Italy will be looking to wash away the bad memories of the 2014 World CupReuters

Italy and Netherlands face each other in an international friendly at the Stadio San Nicola as both sides look to get some positive results under their belt ahead of the 2016 European Championships qualifications.

Where to Watch Live

The game is set for a 7.45 pm BST (12.15 pm IST) kickoff with a worldwide coverage on RAI International.  International viewers can also stream the match live HERE.

Viewers in Italy can catch the live action on RAI Uno, with an option to stream HERE. The match will be telecasted in Netherlands on SBS 6, Fox Sports 1 Eredivisie in Netherlands, with live stream option available HERE.

Italy will be very disappointed with their performances at the 2014 World Cup as they were unable to even make it to the knockout stages of the competition.

Despite being placed in the "Group of Death" alongside England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, the Azzurri were expected to top their pool owing to the sheer strength and the depth of their squad.

Their performances in the 2012 European Championship, where they reached the final, had led people to believe that they were serious contenders for the top prize.

But along with the likes of Portugal and Spain, Italy proved to be one of the biggest flops of the 2014 World Cup.

However, now that Cesare Prandelli has been replaced by former Juventus boss Antoine Conte, Italy's fortunes may change for the better.

The 45-year-old boss found a lot of success with Juventus, helping the Old Lady win numerous silverware including three successive Serie A titles in 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14.

And Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon, who worked under Conte at Juventus, feels that the former Siena boss is the right man for Italy.

"I believe Conte is the only one that in a brief time can give us the strength to rise again. I see him now as I saw him at Juve, with very clear ideas, transmitting concepts without the possibility of being misunderstood," said Buffon, according to ESPN.

"Conte is a perfectionist, a coach and a man that believes in discipline and rules. I believe we, the players, need this type of guidance.''

However, Conte's coaching ability will be thoroughly tested when Italy face Netherlands on Thursday.

Brazil vs Netherlands
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates his goal against Brazil with his teammates during their 2014 World Cup third-place playoff at the Brasilia national stadium in BrasiliaReuters

Netherland, like Italy, have also appointed a new head coach Guus Hiddink following the departure of their former boss Louis van Gaal to Manchester United.

But the Dutch team, unlike Italy, did pretty well in the 2014 World Cup, ending the tournament in third place.

Their performances against Spain in the opening game was particularly impressive as they went to register a 5-1 win over the 2010 Champions.

The Oranje did well to reach the 2014 World Cup semifinals, where they were finally defeated on penalties by Argentina. Still, they ended their campaign on a high by claiming the bronze medal after recording a convincing 3-0 victory over hosts Brazil .

And Hiddink, who was impressed by Netherlands exploits in the 2014 World Cup, says that he will continue with the same philosophy as van Gaal.

"I applaud the whole team, which performed excellently. It was a very realistic approach there (in Brazil). That policy will be continued," said the former Chelsea boss on being officially unveiled as the new Netherlands boss.

"This team feels like a gift. The players are much better footballers having made unbelievable progress this summer.''

However, Netherlands will not be at their full strength against Italy on Thursday as they currently have many players, including Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Rafael Van der Vaart, Arjen Robben, Jordy Clasie and Ron Vlaar, on the sidelines.

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