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Italy: Stadio Olimpico set to host Under-21 friendly vs. Spain with further VAR testing

The Under-21 National Team will be back in action tomorrow against Spain at 21:00 CEST in Rome for the first time in 30 years. The Azzurrini’s last appearance was in 1986 against the same opponent and it ended 2-1 with goals from Gianluca Vialli and Giuseppe Giannini. Current coach Luigi Di Biagio was there. “I remember that game well,” he said. “The atmosphere was amazing. It doesn’t matter for us if it’s a qualifier or a friendly, we’ll approach the game with the same determination and will to win. I hope that there will be a good crowd again tomorrow and that the people enjoy themselves.”

It’s a glamorous friendly and a rematch of the European Championship final four years ago in Israel where Spain won 4-2. It comes four days after a good win away in Poland but there are challenges to be overcome with numerous absences and the defender Kevin Bonifazi had to withdraw with a muscle issue. The coach has a team in mind for the European Championship in Poland but there are still places up for grabs.

“Spain are a different team from Poland,” said Di Biagio at his press conference. “We’ve looked back on Thursday’s game and even with cool heads, it gave us a good feeling as we had the right rhythm away against a tough side. Now, we have a second high-level friendly. Spain are better technically and we have to turn up to play our game toe-to-toe with them and not be afraid. Mine is a great group and the main aim is to train well and enjoy ourselves if it helps us to play more calmly.”

Squad List

Goalkeepers: Emil Audero (Juventus), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);

Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Davide Calabria (Milan), Alex Ferrari (Hellas Verona), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);

Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Rolando Mandragora (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo), Valerio Verre (Pescara);

Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo).

Staff – Delegation Head: Giorgio Bottaro; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coach: Vito Azzone; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Phyiotherapists: Enzo Paolini and Guido Mauro Ferrini; Nutritionists: Cristian Petri.

Schedule (All times CEST)

Sunday 26th March

13:00             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Coach)

15:30             Training (Closed)

Monday 27th March

21:00             ITALY –SPAIN Under 21,   Stadio Olimpico

Source: figc.it

 

Azzurrini return to Rome: Audero is called up

After yesterday’s impressive 2-1 win in Poland with Pellegrini and Benassi goals, the Under-21 National Team have returned to Rome where they play Spain on Monday at the Stadio Olimpico at 21:00 CEST.

In the morning, the players trained in Krakow with warm-down drills for those who played and work on the pitch for the rest. For the match against Spain, Luigi Di Biagio has also decided to call up Juventus goalkeeper Emili Audero who featured yesterday for the Under-20 National Team against Poland and it’s his first call-up the Under-21s.

The match with Spain is particularly interesting as it sees the two most successful Under-21 countries meet (Five European Championships for Italy, four for La Furia Roja) and it will be a rematch of the final four years ago in Israel where Spain won 4-2.

The Stadio Olimpico in Rome will be hosting an Under-21 match for the third time and it’s been over 30 years since the unforgettable first leg of the final between Italy and Spain in October 1986 when the Azzurrini won 2-1 with goals from Gianluca Vialli and Giuseppe Giannini before defeat on penalties in Valladolid in the second leg.

The match at the Olimpico will also provide another opportunity for experimentation with VAR (Video Assistant Referees) in online made in collaboration with Lega Serie A according to FIFA and IFAB protocol. After the technology made its debut in the match between Gian Piero Ventura’s Italy and France in Bari on 1st September, tests were repeated in November for Italy vs. Germany (senior), Italy vs. Denmark (Under-21) in Bergamo and VAR was used in online mode for the first time in Italy at the Under-19 match in Udine between Italy and Spain. VAR was tested again in online mode on 22nd February and 8th March in Bologna and Empoli as the cities hosted the Under-19 National Team against France and the Under-18 National Team against Denmark.

