Team profile: Italy

Just how much of a distraction the domestic match fixing allegations have been to the national team's preparation will be there for the world to see when the Italians kick off their campaign on June 12. Domestic pressure is always intense, the debacle at Juventus merely fuelling the fire.

    FIFA Ranking: 13

    Coach: Marcello Lippi

    Key players: Franceso Totti, Luca Toni, Alessandro Del Piero

    World Cup record: 16th appearance

    Best finish: Champion 1934, 1938, 1982

    Last appearance: Second round 2002

    Qualifying route: Won European Group 5

    Key question: Rapidly becoming under achievers, can Lippi awaken the sleeping giant?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Gianluigi Buffon 1
    Angelo Peruzzi 12
    Marco Amelia 14
    Defenders
    Cristian Zaccardo 2
    Fabio Grosso 3
    Fabio Cannavaro 5
    Andrea Barzagli 6
    Alessandro Nesta 13
    Gianluca Zambrotta 19
    Massimo Oddo 22
    Marco Materazzi 23
    Midfielders
    Daniele De Rossi 4
    Gennaro Gattuso 8
    Francesco Totti 10
    Mauro Camoranesi 16
    Simone Barone 17
    Simone Perrotta 20
    Andrea Pirlo 21
    Forwards
    Alessandro Del Piero 7
    Luca Toni 9
    Alberto Gilardino 11
    Vincenzo Iaquinta 15
    Filippo Inzaghi 18

    Group matches:

    v Ghana, 19:00 GMT, Monday 12th June - Hanover

    v USA, 19:00 GMT, Saturday 17th June - Kaiserslautern

    v Czech Republic, 14:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Hamburg

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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