Italy Euro 2012: Picking a Starting XI to Beat Spain

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Italy Euro 2012: Picking a Starting XI to Beat Spain
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On June 10, the last two World Cup champions, Italy and Spain, will face off in the first game of Euro 2012's Group C. It will be an important match for the two world powers, who will be looking to gain an advantage in a tricky group to make it through to the quarterfinals.

The Italians have been difficult opponents for the reigning World and European champions. In 210 minutes over the last two games they've played—a friendly last summer and the quarterfinal of Euro 2008, which went into penalties—the Spaniards have failed to score in open play. Losses to Italy and England over the past two seasons have shown some cracks in the armor of the world's top-ranked team.

There will be immense amount of talent on both ends of the field in this match. But which of the talent available to him will Cesare Prandelli chose for this titanic early-tournament encounter? Were I in his place, these are the players I would chose to face Spain.

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