Category Archives: Italy Under 21 Team

European Championship preparations. Di Biagio: “We are a strong side but we know that it’ll be tough in Poland”

Italy’s Under-21 side concluded the second part of their training camp with an in-house friendly this morning (a 2-0 win for the ‘Azzurri’ squad thanks to goals from Garritano and Chiesa), as they continued their preparations for the European Championship finals in Poland this summer. The Azzurrini will return to the training center in Trigoria on Sunday, where Alessio Cragno will join the squad after recently securing a historic Serie A promotion with Benevento. Meanwhile, a total of six players (Donnarumma, Scuffet, Conti, Pellegrini, Bernardeschi and Gagliardini) will meet up with their teammates on Tuesday, as they initially remain with Gian Piero Ventura’s side for their qualifier against Liechtenstein on Sunday.

“As was previously agreed, the players who are with the National side must stay with the National side,” said Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio. “When we can take them, we will. Gagliardini is a good example. Marchisio was injured during the game against Uruguay, therefore Ventura was in need of a midfielder.” The coach then returned to the topic of his upcoming squad selection for the European Championship: “I initially had a choice of 30 players who could have gone to Poland,” he added. “I had to make some tough choices and I’ve left some players out who have worked extremely hard. However, this is what the role demands of me. They have all shown desire and determination, but the coach sees a lot of things from the inside. Furthermore, there have also been a number of injuries in recent months that have affected some players.”

Regardless of his tactical choices (“this squad is used to playing 4-4-1-1, 4-3-3, or 4-4-2, but the formation could still change”), Di Biagio has warned his players that they cannot make any mistakes in Poland: “We expect it to be a very difficult competition,” the coach continued. “Only the winners of each group can progress, as well as the best second placed team. This means that the first game will almost be like a knockout fixture.” Italy have previously secured a total of five titles in this competition and are the most decorated team at Under-21 level, therefore they’ll no doubt be amongst the favourites this June: “Maybe we have been the strongest side over the last 20 years in all departments,” he said. “But that is not enough. I explained to the lads that it will be a struggle and by only giving our all will we finish at the top. I am convinced that they will have the right attitude. I am always confident, even in moments of difficulty. Today we have figured out for ourselves that we are a really good side.”

The Azzurrini’s first obstacle will be that of Denmark in Krakow on June 18, who previously held the Italians to a 0-0 draw in Bergamo last November: “It is true that they made it difficult for us,” Di Biagio concluded. “But we had at least six of seven chances to score. I have faith that we will always have chances. The important thing is to get yourself in front of goal, then maybe in one match we will score two goals from our first three chances.”

Source:   figc.it

23-Man squad for Under-21 European Championship
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 Nicola Murru (Cagliari); 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 

Sunday 11th June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 12th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 13th June
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Wednesday 14th June
h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO
h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June
h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.
h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June
h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

Saturday 17th June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h.  20.45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

Wednesday 21st June
h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Saturday 24th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 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)

Italy U-21: Tomorrow is the last day of the training camp ahead of the Euros. Players to gather on Sunday once more

The training camp for the Under-21 National Team ahead of the European Championship has reached its final two days. All of the players took part in today’s training session except for Inter midfielder Roberto Gagliardini, as he replaced Marchisio in the Azzurri squad after yesterday’s injury suffered by the Juventus midfielder during the Uruguay friendly.

Tomorrow’s morning training session and the subsequent press conference from coach Luigi Di Biagio will close the Azzurrini’s second part of preparation ahead of the upcoming European Championship. The players taking part in the tournament will meet up again on Sunday by 12:00 CEST at the ‘Fulvio Bernardini’ Sports Centre, where they will conduct a training session in the afternoon. Donnarumma, Scuffet, Conti, Pellegrini, Gagliardini and Bernardeschi, who are still with the senior team, will join their teammates afterwards. The Benevento goalkeeper Cragno has yet to join the squad due to his club’s participation in the Serie B playoff.

