Italy World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament

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Italy World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament
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The players on the 30-man roster evaluated by coach Cesare Prandelli are now training outside of Florence. He told reporters, via Joe Bernstein of The Daily Mail, that he is in no rush to whittle down the squad to the necessary 23, waiting "right up until the deadline of June 2 if I have to."

Several players in this squad are new to the international scene. Some have never played for Italy before at the senior level. Giuseppe Rossi has never played in a World Cup. Neither has Antonio Cassano. And Mario Balotelli is the big question. 

Italy are not the favourites, and that's when they are most dangerous.

"We are not the best," Prandelli said in an interview with the BBC, "but we can beat the best if we play at our best." 

In the 2010 World Cup, Italy had to face Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand. Italy finished dead last. This time it's different: Uruguay, England and Costa Rica all await.

Prandelli told the BBC:

We know we have a tough group and that we have to be ready for it. Italy normally have the opposite problem. When we play in an easier group, we think we've already won the World Cup and then we have huge difficulties. The Italians are more united in tough times, and when we are united we can achieve important results.

Let's take a closer look at this crazy team.

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