2014 World Cup Qualifier: Armenia vs. Italy Group B Preview

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2014 World Cup Qualifier: Armenia vs. Italy Group B Preview
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A month ago, the momentum the Italian national soccer team gained in their surprising run to the Euro 2012 final seemed to slow down.

A surprising draw away to Bulgaria saw their World Cup qualifying campaign start with a bump.  While things got better when they returned home for their second match, it still took a stoppage time goal to give the Azzurri some breathing room against the minnows from Malta.

The Italians can afford no hiccups over the next ten days. Next Tuesday will see them take on what may be their most important match of the entire qualifying phase, when they host Denmark at the San Siro.

But before what could be their biggest match of the next two years, they will try to find their form as they travel to Armenia.

Let's take a more in-depth look at Friday's qualifying matchup.

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