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Dj Juve

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Jul 12, 2002
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Qualifiers...
have them be drawn yet.
i hope we(azzurri) get a tough group like maybe with england or ireland and czech republic or denmark or somtin hard...make us work to make it to the main event...coz the last time, we didnt play fullheartedly IMO...that why we play crap in the WC

i think that atleast one big side wil fail..maybe france or spain or england....:devil:...
 

Stu

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Jul 14, 2002
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The qualifiers have been drawn already I believe. Italy are in a group with Switzerland,Finland,Wales and Azerbaijan. The first match is an away trip to Azerbaijan.

Italy have a friendly match with Slovenia some time in August.

:star:Forza Azzurri:star:
 

dpforever

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Jan 12, 2002
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Here is the complete fixture for the group9 Euro2004 qualifiers:

  • Azerbaijan - Italy 07/09/02
    Finland - Wales 07/09/02
    Italy - Yugoslavia 12/10/02
    Finland - Azerbaijan 12/10/02
    Wales - Italy 16/10/02
    Yugoslavia - Finland 16/10/02
    Azerbaijan - Wales 20/11/02
    Yugoslavia - Azerbaijan 12/02/03
    Italy - Finland 29/03/03
    Wales - Azerbaijan 29/03/03
    Yugoslavia - Wales 02/04/03
    Azerbaijan - Yugoslavia 30/04/03
    Finland - Yugoslavia 07/06/03
    Finland - Italy 11/06/03
    Yugoslavia - Azerbaijan 11/06/03
    Azerbaijan - Yugoslavia 11/06/03
    Italy - Wales 06/09/03
    Azerbaijan - Finland 06/09/03
    Wales - Finland 10/09/03
    Yugoslavia - Italy 10/09/03
    Italy - Azerbaijan 11/10/03
    Wales - Yugoslavia 11/10/03
 
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Dj Juve

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Jul 12, 2002
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anyway, back to the main story...i think we can quite easily get past this group, if we can our mentality that is...
 

dpforever

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Jan 12, 2002
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I think Trap should use young players and give them a chance, players like: Pirlo, Maresca, Brighi, Macaronne ... It would be good for the future of the team .. they will gain international experience and learn from the older players ....
 

denco

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Jul 12, 2002
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But sadly he is trying to get Maldini to change his mind, isn't it his job to look for a more than adequate replacement. Well imo qualifying isnt the problem for Italy and Spain, its how the managers go mental when they do get there that worries me
 

Anastacia

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Jul 12, 2002
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i agree with denco. mentality is an important aspect of today's football matches. vieri just mentioned an important thing in his recent interview, trappatoni's mentality. he said that trap was always worried and prudent against presumabely weaker opponents (Croatia, Mexico, Korea) when it should've been the other way around. i still believe that had trap used a more offensive formation and didn't worry much about defence, then italy would've done better in the world cup. it's a shame that italy still try to protect a slim lead against weaker opponents when they boast great players like dp-vieri-totti, trap had a bunch of great players but he wasted the chance.
 
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I look forward to seeing Holland back in action. and they should be good too. They have the best attack and among the best midfields in the world. And their defence is coming along.
 

denco

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Jul 12, 2002
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my team for the qualifiers, with everything being equal will be
1)Buffon
2)Bonera *
3)Coco
4)Ambrosini
5)Cannavaro
6)Nesta
7)Zambrotta *
8)Fiore
9)Vieri
10)Del Piero
11) Totti

Subs Toldo
Iuliano
Panucci
Bellini
Manfredini
Pirlo
Brighi
Zanetti
Giannicheda
Montella
Di Vaio
Inzaghi
Of course there are some players that will emerge which I am not aware of and some especially defenders that i
 

Anastacia

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Jul 12, 2002
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i hope trap have learned his lessons from the world cup, italy are a strong team and they don't have to defend forever. italy will qualify but how good will they be at the finals :frown: ?
 

Stu

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Jul 14, 2002
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I hope Lippi takes over from Trap. I think Lippi would do a better job.

As for the youngsters. The future of Italian football is very strong. We have Pirlo,Cassano,Maccarone,Brighi,Bonera and more. Brighi and Bonera should have a very good chance getting a place in the starting lineup,as for the rest,no. Totti over Pirlo,Del Piero over Cassano and Vieri over Macca. I hope to see a lineup that looks something like this :

Buffon - Cannavaro,Bonera,Nesta - Zambrotta,Gattuso,Brighi,Coco - Totti,Del Piero,Vieri

SUBS :
Toldo
Panucci
Iuliano
Bellini
Giannichedda
Manfredini
Zanetti
Di Biagio
Tommasi
Pirlo
Cassano
Maccarone
Montella

Too bad for Inzaghi!:devil:
 

denco

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Jul 12, 2002
4,679
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id like your team Dp's apprentice except for the fact that i cannot bring myself to supporting a team that Gattuso is a part of, unless its absolutely necessary, and i see no necessity in putting him in the team, as there are far superior players than he will ever be
 

Stu

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Jul 14, 2002
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What's wrong with Gattuso? Who better than Gattuso do we have at defensive centre mid? Cristiano Zanetti? Nah.. Gattuso has the ball winning aggression that Zanetti lacks,and I think he was unlucky not to get much playing time at the World Cup. Anyways,it's not what me or you think,but what Trap does.

I think Italy's main problem is their style of football. As Vieri said,Italian football is getting "ugly". What's the sense of having Del Piero,Montella and Inzaghi on the bench? It's just stupid. I hope that Trap realises the mistakes he made in the World Cup and plays more attacking in Euro.

I don't understand why he did what he did in the WC. During qualification he always played with 3 men upfront,and we did just fine. Why change that formation?
 
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