Squad List 

Goalkeepers: Emil Audero (Juventus), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Davide Calabria (Milan), Alex Ferrari (Hellas Verona), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Midfielders Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Rolando Mandragora (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo), Valerio Verre (Pescara);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo).

Staff – Delegation Head: Giorgio Bottaro; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coach: Vito Azzone; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Phyiotherapists: Enzo Paolini and Guido Mauro Ferrini; Nutritionists: Cristian Petri.

Schedule (All times CEST) 

Friday 24th March
10:00                   Training  (closed)
17:05                   Return Flight

Saturday 25th March
16:00                   Training  (Open to the press)

Sunday 26th March
13:00             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Coach)
15:30             Training (Closed)

Monday 27th March
21:00             ITALY –SPAIN Under 21,   Stadio Olimpico

Source: figc.it

 

Italy Under-21 National Team defeat Poland with Pellegrini and Benassi goals

Lorenzo Pellegrini and Marco Benassi got on the scoresheet as the Italy Under-21 National Team won 2-1 away against Poland in an important friendly, three months ahead of the European Championship in the same country. A large number of withdrawals forced Luigi Di Biagio to pick an experimental side and it paid off as he looks to work out his final 23-man squad.

Despite all the absences, the Azzurrini showed that they have the legs and the brains to go far. The game wasn’t taken lightly despite being a friendly. The Azzurrini were organised in the first half with a solid formation while the new entry Federico Chiesa fitted in seamlessly. It was this new face who tested the goalkeeper from 25 metres after 22 minutes following some interplay with Alberto Cerri.

Domenico Berardi had an effort a minute later with a bicycle kick but his strike was weak and saved by Wrabel. Italy kept pressing. In the 29th minute, Berardi found Chiesa whose header set up Lorenzo Pellegrini who picked out the far post with a left-foot volley and the Azzurrini were ahead. Poland looked to bounce back with their pride wounded and they found the equaliser in the 43rd minute with a Kownacki goal after a Kapustka pass caught out Italy’s defence. Cerri almost restored Italy’s lead in stoppage time but his goal was disallowed for offside.
After the break, Federico Di Francesco came on for the other prodigal son Chiesa. It took just five minutes for Italy to go back in front with a blocked Danilo Cataldi free kick falling to Marco Benassi who took one touch before blasting the ball home from outside the area.

Italy then wrung the changes before there was a chance to extend the lead after 63 minutes as Di Francesco was fouled in the box. However, Cerri unfortunately hit the post from the spot.

The Azzurrini continued to control the match up until the final whistle and Luigi Di Biagio expressed his joy after it. “I’m very satisfied with this team, the guys are incredible,” he said. “Lots of them put themselves on show, they’ve turned up in excellent condition even if some of them haven’t played in a while. These matches are very important for our preparations ahead of the European Championship. It all counts, the result included.”

Source:   figc.it

 

Di Biagio ahead of Poland match: “The game will help to remove any final doubts”

The Under-21 National Team have two more fixtures ahead of the summer’s European Championship finals. Krakow and Rome will host the upcoming matches against Poland and Spain who have both also qualified and they will provide a real test for Luigi Di Biagio’s side as the coach prepares to narrow his squad down to 23.

Numerous withdrawals in recent days have forced the coach to revaluate his squad ahead of tomorrow’s match in Krakow at 20:45 CEST. “Tomorrow, we will have to experiment with all of these absences,” Di Biagio. “I’ll try to find a new solution so that I shake off my final doubts before naming the 23 players for the squad who will go to the European Championship.

A man with clear ideas, Di Biagio knows what he wants and expects to see from his team, even in friendlies. “We have a chance to try new things in a match, Poland will make us play very well,” he added. “I’ve heard from Boniek and he confirmed to me that much is expected from them at the European Championship. Because of this, it will be an excellent test to see how the guys are developing. We have to think that results always come from good performances and we’ll aim to play a good game.”

