Italy: A Look at Potential Successors to the Azzurri's Old Guard

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Italy: A Look at Potential Successors to the Azzurri's Old Guard
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The Italian national team's setup will likely experience significant changes over the next World Cup cycle.

After crashing out of the World Cup in the group stage for the second consecutive World Cup, you can expect some major changes in the setup of the Italian national team.

Many people thought going into this tournament that it might be the last hurrah for the last of the old guard that took part in the run to the 2006 championship.

The Azzurri will certainly have a lot of soul-searching to do in the coming months.  Lots of questions will be asked about the makeup of the squad as the team looks ahead to Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Will older players make way for the next generation?  Or can they still be useful to the team going forward?

In this piece we'll look at Italy in all four phases of the game—goalkeeping, defense, midfield and forwards—and see how a transition from the old stalwarts to the new blood might look.

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