The European adventure will start on Thursday, 15th June, with the Azzurrini taking off for Poland. Italy will make their first appearance on Sunday 18th June in Krakow against Denmark before playing the Czech Republic on Wednesday 21st June in Tychy before the final group game against Germany in Krakow against Germany on 24th June.

23-Man squad for Under-21 European Championship
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 Nicola Murru (Cagliari); 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 

Thursday 8th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Friday 9th June
h. 15.00 Friendly match against undecided opposition (open to the press)
Meeting with the media to follow  (Coach)
Squad to depart following the end of second training camp

Sunday 11th June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 12th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 13th June
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Wednesday 14th June
h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO
h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June
h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.
h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June
h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

Saturday 17th June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h.  20.45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

Wednesday 21st June
h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Saturday 24th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 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)

Source:  figc.it

 

Italy U-21 Road to the Euros: Garritano: “The group is united and compact, we’ll honour the shirt”

“We’re going to the European Championship to do well, we’re a very tight-knit group but competitive above all,” said Luca Garritano after being named in Luigi Di Biagio’s 23-man squad. After a positive season, the Cesena attacker knows the group well after training with them for two years. “Personally, I can’t wait to start, almost all of us know one another from the Under-16 side and we’ve remained united and compact to reach this point.” We’ve never been in a group of 23 as there always used to be 30 or 35 of us. I feel really sorry for those who aren’t coming. If we’re in the finals of the European Championship, then that’s thanks to everybody. Ours is a very competitive side but that’s not enough. When you approach important competitions such as the European Championship, you have to maintain the right attitude on the pitch from the first match. The Azzurri shirt always has to be worn with the maximum effort. For me, there’s an enormous sense of belonging and to win in Poland would be an immense joy.”

Eleven days from the start of the tournament and anticipation is growing inside of the group as preparations continue for the trip to Poland. The opening fixture will be on Sunday 18th June at 20:45 CEST in Krakow against Denmark. “We’re preparing very well in order to be in peak condition on the 18th,” added Garritano. “We’re putting energy in our legs and also preparing tactically. We know of our strength as a group and what we are capable of but at the same time we have the maximum respect for the opponents that we will face, all of the squads are prepared and could potentially win the tournament.”
The squad was confirmed yesterday with 23 players called up for the European Championship. Donnarumma, Scuffet, Conti, Pellegrini and Bernardeschi are not part of the group at the moment while they are with the senior side for matches against Uruguay and Liechtenstein and they will join their teammates on Monday 12th June. The goalkeeper Cragno is also involved with Benevento in the Serie B playoffs.

23-Man squad for Under-21 European Championship

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 Nicola Murru (Cagliari)
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 

Wednesday 7th June
h. 13.30  meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00  training (closed door)

Thursday 8th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Friday 9th June
h. 15.00 Friendly match against undecided opposition (open to the press)
Meeting with the media to follow  (Coach)
Squad to depart following the end of second training camp

Sunday 11th June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 12th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 13th June
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Wednesday 14th June
h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO
h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June
h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.
h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June
h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

Saturday 17th June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h.  20.45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

Wednesday 21st June
h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Saturday 24th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 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)

Source: figc.it

 

Italy U-21: List of 23 Azzurrini confirmed for Under-21 European Championship

The list has been made official with the 23 Azzurrini named for the Under-21 European Championship beginning on 16th June in Poland. Luigi Di Biagio will have a group formed from the players currently at the training camp in Trigoria while five players (Donnarumma, Scuffet, Conti, Pellegrini and Bernardeschi) are currently with the senior side for the matches against Uruguay and Liechtenstein and they will join on Monday 12th June.

The work from the two national teams and Club Italia goes according to the shared programme of Ventura and Di Biagio to oversee a generational change while allowing the Under-21 National Team to go to the tournament with its strongest players. The collaboration between the two sides also saw Mattia Caldara and Alex Ferrari leave the senior side in the past days to join the Under-21s in Rome.

