Italy - USA [R] Feb 29, 2012

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by Kqql, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Kqql

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  2. SSC_curva_B

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    Important point in the season for all Serie A teams...lets still hope its gonna be a good one
  3. gummy-bear83

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    I checked what US supporters wrote about this game in their BS forum...they are quite confident to beat us....
  4. TFC17

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    I don't think they've ever beat us in their history, let alone on Italian soil.

    They'll be lucky if they manage a draw against a dis-interested Italy side.


  5. Kqql

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  6. DDR

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    Really happy for Borini
  7. Scotty

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    Nonsense. It's certainly not a majority opinion anyway.
  8. TFC17

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    If I'm Prandelli I really experiment here. 4-3-1-2

    Viviano; Abate, Astori, Ogbonna, Criscito; Nocerino, Pirlo, Marchisio; Giovinco; Borini, Matri
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    Really curious to see what this kid's made of. Prandelli has been calling him up rather consistently throughout his tenure as manager, yet I don't think he's ever started him in a competitive match as of yet.
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    What happened to Di Natale? And why is De Rossi on the team if Balotelli and Osvaldo are not?
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    good for them
  13. falvo

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    USA fans are quite confident these days. Not sure why especially since they really haven't done much since last summer. Either way, if history repeats itself, its not that promising.....in 10 games against Italy, they've lose 7 and tied 3 had been outscored 4-33....

    http://www.gazzetta.it/Nazionale/26...borini-balotelli-resta-casa-81456642653.shtml

  14. Kqql

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    Answers to your questions.

    Di Natale-> Just got back from his injury today and Matri got the call.
    De Rossi -> Coming late once before a game is not considered breaking
    the code of ethics.
    Balotelli -> Broke code of ethics with his four-match ban for Man. City.
    Osvaldo -> Borini took his spot.

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  15. Sempre

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    Prandelli got the call-ups wrong. This is the first time I've really felt he was off the mark.

    Four goal-keepers? No experimenting with wide players (Cerci, Giaccherini, Faraoni)? It was also silly to drop Balotelli, who just had his best and most mature game of the year vs. Blackburn. I'm confused by some of the defenders in the mix. I also wonder what happened to Toto?

    Borini is a good call-up. But why not Santon, too, if he's looking to youth?
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    I like that lineup quite a lot.

    Nocerino is a huge workforce in midfield should cover Pirlo. Giovinco, Borini and Matri definitely have some goals in them.

    Would have liked to see what Balotelli can do against the USA but oh well.. Hes a shoe in for the Euros anyway we have no better striker.
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    happy to see borini, abate, and giovinco get the call.
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    there are also the usual comments along the lines of "italians ruin soccer with their bunkering style", "italians are divers and injury fakers", and of course rossi playing for italy is unethical. LOL.
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    Well at least we dropped Ranocchia (is he still injured?). Also I would prefer Aquilani over Montolivo.
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    Why pazzini? and how come no balotelli?
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    I'm sure thats the standard line Prandelli would give but its not the truth. I was ready to give him the benefit of the doubt until I saw De Rossi's name but I'm now kind of upset that this guy is no different than others who have marginalized other past greats.
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    So what happened to all that talk about picking Simone Farina because of his speaking up about match fixing? I knew it sounded too good to be true!
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    Ask NickyV what he thinks about Prandelli because a few years back he was begging me to switch coaches and Juve's coach at the time was Ranieri.
  25. LToni

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    I think Prandelli is just sending a message to Balotelli by excluding him in the line-up.I really dont blame him, because the last thing we need is to have a player sent off in a crucial game, just because Balo is feeling cranky. If Balo slips up once more with MC,im sure he is officially done.

    Anyways im really looking forward to this game.

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