Preview Italy vs Albania, World Cup Qualifier, Friday 24 March 2017

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Here is the Preview Italy vs Albania for the World Cup Qualifier on Friday 24 March 2017 at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo, Italy at 20:45.   The situation is favorable for Italy being in the 2nd position with 10 points compared to Albania with 6 points in the 4th position.   Italy having the same 10 points as Spain holding the first position having a better goal difference of +14 compared to Italy +7.

UEFA World Cup Qualification Standing Group G BEFORE the game.
Italy, 2nd position with 10 points and a positive goal differene of +7
Albania, 4th position with 6 points and a negative goal difference of -2

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
2 Italy 4 3 1 0 11:4 7 10
4 Albania 4 2 0 2 4:6 -2 6

 

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  • Here is the situation:   Italy can jump to the first position if they defeat Albania and the combination of the match Spain vs Israel ending with a draw or Spain losing the match.  Spain is playing at the El Molinón in Gijon.
  • There is only 1 precedent between Italy and Albania played in 2014 with a result:  Italy 1 – 0 Albania.
  • Italy are unbeaten in 54 qualifiers (40 wins and 14 draws)
  • Six of Albanian squad play in Italy, 5 in Serie A and 1 in Serie B   Lazio goalkeeper Strakosha, Napoli defender Hysaj, Torino defender Ajeti, Empoli defender Veseli, AS Bari midfielder Basha, ad Pescara Captain midfielder Memushaj.
  • Albania coach Gianni De Biasi is Italian
  • Albania have not conceded in six away qualifiers (W4 D2)

It is a special match for Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reaching a record of 1,000 game in professional football and a European record of 168th cap.

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Italy Head Coach Giampiero Ventura and Italy Captain Gianluigi Buffon

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers Standing Group G – Up to Matchday 4

 Teams Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
Spain
4 3 1 0 15 1 14 10
Italy
4 3 1 0 11 4 7 10
Israel
4 3 0 1 8 5 3 9
Albania
4 2 0 2 4 6 -2 6
FYR Macedonia
4 0 0 4 4 11 -7 0
Liechtenstein
4 0 0 4 1 16 -15 0

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Stats Before the game.   Top scorer of ITALY:   Ciro Immobile with 4 goals

Top scorer of ALBANIA:  Bekim Bajaj with 2 goals

Italy Goals Goals Albania
Immobile, Ciro 4 2 Balaj, Bekim
Belotti, Andrea 3 1 Sadiku, Armando
Candreva, Antonio 2
De Rossi, Daniele 1
Pelle, Graziano 1

Stats.  Here are the last 5 games of ITALY:   3 wins, 2 draws

15/11/16 IFG Italy Germany 0:0
12/11/16 WCQU Liechtenstein Italy 0:4 4
09/10/16 WCQU Macedonia Italy 2:3 3
06/10/16 WCQU Italy Spain 1:1 2
05/09/16 WCQU Israel Italy 1:3 1

Stats.  Here are the last 5 games of ALBANIA:  2 wins, 1 draw, 2 lost

12/11/16 WCQU Albania Israel 0:3 4
09/10/16 WCQU Albania Spain 0:2 3
06/10/16 WCQU Liechtenstein Albania 0:2 2
05/09/16 WCQU Albania Macedonia 2:1 1
31/08/16 IFG Albania Morocco 0:0

 

Italy 23 Official Called Up Players for Albania

Goalkeepers: 1 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), 12 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), 14 Alex Meret (Spal 2013);

Defenders 15 Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), 19 Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), 3 Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), 13 Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), 2 Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), 3 Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), 5 Daniele Rugani (Juventus), 22 Davide Zappacosta (Torino);

Midfielders: 16 Daniele De Rossi (Roma), 8 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), 18 Marco Parolo (Lazio), 10 Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Wingers: 6 Federico Antonio Candreva (Inter), 7 Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), 21 Nicola Sansone (Villarreal), 23 Simone Verdi (Bologna);

Forwards: 9 Andrea Belotti (Torino), 17 EderCitadin Martins (Inter), 20 Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), 11 Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

Staff – Commissario Tecnico: Gian Piero Ventura; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Tecnici Federali: Salvatore Sullo, Paolo Vanoli e Gianluca Spinelli; Segretario: Mauro Vladovich; Preparatori atletici: Alessandro Innocenti e Giovanni Brignardello; Medici federali: Enrico Castellacci e Carmine Costabile; Massofisioterapisti: Fabrizio Scalzi, Emanuele Randelli, Alfonso Casano, Pasquale Raia, Walter Martinelli (osteopata).

