Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Italy impresses; France injury concerns
by Paul Kennedy, June 2nd, 2008 6:45AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[EURO '08 COUNTDOWN] Antonio Di Natale is certainly making it hard for Italian star Alessandro Del Piero to regain his spot in the Azzurri's starting lineup. The Udinese forward scored twice to pace an impressive Italian effort in a 3-1 win over Belgium on Friday in Florence.

Coach Roberto Donadoni picked Di Natale and Argentine-born Mauro Camoranesi to provide support for Luca Toni in Italy's 4-3-3 formation, and both players scored.

Di Natale scored on a volley and added a second goal in the first half, while Camoranesi scored on a pass from Del Piero, a second-half substitute, early in the second stanza.

"Di Natale has always done well," said Donadoni. "He is incredibly at ease."

In the second half, Donadoni went with a 4-3-1-2 formation with Del Piero and Toni playing in front of Antonio Cassano. Del Piero had said he preferred to play alongside Toni rather than on the left wing.

The surprises in what could be Donadoni's first-choice lineup for its Euro '08 opener against the Netherlands were Andrea Barzagli in place of Marco Materazzi alongside captain Fabio Cannavaro in the middle of the defense, and Roma's Alberto Aquilani in midfield ahead of Massimo Ambrosini.

Euro '08 TV Schedule


VIEIRA INJURED. France captain Patrick Vieira missed the Bleus' 0-0 tie against Paraguay on Saturday and will be sidelined for their final Euro '08 tuneup against Colombia on Tuesday.

Vieira injured his left thigh in training and is now doubtful for France's opener against Romania next Monday.

Despite the 0-0 tie, France coach Raymond Domenech was happy with the play of Lyon's Jeremy Toulalan in Vieira's place alongside 35-year-old Claude Makelele.

Injuries are a concern for Domenech. Both starting center backs -- William Gallas and Lilian Thuram -- missed the Paraguay game, as did Willy Sagnol, the incumbent right back whose fitness is a concern.

Thuram and Sagnol have been training apart from the rest of the squad with fitness coach Robert Duverne.

BABEL REPLACED. Young Liverpool star Ryan Babel will probably have to settle for a spot on the Netherlands' Olympic team after he suffered an ankle injury (torn ligaments) in training on Saturday and was replaced by Khalid Boulahrouz on the Oranje's Euro '08 roster.

Babel is eligible as a U-23 player for the highly regarded Dutch team that has qualified for Euro '08.

FREI BREAKS RECORD. Captain Alex Frei broke the Swiss national team scoring record on Friday when he scored twice in its 3-0 win over Liechtenstein.

Frei, 28, equaled Kubilay Turkyilmaz's tally of 34 goals with the first goal and broke it with his second goal just minutes later.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: OKC Energy FC    
"We are stunned by the news today of murder charges being filed against OKC Energy FC ...
Video Pick: Neymar delights in charity game     
Neymar started his holiday break by playing in a Sao Paulo "Ball Hunger Only" charity game ...
Clyde Simms needs second kidney transplant    
Just days after receiving a kidney transplant, former U.S. international Clyde Simms, who was forced to ...
What They're Saying: Thierry Henry    
"Now teams have their own stadiums. You see the fans wearing the jerseys of their teams. ...
Youth Report: U.S. U-20s sweep, U-18s split    
The U.S. under-20 national team wrapped up its trip to San Pedro Sula with a second ...
ODP Boys Winter Interregional all-stars named    
All-Star teams were named for the 2014 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Boys Winter Interregional that wrapped ...
Tottenham edges New England prep stars for IMG Cup title    
Tottenham's U-18s won the Super Group in the fifth annual IMG Cup with a 1-0 win ...
Houston switches USL PRO partners for 2015 season    
The Houston Dynamo will team up with the Charleston Battery as its USL PRO affiliate in ...
Bradenton and Austin to host MLS preseason events    
Eight clubs will take part in the inaugural IMG Suncoast Pro Classic Feb. 16-28 at IMG ...
TV Report: EPL Breakaway set for New Year's Day    
NBCSN will present its first-ever Premier League Breakaway --  a special two-hour show featuring RedZone-like live ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives