WC2010 review: Italy

Italy’s performance was easily the biggest letdown of the entire World Cup.

The reigning world champions did not provide as much as a yelp as they fell and dived through Group F, drawing with Paraguay and New Zealand before going down to Slovakia in a game they needed to win to reach the Round of 16.

The Italian public slammed the Azzurri for bringing shame on the nation and being embarrassments and even midfielder Gennaro Gattuso labelled the team as ‘cavalieri della vergogna’ (Knights of Shame).

Coach Marcello Lippi got the chop after the poor performance and the Italians now have to go about redeeming themselves to win back the respect of their own people and the world football community as a whole.

Finished: 26th
Record: Wins – 0; Draws – 2; Losses – 1; Points – 2
Matches: Paraguay (1-1), New Zealand (1-1), Slovakia (2-3)
Goals: 4
Against: 5

tribalfootball.com’s Star Man
Riccardo Montolivo (The attacking midfielder was the best of a bad bunch but kept attempting from long range and trying to create chances)

Official statistics

Minutes played
Daniele De Rossi 270
Gianluca Zambrotta 270
Vincenzo Iaquinta 270
Fabio Cannavaro 270
Giorgio Chiellini 270

Top scorers
Daniele De Rossi 1
Fabio Quagliarella 1
Antonio Di Natale 1
Vincenzo Iaquinta 1

Total shots
Riccardo Montolivo 10
Antonio Di Natale 7
Daniele De Rossi 6
Giorgio Chiellini 4

Pass Completion Rate
Fabio Cannavaro 80%
Domenico Cristico 78%
Daniele De Rossi 77%
Giorgio Chiellini 74%

Most Fouls
Giorgio Chiellini 7
Vincenzo Iaquinta 6
Fabio Cannavaro 4
Simone Pepe 4

Yellow cards
Fabio Quagliarella 1
Mauro Camoranesi 1
Simone Pepe 1
Fabio Cannavaro 1
Giorgio Chiellini 1

Red cards
none

Saves
Federico Marchetti 1

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