Cannavaro confident of winning Euro 2008


Italy has been touted as one of, if not the favourites, to achieve glory in Austria and Switzerland later this year.

The Azzurri, who have been drawn in the so-called Group of Death, alongside France, Romania and the Netherlands, have an all-star line up which could well conquer Europe and Cannavaro is adamant his side can do just that.

“The European Championship is an important test,” said Il Capitano.

“And we are the world champions – we have a good squad and we can get results.

“I am optimistic for our chances, even if we have a difficult Group with Holland, France and Romania.

“We will go there with the strength of a united group who know that they have a good Coach.”

The Real Madrid defender also had some praise for Donadoni, who will no doubt be under a large amount of scrutiny during the tournament.

“Roberto has shown his value because it wasn’t easy to arrive after Lippi, a coach who enchanted everyone,” he continued.

“Donadoni has done big things. He reconstructed the group and gave hunger to the world champions by finding the right stimuli. We had an exceptional qualifying campaign and now we will go to the competition calm.”

Italy will be hoping they get off to a flying start when they kick their tournament off against Holland on June 9th in Berne.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu was absent from the Romania squad that travelled to Turkey yesterday.

Coach Victor Piturca took his team to the Balkan country to train for this summer’s European Championship, but his star striker remained in Italy.

Mutu, who has scored 16 goals for the Viola this term, stayed behind to be with his wife, who is about to give birth to their second child.

The 29-year-old is currently serving a two-match ban that will see him miss the remainder of the Serie A season, after he received a red card for mocking and abusing the referee in Fiorentina’s clash with Cagliari.

Romania will play Montenegro in a friendly fixture on May 22 before heading to Switzerland on June 2.