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*Italy's Euro roster has been released:

GOALKEEPERS: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Livorno), Morgan De Sanctis (Sevilla).
DEFENDERS: Christian Panucci (Roma), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan), Fabio Grosso (Olympique Lyon), Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).
MIDFIELDERS: Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini (all AC Milan), Daniele De Rossi, Simone Perrotta, Alberto Aquilani (all AS Roma), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina).
FORWARDS: Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Marco Borriello (Genoa), Antonio Di Natale, Fabio Quagliarella (both Udinese), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria).

*The yellow card rule has been changed for Euro '08. Single yellows received will be canceled after the quarterfinals to help players avoid suspension for the final. Under the previous system, players could miss the final by getting a second yellow card in the semifinals.

*Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is going to jail for six months after pleading guilty to assault charges stemming from a confrontation outside a McDonald's in Liverpool city center on Dec. 27. (Must have been a bad batch of fries.) The judge told Barton it was a "violent and cowardly act." Barton was seen on closed-circuit TV knocking a man to the ground and punching him before attacking a 16-year-old and leaving him with broken teeth.

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2008; 10:18 AM ET
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If it was in Liverpool, I think that would be a bad batch of chips.

Posted by: Johnny | May 20, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Man I hate the Italians.
Ever since the US tied them in '06 only for them to continue on and dive their way to the title, it's been hard to look at those blue jerseys.

Posted by: Ohboyohboy | May 20, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Barton should have done it on the pitch, then he would have only been supsended for a few games.

Posted by: DCUinCT | May 20, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Most people who go to jail lose their jobs (politicians exempted). Will Barton lose his?

"Barton had drunk 10 pints of lager and five bottles of lager during the night, before going to a McDonald's restaurant on Church Street."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 20, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

5 from outside of Serie A? Shocking...

Posted by: RK | May 20, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"If it was in Liverpool, I think that would be a bad batch of chips."
Posted by: Johnny | May 20, 2008 10:33 AM

If it was outside of a McDonalds and not a chip shop they most certainly were FRIES not chips.

Posted by: Uh...nope | May 20, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Only 15 beers? Isn't that considered breakfast in Liverpool?

Posted by: Hacksaw | May 20, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"Dive their way to the title"? If you couldn't see the quality in that Italian side, you don't know soccer. Find a tape of the semifinal to watch some of the best soccer you'll ever see.

Posted by: admit it they're good | May 20, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

A solid defense for the Italians, as usual. Luca Toni is good for a few goals, and maybe Del Piero will finally have a good tournament with the Azzurri (though he won't last 90 minutes in every game).

The midfield looks good on paper, but will they provide enough service for the forwards? Pirlo had an off year. Aquilani is still recovering from a long injury spell, and doesn't have much senior international experience. Camoranesi is good on the wing, but he can't influence the game like Totti in his prime. The rest of the group are workhorses, not artists.

Looks like a typical Italian side - lots of hard work and discipline, little inspiration. Maybe Cassano will provide a spark off the bench, if he can keep his cool and play well with his teammates. I wouldn't bet on it.

Posted by: SSMD | May 20, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Only 15 beers? Isn't that considered breakfast in Liverpool?

Posted by: Hacksaw | May 20, 2008 10:58 AM

Well in, lad!

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 20, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Cassano made the team! Yes! I hope that he can get some playing time during matches.

Posted by: Bill in Md. | May 20, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"Dive their way to the title"? If you couldn't see the quality in that Italian side, you don't know soccer. Find a tape of the semifinal to watch some of the best soccer you'll ever see.

Posted by: admit it they're good | May 20, 2008 11:09 AM

Find a tape of Italy-Australia from that same tournament to watch some of the least convincing and blindest reffing you'll ever see.

On you get tired of that, find a tape of the final and watch for Matrix's double pike, triple axle somersault after getting tapped in the chest.

No shame.

Posted by: iammrben | May 20, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"least convincing DIVING" that is.

Posted by: iammrben | May 20, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Here's the Barton family rap sheet at the moment...

Joey - sentenced to six months, with charges in two other assaults pending.

Brother Andrew - plead guilty to assault

Cousin Nadine - plead guilty to assault (and threw food at the beating victim as he lay on the ground)

Brother Michael - serving life in prison for a racially motivated axe murder.

