The 2018 World Cup is coming to a close, but who are the new stars that will join the ranks of the best of the World Cup class?
With the tournament winding down, the latest news on the future of Italy comes from the football world.
As it is a World Cup, it is not possible to give any predictions about the number of players who will join Italy in their squad, but there are some who are sure to be included.
First of all, there is Alessandro Del Piero, who has notched up a brace of goals for his country.
The 31-year-old has scored in every World Cup qualifier that Italy have played, including their first appearance in Brazil.
Del Pierao is certainly not the only Italian to have had a great World Cup and he is surely one of the players to watch.
Second, there are others like Alessandro Castiglioni, a versatile midfielder who has scored seven goals in the last two qualifiers.
The former AC Milan player has been in fine form for the Rossoneri and he could be a major player for Italy this time around.
Third, there were many new faces at the Euros.
There was the arrival of two new wingers in Gonzalo Higuaín and Diego Costa.
There are also new wing players in the form of Mario Balotelli and Gonzalo Castro.
The next World Cups will be held in Russia in 2018 and 2019.
For the first time since the tournament began in 2000, a group stage game is scheduled to be played in Russia.
This will be followed by the group stage in the second qualifying round in 2020.
The finals will be in 2019.
The World Cup will be a test of strength for all sides and it will be interesting to see which side is the stronger.
The players who have made the most impact at Euro 2016 have already been part of the Euro 2020 squad and it is unlikely that they will be leaving the squad for the 2019 tournament.
Italy will be looking to add to its squad, especially at the back.
The Serie A side have already signed the likes of Diego Maradona, Giorgio Chiellini, Antonio Candreva, Andrea Pirlo, and Matteo Mancini.
The next two players are likely to be the two key players of the squad, Alessandro Diamanti and Francesco Totti.
The most important player for the Italians will be Andrea Pignotti, the Juventus midfielder who scored in Italy’s last World Cup qualifying win over Chile.
The Italian will be the most sought-after signing in the next squad.
The rest of the squads, however, are still in flux.
Mario Balogliani, Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, and Nani are still on the books at Juventus and Manchester City respectively, while Andrea Pisanu, Federico Chiesa, and Gonzaland Bozanic are still available.
The squad that is most likely to get the nod to the next two World Cups is the Italian national team.
This is because it is the only team in the World, and the only country that will qualify for the competition.
However, with the 2018 World cup ending and the 2019 World Cup being played in 2018, the squad will be more in flux than ever.