Italy vs Spain on Sunday in their opening Group C match. A very difficult task but I have trust in Azzurri, hope they'll come through good. Though historically they aren't great starters at big championships. Also marred by horrific match fixing scandal, I hope Italian side will draw some inspiration to do good in the tournament.
The last time Italian soccer was rocked by nefarious activities was in the summer of 2006 with the Calciopoli scandal that saw several top club teams sanctioned for influencing referees. Not only did Italy go on to compete in that summer's World Cup, but the Azzurri won the whole thing thanks to a dramatic penalty shootout victory over France in the final.
Italian Football Federation has also considered pulling off the team from the tournament for the good of football. Bosnia-Herzegovina, the highest ranked of the four teams that lost in last year's qualification playoffs, would have been offered the opportunity to come in as a late replacement.
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jis ko falak ne loot ke veeran kar diya, hum rehne walay hain usi ujray dyar ke -