Italy vs. Netherlands: International Friendly Preview

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Italy vs. Netherlands: International Friendly Preview
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The February friendlies are upon us.  As the Azzurri get ready to begin 2013, they face down a team that is in a situation very similar to the one that they themselves were in two-and-a-half years ago.

The Netherlands had an incredible run at the World Cup in 2010, but last summer at Euro 2012 they lost all three group games and looked disorganized and devoid of creativity, much like the Italians had at the World Cup.

Now, a retooled Italian squad will travel to Amsterdam to face a young and inexperienced squad of Dutch players.  Both managers are expected to use the game to experiment and blood some of their newer players.  Let's take a look at how this match might shake out.

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