|Italy Wants to Stop the waiting in Figures 44|
Italy has always been a favorite in every European Cup, not least in the European Cup of 2012. However, this fact does not necessarily make them able to freely control the highest competition between countries of Europe. Of the seven-time participation, the new one-time Italian champions, namely in 1968.
The title did not come easily. They must undergo a long struggle to get their first European Cup. Even in the final, Italy must do twice before to make sure the game itself as the best.
In 2000, Italy had almost claimed their second title. Appear in the final, Italy had a 1-0 lead until minute 94. Italian public was ready to party. Damn, ahead of the game is over, goalkeeper Francesco Toldo collapse by Sylvian Wiltord. The game had to end with the extra period. Italy to bite the fingers after France emerged as the champion thanks to a golden goal scored by David Trezeguet at minute 103. Italy had dashed hopes of bringing the European Cup back to the realm of "State Pizza".
Italy back to bite the bullet at Euro 2004 after they failed to qualify from group stage. Four years later, Italy again failed. This time the "Gli Azzurri" are only able to penetrate the quarter-finals (losing on penalties from Spain).
This year, Italy did not want to fail again. Their talented young coach, Cesare Prandelli, champion targets burdened by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Targets that might be achieved if you see the composition of the current squad.
"Cold Hands" Prandelli experienced players are expected to integrate with a talented young Italian players. Players such as Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Pirlo and can provide knowledge to Claudio Marchisio, Mario Balotelli, Andrea Ranocchia, and many other young players.
To realize this ambition, Italy must pass their first steep road, the group stage. Understandably, in Group B, Italy had to compete with Spain, the Republic of Ireland, and Croatia.
Spain is definitely facing a difficult opponent. However, underestimating the Republic of Ireland and Croatia could be a boomerang for Alberto Aquilani et al. One little step, the history of Euro 2004 could be repeated.
Prandelli himself said, "It's a tough group. We do not want to meet Trapattoni (coach of Irish origin Italy) for many reasons. Moreover, we have to meet world champion (Spain). We have to prepare well. Because the tournament will be hard for us . "
Unfortunately, the preparation of Italian disturbed. Two of their mainstay striker, Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano. Cassano out shortly after heart surgery. While Rossi was badly hurt. If recovered in June, not necessarily the best game they've found.
However, Italy did not want to give up under any circumstances.They've been too long out European Cup champion. Wait 44 years is a long time and they wanted to end the waiting.