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Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura has called up 22 players for the international friendly game Italy vs San Marino on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at the Carlo Castellani Stadium in Empoli, Italy. Players will meet on Sunday 28th May at the Technical Center of Coverciano after ending the 2016 – 2017 Serie A Season.
- As reported by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), from the 29th to 31st May, the Vetro Museum will display both the World Cups and the European Championship won by the National team, whilst the fountain in the Piazza Farinata degli Uberti will be lit up in the colour blue to pay homage to Ventura’s squad. Just a few hours before Italy’s game against San Marino, a fair-play friendly will also be played between the fans of both nations. Meanwhile, in terms of action inside the ground, a number of young players from Tuscan sports clubs will take part in small-sized matches out on the pitch. Finally, the ‘Vetrina Azzurra’ initiative is also set to take place across the city, with local companies being encouraged to creatively decorate the front of their business with an Italian theme. Tickets for the friendly against San Marino are up for grabs.
Italy Squad for San Marino
Goalkeepers: Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Cristiano Biraghi (Pescara), Davide Calabria (Milan), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), Federico Ceccherini (Crotone), Andrea Conti (Atalanta), Emerson Palmieri dos Santos (Roma), Alex Ferrari (Verona), Gian Marco Ferrari (Crotone);
Midfielders: Daniele Baselli (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo);
Wingers: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo), Simone Verdi (Bologna);
Forwards: Diego Falcinelli (Crotone), Roberto Inglese (Chievo), Gianluca Lapadula (Milan), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta).
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Italy National Team’s schedule
Sunday 28th May
Players to gather at Coverciano by 24:00 CEST
Monday 29th May
h. 13.30 Meeting the press: Players
h. 17.00 Training (first 15 minutes open to the media)
Tuesday 30th May MD-1
h.13.45 ITALY press conference : Coach and one player CTF
h. 14.30 SAN MARINO press conference: Coach and one player CTF
h. 17.00 ITALY training (first 15 minutes open to the media) c/o CTF
h. 18.30 SAN MARINO training (first 15 minutes open to the media)
c/o Stadio “Castellani” – Empoli
Tuesday 31st May MD
h. 10.30 Training (closed-door)
h. 19.00 Bus transfer to Empoli
h. 21.30 Friendly match ITALY – SAN MARINO
Followed by meeting with the press and players’ departure
Schedule for the ‘Empoli Città Azzurra’ initiative
1. Azzurri trophy exhibition
Exhibition date: from 29th to 31st May
Location: Vetro Museum
Located inside the old Magazzino del Sale, the Vetro Museum in Empoli will be displaying the four World Cups and the European Championship trophy that have been won the Italian National team. Here are the opening hours for the public (free entry)
29th May 12.00 till 19.00
30th-31st 10.00 till 19.00
2. Illumination of the fountain in the Piazza Farinata degli Uberti
Date: From 29th to 31st May
In coincidence with the game against San Marino, the Fontana dei Leoni in the center of the cities’ main square will be lit up with the colour blue to pay homage to the Italian National Team.
3. Vetrina Azzurra
Up until May 29th
The ‘Vetrina Azzurra’ initiative is set to take place across the city, with local companies being encouraged to creatively decorate the front of their businesses with the colours of the Italian National Team. Tickets for the friendly against San Marino are up for grabs.
4. Fan Match Italy – San Marino
Date: 31st May – 17.30
Location: Cortenuova training pitch
A special match will take place a few hours before Italy vs. San Marino. On the training pitch of Empoli Ladies, two sets of supporters from Italy and San Marino will take part in a fair-play friendly match.
5. Youth and School Sector activities pre-match
Date: 31st May– 19.40 ca.
Location: Stadio Castellani
In support of women’s football, a number of young players from Tuscan sports clubs will take part in small-sized matches out on the pitch at the Stadio Castellani.