Ireland assistant coach Marco Tardelli, one of Italy's best-known former internationals, has said he will whisper the Italian national anthem when the Azzurri host the Irish in a World Cup qualifier in Bari on Wednesday. Giovanni Trapatonni takes his side to his homeland following Saturday's disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Bulgaria knowing a surprise win against Marcello Lippi's men will see the Irish usurp the reigning World Cup champions into top spot of Group Eight. "I am a professional and I must have respect for those who employ me," Tardelli told reporters. Watch Tardelli's famous 1982 World Cup final goal celebration here. The new issue of FourFourTwo is out now, featuring: • Interviews with Kaka, Arshavin, Terry, Motty, Stam, Dave Mackay & the Chuckle Brothers • The Top 50 Football League Players • Football’s Top 20 Hoaxes • The Best Youth Team Ever • Inside The Damned United • Swansea vs Cardiff Plus a FREE 36-page England supplement
31 March 2009
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