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Albania 20 Official Called Up Players for Italy

Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha, Orges Shehi, Alban Hoxha.

Defenders:  Ansi Agolli, Berat Gjimshiti, Mërgim Mavraj, Elseid Hysaj, Naser Aliji, Frederic Veseli.

Midfielders: Amir Abrashi, Burim Kukeli, Migjen Basha, Jahmir Hyka, Ergys Kaçe, Andi Lila, Taulant Xhaka, Ledjan Memushaj, Odise Roshi, Ermir Lenjani, Eros Grezda, Liridon Latifi.

Forwards:  Bekim Balaj, Sokol Çikalleshi, Rei Manaj, Armando Sadiku, Azdren Llullaku.

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World Cup Qualifier: Italy 23 Official Called Up players for Albania, Friday 24 March 2017

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Italy Head Coach Giampiero Ventura called up 23 players for the FIFA World Cup Qualifier game Italy vs Albania on Friday 24 March 2017 at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo, Italy at 20:45.

Goalkeepers: 1 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), 12 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), 14 Alex Meret (Spal 2013);

Defenders  15 Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), 19 Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), 3 Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), 13 Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), 2  Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), 3 Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), 5 Daniele Rugani (Juventus),  22 Davide Zappacosta (Torino);

Midfielders: 16 Daniele De Rossi (Roma), 8 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), 18 Marco Parolo (Lazio), 10 Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Wingers: 6 Federico Antonio Candreva (Inter), 7 Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), 21 Nicola Sansone (Villarreal), 23 Simone Verdi (Bologna);

Forwards:   9 Andrea Belotti (Torino), 17 EderCitadin Martins (Inter), 20 Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), 11 Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

Staff – Commissario Tecnico: Gian Piero Ventura; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Tecnici Federali: Salvatore Sullo, Paolo Vanoli e Gianluca Spinelli; Segretario: Mauro Vladovich; Preparatori atletici: Alessandro Innocenti e Giovanni Brignardello; Medici federali: Enrico Castellacci e Carmine Costabile; Massofisioterapisti: Fabrizio Scalzi, Emanuele Randelli, Alfonso Casano, Pasquale Raia, Walter Martinelli (osteopata).

UEFA World Cup Qualification Standing BEFORE the game.

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
2 Italy 4 3 1 0 11:4 7 10
4 Albania 4 2 0 2 4:6 -2 6

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Results FIFA World Cup Qualifiers CONMEBOL, Thursday 23 March 2017

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Here are the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Results on Thursday 23 March 2017.

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Colombia 1 – 0 Bolivia
Goal: 83′ James Rodriguez (C)

Uruguay 1 – 4 Brazil
Goals: 8′ Edinson Cavani (U)(pen), 18′ Paulinho (B.), 52′ Paulinho (B.), 75′
Neymar (B.), 90′ Paulinho (B.)

Paraguay 2 – 1 Ecuador
Goals: 12′ Bruno Valdez (P), 65′ Junior Alonso (P), 70′ Felipe Caicedo (E)(pen)

Argentina 1 – 0 Chile
Goals: 16′ Lionel Messi (A)(pen)

Venezuela 2 – 2 Peru
Goals: 24′ Mikel Villanueva (V), 40′ Romulo Otero (V), 46′ Andre Carrillo (P), 64′ Jose Paolo Guerrero (P)

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  •  AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson
  • Inter defender Miranda
  • Juventus winger Daniel Alves

There are 3 Italian Serie A Players among Uruguay National team list:

  • Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt
  • Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez
  • Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino

There are 4 Italian Serie A Players among Argentina National team list:

  •  Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia
  • Inter midfielder Ever Banega
  • Juventus forward Paulo Dybala
  • Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain (El Pipita)

There are 6 Italian Serie A Players among Colombia National team list:

  • AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata
  • Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sánchez
  • Juventus midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado
  • AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca
  • Sampdoria forward Luis Fernando Muriel
  • Udinese forward Duván Zapata

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World Cup Qualifying Table – Standings after Thursday 23 March 2017

Qualifying Stage Overall Home Away
 Rank  Teams P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
 1  Brazil 13 9 3 1 32 10 5 1 0 18 4 4 2 1 14 6 22 30
 2  Uruguay 13 7 2 4 25 15 6 0 1 17 5 1 2 3 8 10 10 23
 3  Argentina 13 6 4 3 15 12 4 1 2 8 4 2 3 1 7 8 3 22
 4  Colombia 13 6 3 4 16 15 4 2 1 10 4 2 1 3 6 11 1 21
 5  Ecuador 13 6 2 5 23 18 4 1 1 12 6 2 1 4 11 12 5 20
 6  Chile 13 6 2 5 21 18 4 1 1 12 5 2 1 4 9 13 3 20
 7  Paraguay 13 5 3 5 13 18 3 2 2 9 10 2 1 3 4 8 -5 18
 8  Peru 13 4 3 6 20 22 2 2 2 10 11 2 1 4 10 11 -2 15
 9  Bolivia 13 2 1 10 10 32 2 1 3 9 12 0 0 7 1 20 -22 7
 10  Venezuela 13 1 3 9 16 31 1 2 4 11 14 0 1 5 5 17 -15 6

 

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Immobile: “The team has grown, we can aim for the World Cup”

Italy’s next test is in Palermo against Albania in a World Cup Qualifier. “We’re studying them, they’re a team who played in the European Championship finals with good qualities and they’re well trained,” said Ciro Immobile at today’s press conference. “It won’t be a walk in the park, they’ll fight with tooth and nail. We know that playing at 90 per cent isn’t enough to win. Belief grew from September and we’re a more united team now. There have been improvements even if we’ve not spent much time together. If Buffon says that we’re a very strong team then who I am I to contradict him?”

Immobile will also be up against a Lazio teammate in Thomas Strakosha. “I’ve spoken with him and he said that they’ll give us a tough time but we’ll give our all to beat them,” added Immobile. “We all need to feel trusted and personally I must thank Ventura for what he’s doing with me.”

Palermo is also a special place for Immobile to play at. “I’m emotional about it because I’ve already played there twice with Italy and the atmosphere makes you feel at home,” he added. “From when the anthem plays the stadium gives you energy. When I play at the Stadio Barbera my family always look to go.”

The Lazio forward also agreed with Ventura about moving the start of the season to aid Italy’s preparation for the match with Spain on 2nd September. “I agree with the coach, it’s an important year and everybody must understand that,” he went on. “To prepare best for that match the start of the season needs to be moved, I don’t see what the problem is.”

Ahead of Friday’s match, the Italy squad trained with a double session at Coverciano. There was a mixture of work in the gym and on the training pitch. After being affected by the flu, Leonardo Bonucci worked in the gym and in short bursts on one of the other pitches.

Officials for Italia vs. Albania

Referee: Ilavko Vincic (Slovenia)

Assistants: Tomaz Klancnik (Slovenia) and Andraz Kovacic (Slovenia)

Fourth Official: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

FIFA Match Commissioner: Baiazs Makray (Hungary)

Squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Spal);

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Davide Zappacosta (Torino);

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Wingers: Antonio Candreva (Inter), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Nicola Sansone (Villarreal);

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder Citadin Martins (Inter), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

Staff – Coach: Gian Piero Ventura; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Coaches: Salvatore Sullo, Paolo Vanoli and Gianluca Spinelli; Secretary: Mauro Vladovich; Fitness Coaches: Alessandro Innocenti and Giovanni Brignardello; Doctors: Enrico Castellacci and Carmine Costabile; Masseurs: Fabrizio Scalzi, Emanuele Randelli, Alfonso Casano, Pasquale Raia, Walter Martinelli (osteopath).

Schedule

Wednesday 22 March

h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)

h.  13.30  ca Meeting with the media (players)

h.  15.30      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Thursday 23 March

h.  10.30      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

h.   16.00       Departing flight to Palermo from Florence

h.  17.25        Arrive in Palermo and transfer to the stadium

h.  17.45        Walk Around

h.  18.00        Italy press conference(Coach and one player)

h.  18.45        Albania press conference (Coach and one player)

h.  19.30      Albania Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Friday 24 March

h.  20.45      QUALIFYING GAME FOR THE 2018 WORLD CUP ITALY-ALBANIA

Meeting the media after the game

Saturday 25 March

h.  11.00        Departing flight for Florence

h.  12.25        Arrive in Florence and transfer to Coverciano

h.  16.00      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Sunday 26 March

h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)

h.  13.30 ca   Meeting the media (players)

h.  16.00      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Monday 27 March

h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)

h.  16.30        Flight from Florence to Amsterdam

h.  18.50       Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to stadium

h.  19.15        Walk Around

h.  19.30        Press conference (Coach and one player)

The Netherlands’ team schedule

h 12.15         Training session at the AZ Alkmaar Stadium in Alkmaar (first 15 minutes open to media)

Press conference to follow (Coach and one player)

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