Wish you were here
The left back, so pivotal to his country's World Cup success in 2006, was a key part of the Azzurri's team during qualification and played a particularly important role in the 1-1 draw with Ireland in Bari. And then he didn't even make the final squad, with Marcello Lippi cutting him at the last stage.
ZULU word of the day
Means time to 'go home', a phrase more associated with last orders in a bar, but taking on a different meaning this week as countries begin to fall by the wayside.
bet of the day
Half-time/Full-time -- Italy/Italy @ 7/5
The Italians have laboured through this tournament, but, with victory essential, this is surely the day they will stamp their authority from the outset.