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There will be no more poignant exit from this World Cup than the one made by the reigning champions Italy here yesterday.
Slovakia v Italy; Today, 3pm, ITV 1. Paraguay v New Zealand; Today, 3pm, ITV 4
Today's bet: Slovakia v Italy. Draw at 16-5
Italy 1 New Zealand 1
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Sir Alex Ferguson has pinpointed Milan's striker Marco Borriello as a serious threat to his side ahead of the Champions League last-16 tie with the Italians at Old Trafford tomorrow night. The 27-year-old was injured when United won 3-2 in San Siro, setting up a strong chance of progress to the quarter-finals, but Ferguson has said he believes the well-travelled Borriello could make "a big difference".
Former Internazionale and Parma striker Adriano has stated that he would welcome a return to Italy, with Roma his favoured destination.
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Around the swimming pool at the Hotel Cullinan in Cape Town yesterday was a who's who of some of the most famous coaches in the world. Marcello Lippi swept in followed by Italian television crews; Dunga signed autographs by the door and Joachim Loew sat drinking coffee with his identically attired colleague from the German Football Association.
Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping to win the psychological battle as he attempts to guide his side to World Cup play-off victory over France.
As he aims for yet another major final, Sir Alex Ferguson talks Andy Roxburgh through his memories of European campaigns
Juventus will play their Serie A match at home to Lecce behind closed doors on Sunday after losing an appeal.