Italy's head coach Antonion Conte walks around the pitch of the Bordeaux stadium on the eve of the match between Italy and Germany during the Euro 016, in Bordeaux, southwestern France, on July 1, 2016. / AFP / NICOLAS TUCAT
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Italy coach Antonio Conte was full of praise for German counterpart Joachim Loew, but believes the Azzurri are ready to avenge a recent friendly thrashing to book their place in the semifinals of Euro 2016 .Two years on from crashing out of a second successive World Cup at the group stage, Italy are in contention to win their first European championships since 1968 .Yet, standing in their way are the world champions and "the most complete" squad of players Conte has ever seen.Die Mannschaft have never beaten Italy in eight previous encounters in a major competition, the last of which came in the semifinals four years ago when Mario Balotelli's double in Warsaw took Italy to the Euro 2012 final.Most fans in Italy believe that Conte's unfancied squad have already over-achieved.
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