Category Archives: Italy Under 21 Team

New group to start afresh against Spain and Slovenia with seven players receiving first call-ups

Squad list Goalkeepers: Emil Mulyadi Audero (Venezia), Lorenzo Montipò (Novara);
Defenders: Claud Adjapong (Sassuolo), Kevin Bonifazi (Torino), Arturo Calabresi (Spezia), Davide Calabria (Milan), Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta), Giuseppe Pezzella (Udinese), Gian Filippo Felicioli (Verona), Filippo Romagna (Cagliari);
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Rolando Mandragora (Crotone), Alessandro Murgia (Lazio);
Forwards: Alberto Cerri (Perugia), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Riccardo Orsolini (Atalanta), Simone Palombi (Lazio), Vittorio Parigini (Torino), Daniele Verde (Verona), Luca Vido (Atalanta). Staff – Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Massimo Mutarelli; Chaperone: Vincenzo Marinelli; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Fitness Coach: Vito Azzone; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Match analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctor: Angelo De Carli e Luca Gatteschi; Physiotherapist: Enzo Paolini and Emiliano Bozzetti.
 
Schedule for the Under-21 National Team Sunday 27th August
19:30 CEST  Squad to meet at the Mancini Park Hotel in Rome Monday 28th August
10.00      Training (closed door)
13.15      Meeting the media (coach)
17.30      Training (closed door)
 
Tuesday 29th August
10.00     Training (closed door)
13.15     Meeting the media  (players)
17.30     Training (open to the press)
 
Wednesday 30th August
]10.00      Training (closed door)
15.15       Flight from Rome to Madrid and transfer to Toledo 
 
Thursday 31st August
13.30       Meeting the media (coach)
18.00       MD -1 Training at the Toledo Stadium  Friday 1st September
10.00       Training (closed door)   
19.30       SPAIN-ITALY Under-21  Toledo Stadium
Meeting with the press after the match
 
Saturday 2nd September
10.00       Training (closed door)
15.45       Flight from Madrid to Venice and transfer to Cittadella 
 
Sunday 3rd September
13.00       Meeting the media (coach )
18.00       MD-1 Training at the Cittadella Stadium
 
Monday 4th September
10.00       Training (closed door)
21.15       ITALY-SLOVENIA Under 21 Cittadella Stadium
Meeting with the press after the match, while players and staff with also return to their respective clubs ]]>

Tickets now available for the Azzurrini’s September friendly against Slovenia

www.vivoazzurro.it and www.ticketone.it. Ticketing offices at the Stadio Piercesare Tombolato on Via Gabrielli and Via Verdi will be open from 10:00 till 14:00 CEST on match day and also from 15:30 up until the start of the first half.  Tickets prices are as followed: 
 
– Tribuna Ovest                                Euro    10,00
– Tribuna Est                                    Euro    10,00
– Curva Nord                                    Euro      5,00  Disability accreditation requests can be made between Monday 21st to 31st August while places last. Along with sending an identity document for the accompanying person, proof of disability must also be sent to biglietteria@ascittadella. Accreditation passes can be picked up from the gate on Via Verdi up until 20:00 on match day. Documentation must be provided. 
 
FIGC and CONI card holders for 2017 with a right to place in the Tribuna d’Onore can access the stadium by showing their cards at the Stadio Piercesare Tombolato ticket office on Via Angelo Gabrielli. With seats in the Tribuna Ovest until places last, they can pick up their tickets on Monday 4th September from 14:00 till 21:30. Card holders without the right to enter the Tribuna d’Onore will have access to the Tribuna Est.  ]]>

Italy U-21 Coach Di Biagio: “We have no choice, we must beat the Czech Republic to move forwards”

If Luigi Di Biagio defined the opening fixture against Denmark as a ‘round of 16’ match, tomorrow’s meeting with the Czech Republic at Tychy Stadium at 18:00 CEST is another key step towards the semi-finals for the Under-21 National Team. While keeping an eye on main rivals Germany who face Denmark, the Azzurrini have the task of picking up three points before the final clash with the Germans.

