Countdown to Brazil World Cup – Group D – Italy

Four-time winner Italy has a proud record in the World Cup and they last won the tournament in 2006 when they beat France in a penalty shoot out.

Italy has England, Costa Rica and Uruguay to contend with in Group D and the battle for the first three spots could get interesting with little between these teams and Uruguay playing on their own continent.

The ultra defensive Italians made the Euro 2012 final where they were thumped by Spain and while they will certainly make their presence felt, it is hard to see them winning a fifth title.

In early 2014 World Cup betting markets Italy is $26.00 to win the tournament and $2.75 to win Group D.

Italy World Cup Odds

Win the World Cup: $26.00
Win Group D: $2.75
Qualify for next Round: $1.45
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $9.50

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Italy is in a battle with both England and Uruguay for a top two spot in Group D, with Costa Rica rank outsiders, and the Italians experience and history at this level could come to the fore when it matters most.

If you fancy Italy then consider the $1.45 about getting through to the next round. If you think Italy is vulnerable then the $2.45 about being eliminated at the group stage is a viable option.

Group D Draw for Italy

Italy meet Costa Rica, England and Italy in Group D and they play their first match against England on Sunday 15th June 2014 at 8am in the morning (Australian time).

Sun 15 Jun England vs Italy 8am Manaus Bet now
Sat 21 Jun Italy vs Costa Rica 2am Recife Bet now
Wed 25 Jun Italy vs Uruguay 2am Natal Bet now

Italy World Cup Squad

The 30 man Italy World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.

italy-shirt Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Perin (Genoa), Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain) [reserve: Mirante (Parma)]

Defenders: Abate (Milan), Barzagli (Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), Darmian (Torino), De Sciglio (Milan), Maggio (Napoli), Paletta (Parma), Pasqual (Fiorentina), Ranocchia (Inter)

Midfielders: Aquilani (Fiorentina), Candreva (Lazio), De Rossi (Roma), Marchisio (Juventus), Montolivo (Milan), Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Parolo (Parma), Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Verona), Verratti (Paris Saint Germain)

Forwards: Balotelli (Milan), Cassano (Parma), Cerci (Torino), Destro (Roma), Immobile (Torino), Insigne (Napoli), Rossi (Fiorentina)

The Head Coach of the Italy World Cup squad is Cesare Prandelli and team captain is Gianluigi Buffon.

World Cup players to watch for Italy

Mario Balotelli can be a bit of a wrecking ball both on and off the field, but he is a potential match winner for his country and hopefully he puts team first before himself to make Italians a more formidable team.

Experienced keeper Gianluigi Buffon is one of the best keepers in the world and his ability between the stick will be an important factor for Italy in this World Cup.

The ageing Andrea Pirlo had a quality Euro 2012 tournament for Italy and he’s another player who will come to the fore in Brazil with his wealth of experience and all round ability.

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Visit our Group D page for more information on each team contesting this group at the 2014 World Cup.

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