It wouldn’t be a major soccer tournament without a Group of Death. This time it features former champions Italy, Uruguay and England -- at least one of which won’t get into the knockout rounds.
Defending World Cup champion Italy offered “no excuses” after a defeat to Slovakia resulted in its first failure to get beyond the opening stage since 1974.
Gianluigi Buffon saved three times in the penalty shootout to help Italy beat Uruguay for third place in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has a “serious” back problem and it’s not clear when he’ll be able to play again in the World Cup, the Associated Press reported, citing team physician Enrico Castellacci.
Spain beat Italy 4-0 last night to become the first nation to retain soccer’s European Championship title and the only one from the continent to win three straight major competitions.
Italy upset tournament favorite Germany 2-1 to move into the final of the European soccer championship against defending champion Spain.
Barcelona advanced to the Champions League soccer semifinals for a record sixth straight year after eliminating Paris Saint-Germain on away goals, as Bayern Munich ousted Juventus with a 2-0 win.
Italy started the defense of its World Cup soccer title last night with a 1-1 tie against Paraguay. The Netherlands and Japan both won their first games.
Juventus defeated Celtic 3-0 with early and late goals, and Paris Saint-Germain also won away at Valencia to open the round of 16 in soccer’s Champions League.
Italy beat England 4-2 on penalties following a 0-0 tie to set up a European Championship soccer semifinal against record three-time champion Germany.
"I do not know what happened."
- Gianluigi Buffon on Jun 24, 2010