“I believe that this European Championship will be the best in 20 years, we’re happy that some of my guys have been called up to the senior side,” added Di Biagio. “It’s evidence of the good work that began eight years ago with Sacchi and Viscidi on our young players. The aim is to go far, always aware that we have to have the desire to win the main prize. We’ll see about the final squad and confirm things with Ventura. President Carlo Tavecchio and CEO Michele Uva are still telling me to take the best.”

Squad

Goalkeepers: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Davide Calabria (Milan), Alex Ferrari (Hellas Verona), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Rolando Mandragora (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo), Valerio Verre (Pescara);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo).

Staff – Delegation Head: Giorgio Bottaro; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coach: Vito Azzone; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Phyiotherapists: Enzo Paolini and Guido Mauro Ferrini; Nutritionists: Cristian Petri.

Schedule (All times CEST) 

Schedule

Wednesday 22nd March
13:00             Meet the press in the hotel (Coach)
17:00             Training at Cracovia Stadium (First 15 minutes open to the press)

Thursday 23rd March
10:00                  Training   (closed)
20:45                 POLAND vs. ITALY  Under-21, Cracovia Stadium
Meeting with the press afterwards

Friday 24th March
10:00                   Training  (closed)
17:05                   Return Flight

Saturday 25th March
16:00                   Training  (Open to the press)

Sunday 26th March
13:00             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Coach)
15:30             Training (Closed)

Monday 27th March
21:00             ITALY –SPAIN Under 21,   Stadio Olimpico

Source:   figc.it

 

Italy Under-21: Caldara and Mazzitelli withdraw, Mandragora is called up

Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara and Sassuolo midfielder Luca Mazzitelli left the Under-21 National Team’s squad this morning to report back to their clubs after picking up injuries. After Andrea Petagna was moved up to the senior side and Andrea Conti was ruled out, Luigi Di Biagio will now have to do without these two for the Azzurrini’s two upcoming friendlies. As a result, Juventus midfielder Rolando Mandragora has been called up.

The team are set to leave in the afternoon for Krakow where they face Poland on Thursday at 20:45 CEST. On Monday 27th March, they will play Spain at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome at 21:00.

Source:   figc.it

Squad

Goalkeepers: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Davide Calabria (Milan), Alex Ferrari (Hellas Verona), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Rolando Mandragora (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo), Valerio Verre (Pescara);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo).

Staff – Delegation Head: Giorgio Bottaro; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coach: Vito Azzone; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Phyiotherapists: Enzo Paolini and Guido Mauro Ferrini; Nutritionists: Cristian Petri.

Schedule (All times CEST) 

Schedule

Tuesday 20th March
13:15             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Players)
16:30             Training (Open to press)

Tuesday 21st March
10:00             Training
18:25             Flight from Rome to Frankfurt/ Krakow, transfer to Q Plus Hotel

Wednesday 22nd March
13:00             Meet the press in the hotel (Coach)
17:00             Training at Cracovia Stadium (First 15 minutes open to the press)

Thursday 23rd March
10:00                  Training   (closed)
20:45                 POLAND vs. ITALY  Under-21, Cracovia Stadium
Meeting with the press afterwards

Friday 24th March
10:00                   Training  (closed)
17:05                   Return Flight

Saturday 25th March
16:00                   Training  (Open to the press)

Sunday 26th March
13:00             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Coach)
15:30             Training (Closed)

Monday 27th March
21:00             ITALY –SPAIN Under 21,   Stadio Olimpico

 

Italia Under-21: Azzurrini in partenza per Cracovia. Caldara e Mazzitelli tornano a casa

Il difensore dell’Atalanta Mattia Caldara e il centrocampista del Sassuolo Luca Mazzitelli hanno lasciato questa mattina il ritiro dell’Under 21 a causa degli infortuni riportati con il club di appartenenza. Dopo il passaggio di Petagna alla Nazionale A e il forfait di Conti, Di Biagio dovrà fare a meno anche di questi due Azzurrini nel doppio impegno amichevole che attende l’Italia.

