Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World 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
Prandelli rings in changes
by Paul Kennedy, August 9th, 2010 6:08PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  italy

MOST COMMENTED

[ITALY] American-born Giuseppe Rossi was called up for Italy's first game under new coach Cesare Prandelli, but he isn't expected to start for the revamped Azzurri, who play Ivory Coast Tuesday in London.

But Prandelli will likely start Mario Balotelli, who will turn 20 on Thursday and is considered the top young talent in Italy.

Balotelli, born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants, broke into the Inter Milan lineup at the age of 17, but Italy coach Marcelo Lippi didn't take him to the 2010 World Cup.

Besides Rossi and Balotelli, Antonio Cassano and Brazilian-born Amauri also didn't go to South Africa, but they were called up by Prandelli.

Amauri and Cassano are expected to start up front.

Giorgio Chiellini is one of the few holdovers from the World Cup, and he is expected start on the backline with Juventus teammates Leonardo Bonucci and Marco Motta.

Eight uncapped players were picked to the Italy squad, including both goalies, Palermo's Salvatore Sirigu and Bologna's Emiliano Viviano.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Klinsmann: 'We did a lot of good stuff'    
The USA's 3-2 loss at Denmark on Wednesday gives Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team a post-2014 World ...
TV Report: ESPN3 will air 120-plus NASL games    
ESPN3 will carry a minimum of 120 North American Soccer League games during the 2015 season, ...
Road to Russia: Heroics from U.S. collegians and prep star    
Heroics by a pair of former U.S. college goalkeepers highlighted the start of the long World ...
MLS Week 4: Vancouver loses Manneh for Timbers' match    
Vancouver will be without young Gambian star Kekuta Manneh for Saturday's Cascadia Cup game against Portland ...
French Guiana stuns Honduras in Gold Cup playoff    
Not so fast yet on that USA-Honduras match to open the Gold Cup. French Guiana, which ...
World Cup on ESPN garners six Sports Emmy nominations    
ESPN received six Sports Emmy Award nominations for its coverage of the 2014 World Cup from ...
Rewind: Breaking down the USA's late-game collapses    
The USA continued its recent trend of late collapses with the worst one of all, blowing ...
Video Pick: Too much celebration proves costly    
Players from Mozambique club Ferroviario Maputo celebrated so much after scoring against Zambia's K-Stars they weren't ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"I'm a huge fan of Xavi Hernandez. I think he would be a huge player in ...
Tulsa brewer handcrafts Roughnecks Pale Ale    
The USL's Tulsa Roughnecks will offer Roughnecks Pale Ale, brewed by Tulsa-based craft brewer Marshall Brewing ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives