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

Today's bet: Slovakia v Italy. Draw at 16-5

De Rossi demands Italy improvement

Midfielder Daniele De Rossi fears Italy are heading for an early World Cup exit if they do not improve immediately.

Santa Cruz motivated by stricken strike partner's plight

There will be a shadow over Roque Santa Cruz throughout this World Cup, cast by a man who but for a burst of gunfire would have been leading the Paraguay attack with him. More than almost anyone else, Salvador Cabanas was responsible for Paraguay's progress to South Africa until the small hours of 25 January, when he was shot in the head in a Mexico City nightclub as a robbery went badly wrong.

Reid's late strike helps Kiwis to make history

New Zealand 1 Slovakia 1

Italy wary of getting caught napping

Preview: Italy v Paraguay, Today, 7.30pm, BBC1

Italy hope Montolivo is the man to fill Pirlo's boots after injury

Riccardo Montolivo faces a stiff challenge at his first World Cup: to replace the outstanding Andrea Pirlo at the heart of Italy's midfield. Pirlo injured his left calf during the friendly defeat to Mexico last week and could now miss the entire group stages.

Lippi relies on self-belief to lift Italy's chances as the ageing champions arrive

People always write us off, says coach as he defends the prospects of his struggling squad

WAGs, weddings and waistlines: how the world's squads shape up

Mexico in turmoil as the final World Cup squads are announced around the globe

Lippi relies on the B-team as pool of home talent dries up in serie A

Success at club level for Inter cannot mask Italy's weaknesses, argues Pete Jenson

AC Milan interested in Allegri

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club have entered negotiations with Cagliari to recruit coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Ronaldinho and Totti face World Cup decision day

By midnight Central European time tonight, all 32 nations must have delivered a list of 30 names to Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. Some of the most familiar names in world football will have spent an anxious night awaiting their fate.

'Old' Cannavaro to quit after cup

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