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Italy Head Coach Roberto Mancini called up 27 players for Portugal for the UEFA Nations League and Friendly against USA

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Italy Head Coach Roberto Macini has called up 27 players for the UEFA Nations League against Portugal on Saturday 17 November at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium and the friendly game against the United States of America (USA) on Tuesday 20 November at the “Luminus Arena” in Genk .   The two games will be played at 20:30 and will be broadcast live on Rai 1.  Among the news in the convocations of  Mancini

  • THE UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE – The new UEFA competitions features four categories, going from A to D. Italy are in League A which features the top 12 teams in the UEFA Ranking divided into four groups of three. 


ITALY-PORTUGAL. There are 26 precedents between Italy and Portugal and the Azzurri have a clear advantage in the direct matches: 18 wins and 2 draws against only 6 losses, even if in the last two comparisons it was imposed Portugal (1-0) and the last Italian victory dates back to 6 February 2008 (3-1 in Zurich in a friendly). In the last 4 races in Milan with the Lusitanians there are 4 Italian victories. The one with Portugal will be the 58th Italian game in Milan, which puts Rome to the top of the ranking of the venues that have hosted the Azzurri several times. In the 57 matches played in Milan, Italy faced 23 opponents with a score of 37 wins, 18 draws and 2 losses and an average of 2.26 points per game (129 points in 57 races). The Azzurri have not lost in Milan for 93 years and are unbeaten in the 27 races disputed in the San Siro Stadium then “Meazza”. Among the previous ones in Milan, an Italy – Portugal played exactly 25 years ago, on November 17th 1993: a 1-0 blue victory with a goal by Dino Baggio.

ITALY-USA. There are 12 precedents between Italy and the United States, 3 of them in the World Cup Final Phase with a favorable coincidence: in 1934 and in 2006 Italy won the World Cup after facing the Americans.  Stats are 8 Italian wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat, in the last challenge in Genoa in 2012. Italy and USA will meet for the 6th time in the neutral field: so far 5 wins and 1 even for the Azzurri, who boast a +20 in the goal difference, thanks above all to the two big successes at the Olympics of 1948 and 1952 (17/0). For Italy it will be the first game in Genk.

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Italy Squad List for the UEFA Nations League games

Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);

Defenders: Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus);

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Grifo (Hoffenheim), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Kevin Lasagna (Udinese), Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari), Matteo Politano (Inter).

Staff – Head Coach: Roberto Mancini; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Assistenti tecnici: Alberico Evani, Angelo Adamo Gregucci, Giulio Nuciari, Fausto Salsano, Massimo Battara; Preparatori atletici: Claudio Donatelli e Andrea Scanavino; Match Analyst: Antonio Gagliardi; Medici: Andrea Ferretti e Carmine Costabile; Fisioterapisti: Maurizio Fagorzi, Emanuele Randelli, Fabrizio Scalzi, Luca Lascialfari; Osteopata: Walter Marinelli; Nutrizionista: Matteo Pincella.

Italy Team Schedule (All times CEST)

Monday 12 November 2018
Meeting at the Coverciano Center at 12.30
14.30  Italy Head Coach press conference
16.00 Training (open to the Media)

Tuesday 13 November 2018
13.45 Press Conference
16.00 Training (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Wednesday 14 November 2018
13.45  Press conference
16.00 Open training  (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Thursday 15 November 2018
16.00  Training (closed doors)

Friday 16 November 2018
10.30 Training MD-1 (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)
17.00 Transfer by train from Florence to Milan
19.15 Walk around  “G.Meazza” Stadium
19.30 Italy Head Coach Press conference with 1 player

Saturday 17 November 2018
20.45   Italy-Portugal
Meeting with the press at the end of the game

Sunday 18 November 2018
17.00 Training at the Centro Sportivo Suning di Appiano Gentile (closed doors)

Monday 19 November 2018
11.00 transfer  Milan-Genk
17.30 Italy Head Coach Press Conference with 1 player at the Luminus Arena
18.00 Training MD-1 (open to the press for the first 15 minutes)

Tuesday 20 November 2018
20.45 Italy vs USA
At the end of the game meeting with the press and return to Italy.