Italy have won five editions of the tournament (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2004) and are the most successful country at that level. Di Biagio’s side are tasked with going to Poland as one of the top sides and to make up for elimination at the group stage two years ago in the Czech Republic. Having qualified thanks to top spot in Group Two ahead of Serbia, Italy will make their first appearance on Sunday 18th June in Krakow against Denmark before playing the Czech Republic on Wednesday 21st June in Tychy before the final group game against Germany in Krakow against Germany on 24th June.

23-Man squad for Under-21 European Championship

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 Nicola Murru (Cagliari)
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

Wednesday 7th June
h. 13.30  meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00  training (closed door)

Thursday 8th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Friday 9th June
h. 15.00 Friendly match against undecided opposition (open to the press)
Meeting with the media to follow  (Coach)
Squad to depart following the end of second training camp

Sunday 11th June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 12th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 13th June
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Wednesday 14th June
h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO
h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June
h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.
h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June
h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

Saturday 17th June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h.  20.45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

Wednesday 21st June
h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Saturday 24th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 20.45 ITALY vs. GERMANY  “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

ItalyGroup 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)

Source:   figc.it

 

Italy U-21: Caldara and Alex Ferrari arrive from the senior side

Mattia Caldara e Alex Ferrari lasceranno in serata il ritiro della Nazionale maggiore per raggiungere i compagni della Nazionale Under 21, che a Trigoria prosegue la preparazione in vista del Campionato Europeo di categoria in programma dal 16 giugno in Polonia.

In mattinata si era aggregato al gruppo il difensore della Juventus Daniele Rugani, mentre gli infortuni da sovraccarico rimediati con i rispettivi club di appartenenza hanno costretto al forfait il difensore del Brescia Arturo Calabresi e l’attaccante del Sassuolo Federico Ricci.

Sotto lo sguardo attento del tecnico Luigi Di Biagio, che nella serata di domani ufficializzerà alla UEFA la lista dei 23 convocati per l‘Europeo, gli Azzurrini si sono allenati nel pomeriggio sul campo del Centro Sportivo ‘Fulvio Bernardini’ per circa un’ora e mezzo, mentre hanno lavorato a parte Nicola Murru e Federico Di Francesco

Source: figc.it

L’elenco dei convocati

Portieri: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Gabriele Marchegiani (Spal), Lorenzo Montipò (Novara);
Difensori: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Davide Calabria (Milan), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), Lorenzo Dickmann (Novara), Alex Ferrari (Verona), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari), Daniele Rugani (Juventus);
Centrocampisti: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Luca Mazzitelli (Sassuolo);
Attaccanti: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), Daniele Verde (Avellino).

Staff – Allenatore: Luigi Di Biagio; Vice allenatore: Carmine Nunziata; Assistente allenatore: Daniele Franceschini; Segretario: Emiliano Cozzi; Preparatore dei portieri: Antonio Chimenti; Preparatori atletici: Vito Azzone e Luca Coppari; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Medici: Angelo De Carli e Luca Gatteschi; Nutrizionista: Cristian Petri; Fisioterapisti: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini e Maurizio Fagorzi.

Il programma della Nazionale Under 21

martedì 6 giugno
h. 10.30      allenamento (chiuso)
h. 17.00      allenamento (chiuso)

mercoledì 7 giugno
h. 13.30     incontro con la Stampa (giocatore)
h. 17.00    allenamento (chiuso)

giovedì 8 giugno
h. 10.30    allenamento (chiuso)
h. 17.00     allenamento (chiuso)

venerdì 9  giugno
h. 15.00    gara amichevole da definire (aperta Stampa)
a seguire incontro con la Stampa (il Tecnico)
al termine scioglimento seconda parte di raduno