La squadra partirà nel pomeriggio per Cracovia, dove giovedì affronterà la Polonia (ore 20.45, diretta su Rai Sport), mentre lunedì 27 giocherà a Roma (per le info sulla biglietteria clicca qui) contro la Spagna (ore 21, Stadio Olimpico- diretta su Rai 2). Per la squadra azzurra sarà una sorta di prova generale del Campionato Europeo contro altre due finaliste del torneo continentale in programma dal 16 al 30 giugno in Polonia.

L’elenco dei convocati

Portieri: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Difensori: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Davide Calabria (Milan), Alex Ferrari (Hellas Verona), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Centrocampisti: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo), Valerio Verre (Pescara);
Attaccanti: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo).

Staff – Capo delegazione: Giorgio Bottaro; Accompagnatore: Vincenzo Marinelli; Allenatore: Luigi Di Biagio; Vice allenatore: Carmine Nunziata; Segretario: Emiliano Cozzi; Preparatore dei portieri: Antonio Chimenti; Preparatore atletico: Vito Azzone; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Medici: Angelo De Carli e Luca Gatteschi; Fisioterapisti: Enzo Paolini e Guido Mauro Ferrini; Nutrizionista: Cristian Petri.

Il programma della Nazionale Under 21

martedì 21 marzo
ore 10.00 allenamento (chiuso)
ore 18.25 partenza volo LH  Roma/Francoforte/Cracovia e trasferimento presso “Q Plus” Hotel

mercoledì 22 marzo
ore 13.00 incontro con la stampa in Hotel (il Tecnico)
ore 17.00 allenamento presso “Cracovia Stadium” (aperto Stampa primi 15 minuti)

giovedì 23 marzo
ore 10.00 allenamento  (chiuso)
ore 20.45 POLONIA – ITALIA  Under 21  presso il ‘Cracovia Stadium’ – Cracovia
Al termine della gara incontro con la Stampa

venerdì 24 marzo
ore 10.00 allenamento a Cracovia (chiuso)
ore 17.05 partenza volo LH  Cracovia/Monaco/Roma e trasferimento presso “Mancini Park Hotel”

sabato 25 marzo
ore 16.00 allenamento (aperto Stampa)

domenica 26 marzo
ore 13.00 incontro con la stampa in Hotel (il Tecnico)
ore 15.30 allenamento (chiuso)

lunedì 27 marzo
ore 21.00 ITALIA –SPAGNA Under 21presso lo   ‘Stadio Olimpico’ – Roma
Al termine della gara incontro con la stampa e rientro di atleti e staff alle rispettive sedi

Source:  figc.it

 

Italy Under-21: Training in Rome, Chiesa: “It was an objective of mine to play for this team”

Federico Chiesa was open in admitting that earning a place in the Under-21 National Team was one of his goals for the season and he’s now looking to make the most of it following the call-up. “It’s a wonderful milestone for me to be in this setting, it’s a dream come true to be part of this group which will go to play in the European Championship in June,” said Chiesa. “I’m earning my place here and when I’m with Fiorentina, I always look to give my all.”

With his father Enrico supervising him, Federico has passed through the Under-19 and Under-20 National Teams. “My father has influenced my development a lot by giving me great advice, more mental than technical because he rightly leaves that to my coach,” Chiesa added.” The Under-21 side are preparing for a friendly against Poland in Krakow before coming back to face Spain at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Monday 27th March. “I look to live day by day,” continued the Azzurrini player. “Now, I’m focused on doing well in these two games for the team, we’re certainly capable of winning the Euros as lots of young players are getting more chances in Serie A and because of this you can see a rosy future for Italian football.”

