Since taking over as manager of the Azzurri, Cesare Prandelli has steadied the ship and brought in a bit of consistency. TheHardTackle analyzes La Nazionale post the International break.
On the eve of Juventus' crunch tie with Manchester City, the Old Lady's recent weakness against English teams is uncovered and analyzed.
New Zealand showcased off one of the most memorable underdog performances in world cup against Italy. But was that just a one off result ? THT's Somnath Sengupta unravels a well thought out approach from the New Zealand coach - a man who is very much responsible for their brilliant show in the Group stages.
Italy is not a place for the youth. Italy, considered a powerhouse in World football, are now on the wane, following a string of indifferent performances at the club and national level. TheHardTackle's Nikhil Taneja reckons that the current youth policy is one of the main reasons for this downfall, and explores why.
The Azzurri, winners of the 2006 World Cup, travel to South Africa to defend their title. But does the present team have what it takes to replicate the feat they achieved four years ago? TheHardTackle's Nikhil Taneja gives an insight into the current situation of the Italian team, and charts the road that took the team to the holy grail of International football.