Italy's World Cup Finals trip faces internal problem (2)

19:57, June 03, 2010      

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Fabio Cannavaro, Buffon's ex Parma teammate and now Juventus partner, is another shining star in the Azzuri. Lifting high the World Cup on 9 July 2006 as the Italy's captain was his most glorious moment in the Germany's summer. He was then selected as the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2006, which is the most precious personal award that he has ever received during his carrier life. There is no doubt that he is a very strong and stable centre-back both in the club and national team.

However, Juventus only got a 7th place in the 2009-2010 season, which is the most disappointing result after The Old Lady was back from Serie B. Buffon has done all his best, but he cannot save all the balls by himself. In addition due to the injuries, he was forced to be absent from the football field for a month. Cannavaro still played hard, but 4 years have passed since he shouted in great delight lifting the cup. 3 months later He will reach 37 years old, which is usually no longer a golden age for a football player, especially for a centre back.

Along with Buffon and Cannavaro, Zambrotta, Camoranesi, De Rossi, Gattuso, Pirlo, Gilardino and Iaquinta were all Materazzi' s old teammates who now have their chance to get to South Africa. Except Gilardino and De Rossi, all these Italian heroes for winning the 2006 World Cup are above 30 years old.

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