domenica 11 giugno
Raduno entro le ore 12.00 presso il  C.S. ‘Fulvio Bernardini’ (Trigoria)
h. 17.00     allenamento (chiuso)

lunedì 12 giugno
h. 13.30     incontro con la Stampa (giocatore)
h. 17.00    allenamento (aperto Stampa)

martedì 13 giugno 
h. 17.00    allenamento (chiuso)

mercoledì 14 giugno
h. 10.30    FOTO UFFICIALE SQUADRA
h. 13.30     incontro con la Stampa (il tecnico)
h. 17.00    allenamento (chiuso)

giovedì 15 giugno
h. 11.00    partenza della Delegazione volo Charter Roma/Cracovia
e trasferimento presso Hotel “Q-Plus”- Cracovia
h. 17.00    allenamento presso TG Wisla Cracovia  (chiuso)

venerdì 16 giugno
h. 13.15    incontro con la Stampa presso Hotel “Q-Plus”- Cracovia (giocatore)
h. 16.30    allenamento presso TG Wisla Cracovia  (chiuso)

sabato 17 giugno
h. 17.30    conferenza stampa presso “Cracovia Stadium”
h..18.00      rifinitura MD-1 presso “Cracovia Stadium”

domenica18 giugno
h. 10.30       allenamento presso TG Wisla Cracovia  (chiuso)
h..20.45      DANIMARCA – ITALIA “Cracovia Stadium”
a seguire conferenza stampa post gara

lunedì 19  giugno
h. 11.00     allenamento presso TG Wisla Cracovia  (aperto al pubblico)
h. 13.30    incontro con la Stampa presso Hotel “Q-Plus”- Cracovia (giocatore)

martedì  20 giugno
h. 17.00    conferenza stampa presso “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00      rifinitura MD-1 presso “Tychy Stadium”

mercoledì 21 giugno
h. 18.00      REPUBBLICA CECA – ITALIA  “Tychy Stadium”
a seguire conferenza stampa post gara

giovedì 22 giugno
h. 11.00     allenamento presso TG Wisla Cracovia  – (chiuso)
h. 13.30    incontro con la Stampa (giocatore)

venerdì  23 giugno
h. 17.30    conferenza stampa presso “Cracovia Stadium”
h..18.00      rifinitura MD-1 presso “Cracovia Stadium”

sabato  24 giugno
h. 10.30       allenamento presso TG Wisla Cracovia  (chiuso)
h. 20.45      ITALIA – GERMANIA  “Cracovia Stadium”
a seguire conferenza stampa post gara

Il calendario del Gruppo C del Campionato Europeo Under 21

Prima giornata (18 giugno)
Germania-Repubblica Ceca (ore 18 – Tychy)
ITALIA-Danimarca (ore 20.45 – Cracovia)

Seconda giornata (21 giugno)
Repubblica Ceca-ITALIA (ore 18 – Tychy)
Danimarca-Germania (ore 20.45 – Cracovia)

Terza giornata (24 giugno)
Repubblica Ceca-Danimarca (ore 20.45 – Tychy)
ITALIA-Germania (ore 20.45 – Cracovia)

Italy U-21: Calabresi and Ricci leave the camp while Rugani is called up

Training is continuing for the Under-21 National Team at Trigoria’s Fulvio Bernardini sports centre ahead of the European Championship in Poland. The injured players have returned to their clubs with Brescia’s Arturo Calabresi and Sassuolo forward Federico Ricci withdrawing. Tomorrow evening, Luigi Di Biagio will confirm his 23-man squad to UEFA and the Juventus defender Daniele Rugani joined the team for training this afternoon.

Genoa defender Davide Biraschi described the sensation of being at the Azzurrini’s training camp as he hopes to be selected to travel to Poland. “I’m having a great experience, it’s an unexpected dream to be here,” he said. “I feel honoured to be part of this group, to wear this shirt doesn’t mean that I’ve made it but it’s another reason to do well. Now, I’ll just have to hope to be one of the 23 who go to Poland.”

