Francesco Totti and Luca Toni left out of Italian World Cup squad.

    Italy may draft in a 24th player if Mauro Cameronesi's injury does not improve [EPA]

    The World Cup holders bring their trophy to South Africa with a frightening list of records and a merciless footballing style.

    Renowned for their ability to defend a 1-0 lead, the Italians won the 2006 World Cup with an exciting departure from their usual pragmatic style but still know how to sit behind the ball and destroy other teams' ambitions.

    Coach Marcello Lippi took the team to 31 unbeaten matches in a row over two stints in charge, and his team can count on the top-level nous of keeper Gianluigi Buffon, 2006 captain Fabio Cannavaro and Daniele de Rossi.


    Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari)

    Group F fixtures

    Monday June 14

    Italy v Paraguay 

    Tuesday June 15

    New Zealand v Slovakia 

    Sunday June 20

    Slovakia v Paraguay 
     Italy v New Zealand 

    Thursday June 24

    Slovakia v Italy 
     Paraguay v New Zealand


    Salvatore Bocchetti (Genoa), Leonardo Bonucci (Bari), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan).


    Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)


    Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli).

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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