Quite a family

Posted by: Kev | May 20, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

no giuseppe rossi? i wonder if bob bradley will reach out to him one last time. he's got to be miffed about getting left off again. (unless he's hurt or something, i haven't been paying attention)

Posted by: pat | May 20, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Rossi will be playing in the Olympics...

Posted by: RK | May 20, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

There is one more player listed here than will accompany the team to the Euros. Most have speculated that Donadoni will choose one from Montolivo and Aquilani. If he goes on recent form, Montolivo should be the man due to his performances in helping Fiorentina secure 4th place and the CL qualifying rounds, and his UEFA cup performances. Aquilani has more experience with the full Italian NT, so I tend to think that Donadoni will go in that direction.

Either way, both are tremendous talents who will make up the central midfield with De Rossi for years to come. As a die-hard Fiorentina fan, I hope Montolivo gets the opportunity.

Posted by: tmc | May 20, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Plus, Montolivo is 23 and therefore eligible for the Olympics while Aquilani will be 24 by the time China rolls around ...

Posted by: tmc | May 20, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

F giuseppe rossi. Altidore and Adu will be better anyway.

Posted by: psps23 | May 20, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

My beloved Holland team is in the same group as Italy. Unlike one of the previous posters, I think Italy is suspect on defense. Buffon missed several Juve matches this season with back problems. Cannavaro and Matterazi are no longer the players they once were. I think this team will give up goals; whether they will score enough is always the question. Remember they always start slowly in group play. With their group this June that might be their quick ticket home.

Posted by: Orange14 | May 20, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

ah, thanks for the clarification RK

Posted by: pat | May 20, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I don't think he has ever expected to be in the Euro. He has been starring for the youth teams.

Besides, even Christian Vieri couldn't make it! ;)

Posted by: RK | May 20, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Joey Barton is just another sad example--in a long line of many--that reminds us that you can be wealthy, you can be stupid and you can be wealthy and stupid at the same time. Most of the time, it's just better to walk away... Seems like several members of his family have failed to learn that lesson. You would have figured that he could have learned from his relatives mistakes but oh no.

Brawling at a freaking McDonalds?!?! What the hell was he even doing at a McDonalds. It's nice to "keep it real" but seriously, how much good can come of a high profile, volatile and financially well off athlete going to McD's to buy the #5 combo? Even if you are a level headed, easy going guy--you leave yourself open to the possibility that someone is going to try and start something with you. As we all know, JB isn't a level headed and easy going guy. Even more reason that he should be avoiding any potential problems.

Freaking McDonald's. How stupid. What a waste.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 20, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Soccer America reports that an American, Jerome de Bontin, is taking over as president of AS Monaco. He was a teammate of the CEO of the principality, Prince Albert, at Amherst about 30 years ago.

Posted by: tri-village | May 20, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Mike Vick's brother get busted brandishing a pistol at some teenagers at a Mickey D's round these parts?
Wasted and eating big macs is awfully Hasselhoff...

Posted by: Dadryan | May 20, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Joey Barton is the Marcus Vick of England

Posted by: Ameobi | May 20, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

TMC -- Congrats on Fiorentina's grabbing the final Champion's League slot. Did you see that one of their players left the field in his underwear (I guess he gave away his shorts and jersey!) on Sunday?

The more that Donadoni and the other Italian coaches can be to calling up players outside the top four Serie A clubs, the better (of course with Inter, Materazzi seems to be their only Italian starter, so the choices are limited).

Posted by: Bill in Md. | May 20, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

When the Bartons left school they were called up but were found by an Army Board to be too unstable even for National Service. Denied the opportunity to use their talents in the service of their country, they began to operate what they called 'The Operation'. They would select a victim and then threaten to beat him up if he paid the so-called protection money. Four months later they started another operation which the called 'The Other Operation'. In this racket they selected another victim and threatened not to beat him up if he didn't pay them. One month later they hit upon 'The Other Other Operation'. In this the victim was threatened that if he didn't pay them, they would beat him up. This for the Barton brothers was the turning point.

Posted by: spike_2.0 | May 20, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

maybe they could sentence him to play in MLS for five months - probably New England

Posted by: congguy | May 20, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

When will England's Euro roster be released?


Posted by: David | May 20, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Only thing about the Marcus Vick thing is it turned out to be not so true...

Posted by: sitruc | May 20, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps you don't like the Azzurri shirt because the four stars blind you...

Posted by: Cassano | May 21, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

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