After complimenting the Under-20 National Team for making the semi-finals of the World Cup (“They won with ten men and this shows that nobody can stop you when you play for your country), Biraschi went on to say how Italy has everything in place to have a good European Championship. “We have a competitive squad and just to be in it fills me with pride. We’re a very strong side but at the same time we know that we’ll face some very prestigious opponents.”

Squad List 
Goalkeepers: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Gabriele Marchegiani (Spal), Lorenzo Montipò (Novara);
Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Arturo Calabresi (Brescia), Davide Calabria (Milan), Lorenzo Dickmann (Novara), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Luca Mazzitelli (Sassuolo);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo), Daniele Verde (Avellino).
Staff – Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coaches: Carmine Nunziata and 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; Physiotherapists: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini and Maurizio Fagorzi.

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule 

Monday 5th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 6th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)
h.  22.00 confirmation of the 23-man squad for the European Championship

Wednesday 7th June
h. 13.30  meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00  training (closed door)

Thursday 8th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Friday 9th June
h. 15.00 Friendly match against undecided opposition (open to the press)
Meeting with the media to follow  (Coach)
Squad to depart following the end of second training camp

Sunday 11th June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 12th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 13th June
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Wednesday 14th June
h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO
h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June
h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.
h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June
h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

Saturday 17th June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h.  20.45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

Wednesday 21st June
h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Saturday 24th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 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)

Source:  figc.it

 

Italy U-21: Petagna, “30th June is my birthday, I want to celebrate it in Poland”

 

The National Under-21 Team went through their second day of training in Trigoria as they prepare for the upcoming European Championship in Poland starting on 16th June. After morning training, the Azzurrini will be back on the pitch in the afternoon for a second session with just over 48 hours to go until the 23-man squad is confirmed for the tournament.

Andrea Petagna is dreaming of a starring role in Poland as he joined up with his teammates after scoring his first senior Italy goal during the week in the friendly against San Marino. It was a goal at the end of a special season for the Atalanta man where he became a key starter as he scored five goals as the team went on to qualify for the Europa League. “We’re working well,” he said in an interview to be broadcast on Domenica Sportiva. “We know that all of the opponents will be good physically in international competition but we have the potential to have a great Euros.”

Petagna has been through the entire Italy youth set-up since he was identified as one of the most promising youngsters. “I’m training with great enthusiasm, it’s a pleasure to be here and to see some of my teammates who I’ve known since our time with the Under-15s.”

On 30th June, the forward from Trieste will celebrate his 22nd birthday and the final of the European Championship will be on the same day in Krakow. “I want to celebrate my birthday in Poland, we’re a good group and we can get to the final if we stay united.”

Squad List 

Goalkeepers: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Gabriele Marchegiani (Spal), Lorenzo Montipò (Novara);
Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Arturo Calabresi (Brescia), Davide Calabria (Milan), Lorenzo Dickmann (Novara), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Luca Mazzitelli (Sassuolo);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo), Daniele Verde (Avellino).

Staff – Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coaches: Carmine Nunziata and 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; Physiotherapists: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini and Maurizio Fagorzi.

 

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule 

Saturday 3rd June

Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET

h. 17.00 Training (closed door)

 Sunday 4th June

h. 10.30 training (closed door)

h. 17.00 training (closed door)

 Monday 5th June

h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

 Tuesday 6th June

h. 10.30 training (closed door)

h. 17.00 training (closed door)

h.  22.00 confirmation of the 23-man squad for the European Championship

 Wednesday 7th June

h. 13.30  meeting the media (player)

h. 17.00  training (closed door)

 Thursday 8th June

h. 10.30 training (closed door)

h. 17.00 training (closed door)

 Friday 9th June

h. 15.00 Friendly match against undecided opposition (open to the press)

Meeting with the media to follow  (Coach)

