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Group D : The teams :

South Korea
Cameroon
Honduras
Italy

Fixtures :

2008-08-07
17:00 Honduras v Italy Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium

19:45 South Korea v Cameroon Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium

2008-08-10
17:00 Cameroon v Honduras Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium

19:45 Italy v South Korea Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium

2008-08-13
17:00 South Korea v Honduras Shanghai Stadium

17:00 Cameroon v Italy Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium

Squad List :


Italy
1 Emiliano VIVIANO
2 Marco MOTTA
3 Paolo DE CEGLIE
4 Antonio NOCERINO
5 Luca CIGARINI
6 Domenico CRISCITO
7 Riccardo MONTOLIVO
8 Claudio MARCHISIO
9 Tommaso ROCCHI
10 Sebastian GIOVINCO
11 Giuseppe ROSSI
12 Daniele DESSENA
13 Andrea CODA
14 Robert ACQUAFRESCA
15 Salvatore BOCCHETTI
16 Lorenzo DE SILVESTRI
17 Ignazio ABATE
18 Andrea CONSIGLI



Cameroon
1 Amour TIGNYEMB
2 Albert BANING
3 Antonio GHOMSI
4 Andre BIKEY
5 Alexandre SONG
6 Stephane MBIA
7 Marc MBOUA
8 Georges MANDJECK
9 Frank SONGOO
10 Christian BEKAMENGA
11 Gustave BEBBE
12 Paul BEBEY
13 Nicolas NKOULOU
14 Aurelien CHEDJOU
15 Joel NGUEMO
16 Joslain MAYEBI
17 Alain OLLE
18 Alexis ENAM



Honduras
1 Kevin HERNANDEZ
2 Quiarol ARZU
3 David MOLINA
4 Samuel CABALLERO
5 Erick NORALES
6 Oscar Andres MORALES
7 Emil MARTINEZ
8 Rigoberto PADILLA
9 Carlos PAVON
10 Ramon NUNEZ
11 Luis RODAS
12 Jorge CLAROS
13 Hendry THOMAS
14 Jefferson BERNARDEZ
15 Luis LOPEZ
16 Marvin SANCHEZ
17 David ALVAREZ
18 Obed ENAMORADO



South Korea
1 JUNG Sung Ryong
2 SHIN Kwang Hoon
3 KIM Dong Jin
4 KANG Min Soo
5 KIM Chang Soo
6 KIM Jin Kyu
7 OH Jang Eun
8 KIM Jung Woo
9 SHIN Young Rok
10 PARK Chu Young
11 LEE Chung Yong
12 KI Sung Yueng
13 KIM Seung Yong
14 BAEK Ji Hoon
15 KIM Kun Hoan
16 CHO Young Cheol
17 LEE Keun Ho
18 SONG You Gual​
 

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Excellent stuff FK.

On paper Italy surely have a strong squad in this group, but with Cameroon and S Korea I bet they have some promise and the players on these teams will play Italy like its a World Cup final.

From Italy I would say 3 players to watch are Giovinco, Montolivo and Rossi.
 

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Done it in the other thread.

My team would be:

Viviano; De Silvestri, Criscito, Bocchetti, De Ceglie; Nocerino, Marchisio, Montolivo; Giovinco, Rocchi, G. Rossi

but the first team to start will probably include Motta > De Silvestri (or De Ceglie) and Cigarini > Marchisio.
 

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De Silvestri was bad in the last friendly, but surely Motta wont bench him?

My prefered lineup is identical to Deanos (you have good sense in playing with Marchisio ;)), except that I really like Acquafresca as a prima punta over Rocchi for sure.
 

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I think Rocchi's experience is vital. Captain of Lazio of course and also I am unsure if Acquafresca is better than him at this point. Rocchi is a very hard worker and runs the channels very well... can be useful in making space for Rossi.
 

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Prediction?:

1. Italy
2. South Korea.
 

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Its hard to make a prediction when the amount of players you know from the other 3 teams comes down to....1 in Alexandre Song. Would guess Cameroon would end up second.

And about Rossi, Azzurrini plays a kind of game that relies on a prima punta who is more of an ancor to their plays, Rocchi doesnt really have the similar presence in the box as Qqcuafresca.
 

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2-0 for Italy in half time against Honduras. Both goals at the end of the half.

The usual suspects and magical duo of Giovinco-Rossi scoring. Giovinco opening it up with the goal of the tourno (never mind these two goals being only goals so far :D), and Rossi with a pk.
 

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This thread not being updated. Anyway Italy through comfortably, but still need a point v Cameroon to finish top which woul dbe a huge bonus. Not only because we would avoid Brazil in the QF, we would avoid Brazil and Argentina (assuming both finish 1st in their group) until a possible final against either.
 
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