In five previous matches against the Czech Republic, Italy have won three, drawn one and lost one. The most recent clash finished 3-1 ten years ago at the European Championship in the Netherlands. It’s almost a point of no return for the Czechs as they look to recover after losing their opening match.

“We have to think more about ourselves than them,” said Di Biagio at the press conference. He still looked affected after the team visited the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau before tomorrow’s match. “I believe that this morning’s visit was more important than a training session,” he added. “The boys saw in person what they’ve studied in schoolbooks and that’s fundamental for their development. Personally, I’ve been to these places three times and it still has an incredible effect on me. But now, we have to think about recouping our energy, we gave a lot in the first match and the matches are very close together. Tomorrow won’t be easy because it’s a last chance for the Czechs and they’ll give everything. On our part, we have no choice. If we want to go forward then we absolutely must win.” Di Biagio didn’t rule out a possible change in the side but he won’t decide until the last moment. “I have players who still haven’t recovered. There could be changes from the first match, I still have time to make the right decision. I expect a game similar to the Denmark one, our opponents will try to keep it close before looking to make the most of any chances. We have to do well and stay patient and get the ball forwards to put them in difficulty. We are aware of our strength and aware of the ability of our opponent.”

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule

Tuesday 20th June
17:00 press conference at the Tychy Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Tychy Stadium

Wednesday 21st June
18:00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  Tychy Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
11:00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
13:30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium

Saturday 24th June
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
20:45 ITALY vs. GERMANY  Krakow Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match

Group C schedule for Under-21 side at the European Championship  

Matchday One (18th June)

Germany 2-0 Czech Republic

ITALY 2-0 Denmark

Standing: Germany and Italy 3 points, Denmark and Czech Republic 0 points

Matchday Two (21st June)

Czech Republic vs. ITALY (18:00  – Tychy)

Denmark vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow)

Matchday Three (24th June)

Czech Republic vs. Denmark (20:45 – Tychy

Source:  figc.it

 

Di Biagio: “We have no choice, we must beat the Czech Republic to move forwards”

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule
Tuesday 20th June
17:00 press conference at the Tychy Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Tychy Stadium Wednesday 21st June
18:00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  Tychy Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match Thursday 22nd June
11:00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
13:30 meeting the media (player) Friday 23rd June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium Saturday 24th June
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
20:45 ITALY vs. GERMANY  Krakow Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match Group C schedule for Under-21 side at the European Championship   Matchday One (18th June) Germany 2-0 Czech Republic ITALY 2-0 Denmark Standing: Germany and Italy 3 points, Denmark and Czech Republic 0 points Matchday Two (21st June) Czech Republic vs. ITALY (18:00  – Tychy) Denmark vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow) Matchday Three (24th June) Czech Republic vs. Denmark (20:45 – Tychy)
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Italy U-21: The Azzurrini visit Auschwitz and lay a wreath: “Nobody can ever forget”

Italy’s Under-21 squad visited both Auschwitz and Birkenau this morning, the two former concentration camps in Poland. This comes five years after the Italian National Team previously visited the memorial sites prior to the European Championship in 2012.

The squad and staff witnessed the evocative places within the former Nazi extermination camps, as they lay down down a wreath with the message “No one will ever forget”. Captain Marco Benassi commented on his personal Twitter profile saying: “Walking between the block and gas chambers. Imagine the suffering and the atrocities. Not having the courage to say anything. Lest we forget”. There were similar words from Andrea Petagna: “Nobody can imagine anything more cruel, a hell that should never happen again.” Roberto Gagliardini cited Primo Levi when discussing their visit: “To understand is impossible, but to know is necessary”

The Azzurrini will arrive in Tychy on Tuesday afternoon, where they will complete some final preparations during a training session scheduled for 19:00 CEST. Italy will take on Patrik Schick’s Czech Republic at 18:00 CEST tomorrow in what will be their second group game at the European Championship. Following their opening 2-0 defeat to Germany, the Czech side will be well aware that tomorrow’s result is crucial in determining their fate and determining whether they qualify for the semi-finals. In five previous matches against the Czech Republic, the Under-21 side have recorded three wins, one draw and one defeat. The last encounter between these two sides was a 3-1 win for Italy during the 2007 Under-21 European Championship in the Netherlands.

