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Balotelli hints at new Italy but Africans score on style

Italy 0 Ivory Coast 1

Chris McGrath: England need Capello more than ever – and Italy could use a dose of his brute realism too

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Germans thrive when under pressure

"The World Cups of 20 and 16 years ago were garden parties compared to what is involved now, with the pressures that have developed. The increase in pressure seems continuous from one competition to the next. Now it is almost completely out of hand. In nearly all the countries of the world football is the most popular sport and today the media bring it to the masses and bring the feelings and demands of the masses back to those working in the game. It is my great fear that one day the World Cup will no longer be the sporting event [people] enjoy, it will become too big, too important, too hard on the people concerned, just impossible to go on with."

Cannavaro fears for Italy's future

Italy's outgoing captain Fabio Cannavaro believes the deposed world champions may continue to struggle because of a lack of top talent.

'Humiliated' Italy return home to face press

The Italian press pulled no punches this morning as they dissected the Azzurri's World Cup failure.

James Lawton: Ageing Azzurri were doomed to early failure

There will be no more poignant exit from this World Cup than the one made by the reigning champions Italy here yesterday.

James Corrigan: Losing Streak (24/06/10)

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