Genoa midfielder Danilo Cataldi is also convinced that the Under-21 side has it in them to do something of note at the upcoming European Championship. With his teammate Manuel Locatelli, he visited the Liceo Scientifico Primo Levi where they spoke with students. “I believe that we have a strong team, a really strong team and we should aim to win the Euros,” said Cataldi. “We have it in us to win, I hope that this will be a good year after the disappointment of two years ago when we missed out on a big opportunity.”

The team was in training in Rome while Atalanta forward Andrea Petagna left the camp to move up to the senior side after he was called up by Gian Piero Ventura to replace Manolo Gabbiadini. Atalanta defender Andrea Conti also had to withdraw on account of an injury.

The 26 players called up to the Azzurrini squad by Luigi Di Biagio will gather in Rome on Sunday and matches will provide tests against two fellow finalists before the European Championship between 16th and 30th June in Poland.

The match at the Olimpico will also provide another opportunity for experimentation with VAR (Video Assistant Referees) in online made in collaboration with Lega Serie A according to FIFA and IFAB protocol. After the technology made its debut in the match between Gian Piero Ventura’s Italy and France in Bari on 1st September, tests were repeated in November for Italy vs. Germany (senior), Italy vs. Denmark (Under-21) in Bergamo and VAR was used in online mode for the first time in Italy at the Under-19 match in Udine between Italy and Spain. VAR was tested again in online mode on 22nd February and 8th March in Bologna and Empoli as the cities hosted the Under-19 National Team against France and the Under-18 National Team against Denmark.

Squad List

Goalkeepers: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Davide Calabria (Milan), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), Alex Ferrari (Hellas Verona), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Luca Mazzitelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo), Valerio Verre (Pescara);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo).
Staff – Delegation Head: Giorgio Bottaro; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coach: Vito Azzone; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Phyiotherapists: Enzo Paolini and Guido Mauro Ferrini; Nutritionists: Cristian Petri.

Schedule (All times CEST) 

Schedule

Tuesday 20th March
13:15             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Players)
16:30             Training (Open to press)

Tuesday 21st March
10:00             Training
18:25             Flight from Rome to Frankfurt/ Krakow, transfer to Q Plus Hotel

Wednesday 22nd March
13:00             Meet the press in the hotel (Coach)
17:00             Training at Cracovia Stadium (First 15 minutes open to the press)

Thursday 23rd March
10:00                  Training   (closed)
20:45                 POLAND vs. ITALY  Under-21, Cracovia Stadium
Meeting with the press afterwards

Friday 24th March
10:00                   Training  (closed)
17:05                   Return Flight

Saturday 25th March
16:00                   Training  (Open to the press)

Sunday 26th March
13:00             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Coach)
15:30             Training (Closed)

Monday 27th March
21:00             ITALY –SPAIN Under 21,   Stadio Olimpico

 

Source:  figc.it

 

Italy Under-21: Bonifazi, Chiesa and Favilli receive first call-ups for Poland and Spain games

SPAL defender Kevin Bonifazi, Fiorentina and Ascoli forwards Federico Chiesa and Andrea Favilli are the three new call-ups to the Under-21 National Team for two friendlies which will see Italy face Poland on Thursday 23rd March and Spain on Monday 27th March in Rome. The 26 players called up to the Azzurrini squad by Luigi Di Biagio will gather in Rome on Sunday and matches will provide tests against two fellow finalists before the European Championship between 16th and 30th June in Poland.

The match with Spain is particularly interesting as it sees the two most successful Under-21 countries meet (Five European Championships for Italy, four for La Furia Roja) and it will be a rematch of the final four years ago in Israel where Spain won 4-2.

The Stadio Olimpico in Rome will be hosting an Under-21 match for the third time and it’s been over 30 years since the unforgettable first leg of the final between Italy and Spain in October 1986 when the Azzurrini won 2-1 with goals from Gianluca Vialli and Giuseppe Giannini before defeat on penalties in Valladolid in the second leg.

