After four years of waiting, the time has come. Another World Cup is here, and our bloggers across all 32 competing countries have each predicted the fate that awaits their team. The country's Outlook gives a general view of its situation ahead of the tournament, while Pitfalls takes a look at any potential problems. Each blogger will also predict the top scorer and breakout star and suggest how far that nation can go.
Zero wins in the last seven games would usually worry fans, but when it comes to the Italians, they are well-versed in the Azzurri's art of lackadaisical play in noncompetitive matches. The Nazionale simply never perform unless they have to, and historically, their successful World Cup tournaments were always preceded by poor results.
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