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Team facts: Italy

Team facts: Italy
Team facts: Italy ©Getty Images

Italy

EURO 2013: Quarter-finals

EURO best: Runners-up (1993, 1997)

How they qualified: Group 6 runners-up, W6 D0 L2 F26 A8 Pts18

Coach: Antonio Cabrini

One to watch: Melania Gabbiadini (forward, Verona)

What to watch out for: Only Norway can match Italy's record of qualifying for 11 final tournamentsand theAzzurre have never gone out before the last eight of any EURO – but they will not travel to the Netherlands among the favourites. While the Italians lost narrowly to Germany in the 2009 and 2013 quarter-finals, a qualifying campaign in which they were beaten home and away by Switzerland is more representative of their actual form – especially since long-standing forward Patrizia Panico switched to coaching the men's Under-16s.

That is not to undervalue a team with Sara Gama, Alice Parisi and Melania Gabbiadini (sister of Napoli's Manolo), and despite worrying form in some friendlies they did beat Russia 3-0 in Brazil in December.

 

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