A new Italy
Traditionally, Italy have been characterised by their defensive strengths, making themselves difficult to beat and happy to soak up pressure.
However, Cesare Prandelli has adopted a new approach which could please the neutrals in Brazil. Daniel Storey takes a closer look.
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Cesare Prandelli has Italy playing an exciting brand of football but will they have the necessary firepower to triumph in Brazil?
All World Cup winning sides require a regular goalscorer and Italy have fared reasonably well in this respect - twice topping the charts through Paolo Rossi & Salvatore Schillaci
One to watch
No.38 - Andrea Pirlo
The evergreen Italian will head into his third World Cup as the Azzurri's talisman. Three years after being let go by AC Milan as they believed him to be past his best, Pirlo is finally showing signs that he may be coming to the end. Time for one final hurrah perhaps?
Who to follow
No.38 - @FinallyMario
No twitter list would be complete without Mario Balotelli. A prolific tweeter with a propensity to enliven his musing with pictures, the Italian can always be relied on to provide the odd firework; be that literally or via a newsworthy outburst on social media
World Cup greats
No.38 - Dino Zoff
Zoff is the oldest player to ever win the World Cup, having captained Italy to victory in 1982 at the age of 40. One of the finest of all time , Zoff played in 1974 and 1978 but it wasn't until '82 that his performances were rewarded with a 3-1 victory over West Germany in the final.