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule

Tuesday 20th June
10.30 Visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps
17:00 Press conference at the Tychy Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Tychy Stadium

Wednesday 21st June
18:00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  Tychy Stadium post-match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
11:00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
13:30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium

Source:  figc.it

The Azzurrini visit Auschwitz and lay a wreath: “Nobody can ever forget”

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule Tuesday 20th June
10.30 Visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps
17:00 Press conference at the Tychy Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Tychy Stadium Wednesday 21st June
18:00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  Tychy Stadium post-match press conferences to follow after the match Thursday 22nd June
11:00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
13:30 meeting the media (player) Friday 23rd June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium ]]>

Italy U-21: Azzurrini all set for Denmark opener. Di Biagio: “We will treat it like a knockout fixture”

There have been a total of 14 matches between Italy’s and Denmark’s Under-21 sides in the past, with the Azzurrini clearly having the edge. The Italians have recorded a total of seven victories, five draws and just two defeats. Their last meeting was a friendly in Bergamo on 14th November 2016, with the match eventually ending as a 0-0 draw. However, the outcome will be much more significant come tomorrow, as Italy begin their European Championship campaign in Poland. A number of these current Under-21 players have already experienced the bitterness of what can crop up whilst playing for the Azzurrini, as Luigi Di Biagio’s side previously found out as they failed to progress past the group stage back in 2015. A night before Sunday’s game, Italy will now certainly be looking to redeem themselves during this summer’s competition.

For tomorrow’s match against Denmark (Krakow Stadium at 20:45 CEST), Di Biagio is looking to make the most of the previous encounter between the two sides: “Denmark have improved a lot in recent years,” said the coach. “They have some top class players, whilst they are also well organised and play a good style of football. We know them well. We played them last November and it ended as a draw, although we deserved something more from the game. We know how they play, but I am sure that they are more focused on us and concentrating on what we will try to do out on the pitch.”

With a total of five titles, Italy are the most decorated team in the history of this European Under-21 competition, therefore are unsurprisingly among the favourites this time round. Their path to the finals was both exciting and optimistic, as a number of young players stood out in terms of their character and technical ability: “We have enjoyed a really good training camp,” the coach continued. “The players who put in a lot during the season have recovered well. But it will still be difficult. There are four or five squads who are very impressive, although you do not simply progress due to your decorated history, you still have to do well as a team. Especially in competitions like this. The lads are focused. Among them are a few different players who took part in the last European Championship. They have now gained further experience over the last two years and their development is important. I see in their eyes the same amount of enthusiasm that was present two years ago. The desire to be here at all costs and the desire to redeem themselves, this was a great surprise for me. It is clear that tomorrow’s match is fundamental. We will treat it like it is the last 16.”

Torino’s Marco Benassi was part of the previous squad who took part in the Czech Republic two years ago and he is now expected to play a key role in tomorrow’s fixture: “There is a strong ambition to redeem ourselves,” said Benassi. “The previous European Championship was an enormous disappointment for me. I am sure that we have learnt a lot from those previous mistakes. We are aiming high; we are a great side and I’m sure we can do it.”

