Italy

ROUND 35 CANCELLED

The Italian football Association has announced that it will be cancelling all the features in the Italian Serie A and the Italian Serie B following the death of the 25-year-old Udinese player Piermario Morosini.

Piermario Morosini is thought to have died of heart attack, which has been an increasing phenomenon in the football world in recent times. A number of players – particularly Spanish players – have passed away while playing football on the pitch.

England midfielder Fabrice Muamba almost lost his life in the match against Tottenham, but excellent medical facilities meant that the doctors were able to save his life at the right moment.

PUMA SIGN UP TO 2018

Sportswear manufacturer Puma have now extended their deal with the Italian football Federation till the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The sportswear manufacturer recently signed a new contract that will also see them become the management head for the entire portfolio of the Italian football Federation, while they have also been granted a new designation as the "Official Master Licensee".

Puma will also continue to provide the FIGC's official kitwear for the most high profile team they have in their client list. Other clients for Puma at the international stage include the likes of South Africa, Uruguay – the Copa America champions, and Switzerland.

Italy stumble...

It looks like Italy will be making their traditional slow start to the World Cup, though coach Marcello Lipi doesn't seem too concerned by their defeat to Mexico.

If I was looking for excuses, I could tell you all that it was only a friendly, that we started the game in a completely new formation (though we switched from 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2 after half-time), and that we were missing some key players.

However, the facts remain that we had a good number of the first-teamers playing (including Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Pirlo , De Rossi, Di Natale and Gilardino), and we were convincingly outplayed. Mexico dominated possession (with 65% of the ball), and created the better chances, without ever looking too shaky at the back.

News of the World Starts Us

And so to the very first post, and this is to give you all an example of the dross us Italy fans are up against over here in the 'Home of Football' TM.

I know I should have better things to do than read the News of the World, and I know they are probably trying to dress-down all Italy fans because we're generally better looking / more sophisticated than the average NOTW punter, but still...

NOTW ITALY REVIEW
THE defending champions could well be brought back down to earth with a nasty bump this summer. Let's hope so.

Oh.

If Italy should prevail again, maybe their anti-football style will be copied by more and more coaches.

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