Euro 2012 Preview: Italy

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Euro 2012 Preview: Italy

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Italy’s football team, notably subdued following yet another match-fixing scandal, left their training ground at Coverciano on Monday to head for a friendly match against Luxembourg in Parma.

La Squadra Azzurra, who are likely to struggle for goals despite coach Cesare Prandelli’s bold bid to rebuild the team, bear a surprising similarity to the one that flopped as holders at the 2010 World Cup.

For all his promise and flashes of brilliance, Manchester’s City’s Mario Balotelli is still not considered by Prandelli to be ready to lead Italy’s attack while Antonio Cassano is unlikely to be 100 percent fit after suffering a minor heart problem last November.

Italy begin their Euro 2012 campaign against defending champions Spain on the 10th of June before facing Croatia and the Republic of Ireland in group C.