The Head Coach of the Women’s National Team Milena Bertolini met the Associazione Stampa Estera at via dell’Umiltà in Rome. The press event for foreign correspondents working in Italy also featured the FIGC’s extraordinary commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and the CEO and UEFA Vice-President Michele Uva.
Responding to questions from journalists, the Coach looked back on the first qualification to the World Cup finals in 20 years that was sealed with the win against Portugal on 8th June in Florence.
"We’ll go to the World Cup to do well, we’ll need some luck but we started on our journey in September and achieved our dream. In France, we’ll look to at least get through the first round. There are some very interesting girls out there. In a week, we’ll gather for a training camp with our best 46 young players in three weeks spent together to help them grow. I’m convinced that with this direction, Italy can climb the ranking and compete with the strongest national teams within the span of four or eight years."
Fabbricini discussed how the result results obtained by the Azzurre have been the rewards of investments made by the Federation. "The girls’ qualification to the World Cup was a great satisfaction. Without taking credit away from anybody, the boom of women’s football is thanks to the passion of the girls themselves and better organisation at sports clubs. We qualified for the World Cup in a breakthrough and now we need to implement a presence for female football at all levels. In how we operate, men’s and women’s football are on an equal footing but with the big steps being made, we believe that there will now be greater media attention."