Defending World Champions always means hot news, loads and loads of media attention, making regular headlines and needless to say extreme excitement among fans and football enthusiasts all across the globe. In case of the Italian team gearing up for playing the Confederation Cup, one cannot possibly locate any exception. It is not only just among the most respected names in World football, but also holds the record of winning most World Cup titles right after Brazil. But even putting everything else aside, just the fact that Marcello Lippi’s boys are the present defending world champions is enough to create sky high expectations among mass to get some glimpse of fireworks of football in the upcoming Confederation Cup.
As mentioned above Italy certainly commands a special respect besides generating a great excitement among the various sections of the football fraternity. With an awe inspiring and envious FIFA World Cup record, Italy clearly shows a possibility of tearing apart any opponent on their day. Winning the title four times in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, the statistics also reveal the fact that Italy’s more than impressive world cup record also include second positions in 1970 and 1994, the third place and fourth place in 1990 and in 1978 respectively. Italy’s further achievements in international football also encompass their impressive show in the UEFA European Championship, a title that Italy has managed to win once in 1968. However, they were the runners up in 2000 and finished fourth in the tournament in the 1980 installment. Italy’s further achievements include the team’s success in the Olympics including a gold medal in 1936 and two bronze medals in 1928 and 2004 respectively.
As for their most probable squad that will play in the Confederation Cup, it can be easily said that Italy has one of the most balanced teams in today’s football circuit. The present team consists of goalkeepers Gianluigi Buffon, Marco Amelia and Morgan De Sanctis, defenders Andrea Dossena, Fabio Grosso, Giorgio Chiellini, Fabio Cannavaro, Salvatore Bocchetti, Alessandro Gamberini, Marco Motta and Gianluca Zambrotta, midfielders Riccardo Montolivo, Angelo Palombo, Daniele De Rossi, Matteo Brighi, Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Pirlo along with forwards Giuseppe Rossi, Antonio Di Natale, Fabio Quagliarella, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Giampaolo Pazzini and Simone Pepe. Among those who have been recently called to or called back to the team include Gennaro Gattuso, Mauro Camoranesi, Mauro Camoranesi and Luca Toni among others. The first thing that anyone can say about the list of players from which the playing eleven is to be selected is that rarely one can see such a perfect blending or balance between youth and experience in a team. The squad currently contains Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluca Zambrotta who share among them an experience of 262 international matches and according to most of the football experts and veterans of the game are definitely the players to watch out for in the tournament. Moreover, the other favoring factor for Italy is that due to the ongoing Champions League, most of the players are regularly in touch of competitive football.