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Stories with person: Gianluigi Buffon
  • Rossi and Cassano included for Italy fitness tests 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:11 pm
  • ROME - Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano were called up for World Cup fitness tests Friday by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, while in-form forward Mattia Destro was left out while serving a three-match ban in Serie A.

  • Rossi included for Italy fitness tests 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:09 pm
  • ROME - Giuseppe Rossi was selected Friday for pre-World Cup fitness tests by Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli.

  • Valencia fights back from 3-0 down to win 5-3 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:59 pm
  • Valencia fought back from a three-goal first-leg deficit Thursday to beat Basel 5-0 and qualify for the Europa League semifinal, while competition favorite Juventus advanced after a tense 2-1 win at home to Lyon.

  • Italy switches focus to attacking under Prandelli 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:28 am
  • ROME - There was the Mario Balotelli-inspired 2-1 win over Germany in the 2012 European Championship semifinals. And long stretches of dominance over Spain in last year's Confederations Cup semifinals - even though Spain eventually won in a penalty shootout.

  • 5 Italy players to watch at the World Cup 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:27 am
  • ROME - When Italy won the 2006 World Cup, then-coach Marcello Lippi pointed to the group collective as his squad's strongpoint - and the fact that each forward scored at least one goal over the seven matches attested to that theory.