prediction

Group E - Belgium v Italy | Key Men, Team News and Prediction

Belgium will face Italy in what is undeniably the game of their group on Monday, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon in front of a packed 59,000 seater crowd. Belgium, being the hipsters' favourites, will go into this game with the weight of expectations of the whole nation on them as the so called 'golden generation' with an enviable roster of talent pretty much in all the positions. Although, there are questions as to whether this group of skilled individuals …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …