With now just 10 days remaining until their opening game at the European Championship finals, Italy Women’s National Team have been working hard at Coverciano. The squad completed double training today, with this morning’s session including a number of young girls from BCF (Brescia Calcio Femminile) Camp, who all met the players and took both autographs and selfies. This is now the third phase of the Azzurre’s training preparations, with coach Antonio Cabrini recently confirming his squad of 23 players on Sunday, who are soon set to take part in the tournament in the Netherlands from 16th July to August 6th.
“This is a delicate moment for us,” said Cabrini. “Because after three weeks of preparation it is completely normal for the aches and tiredness of training to begin to emerge. Furthermore, with it being it so hot, it is difficult to recuperate fully for the next day. However, the girls have still trained very well and have kept going. Preparations are in full flow.”
The Azzurre will leave for the Netherlands on Saturday 15th July, before then making their tournament debut against Russia in Rotterdam on Monday 17th (18:00 CEST).
“Reaching the finals of a top competition is already a great achievement,” said the coach. “But we must face all the other nations without any fear. Obviously starting well is important, but then we will have to take on two teams (Germany and Sweden) who are different in terms of their characteristics. However, we know that they’ll be physically strong and are both favourites on paper.”
In August, Italy Women’s Under-19 side will be taking part in the European Championship finals in Northern Ireland: “The federal projects that started some years ago are bringing some positive results,” Cabrini added. “Whatever our final finish is, the important thing is that women’s football in Italy is moving forwards. There is the potential to make this movement grow, with us at the top of the diamond.”
Prior to their first game in the Netherlands, Aurora Galli could not hide her excitement: “We are more than ready because we cannot wait to play. We will try to do our best, aware that the first match is fundamental to obtain the best result possible.” The Verona midfielder also highlighted the importance of the Azzurre’s supporters: “We are going to be competing against some of the strongest sides in Europe. Our actions will be vital, whilst the support from home will also be extremely important for us. Whether that be from our families, our friends or from the entire women’s football movement. Let’s hope that they can follow us as much as possible and wish us all the best.”
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)