Unloved even in their own country, Italy`s national team clearly need a radical overhaul and, if anyone can do it, then it is the steely-willed Antonio Conte who was named as their new coach on Thursday.
Spain must not get frustrated if they find themselves up against defensive opponents and patience will be the key to success, midfielder Xabi Alonso said as the holders prepare for their opening World Cup Group B game later on Friday.
Lukas Podolski is confident he can fill the boots of Robin van Persie should the Dutchman leave Arsenal this summer. The Gunners signed the German international before Euro 2012 for 11.7 million pounds.
After the storm came calm. Barcelona and Real Madrid players put their differences to one side and united for the good of their country this summer, going on to claim an unprecedented third consecutive major title for Spain with success at Euro 2012.