Italy and England, five stars of champions, four for the Italians and one for the English. Two classics of European and World football that will face each other in a group where together with Uruguay, adds the not inconsiderable figure of seven world championships between the three. A match with many ingredients to become one of the most intense matches of this start of the World Cup in Brazil 2014.
curiously, Italians and English have only seen each other once in the history of the World Cup. It was in italy 90, where the hosts beat the English by two goals to one in the match that decided the third and fourth place of the Italian event. Is how we say, the only precedent for both teams in the highest football event in the world. Englishmen, they won their last World Cup in 1966. The Italians, the European country with the most World Cup wins and only historically surpassed by Brazil, won their last World Cup forty years after the English, in 2006.
The truth is that despite its history, nor the english, inventors of football or Italians, one of the world powers, they arrive in their best moments. Englishmen, despite having one of the best tournaments in the world, does not succeed in curdling a generation that will once again make British fans vibrate. Nevertheless, arrives in Brazil with the youngest team of all, full of young talents. Write down these names: Luke Shaw, Barkley, Sturridge, Sterling…accompanied by the old warriors like Gerrard or Lampard and the English star, Wayne Rooney.
In the Italian ranks, the fireproof Buffon and Pirlo, survivors of the old guard winner of the World Cup 2006. The goalkeeper will reach a milestone within reach of very few so far, to play his fifth World Cup after being in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and Brazil 2014. At 36 years, It seems that the Brazilian appointment will be the last of his career. Pirlo, will put his magic at the service of his country for the last time in this World Cup as he will retire from the national team at the end of it. But without any doubt, much of the public stares, will be put on the always wayward and rebellious Mario Ballotelli, collector of goals and controversies in equal parts. England-Italy, a duel with a lot of tradition without a doubt that in Colgados, we are not going to get lost.