Always a colossal meeting. Whether friendly or competitive tie. These two last met in 2009, twice. First in an early-year friendly at the Emirates Stadium in London. Then in South Africa at the Confederations Cup. Brazil won on both occasions 2-0 then 3-0. Here are a series of pictures of other famous meetings. Between them they have nine world titles. They meet again on Thursday in Geneva.
The green & red trimming on the end of each sleeve really makes the new Italy kit look more… Italian. Good job Puma. See the full kit at: http://www.soccerbible.com/news/football-shirts/archive/2013/03/19/PUMA-_2600_-Italy-Unveil-2013-Confederations-Cup-Kit.aspx
England v Italy featured some new kits. Italy wore a commemorative classic kit supplied by puma to pay homage to the ‘82 boys. While I’ve never seen England wear a white tee and red shorts combo. It was an interesting subplot to an interesting result England won 2-1
Father and son: Paolo and Christian Maldini circa 1998.
Carrying his team into the semi finals virtually with one deft flick of his boot - Andrea Pirlo.
The most talked about player in Poland/Ukraine this summer.
Italy’s Euro 2012 squad
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (SSC Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain FC).
Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Federico Balzaretti (US Città di Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Christian Maggio (SSC Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino FC).
Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna FC), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus) Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (ACF Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus).
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City FC), Fabio Borini (AS Roma), Antonio Cassano (AC Milan), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese Calcio), Sebastian Giovinco (FC Parma).
My favourite team at my favourite World Cup.
Gigi Buffon scoping out d scene in a 2001 friendly v Argentina
Gigi Buffon in his new sexy goalkeeper jersey
The 1996 UEFA European Championships was the first Tournament that Italy took part in with not a single Internazionale FC Milano player in the squad.
Photo from:Onze-Mondial, July 1996
(Italy’s Roberto Donadoni -June 14, 1996 UEFA Euro Championship Czech Republic 2-Italy 1)
Photo from:Onze-Mondial, July 1998 (Christian Vieri in action during 1998 World Cup, June 27, 1998 World Cup Italy 1-Norway 0)