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World Cup 2014: The Azzurri Angle

Uruguay Takes a Bite out of Italy

In a match destined to be remembered for Luis Suarez sinking his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder, Italy, thanks to some questionable substitutions and tactics, crashed out of the World Cup in the group stages for the second straight time.

Can the 3-5-2 Subdue Uruguay?

While Italy need only to manage a draw to advance, that hasn't stopped them from tinkering. Cesare Prandelli appears set to roll out a 3-5-2, headed by the duo of Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile, but will that be enough to weather the storm?

Can Italy Corral Costa Rica?

If Italy are to remain in control of their own destiny in Group D, they must defeat Costa Rica tomorrow afternoon. Given the Ticos speed and attacking talent, that is no easy feat.

Making Room for the Metronome

Italy and England, two nations with a combined population of 120 million people, square off Saturday, but in the battle for three points, one only man truly matters. With England bearing down on him, can Italy find room for Andrea Pirlo to operate?

World Cup Player Profile: Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi is about to play in his third World Cup, so what makes DDR so special and what does he bring to the Azzurri?

De Rossi Makes Italy's Final Cuts, Destro Left Out

He waited until the last minute, but Cesare Prandelli finally revealed his final 23 selections for this summer's World Cup, bringing Daniele De Rossi with him to Brazil, but leaving Mattia Destro to wait for another day.

De Rossi & Destro on Italy's Provisional Roster

While Daniele De Rossi and Mattia Destro were both named to Cesare Prandelli's provisional 30-man roster ahead of next months World Cup, Alessandro Florenzi was not deemed worth enough this time around.

The Azzurri Attack

Unlike the defense, Roma products will factor into Cesare Prandelli's midfield and attack, none more than Daniele De Rossi. We offer up a preview of how DDR and Alessandro Florenzi will contribute to Italy's march towards title number five.

Prandelli Possibilities: Goalkeepers & Defense

With less than 60 days before their World Cup campaign kicks off, we take a look at Prandelli's choices at the back. Here's a hint, its laden with Old Ladies.

Prandelli Ponders Totti & Cassano Callups

With less than 90 days remaining before Italy opens World Cup play, calls for Francesco Totti and Antonio Cassano are growing louder by the day. Should Cesare Prandelli select this former dynamic duo to lead the Azzurri to Brazilian glory?

RomAzzurri 2014

With the recent call up of Alessandro Florenzi and Federico Balzaretti, as well as the spectre of Francesco Totti, we take a look at what these Roma players have to offer for Italy in 2014.

Francesco Totti: Azzurri Emeritus?

With World Cup Qualifying on the horizon, calls for Francesco Totti's return to international stage have renewed, but should he listen?