Here are the forwards called up by Italy Head Coach Cesare Prandelli for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Who failed? Best forward? Worst forward? Come on guys, this is the most disappointing area. I don’t have a good vote for a specific forward. I expected way more from all of them, especially the couple Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano, and you?
Simply put, the much-hyped dynamic duo Balotelli-Cassano did not work at all. The expected goals machine failed. Here is the crude reality. Italy scoring just 2 goals in the entire World Cup. Are you kidding me? BAM! Total failure. Oh yeah, big time, total failure! Your take….
Let me tell you, here I would have loved to see Hellas Verona forward Luca Toni battling with all his hunger for goals and desire to be with the Azzurri. Sadly, Prandelli did not consider him despite being the 2nd top scorer in the Serie A with 20 goals, but picked up Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne who had scored only 3 goals in the season. I said this before and stand for Toni. Is not the job of a forward to score goals? Hello… so, Toni would have been in this list! What a slap for Prandelli!
Bad thing is that Prandelli not trusting neither Torino forward Ciro Immobile the top scorer of the Serie A with 22 goals until the last game using him in the lineup…. but maybe it was already too late. Bottom line, guys, Balotelli had scored 14 goals in the league and Cassano 12. Simple math…. Insigne is the future, but was not ready for this World Cup. Oh well… move on.
Forwards / Attaccanti: Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).
Italy Forwards Photos courtesy of vivoazzurro.it
Italian National Football Team 2014 FIFA World Cup Results, Group D
Italy 0 – 1 Uruguay on Tuesday 24 June 2014
Italy 0 – 1 Costa Rica, Friday 20 June 2014
England 1 – 2 Italy, June 14, 2014
- Italy Head Coach Cesare Prandelli Resignation. Tuesday 24 June 2014
- President of the Italian Football Federation Giancarlo Abete Resignation, Tuesday 24 June 2014
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D Standing: Italy, Costa Rica, England, and Uruguay, Tuesday 24 June 2014