Prior to their flight to the Netherlands tomorrow, Italy Women’s National Team today completed their final training session at Coverciano, as they can now place their full attention on their opening European Championship encounter on Monday. Italy’s upcoming game against Russia will be held at the Sparta Stadium in Rotterdam, with kick-off scheduled for 18:00 CEST. Friday 21st July will then see the Azzurre take on Germany at the Willem II Stadium in Tilburg, before they then face Sweden in their final group match at the Vijverberg Stadium in Doetinchem at 20:45 on Tuesday 25th July.
It has been an intense period of preparations in the lead up to this vital major tournament, with the team recently taking part in four weeks of intense training: “It’s been a hard month after a long season,” said coach Antonio Cabrini. “Especially for those girls who took part in the Coppa Italia final and came to the camp after just 10 days off. However, the group has always trained with maximum effort, demonstrating that they have the constant desire to keep improving. Their work rate remained strong even with the high temperatures at Coverciano. A month is a long time and it allows you to focus on all aspects of football. We have not only worked on our fitness, but we’ve also had the chance to concentrate on our tactics.”
The Azzurre’s adventure will begin in Rotterdam on Monday, with Cabrini already starting that it’ll be a decisive encounter: “We played against Russia seven months ago in Manaus, Brazil. We won 3-0, although it is vital that we do not dwell on this result. We must not think it’ll be easy. The group is really tough and we will also be coming up against two of the finalists from the Olympics; Germany and Sweden. In a group made up of four, where only the first two can progress to the quarter-finals, every game will be decisive.”
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Final Squad of 23
Goalkeepers: Laura Giuliani (Köln), Chiara Marchitelli (Brescia), Katja Schroffenegger (Unterland Damen);
Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Sara Gama (Brescia), Federica Di Criscio (AGSM Verona), Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Cecilia Salvai (Brescia), Linda Tucceri Cimini (S. Zaccaria);
Midfielders: Barbara Bonansea (Brescia), Marta Carissimi (Fiorentina), Valentina Cernoia (Brescia), Laura Fusetti (Como 2000), Aurora Galli (AGSM Verona), Manuela Giugliano (AGSM Verona), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Sandy Iannella (Cuneo), Martina Rosucci (Brescia), Daniela Stracchi (Mozzanica);
Forwards: Melania Gabbiadini (Verona), Cristiana Girelli (Brescia), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Daniela Sabatino (Brescia).
Staff – Delegation Head: Barbara Facchetti; National Teams Director Giorgio Bottaro; Women’s Teams Coordinator: Annarita Stallone; Coach: Antonio Cabrini; Assistant: Rosario Amendola; Secretary: Elide Martini; Fitness Coach Director: Stefano D’Ottavio; Fitness Coaches: William Botter, Franco Olivieri; Goalkeeping Coach: Cesare Cipelli; Docotrs: Monica Fabbri, Alessandro Carcangiu, Matteo Guzzini; Physiotherapists: Roberto Cardarelli, Maurizio D’Angelo, Jacopo Pasini, Daniele Frosoni; Nutritionist: Natale Gentile; Video Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon.
European Championship Group B Fixtures (All times CEST)
Monday 17th July
ITALY vs. Russia (18:00 – Sparta Stadium, Rotterdam)
Germany vs. Sweden (20:45 – Rat Verlegh, Breda)
Friday 21st July
Sweden vs. Russia (18:00 – De Adelaarshorst, Deventer)
Germany vs. ITALY (20:45 – Stadio Willem II, Tilburg)
Tuesday 25th July
Sweden vs. ITALY (20:45 – Stadio Vijverberg, Doetinchem)
Russia vs. Germany (20:45 – Galgenwaard, Utrecht)