Eye-Catching Italian Fans Enjoy Azzuri's Run to Euro 2012 Final (Photos)As part of our coverage of the 2012 UEFA European Championship, NESN.com will showcase fans from participating countries.

Italy seemingly entered Euro 2012 in a state of turmoil. A match-fixing scandal on the eve of the tournament combined with long-term injuries to rob the squad of several key players. Drawn into a group with Spain, Croatia and Ireland, Italy faced a real challenge to advance to the knockout stages.

Manager Cesare Prandelli greatly impressed in his first international tournament, showing strong tactical and man-management skills. Italy drew its first two games against Spain and Croatia before going on to beat Ireland to earn a quarterfinal meeting with England.

A tough match against the Three Lions was decided by penalty kicks, with Italy proving victorious. Another master-class performance by Andrea Pirlo lifted the Azzuri over Germany 2-1 in the semifinals, setting up a rematch against the Spanish in the finals.

Spain proved to be too much for a tired Italian squad, and La Roja romped to a 4-0 win. Regardless, Italy can be proud of its exciting run to the finals — not to mention its beautiful fans who were there every step of the way.

We've collected the best photos of pretty Italian fans for your viewing pleasure. You can also see pictures of other countries' fans in our round-up of Euro 2012 fan photo galleries.

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