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World Cup 2014: Italy name 30-man provisional roster

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Teams preparing for the World Cup are narrowing their rosters down ahead of the tournament in Brazil. They have to name a provisional 30-man roster before cutting that number down to 23 the second day of June.

Think of the multiple cut deadlines in NFL training camps. Some teams have gone ahead and named 23-man rosters even though they didn’t have to quite yet, Italy was not one of them. Italy named a 30-man roster and will begin training in Florence on May 19.

Italy Squad, from Sky Soprts: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain); Ignazio Abate (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter); Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Hellas Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain); Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina)

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