Euro 2012 team guide: Group C – Italy

Everything you need to know about Group C competitors Italy

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COACH: Cesare Prandelli

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WORLD RANKING: 12

QUALIFIED: Group C winners

BEST EURO FINISH: Winners (1968)

FORMATION: 4-1-2-1-2

PLAYING STYLE: Passing

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STRENGTHS:

They had the strongest defence in qualifying – conceeding only twice in ten games. That will as always be the key to Italy’s success.

WEAKNESSES: 

Their first team isn’t packed with goal scorers – and the injury of Antonio Cassano will leave them toothless in attack.

TEAM RATING:

STAR PLAYER:

Andrea Pirlo

Position: Midfielder

Age: 33

Club: Juventus

THE CAPTAIN:

Gianluigi Buffon

ITALY FACTS:

Capital: Rome
Population: 60.6 million
Official language: Italian

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