Euro 2012 ITALY Roster “Pre-Selection” – Prandelli’s List of 32

As the European Championship draws near, over the past week-end Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli revealed his preliminary list of 32 players from which the final 23 who will be making the trip to Poland/Ukraine this Summer.

There were several surprises, such as newcomers Mattia Destro (Siena), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), and Ezequiel Schelotto (Atalanta), but also “old-timers” who despite their vast amount of experience have not featured yet under Prandelli’s reign: Rubin Kazan defender Salvatore Bocchetti, Bologna’s Alessandro Diamanti, and Udinese veteran Antonio Di Natale.

The biggest surprise however comes perhaps from a man currently plying his trade in Serie B: Pescara’s Marco Verratti. Often categorized as “the new Pirlo” by his fans, the player is under heavy talk of a transfer to Juventus next season, and altough many doubts remain at his inclusion in Prandelli’s final list of 23, he could provide that “fresh spark” which has been somewhat missing from the Azzurri during the past few years.

Marco Verratti

Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, another Serie B alumnus, also made the list.

Notable exclusions feature Inter’s Gianpaolo Pazzini & Genoa’s Alberto Gilardino (both of which haven’t exactly had great seasons), Roma’s Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (who had featured in practically all of Prandelli’s call-ups so far and had a decent year with Roma, at least initially), as well as Juventus players Alessandro Matri (who dropped in form since the new year) and Simone Pepe.

In addition, goalkeeper Federico Marchetti was left out in favor of Emiliano Viviano, Salvatore Sirigu and Morgan De Sanctis, to provide back-up for the irreplaceable Gigi Buffon.

Not to mention of course, Giuseppe Rossi, who will spend all Summer sidelined with a knee ligament injury. A real shame for “Pepito”, who would have certainly made the trip otherwise.

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The final list of 23 players, as per UEFA regulations, will be unveiled by a FIGC press release within 12:00pm on May 29th.


Goalkeepers: Club:
Gianluigi BUFFON Juventus
Morgan DE SANCTIS Napoli
Salvatore SIRIGU Paris SG
Emiliano VIVIANO Palermo
Ignazio ABATE AC Milan
Davide ASTORI Cagliari
Federico BALZARETTI Palermo
Andrea BARZAGLI Juventus
Salvtore BOCCHETTI Rubin Kazan
Leonardo BONUCCI Juventus
Giorgio CHIELLINI Juventus
Domenico CRISCITO Zenit
Christian MAGGIO Napoli
Angelo OGBONNA Torino
Andrea RANOCCHIA Inter
Luca CIGARINI Atalanta
Daniele DE ROSSI Roma
Alessandro DIAMANTI Bologna
Emanuele GIACCHERINI Juventus
Claudio MARCHISIO Juventus
Riccardo MONTOLIVO Fiorentina
Antonio NOCERINO AC Milan
Andrea PIRLO Juventus
Ezequiel SCHELOTTO Atalanta
Marco VERRATTI Pescara
Mario BALOTELLI Man City
Fabio BORINI Roma
Antonio CASSANO AC Milan
Mattia DESTRO Siena
Antonio DI NATALE Udinese
Sebastian GIOVINCO Parma


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