Emanuele Giaccherini is another Italian player to have risen to international prominence under Cesare Prandelli. The 27-year-old had not a single cap to his name when Prandelli called him up for UEFA EURO 2012, and had never played for Italy at any level. Born in Talla, Tuscany, Giaccherini has earned the nickname Il Messi di Talla for his small build, low centre of gravity and ability to dribble past opponents with ease.

 

At the age of 15, Giaccherini, a diminutive winger who can play on either flank, suffered a heavy collision with an opposing goalkeeper and had to have his spleen removed. He made his professional debut in 2004 with Cesena, before spending time on loan at several lower-league Italian sides. 

 

His Serie A debut came on 28 August 2010 in Cesena's goalless draw with Roma, and a season later he joined Juventus. Since then he has added a new dimension to his game, with coach Antonio Conte deploying him in a more versatile attacking midfield role.

 

On 13 May 2012, Giaccherini was named in Prandelli's preliminary Italy squad for UEFA EURO 2012. And on 10 June 2012 he made his international debut, playing in La Nazionale's 1-1 draw with reigning world champions Spain.