(12 August 2009)
Widely considered the natural heir of former Italy and Juventus great Marco Tardelli, Claudio Marchisio is an elegant midfielder with a strong personality. He is a proud product of Juve's youth system, and has captained Italy at every youth level.
With former FIFA World Cup-winners Uruguay, Italy and England all competing in Group D, the outcome looks tough to call, while Costa Rica will be out to perform a heroic shock in trying to negotiate past these football giants.
Claudio Marchisio will miss a month of competition, including Italy's upcoming FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers and Juventus' UEFA Champions League opening group-stage matches after suffering ligament damage.