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Cindy Garcia-Bennett reflects on Italy's World Cup campaign - and reckons coach Marcello Lippi was right about one thing heading into the finals.
Former Italy international Gianfranco Zola believes Cesare Prandelli is the right man to take the national side forward after their shock exit from the World Cup.
Slovakia's Marek Hamsik feels sorry for Italy after his side's 3-2 victory sent the defending champions crashing out of the World Cup at the group stage.
Italy arrived home in Rome on Saturday morning but unlike four years ago there were not many fans waiting to greet them at Fiumicino airport.
Giancarlo Abete has lashed out at Italy's woeful performance against Slovakia and hinted he could step down from his post as federation president following the World Cup.
Outgoing captain Fabio Cannavaro insists changes are needed in Italian football or the team could face a lengthy wait before regaining the World Cup.
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The Italian press predictably pulled no punches on Friday morning as they dissected the Azzurri's dismal World Cup finals failure in South Africa.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi took full responsibility for his side's World Cup group exit, admitting his side had played with "terror in their heart, head and legs".
Defending champions Italy crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage after losing 3-2 to Slovakia, who went through to the last 16 along with Paraguay.
Captain Fabio Cannavaro is confident "the best is yet to come" from traditional World Cup slow starters Italy ahead of Thursday's crucial clash with Slovakia.
Coach Marcello Lippi was remaining calm ahead of stuttering Italy's final World Cup Group F showdown with Slovakia which they need to win to ensure progress.
Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss refused to apologise after making threats at his latest media briefing about his treatment from reporters at the World Cup.
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