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World Cup 2010 – Italy Striker Alberto Gilardino Confident Of Repeat Success In South Africa

World Cup 2010 – Italy Striker Alberto Gilardino Confident Of Repeat Success In South Africa

‘Gila’ is ready for an unusual celebratory stunt...

Alberto Gilardino insists Italy are getting undeserved criticism prior to the World Cup finals and the Azzurri will prove their detractors wrong in South Africa.

Many of head coach Marcello Lippi’s selection choices have been put under the spotlight and the majority of Italian fans are sceptical that the reigning world champions will manage to retain their crown this summer.

“There is bad air surrounding us, a bit like in 2006,” Gilardino explained to La Repubblica newspaper.

“But scepticism is a non-issue for us. There are people who can make Italy great and I’m not just saying that for the sake of it.”

Gilardino kept his promise to travel across the whole of Italy four years ago after Italy triumphed in Germany, and concluded: “This time around, I would go on a walking tour!”

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