 

Italy Head Coach Roberto Mancini called up players for Ukraine and for Poland for the UEFA Nations League

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Italy Head Coach Roberto Macini has called up 28 players for the new UEFA Nations League.  On 10 October, Ukraine will be the opposition at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa for a 20:45 CEST kick-off before the UEFA Nations League match against Poland in Chorzow at the Silesian Stadium at 20:45 CEST.   The team will then head to the Quirinal Palace where both the male and female teams will be received by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella in celebration of the FIGC’s 120th anniversary.

Among the news,  Gianluca Caprari has been called up for the first time while Alessandro Florenzi and Danilo D’Ambrosio are back after missing out in September.  Marco Verratti and Patrick Cutrone are back after last appearing in March for the two matches played in England. Francesco Acerbi is back (last called up in March 2016) and forward Sebastian Giovinco is back after three years when he was last in the squad for the Norway match in Rome in October 2015.

As reported by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the National Team will gather at Coverciano on Sunday 7th October. The next day, the Azzurri will train for the first time in the afternoon before heading to Genoa on Tuesday a day ahead of the Ukraine match. The side will then return to Coverciano after the match before heading to Chorzow on Saturday 13th October for the third UEFA Nations League fixture against the home side Poland.

  • THE UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE – The new UEFA competitions features four categories, going from A to D. Italy are in League A which features the top 12 teams in the UEFA Ranking divided into four groups of three. Following the opening matches against Poland and Portugal, Italy will face Poland away on 14 October before the home match against Portugal on 17 November. While not involved in the tournament, Italy will play Ukraine in Genoa on Wednesday 10th October at 20:45 CEST and the United States of America on Tuesday 20th November at a venue to be confirmed.

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Italy Squad List for the UEFA Nations League games

Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan);

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Caprari (Sampdoria), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Simone Zaza (Torino).

Staff – Head Coach: Roberto Mancini; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Assistant Coaches: Alberico Evani, Angelo Adamo Gregucci, Giulio Nuciari, Fausto Salsano, Massimo Battara; Fitness Coaches: Claudio Donatelli and Andrea Scanavino; Match Analyst: Antonio Gagliardi; Doctors: Andrea Ferretti and Carmine Costabile; Physiotherapists: Maurizio Fagorzi, Emanuele Randelli, Fabrizio Scalzi, Luca Lascialfari; Osteopath: Walter Marinelli; Nutritionist Matteo Pincella.

ITALY vs. UKRAINE . The friendly against Ukraine marks the Azzurri’s return to Genoa after four years away. The last match there was a 1-0 win against Albania on 18 November 2014. For the match, the FIGC, Council of Genoa and Region of Liguria have organised a series of events to commemorate the victims of the Morandi bridge collapse on 14 August and to offer a message of support for the families and the people of Genoa, especially those who are living in difficult conditions after being forced to leave their homes.

Previous meetings. Italy have played 27 times in Genoa with a record of 16 wins, 8 draws and 3 defeats. Italy and Ukraine have played one another seven times with two matches in Italy, three in Ukraine and two on neutral ground. The Azzurri have won six and drawn one. The last meeting was on 29 March 2011 and it finished 0-2 in Kiev. There have been two matches in Italy with the Azzurri winning in Bari in 1995 and Rome in 2006.

Mancini and Genoa. It will be Roberto Mancini’s first match in the role in Genoa where he was a star with Sampdoria for 15 seasons from 18 August 1982 (Triestina vs. Sampdoria, Coppa Italia) and 1 June 1997 (Sampdoria vs. Fiorentina). He made 568 appearances with 424 in the league (plus a UEFA playoff), 99 in the Coppa Italia, three in the Supercoppa Italiana, 41 in European competition (30 UEFA Cup, 9 European Cup, two European Supercup) and he won seven trophies. They were: the 1990-91 Scudetto, the 1989/90 Cup Winners Cup, the 1991 Supercoppa Italiana and he won the Coppa Italia four times (1985, 1988, 1989 and 1994).

