5 Players Expected To Explode For Italy In 2014

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Five Most Expected Players To Explode In 2014 For Italy

Buffon
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There are many reasons why 2014 will be a very intriguing year for the Nazionale. As a matter of fact, besides the obvious excitement and pressure around the World Cup, in which the Azzurri will be unfairly competing in the hardest group of the tournament with England, Uruguay, and Costa Rica, the team will also undertake an important process of rejuvenation both in the roster and coaching staff.

As fans already know, the boss Cesare Prandelli is not the only person who is already set to leave the squad right after the Brazilian adventure, considering that this is also the case for several players who are considered the authentic team's leaders on and off the field. Out of all, the most important are the captain Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, and Alberto Gilardino.

Without a doubt, these goodbyes will have a significant impact on the rest of the teammates, as they will be missing a great deal of character that has always been provided by these legendary figures. For this reason, it will be finally time for the other remaining experienced players to fully engage the leadership role that it extremely crucial for the Azzurri.

Of course, this particularly involves the names of Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Claudio Marchsio, Riccardo Montolivo, and even the still young starlets Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi.

Furthermore, as all these players will have to turn into the main leaders, it will be the time for another group of young and least experienced players to finally become an relevant part of team, in terms of hard work and consistency. Certainly, there are many players who belong in this group. However, the top 5 are listed in the following slides.

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Federico Marchetti

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The Lazio goalkeeper has unfortunately been recognized as an authentic scapegoat for the Azzurri, especially considering the inglorious adventures in the 2010 World Cup, in which, in reality, the 30-year-old had no blame for the team's failure.

However, it is also true that Marchetti, in Nazionale, has hardly ever performed as well as he regularly does in his club. For this reason, as legend Buffon will probably be leaving the team, he will now have a great opportunity to finally show his real level in terms of character and consistency.

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Lorenzo Insigne

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In today's soccer, Lorenzo Insigne is a very unique player. With his great talent and skills, he reminds fans of a style that is perhaps not seen ever since Alessandro Del Piero left the team. Having had a great first year in Nazionale, including the great participation in the U-21 European Championship, the 22-year-old will be required to be one of the main characters in Italy's process of rejuvenation.

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Mattia De Sciglio

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Mattia De Sciglio appears to be having a glorious predestined future. Being able to effectively play in the two sides of the defense line, millions of fans hope that the 21-year-old could minimally imitate the great performances of the legendary players that Italy has always had in those positions, such as Paolo Maldini, Claudio Gentile, Antonio Cabrini, Chrisitian Panucci, Gianluca Zambrotta, and many more.

As the left side seems to be finally greatly covered by Domenico Criscito, the AC Milan defender could potentially become a great point of reference for the right back position, which has been inconsistently covered by Ignazio Abate and Christian Maggio.

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Alessandro Florenzi

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Alessandro Florenzi represents a particular kind of player that has always been present in every single triumph of Italy's history. As a matter of fact, being able to successfully combine skills to hard work and consistency, the Roma player strongly reminds the fans of the various Simone Perrotta, Dino Baggio, and Gabriele Oriali.

It has been demonstrated that, without this kind of players, Italy hardly ever wins. For this reason, the 22-year-old will be expected to finally become a highly relevant component for the Azzurri by simply continuing what he has already been showing with Roma.

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Marco Verratti

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Just like Florenzi, Marco Verratti is also one of the latest representations of a particular group of players that the glorious generations of Italy have always had. In this case, however, the group is composed by extremely talented players who lead the team with a strong sense of serenity and leadership.

As he has already found international consistency at PSG, the 21-year-old is expected to demonstrate why he is known as the successor of Andrea Pirlo and Demetrio Albertini.

The Azzurri have a very talented team and should make a deep run in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer. Find World Cup Soccer tickets at Vivid Seats.

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