Andrea Pirlo may win the Ballon d`Or

Andrea Pirlo is in the running to gatecrash the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or race.

Euro Cup: Balotelli dedicated his goals to his mother

Mario Balotelli has revealed that his two goals in Italy`s Euro 2012 semi-final victory against Germany were dedicated to his adoptive mother, Silvia Balotelli.

Euro Cup: Mario Balotelli proves he is world class

Mario Balotelli had netted just once in his previous four outings at Euro 2012.

Euro Cup: Mario Balotelli proves he is world class

Mario Balotelli had netted just once in his previous four outings at Euro 2012.

Maradona expects Balotelli to explode against Germany

Argentina legend Diego Maradona believes that Cesare Prandelli`s Italy side have a chance to beat hot favourites Germany and reach the final of Euro 2012.

Euro Cup: Prandelli dreaming of Italy victory over Germany

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli hopes for a "wonderful, fantastic evening" in Warsaw on Thursday.

Germany must stop Pirlo to beat Italy: Low

Germany boss Joachim Low has highlighted stopping Andrea Pirlo and winning the midfield battle as key to his side defeating Italy in their Euro 2012 semi-final clash on Thursday night.

Italy must dare to dream: Buffon

Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon has issued a rallying cry ahead of Thursday`s Euro 2012 semi-final showdown with Germany.

Euro 2012: Hummels wary of Pirlo, Balotelli and Cassano threat

Germany defender Mats Hummels has urged his team-mates to keep a close eye on Italy`s three pivotal figures Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano.

Germany favourites but we will attack them: Prandelli

Cesare Prandelli has declared that Italy will take the game to Germany in Thursday`s Euro 2012 semi-final showdown in Warsaw, even though he believes his side will be severely handicapped by having had two fewer days of rest ahead of the game.

Italy can surprise favourite Germany: Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon has warned his team-mates to not let the success of Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final victory over England get to their heads, as Italy prepare for their semi-final clash against Germany on Thursday.