The Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino will play host to the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier between Italy and FYR Macedonia on 6th October (20:45 CEST). FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio thanked Turin mayor Chiara Appendino for the availability offered by the city. “Turin has always been an ideal venue for our National Team,” wrote Tavecchio. “The Federation was created in Turin and will turn 100 in 2018; Turin’s football has always provided special moments to the Azzurri and beautiful memories of great players from the past and present.”
The senior team will make their return to Turin one year after the qualifier against Spain, which was held at the Juventus Stadium on 6th October 2016 (1-1, goals from Vitolo and De Rossi). Turin has hosted the most Italy games after Rome and Milan. The Azzurri have played in seven different stadiums across the city, including the Filadelfia and Juventus Stadium. In 36 games played in Turin, Italy have won 24, drawn seven and lost five, scoring 77 goals and conceding 36. The Azzurri’s last match held at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino took place on 9th September 2009 and it was a 2-0 win over Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier for South Africa 2010.
Italy will take on FYR Macedonia for just the second time in their history. The only previous encounter was the away game in qualifying held on 9th October 2016. The Azzurri won 3-2 in Skopje thanks to goals from Belotti and Immobile (two).