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June 30, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
TORONTO -- A month ago, Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli was ready to pull out of the European Championship amid a game-fixing scandal that implicated members of the national team. On Sunday, Prandelli and that same embattled national team have a chance to win soccer's second-most prestigious prize. And though it will be an uphill climb against a Spanish team ranked No. 1 in the world, it might not be a good idea to bet against Italy in this one. After all, this is the third time in the last three decades that Italian soccer has been racked by charges of illegal gambling, and on each of the previous occasions the national team helped cleanse the wound by winning a major championship.
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June 26, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Host Italy moved an impressive step closer to the World Cup here Monday with a 2-0 second-round victory over Uruguay. Its fourth shutout in a row put Italy into the quarterfinals as co-favorite with West Germany. The Italians will play surprising Ireland here Saturday in the quarterfinals.
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January 12, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Imagine being a Southern California kid growing up near the beach in Orange County and deciding to head to Italy on your 16th birthday to spend nine months at a boarding school, leaving behind your mother, father, younger brother and friends to follow your dream of trying to become a professional soccer player. Kris Picarelli said he was inspired by his cousin, Italian national team goalkeeper Anna Marie Picarelli, so he packed up his suitcase and boarded a plane Sept. 16, 2010, and didn't return for good until June 20, 2011, missing his sophomore year of high school.
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July 18, 1994 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The victorious Brazilians were doing something closely resembling jumping jacks in the midfield, and several yards away, Italian goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca was flat on the ground. His teammates were respectful, letting him remain alone with his thoughts. Finally, a couple came over and comforted him. Forward Gianfranco Zola put an arm around Pagliuca. How bittersweet could it get?
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June 4, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, a man waiting for a whistle, is unabashed embodiment of Italy future and Italy past. "I'm a full-of-contradictions kind of guy," di Montezemolo mused one recent morning in the frazzling countdown for the 1990 World Cup. He directs preparations with a blend of high-tech drive and old-world patience, wheedling harmony from a nation of brilliant but obstinate soloists.
SPORTS
January 12, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Imagine being a Southern California kid growing up near the beach in Orange County and deciding to head to Italy on your 16th birthday to spend nine months at a boarding school, leaving behind your mother, father, younger brother and friends to follow your dream of trying to become a professional soccer player. Kris Picarelli said he was inspired by his cousin, Italian national team goalkeeper Anna Marie Picarelli, so he packed up his suitcase and boarded a plane Sept. 16, 2010, and didn't return for good until June 20, 2011, missing his sophomore year of high school.
SPORTS
June 30, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
TORONTO -- A month ago, Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli was ready to pull out of the European Championship amid a game-fixing scandal that implicated members of the national team. On Sunday, Prandelli and that same embattled national team have a chance to win soccer's second-most prestigious prize. And though it will be an uphill climb against a Spanish team ranked No. 1 in the world, it might not be a good idea to bet against Italy in this one. After all, this is the third time in the last three decades that Italian soccer has been racked by charges of illegal gambling, and on each of the previous occasions the national team helped cleanse the wound by winning a major championship.
SPORTS
February 22, 1990 | Associated Press
Two World Cup soccer favorites, Italy and the Netherlands, met in an exhibition match Wednesday in Rotterdam but settled nothing in a scoreless draw. The result was particularly unsatisfying for Italian Coach Azeglio Vicini, whose team has scored one goal--against modest Algeria--in its last five games. Each team was missing one offensive threat, Ruud Gullit for the Dutch and Gianluca Vialli for the Italians, because of injuries.
SPORTS
July 11, 1992
On July 1, Mike Downey listed 50 terms of derision, revulsion, denigration, scorn, contempt, ridicule, mockery, disparagement, affront and insult, not toward a criminally dishonest sports promoter, drug-dealing high school athlete, or swindling agent, but at a game: soccer. In Italy in 1990, he wrote not of the World Cup, but his hotel decor and his inability to remember the Italian word for beans. More than 50% of us are "minorities" in this city and play minority sports under contemptible conditions.
SPORTS
July 18, 1994 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The victorious Brazilians were doing something closely resembling jumping jacks in the midfield, and several yards away, Italian goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca was flat on the ground. His teammates were respectful, letting him remain alone with his thoughts. Finally, a couple came over and comforted him. Forward Gianfranco Zola put an arm around Pagliuca. How bittersweet could it get?
SPORTS
June 26, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Host Italy moved an impressive step closer to the World Cup here Monday with a 2-0 second-round victory over Uruguay. Its fourth shutout in a row put Italy into the quarterfinals as co-favorite with West Germany. The Italians will play surprising Ireland here Saturday in the quarterfinals.
SPORTS
June 4, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, a man waiting for a whistle, is unabashed embodiment of Italy future and Italy past. "I'm a full-of-contradictions kind of guy," di Montezemolo mused one recent morning in the frazzling countdown for the 1990 World Cup. He directs preparations with a blend of high-tech drive and old-world patience, wheedling harmony from a nation of brilliant but obstinate soloists.
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September 9, 2006
Who is missing from this list of men's world champions? Basketball: Spain Baseball: Japan Soccer: Italy Hockey: Sweden The way things are going for the U.S., if the Canadian Football League champion challenged the Pittsburgh Steelers, we would probably lose. GENE L. MCCREADIE Arcadia Too bad Bruce Wallace [Sept. 2] can't learn the lessons of the U.S. men's basketball team and not be the ugly American reporter who tells us all about our boys but nothing about the game or the Greek team.
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June 15, 2000 | Associated Press
Italy moved closer to a quarterfinal berth in the European Championship by defeating co-host Belgium, 2-0, Wednesday behind goals from Francesco Totti and Stefano Fiore. Totti's header put Italy in front after only six minutes and, after goalkeeper Francesco Toldo made a string of saves to deny the Belgians, Fiore hit a 20-yard strike in the 66th minute. "That was a great boost for our morale," Italy Coach Dino Zoff said. "But we have to watch out.
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