The match at the Olimpico will also provide another opportunity for experimentation with VAR (Video Assistant Referees) in online made in collaboration with Lega Serie A according to FIFA and IFAB protocol. After the technology made its debut in the match between Gian Piero Ventura’s Italy and France in Bari on 1st September, tests were repeated in November for Italy vs. Germany (senior), Italy vs. Denmark (Under-21) in Bergamo and VAR was used in online mode for the first time in Italy at the Under-19 match in Udine between Italy and Spain. VAR was tested again in online mode on 22nd February and 8th March in Bologna and Empoli as the cities hosted the Under-19 National Team against France and the Under-18 National Team against Denmark.

Squad List

Goalkeepers: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Davide Calabria (Milan), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), Andrea Conti (Atalanta), Alex Ferrari (Hellas Verona), Adam Masina (Bologna),Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Luca Mazzitelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo), Valerio Verre (Pescara);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Andrea Favilli (Ascoli), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo).

Staff – Delegation Head: Giorgio Bottaro; Accompanying Director: Vincenzo Marinelli; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coach: Vito Azzone; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Phyiotherapists: Enzo Paolini and Guido Mauro Ferrini; Nutritionists: Cristian Petri.

Schedule (All times CEST) 

Schedule
Arrive at around 12.30  to the  ‘Mancini Park Hotel’- Rome
16:00             Training

Tuesday 20th March
13:15             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Players)
16:30             Training (Open to press)

Tuesday 21st March
10:00             Training
18:25             Flight from Rome to Frankfurt/ Krakow, transfer to Q Plus Hotel

Wednesday 22nd March
13:00             Meet the press in the hotel (Coach)
17:00             Training at Cracovia Stadium (First 15 minutes open to the press)

Thursday 23rd March
10:00                  Training   (closed)
20:45                 POLAND vs. ITALY  Under-21, Cracovia Stadium
Meeting with the press afterwards

Friday 24th March
10:00                   Training  (closed)
17:05                   Return Flight

Saturday 25th March
16:00                   Training  (Open to the press)

Sunday 26th March
13:00             Meeting with the press at the hotel (Coach)
15:30             Training (Closed)

Monday 27th March
21:00             ITALY –SPAIN Under 21,   Stadio Olimpico

Source:   figc.it

 

Italy Under-21 squad to be named on Thursday ahead of Poland and Spain games

With less than three months remaining until the start of the European Championship in June, Italy’s Under-21 side will soon test themselves with two tough fixtures against fellow tournament finalists. The first game against hosts Poland is scheduled for Thursday 23 March (Stadion Cracovii, 20:45 CEST), whilst the second will see the Azzurrini take on Spain on Monday 27 March at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome (21:00 CEST).

Prior to these two matches, coach Luigi Di Biagio will announce his squad on Thursday. This will only add to the excitement as the latter fixture will see two of the most successful Under-21 sides prepare to clash once again. In terms of total U21 titles, Italy have won five European Championships, whilst Spain have four. Interestingly, their most recent trophy came just four years ago after they beat Italy 4-2 in the final in Israel.

This highly-anticipated encounter will be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and will be only the third time it has ever hosted the Under-21s. This fixture comes more than 30 years after an unforgettable final between Italy and Spain in October 1986. The Azzurrini won the first leg thanks to goals from Gianluca Vialli and Giuseppe Giannini, before the Spanish side ultimately succeeded on penalties during the second game in Valladolid.

The friendly at the Olimpico will be assisted by VAR (Video Assistant Referees) experimentation, which will be conducted by Lega Serie A according to IFAB/FIFA protocol. VAR made its full debut during a September friendly between Gian Piero Ventura’s Italy side and France. It was also used during Italy’s friendlies against Germany and Denmark last November. Furthermore, VAR was previously relied upon during the Under-21s’ home encounter against Denmark in Bergamo, as well as with other matches concerning Italy’s youth teams. The Under-19s’ friendly against Spain (18th January at the Stadio Friuli in Udine) was the first match to trial on-line experimentation.

Source:   figc.it