Italy are Team 4 with a FIFA ranking of 4 in the World. 16 previous World Cup appearances equal to Germany and only Brazil have more appearances. Won the World Cup in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. Runners Up in 1970 and Third in 1990. Won the Gold Medal at the Berlin 1936 Olympics and won the Euro in 1968.
Thanks to the (innocent until proven guilty) Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti, who was able to organise Italy Telecom to record conversations of AC Milan and Juventus conspiring with the referees. The Calciopoly was born. With an understanding of the Italian way of life (just watch the Godfather #all parts) then you will know they can make an offer that can’t be refused.
Italy are the reigning World Champions after winning the 2006 World Cup by penalties after the Zidane headbutt on Materazzi. They never start the tournament well but if they manage to somehow beat New Zealand they should be on there way to the next round. The other key element is their Coach Marcello Lippi, his won it before and knows exactly what he’s doing. I would have thought that Capello would have done a better job but at least Lippi is in a different class to Italy’s last coach Roberto Donadoni.
Italy are in Group F with Paraguay, Slovakia and powerhouse New Zealand. Italy’s first game is against Paraguay who are very hard to score against. Paraguay might surprise the Italians.
My Prediction: Quarter Final