Friday, March 30, 2007

Donadoni calm after win

Italian head coach Roberto Donadoni remained calm after the big victory over Scotland on Wednesday.

Some critics called for his dismissal had the national team lost that match. The team's record in the Euro qualifiers is 3-1-1 with consecutive wins over Ukraine, Georgia and Scotland after starting off with a 1-1 tie to Lithuania and a 3-1 loss to France in September 2006.

Looking for respect
Donadoni happy with team's attitude
Gattuso defends Don

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Azzurri defeat Scotland 2-0

Italy maintained its momentum with a resounding 2-0 victory over Scotland in their Euro 2008 qualifying match yesterday in Bari.

Luca Toni phoned home with a goal in the 12th minute and closed the scoring with another at the 70 minute mark.
Italy 2- Scotland 0
Game photos

With the victory Italy moved to within two points (10) of the lead in Group B standings. They trail a group of three with France, Ukraine and Scotland at 12 points each. Italy has defeated both Ukraine and Scotland in the first round of qualifying games.
Group B standings

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Italy v. Scotland Euro qualifier

Today, the Azzurri continue their quest for a spot in the Euro 2008 tournament. They will face the Scottish National team at San Nicola Stadium in Bari.

Italy desperately needs a victory today along with the three points to move them closer to the top of the group B standings. They trail France (12), Scotland (12) and the Ukraine (9) with 7 total points and a 2-1-1 record to date.
Group B standings

Head coach Roberto Donadoni continues to draw criticism from his detractors and concerns that a loss might cost him his job. However, he has maintained his calm demeanor and seems positive about his sides chances.
Donadoni calm

Meanwhile all now appears calm in the Azzurri camp as it was reported that star goalie Gianluigi Buffon practiced with the team on Tuesday. This ended speculation about his match fitness following his bout with a stomach ailment last week. However, he would not commit to his playing status during the interview.
Buffon ready

The next game for the Azzurri is against the Faroe Islands on June 2, 2007.

Been away so long I hardly knew the place

Benvenuto! Hi to all Azzurri fans and friends.

I am back. After many months of inactivity, I thought today would be a good day to start things up again. Italy is playing Scotland in a few hours and what better way to get back to blogging again than to provide a little preview and share the results when it is over.

Ciao, tutti!