Italy's victory against the Faroe Islands in Modena was particularly special for defender Fabio Cannavaro as the Azzurri captain won his 113th international cap.
Italy may have booked their place at UEFA EURO 2008™ with Saturday's 2-1 win in Scotland, but last night's 3-1 victory against the Faroe Islands in Modena – which confirmed Roberto Donadoni's side as winners of qualifying Group B – was particularly special for Fabio Cannavaro. The Azzurri captain made his 113th international appearance, overtaking Dino Zoff to move second in the all-time Italian caps' list.
"Overtaking a legend like Zoff is really something for me," said the Real Madrid CF defender after surpassing the appearances' total of one of his predecessors as a FIFA World Cup-winning captain. "I'm honoured to have worn the Azzurri shirt 113 times." Cannavaro, 34, is now behind only record-holder Paolo Maldini, who won 126 caps, and is optimistic there are more good times ahead, adding: "The fans love this team. We won the World Cup and within 18 months we have qualified for the [UEFA] European Championship – the public appreciate this and realise what we have achieved. Roberto Donadoni has done a great job and we all support him."
'Remember it forever'
Three other players had special reason to celebrate in Modena: Raffaele Palladino made his Italy debut; Luca Toni scored Italy's second goal in his home town; and Giorgio Chiellini got the third, his first for the Azzurri. "I don't score that often," said the Juventus defender. "This time I scored a great goal, my first for Italy, and I will remember it forever. Now my aim is to make the squad for Austria and Switzerland. I don't mind if I play as centre-back or full-back, I just want to be there. I know I still have to improve but I will try my best to convince Donadoni."