Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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
Big names absent from Azzurri frontline
by Paul Kennedy, February 27th, 2012 11:13PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  italy, men's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[ITALY SPOTLIGHT] The USA isn't the only team hobbling. Italy will be without all its big-name strikers for Wednesday's friendly in Genoa. American-born Giuseppe Rossi (knee injury) and Antonio Cassano (heart ailments) both face long-term layoffs. Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, the bad boy of Italian soccer, is "a little agitated" for Coach Cesare Prandelli's liking and wasn't picked. Despite 18 goals for Udinese this season, Antonio Di Natale was overlooked. That leaves a relatively young (average age: 25) and inexperienced (33 caps between them) quartet of strikers Prandelli picked to face the USA. For a look at the foursome ...

FABIO BORINI (Roma). Age: 20. Caps: 0. Dallas fans will remember Borini for playing in the Dallas Cup two years ago with Chelsea, which he had joined at 16. He made only four first-team appearances for Chelsea before moving first on loan to Swansea then to Roma after his contract was purchased by Roma for which he has scored seven goals this season, including two in a 4-0 demolition of Inter Milan earlier this month. He is the only uncapped player in Prandelli's squad.

SEBASTIAN GIOVINCO (Parma). Age: 25: Caps: 6. At 5-foot-4, Giovinco is more a trequartista -- Italian for a combination midfielder-striker -- than an outright striker. His ball skills are the best in the Italian squad. Nicknamed "La Formica Atomica" (Atom Ant), he grew up in the Juve youth program before joining Parma in 2010.

ALESSANDRO MATRI (Juventus). Age: 27. Caps: 4. It was Matri's late goal Saturday that earned Juventus a controversial 1-1 tie with AC Milan in their top-of-the-table clash on Saturday at the San Siro. He is something of a late bloomer. He didn't earn regular playing time in Serie A until he joined Cagliari in 2007-08. He moved to Juventus during the January 2011 transfer window and debuted for the Azzurri a month later.

GIAMPAOLO PAZZINI (Inter Milan). Age: 27. Caps: 23. Pazzini came off the bench to score the goal that gave Italy the 1-0 win over Slovenia that clinched qualification for Euro 2012 in September. He made one appearance off the bench for Italy at the 2010 World Cup. He scored 73 goals in seven seasons at Atalanta, Fiorentina and Sampdoria before joining Inter in 2010.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
NASL suspends its board chairman     
Aaron Davidson, one of the marketing executives charged in the U.S. Department of Justice's probe into ...
Morris scores again, but U.S. U-23s fall to France    
The U.S. U-23 national team gave up three early goals in a 3-1 loss to host ...
What They're Saying: FIFA spokesperson Walter De Gregorio    
"This for FIFA is good. It is not good in terms of image or reputation, but ...
Twenty for Canada 2015: New Zealand's Ali Riley    
Ali Riley is about as American as you can get. Born in Los Angeles. Product of ...
FIFA bombshell: seven arrested in Zurich, 14 indicted    
Zurich's Baur au Lac, the preferred hotel of FIFA executives, was raided in the early morning ...
What They're Saying: FIFA spokesperson Walter De Gregorio    
"Well, he is not dancing in his office. He is very calm, he is fully cooperative ...
ICYMI MLS: Gooch sighting; Drogba back on the radar    
Oguchi Onyewu, who is out of contract after being released by English club Charlton, trained with ...
MLS: This week ...    
The busiest midweek of the season to date -- three games -- kicks off Week 13 ...
Road to Vancouver: Brazil's Formiga picked for sixth time    
Formiga was picked to play in her sixth Women's World Cup for Brazil as she was ...
What They're Saying: Greg Vanney    
"The beauty of this is that these guys have watched Manchester City play throughout the course ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives