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Italy to begin title defense against Paraguay

 A man bows as he walks beneath a display of flags from Paraguay, right, and Italy, left, on sale prior to the South Africa 2010 World Cup, in Asuncio...
 Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saves a ball during a training session at Southdowns College, in Irene, near Pretoria, Saturday, June 12, 2010. I...

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A man bows as he walks beneath a display of flags from Paraguay, right, and Italy, left, on sale prior to the South Africa 2010 World Cup, in Asuncio...

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Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saves a ball during a training session at Southdowns College, in Irene, near Pretoria, Saturday, June 12, 2010. I...

The Italian squad wants to prove it isn't too old to win the World Cup again when it starts its title defense against Paraguay, which is playing in honor of shooting victim Salvador Cabanas.
Italy will be a clear favorite in Monday's Group F opener in Cape Town, but the Azzurri have appeared confused in recent friendlies and their South Americans rivals could be more motivated.
Paraguay President Fernando Lugo recently sent a letter to the team's players asking them to play for former striker Cabanas, who survived a gunshot wound to the head and is still recovering.
"Remember our beloved, stupendous example of gritty Paraguay spirit ...," Lugo wrrites.


Updated : 2021-10-16 07:44 GMT+08:00