As part of the  ‘Genova Città Azzurra’ project, a match between the two fan clubs has been organised for 10 October at Genoa SportCity La Sciorba. The city will also host the Museo del Calcio di Firenze’s travelling exhibition at the Palazzo Tursi from 27 November to 1 December which is dedicated to 120 years of the FIGC. The exhibition shows the trophies won by Italy along with interesting pieces of memorabilia from the team’s historic figures. It goes through the history of the 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 World Cup wins, the 1968 European Championship and historic shirts from the likes of Giovanni Ferrari (1934), Giacinto Facchetti (1968) and Paolo Rossi (1982) are on display.

POLAND vs. ITALY. There have been 15 matches between Italy and Poland, the most recent meeting was the 1-1 Nations League draw in Bologna. The Azzurri have won five, drawn seven and lost three. It will be Italy’s third appearance in Chorzow where they have drawn 1 and lost one in 1985 and 1997. More generally in Poland, Italy have won one, drawn three and lost two.

Italy Team Schedule (All times CEST)

Sunday 7 October 
Gather by 24:00 at Coverciano

Monday 8 October (Azzurri Partner Day)
13:45 – Head Coach press conference
17:00 –  Training (open to media and partners)

Tuesday 9 October 
10:30 –  Training (First 15 minutes open to media)
16:25 – Florence to Genoa flight
17:15 –  Arrive in Genoa and transfer to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris
18:00 – Walk around
18:15 – Press conference with Head Coach and one player

Wednesday 10 October 

20:45 – Italy vs. Ukraine
Meetings with press and transfer to Coverciano to follow

Thursday 11 October 
16:00 – Training (closed)

Friday 12 October

10:30 –  Training (closed)
13:45 –  Meeting with the media
17:00 –  Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Saturday 13 October 
10:45 – Florence to Katowice flight
17:30 –  Press conference with Head Coach and one player at the Silesian Stadium (Slaski) in Chorzow
18:00 – Training (First 15 minutes open to the press)

Sunday 14 October
20:45 –  Poland vs. Italy, UEFA Nations League
Meetings with press and transfer to Rome to follow

Monday 15 October 

16:30 –  Meeting with the President of the Republic

UEFA Nations League: Result ITALY 1 – 1 POLAND, Friday 7 September 2018

 

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61% Ball Possession ITALY and 39% Ball Possession POLAND

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78′ Jorginho (pen)                                  40′ Piotr Zielinski

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The “Mancini Era” starts with a draw in the UEFA Nations League Group Stage – League A – Group 3 game on Friday 7 September 2018 at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna, Italy.  It is not the ideal start, however, we might say that Italy fight back at least to grab this draw and not losing the game.  Italy now unbeaten in 46 competitive home games.

Surprisingly, it is Poland to open the score in the 40th minute. Piotr Zielinski silencing Italian fans at the Renato Dall’Ar Stadium when defeating Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma with a right footed shot in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski with a cross.

Italy equalized for the 1-1 in the 78th minute. Referee giving a penalty to Italy conceded by Poland Jakub Blaszczykowski after a foul on Federico Della Chiesa inside the penalty area. It is Jorginho to convert the penalty defeating Poland goalkeeper with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. It’s a relief for Italy recovering at least this draw instead of losing the match.

Here is ITALY official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Roberto Mancini:

ITALY (4-3-3):  Gianluigi Donnarumma; Zappacosta, Leoardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Biraghi; Gagliardini, Jorginho, Pellegrini; Bernardeschi, Mario Balotelli, Lorenzo Insigne.

Here is POLAND official startin glineup – formation by Head Coach Jerzy Brzeczek:

POLAND (4-4-1-1): Fabianski; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Reca; Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Klich, Kurzawa; Zielinski; Lewandowski.

