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World Cup 2014: Italy's chances in Brazil

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Italy have lacked quality in attack for a long time, however with Mario Balotelli and Stephen El Sharaaway they now possess two fine forwards. 

They won't have the likes of Cassano or Di Natale in the team and that loss of experience and expertise could hurt them. 

As always, they have a solid defence with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter) and right-back Ignazio Abate (Milan). Of course they have some good young players who may make an appearance such as left-back Davide Santon (Newcastle).

Gianluigi Buffon, still one of the top keepers in the world and is more than enough for any international side. He has all the experience in the world which will be needed in a World Cup where there will be a lot of young talent who lack that invaluable experience. 

Andrea Pirlo was absolutely fantastic in Euro 2012 for Italy, however he's likely to play a smaller role this time round as he's 34-years-old now. However, he may feature well and could make the difference especially against lower teams. 

He can control games with his penetrative passing and even him just being there to mentor the youngsters will help the team.

And of course they won the greatest trophy in the world in 2006 with a team not too dissimilar than the current one - though I don't think they can win it this time around.

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