Category Archives: Italy Under 21 Team

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

 

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

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)

Excitement grows before Denmark opener. Gagliardini: “We want to lift the trophy”

Under-21 National Team’s full schedule
Friday 16th June 13:15 meeting the media at the Hotel ‘Q-Plus’ – Krakow (player)
16:30 training at TG Wisla Krakow (closed door) 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) ]]>

Di Biagio calls up Pezzella in place of the injured Murru

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 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 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) ]]>

Final training session before leaving for Poland. Tavecchio: “We have a great side”

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 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)
  ]]>

Sports Minister Lotti visits the Azzurrini: “You’re an example for lots of young people”

 
In the morning, the Azzurrini were visited by the Minister for Sport Luca Lotti who greeted the players and staff and wished them luck at the Fulvio Bernardini centre in Trigoria. The minister had lunch with manager Luigi Di Biagio and his team. “I’ve come here to bring the government’s greetings and to wish the players luck for the Under-21 European Championship. We’ll all be supporting you. Despite your young age, lots of young people look to you as role models so you have a great responsibility.”
 
“I want to thank the Minister Lotti for today’s visit and for the attention he has always paid to football and the Azzurri in particular,” said Carlo Tavecchio. “It’s the first time that a minister has in personally greeted the team before an important tournament such as the one in Poland. For institutions to be close and fans enthusiastic is vital for us to achieve our objectives and in the future.”
 
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 
 
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) ]]>

Training continues at Trigoria. Ferrari: “It’s key that we stay humble”

 
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  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)
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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)