Squad to depart following the end of second training camp

Sunday 11th June

Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET

h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 12th June

h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 13th June

h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Wednesday 14th June

h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO

h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)

h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June

h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.

h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June

h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

Saturday 17th June

h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”

h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June

h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

h.  20.45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

 Monday 19th June

h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)

h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

 Tuesday 20th June

h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”

h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

 Wednesday 21st June

h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

 Thursday 22nd June

h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

 Friday 23rd June

h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”

h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

 Saturday 24th June

h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

h. 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)

Source:  figc.it

Italy U-21: Di Biagio calls up 25 players for training camp ahead of European Championship

The first part of the Under-21 training camp finished today in Rome and the side will be back on Saturday 3rd June at the Fulvio Bernardini Sports Centre in Trigoria ahead of the European Championship beginning on 16th June in Poland.

Luigi Di Biagio will submit his official 23-man squad on Tuesday 6th June and he has called 25 Azzurrini players up for the second part of the camp and seven of those (Gollini, Calabria, Cataldi, Gagliardini, Chiesa, Berardi and Petagna) are involved with the senior side’s friendly against San Marino and the Under-21 Manager will be in attendance in Empoli.

“If the so-called big players come then that will be a bonus but if they don’t then we’re strong all the same,” said Di Biagio. “When Ventura asked me how many players I wanted for the European Championship, I said all of them and he said yes and he showed that he meant it yesterday and I thank him again for this. It has to be said that I didn’t need to convince the players because they were all willing to come, the concept that needs to be instilled is that that they come with the right mentality to drop down effectively to our level.”

With five continental titles (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2004), Italy are the most successful team in history at the European Championship and will be among the favourites in Poland. “This is one of the strongest Under-21 teams in years,” added Ventura. “Not just because we have top players but because we have a wide option of players available. Seven years ago the objective was to re-launch Italian football and I have to say that we’ve done it. Thanks go to Ventura for working constantly with us from the start. Now, the cherry on the cake would be to win the Euros without forgetting about the many obstacles on the way.”

Di Biagio also mentioned the arrival of Gabirele Oriali as the delegation head of the Under-21 National Team at the tournament. “I’ve known him for a lifetime and there’s great mutual respect. He represents without doubt represents an extra value for me and for this group.”

Squad List
Goalkeepers: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Gabriele Marchegiani (Spal), Lorenzo Montipò (Novara);
Defenders: Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Arturo Calabresi (Brescia), Davide Calabria (Milan), Lorenzo Dickmann (Novara), Adam Masina (Bologna), Nicola Murru (Cagliari);
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Alberto Grassi (Atalanta), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Luca Mazzitelli (Sassuolo);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Alberto Cerri (Pescara), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Luca Garritano (Cesena), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), Federico Ricci (Sassuolo), Daniele Verde (Avellino).
Staff – Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coaches: Carmine Nunziata and 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; Physiotherapists: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini and Maurizio Fagorzi.

Source:  figc.it

Under-21 National Teams full schedule 

Saturday 3rd June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 Training (closed door)

Sunday 4th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 5th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 6th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)
h.  22.00 confirmation of the 23-man squad for the European Championship

Wednesday 7th June
h. 13.30  meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00  training (closed door)

Thursday 8th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Friday 9th June
h. 15.00 Friendly match against undecided opposition (open to the press)
Meeting with the media to follow  (Coach)
Squad to depart following the end of second training camp

Sunday 11th June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 12th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 13th June
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Wednesday 14th June
h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO
h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June
h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.
h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June
h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

Saturday 17th June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h.  20.45 DENMARK vs. ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

Wednesday 21st June
h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC vs. ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Saturday 24th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 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)

Italy U-21 Coach Di Biagio: “This is one of the strongest Under-21 sides in recent years”

Italy’s Under-21 side concluded the first part of their training programme in Rome today, as they continue to prepare for their involvement in the upcoming European Championship. The squad will now return to training at the Fulvio Bernardini training center on Saturday 3rd June, whilst Luigi Di Biagio will confirm his squad for the second part of the camp in the afternoon.