Source:   figc.it

Italy Squad 

Goalkeepers: 17 Alessio Cragno (Benevento); 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan); 19 Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: 3 Antonio Barreca (Torino); 14 Davide Biraschi (Genoa); 2 Davide Calabria (Milan);
13 Mattia Caldara (Atalanta); 12 Andrea Conti (Atalanta); 22 Alex Ferrari (Verona); 23 Pezzella (Palermo); 4 Daniele Rugani (Juventus);
Midfielders: 15 Marco Benassi (Torino); 5 Danilo Cataldi (Genoa); 18 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter); 8 Alberto Grassi (Atalanta); 21 Manuel Locatelli (Milan); 6 Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo);
Forwards: 7 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo); 10 Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina); 9 Alberto Cerri (Pescara); 20 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina);16 Luca Garritano (Cesena); 11 Andrea Petagna (Atalanta).

Staff: Delegation Head: Gabriele Oriali; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Assistant Coach: Daniele Franceschini; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coaches: Vito Azzone and Luca Coppari; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Nutritionist Cristian Petri; Physiotherapist: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini and Maurizio Fagorzi.

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule

Saturday 17th June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium

Sunday 18th June
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
20:45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
11:00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
13:30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
17:00 press conference at the Tychy Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Tychy Stadium

Wednesday 21st June
18:00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  Tychy Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
11:00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
13:30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium

Saturday 24th June
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
20:45 ITALY vs. GERMANY  Krakow Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match

Group C schedule for Under-21 side at the European Championship  

Matchday One (18th June)

Germany vs. Czech Republic (18:00 CEST – Tychy)

ITALY vs. Denmark (20:45 – Krakow)

Matchday Two (21st June)

Czech Republic vs. ITALY (18:00  – Tychy)

Denmark vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow)

Matchday Three (24th June)

Czech Republic vs. Denmark (20:45 – Tychy)

ITALY vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow)

Semi-finals (27th June) 

Final (30th June)

Azzurrini all set for Denmark opener. Di Biagio: “We will treat it like a knockout fixture”

Italy Squad  Goalkeepers: 17 Alessio Cragno (Benevento); 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan); 19 Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: 3 Antonio Barreca (Torino); 14 Davide Biraschi (Genoa); 2 Davide Calabria (Milan);
13 Mattia Caldara (Atalanta); 12 Andrea Conti (Atalanta); 22 Alex Ferrari (Verona); 23 Pezzella (Palermo); 4 Daniele Rugani (Juventus);
Midfielders: 15 Marco Benassi (Torino); 5 Danilo Cataldi (Genoa); 18 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter); 8 Alberto Grassi (Atalanta); 21 Manuel Locatelli (Milan); 6 Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo);
Forwards: 7 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo); 10 Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina); 9 Alberto Cerri (Pescara); 20 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina);16 Luca Garritano (Cesena); 11 Andrea Petagna (Atalanta).
 
Staff: Delegation Head: Gabriele Oriali; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Assistant Coach: Daniele Franceschini; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coaches: Vito Azzone and Luca Coppari; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Nutritionist Cristian Petri; Physiotherapist: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini and Maurizio Fagorzi. Under-21 National Team’s full schedule Saturday 17th June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium Sunday 18th June
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
20:45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match Monday 19th June
11:00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
13:30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player) Tuesday 20th June
17:00 press conference at the Tychy Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Tychy Stadium Wednesday 21st June
18:00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  Tychy Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match Thursday 22nd June
11:00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
13:30 meeting the media (player) Friday 23rd June
17:30 press conference at the Krakow Stadium
18:00 MD-1 training session at the Krakow Stadium Saturday 24th June
10:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)
20:45 ITALY vs. GERMANY  Krakow Stadium post match press conferences to follow after the match Group C schedule for Under-21 side at the European Championship   Matchday One (18th June) Germany vs. Czech Republic (18:00 CEST – Tychy) ITALY vs. Denmark (20:45 – Krakow) Matchday Two (21st June) Czech Republic vs. ITALY (18:00  – Tychy) Denmark vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow) Matchday Three (24th June) Czech Republic vs. Denmark (20:45 – Tychy) ITALY vs. Germany (20:45 – Krakow) Semi-finals (27th June)  Final (30th June) ]]>