• Italy edition
 
The Local List
Ten key players in Italy's World Cup team
Three of Italy's key players (L-R): Daniele de Rossi, Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Ten key players in Italy's World Cup team

Published: 04 Jun 2014 08:55 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2014 08:55 GMT+02:00

While he says Italy has the tactics to make it to the final of the tournament, will the side be able to rekindle its winning form of 2006?

With lynchpins including Andrea Pirlo, Daniele de Rossi and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, there is some hope. 

Striker Mario Balotelli is also on board, as is Alessio Cerci, who's being eyed by the UK's premiership after a stellar performance for Torino in Serie A last season.  

Cerci will make his World Cup debut for Italy as will Mattia di Sciglia, who plays for Milan.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi was left out of the squad, a decision based on Italy’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, in which neither side scored.

Out of the 23 men going to Brazil, The Local has put together a top 10 list of the ones to watch. CLICK HERE to see.

The total line-up is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Gabriel Paletta (Parma)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)

Don't miss a story about Italy - Join us on Facebook and Twitter.
 

The Local (news@thelocal.it)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Italy confirms end of boat migrant rescue operation
Italy has confirmed the end of its boat migrant rescue operation, Mare Nostrum. Photo: HO Italia Navy

Italy confirms end of boat migrant rescue operation

Italy on Friday confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation "Mare Nostrum", which has saved the lives of tens of thousands of boat migrants in the Mediterranean. READ  

Paolo Gentiloni named Italian foreign minister
Italy's former communications minister Paolo Gentiloni has been nominated foreign minister. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Paolo Gentiloni named Italian foreign minister

Italy's former communications minister Paolo Gentiloni has been nominated foreign minister, his new deputy said on Friday. READ  

Medics fight to save baby in dead mum's womb
Doctors hope to bring the pregnancy to 28 weeks. Baby photo: Shutterstock

Medics fight to save baby in dead mum's womb

UPDATED: Doctors in Milan are battling to save the life of an unborn baby by keeping his mother's heart beating for another month, despite her being brain dead. An expert told The Local the case is "incredibly rare". READ  

Opinion - Italy's South
'Forget the baby bonus, we need investment'
Naples, in Italy's southern Campania region. Naples photo: Shutterstock

'Forget the baby bonus, we need investment'

With births in southern Italy at their lowest rate in over 150 years, The Local spoke to the head of a development organization about what needs to be done to help Italians have a family. READ  

Renzi fights for female FM as Mogherini resigns
Photo: Giuseppe Aresu/AFP

Renzi fights for female FM as Mogherini resigns

Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini stepped down on Friday, a day before she is set to take on the role of European foreign policy chief in Brussels. READ  

Renzi under pressure as Italy's jobless rate rises
Italy's unemployment rate hit 12.6 percent in September. Photo: Shutterstock

Renzi under pressure as Italy's jobless rate rises

Italy's unemployment rate rose against analysts' expectations in September, increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who is battling trade unions over measures to overhaul the job market. READ  

Italy's poverty rate fell slightly in 2013
The number of residents whose monthly spending is less than €800 remains high. Poverty photo: Shutterstock

Italy's poverty rate fell slightly in 2013

Over a quarter of residents in Italy faced poverty or social exclusion last year, but the number of people at risk of poverty is falling across the country, new statistics show. READ  

Mummified body found in Modena hospital
The body was found at a hospital in Modena (not pictured). Photo: Hospital image: Shutterstock

Mummified body found in Modena hospital

A mummified body, believed to belong to a patient who went missing in 2011, has been found at Baggiovara hospital in Modena, northern Italy. READ  

Terror at Eataly as two employees stabbed
The man allegedly stabbed two colleagues at Eataly in Rome. Photo: Eataly

Terror at Eataly as two employees stabbed

A cook and security guard were stabbed at Rome’s gourmet Italian food store, Eataly, on Thursday afternoon, allegedly by a colleague who reportedly “went wild” following a row with the cook. READ  

Rip-off Rome taxi driver robs tourists' luggage
The German woman and her daughter took a taxi to Rome's Via Veneto. Taxi photo: Shutterstock

Rip-off Rome taxi driver robs tourists' luggage

A Rome taxi driver charged a German woman and her daughter €100 for a ride from the airport and then sped off with one of their bags, containing possessions worth €10,000, Italian media reported on Thursday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
Offer: Unlimited airmiles from British Airways
Politics
Quiz: How well do you know Italian politics?
Culture
Ten Rome baristas who brighten your day
Business & Money
Italy bows to EU pressure over budget
Travel
Ten of the best students bars in Rome
National
'Italy is the real sick man of Europe'
Society
Semi-clad tourists dance in priceless fountain
National
Singing nun picks Like a Virgin for debut album
National
Where's the best place to live in Italy?
National
Amorous Italian couple get stuck in frolic at sea
Culture
Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz
Travel
Top ten: Travel warnings for Italy
International
Revealed: The cost of home comforts in Italy
Health
Nurse 'killed 38 patients for being annoying'
Culture
Breaking Balsamic: See US writer's potent parody
Opinion
Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?
Culture
Top ten: Things Italian mothers say
Society
Mayors vow to defy gay marriage registration ban
Travel
How well do you know Italy's geography?
National
Ten Italian 'false friends' you need to watch out for
International
Italian student tipped to win British X-Factor
Business & Money
Italy ranked ninth most desirable place to work
Education
Why Milan uni's English switch opened minds
National
The small Sicilian town with nine centenarians
National
What Rome could teach Paris and vice versa
National
President's barber: €99k state snippers overpaid
National
Is Italy really a bad place to grow old?
Education
Pisa storms into global uni rankings
National
Unruly Italy is EU's most disobedient country
National
Italy among worst places in EU to grow old
Travel
Brit in bid to set Milan metro travel record
International
Marriage scam: 179 Italian couples claim to live in British mail box
Politics
Italy's state barbers' pay trimmed...to €99,000
Politics
eBay users snub Italy’s luxury official cars
National
Udder joy: Italian man is world's best cow-milker
Business & Money
Chinese fashion titans look to Italy for value
National
Clooney wedding 'good news for the Middle East'
National
QUIZ: Test your Italian language skills
Education
Italy top of the class for teaching English
National
Italians offered €30 a day to host a migrant
Tech
Azerbaijan beats Italy in internet stakes
Society
Marriage scrapped due to 'mummy's boy' husband
Politics
Italy separatists unfazed by Scotland's 'no'
Culture
Ten 'rude' Italian phrases you can get away with
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

661
jobs available