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Italy 1 – 1 Poland
Friday 7 Septemberay 2018
Renato Dall’Ara Stadium
Bologna, Italy

20:45

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant referees: Thorsten Schiffner (GER) and Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional assistant referees: Daniel Siebert (GER) and Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth official: Markus Häcker (GER)

Goals: 40′ Piotr Zielinski (P), 78′ Jorginho (I)(pen)

Official lineups – formations:

ITALY (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Zappacosta, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Pellegrini, Jorginho, Gagliardini; Bernardeschi, Balotelli, Insigne.

Subs: Perin, Sirigu, Caldara, Criscito, Romagnoli, Benassi, Barella, Berardi, Bonaventura, Chiesa, Immobile, Belotti.

Coach: Roberto Mancini.

POLAND (4-4-1-1): Fabianski; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Reca; Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Klich, Kurzawa; Zielinski; Lewandowski.

Subs: Szczesny, Skorupski, Pietrzak, Kaminski, Kedziora, Dzwigata, Szymanski, Frankowski, Kadzior, Linetty, Milik, Piatek.

Coach: Jerzy Brzeczek.

 

UEFA Nations League: Italy vs Poland, Official starting lineups, Friday 7 September 2018

 

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Here are ITALY vs POLAND official starting lineups – formations for the UEFA Nations League Group Stage – League A – Group 3 game on Friday 7 September 2018 at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna, Italy at 20:45.

ITALY (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Zappacosta, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Pellegrini, Jorginho, Gagliardini; Bernardeschi, Balotelli, Insigne.

Subs: Perin, Sirigu, Caldara, Criscito, Romagnoli, Benassi, Barella, Berardi, Bonaventura, Chiesa, Immobile, Belotti.

Coach: Roberto Mancini.

POLAND (4-4-1-1): Fabianski; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Reca; Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Klich, Kurzawa; Zielinski; Lewandowski.

Subs: Szczesny, Skorupski, Pietrzak, Kaminski, Kedziora, Dzwigata, Szymanski, Frankowski, Kadzior, Linetty, Milik, Piatek.

Coach: Jerzy Brzeczek.

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Italy – Poland
Friday 7 Septemberay 2018
Renato Dall’Ara Stadium
Bologna, Italy

20:45

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant referees: Thorsten Schiffner (GER) and Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional assistant referees: Daniel Siebert (GER) and Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth official: Markus Häcker (GER)

Italy Head Coach Roberto Mancini called up players for the UEFA Nations League against Poland Portugal

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Italy Head Coach Roberto Macini has called up players for  the new UEFA Nations League. Italy will play against Poland on Friday 7th September at 20:45  at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna and on Monday 10 September will play against he reigning champions of Europe Portugal at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon at 20:45.    The players will meet at the Fedederal Technical Center in Coverciano on Sunday 2nd September by midnight or after the end of the Serie A Week 3 games.

  • THE UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE – The new UEFA competitions features four categories, going from A to D. Italy are in League A which features the top 12 teams in the UEFA Ranking divided into four groups of three. Following the opening matches against Poland and Portugal, Italy will face Poland away on 14 October before the home match against Portugal on 17 November. While not involved in the tournament, Italy will play Ukraine in Genoa on Wednesday 10th October at 20:45 CEST and the United States of America on Tuesday 20th November at a venue to be confirmed.

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Italy Squad List for the UEFA Nations League games against Poland and Portugal

Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);

Defenders: Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Mattia Caldara (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea), Manuel Lazzari (Spal), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea);

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), Marco Benassi (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma);

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Nizza), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Pietro Pellegri (Monaco), Simone Zaza (Torino).

Staff – Head Coach: Roberto Mancini; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Assistant Coach: Alberico Evani, Angelo Adamo Gregucci, Giulio Nuciari, Fausto Salsano, Massimo Battara; Fitness Coaches: Claudio Donatelli and Andrea Scanavino; Match Analyst: Antonio Gagliardi; Doctors: Andrea Ferretti and Carmine Costabile; Physiotherapist: Maurizio Fagorzi, Emanuele Randelli, Fabrizio Scalzi, Luca Lascialfari; Osteopath: Walter Marinelli; Nutritionist: Matteo Pincella.