The coach, who will announce his final 23-man squad for the competition on June 6th, today met with the press prior to attending Italy’s match against San Marino at the Stadio Carlo Castellani this evening: “If the so-called big players arrive then they will bring some added value,’” said Di Biagio in relation to his future squad selections. “But on the flip side, if they are not there then we will still be strong. When coach Ventura asked me what players I wanted months ago, I told him that I wanted them all. He informed me that this was fine. Yesterday, he confirmed that this is still the case and I want to thank him his for this once again. It goes without saying that I should not have to convince the lads to come and that they should be willing to do so anyway. They need to come here with the right mentality and with a desire to settle into our group.”

With a total of five titles (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004), Italy’s Under-21 side are one of the most decorated at European level and in Poland they will unsurprisingly be among the favourites: “This is one of the strongest Under-21 sides I’ve seen in years,” Di Biagio admitted. “Not only because we have players of a high level, but also because we have a wide selection of players. Seven years ago the objective had been to get Italian football back on the map and I must say that we have achieved this goal. Recognition must go to Ventura for having continued the work that we all started. Now the cherry on the cake would be to go on and win the Euros, but without forgetting all of the obstacles that we have overcome along the way.”

Di Biagio also commented on the arrival of Gabriele Oriali, who will act as the Under-21s Head of Delegation during the Euros: “I have known him forever,” he concluded. “There is huge mutual respect between us and he undoubtedly brings value to both the group and myself.”

Source:   figc.it

Under-21 side’s full schedule 

Saturday 3rd June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 Training (closed door)

Sunday 4th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 5th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 6th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)
h.  22.00 confirmation of the 23-man squad for the European Championship

Wednesday 7th June
h. 13.30  meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00  training (closed door)

Thursday 8th June
h. 10.30 training (closed door)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Friday 9th June
h. 15.00 Friendly match against undecided opposition (open to the press)
Meeting with the media to follow  (Coach)
Squad to depart following the end of second training camp

Sunday 11th June
Players to gather at the Fulvio Bernardini training center (Trigoria) by 12:00 CET
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Monday 12th June
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)
h. 17.00 training (open to the press)

Tuesday 13th June
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Wednesday 14th June
h. 10.30 OFFICIAL SQUAD PHOTO
h. 13.30 meeting the media (Coach)
h. 17.00 training (closed door)

Thursday 15th June
h. 11.00 flight departure from Rome to Krakow, before then transferring to Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ in Krakow.
h. 17.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door)

Friday 16th June
h. 13.15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
h. 16.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)

Saturday 17th June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Sunday 18th June
h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h.  20.45 DENMARK – ITALY “Krakow Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Monday 19th June
h. 11.00  training at TG Wisla Krakow  (open to the public)
h. 13.30  meeting the media at the ‘Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)

Tuesday 20th June
h. 17.00 press conference at the “Tychy Stadium”
h. 18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Tychy Stadium”

Wednesday 21st June
h. 18.00 CZECH REPUBLIC – ITALY  “Tychy Stadium” post match press conferences to follow after the match

Thursday 22nd June
h. 11.00 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 13.30 meeting the media (player)

Friday 23rd June
h. 17.30 press conference at the “Krakow Stadium”
h..18.00 MD-1 training session at the “Krakow Stadium”

Saturday 24th June

h. 10.30 training at TG Wisla Krakow  (closed door)
h. 20.45 ITALY – 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-Czech Republic (18:00 CEST – Tychy)
ITALY-Denmark (20.45 – Krakow)

Matchday Two (21st June)
Czech Republic-ITALY (18:00  – Tychy)
Denmark-Germany (20.45 – Krakow))

Matchday Three (24th June)
Czech Republic-Denmark (20.45 – Tychy)
ITALY-Germany (20.45 – Krakow)