After staging an impressive comeback to secure a 2-2 draw against Germany thanks to a brace from Simone Edera in Chemnitz yesterday, the Under-20 National Team are now preparing for Tuesday’s encounter against the Netherlands in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Federico Guidi has named a 22-man squad for the match, with more or less the same players that recently travelled to Germany apart from Mattia Vitale being the only absentee. Giulio Maggiore and Simone Mazzocchi have both rejoined the group, while Cesena’s Giuseppe Panico has also recovered from an illness that previously forced him from flying to Germany.
It is the first time that Lignano Sabbiadoro has hosted any National Team match, with a press conference set to be held at 12:30 CET on Monday at the local Council to honour the event. The Stadio Guido Teghil will then host the match on Tuesday at 15:00 CEST. There have been three previous fixtures between the two teams, with the Azzurrini losing once and drawing twice.
Goalkeepers: Fabrizio Alastra (Prato), Andrea Zaccagno (Pistoiese);
Defenders: Leonardo Sernicola (Matera), Paolo Ghiglione (Pro Vercelli), Mauro Coppolaro (Brescia), Riccardo Baroni (Lucchese), Riccardo Marchizza (Avellino), Marco Varnier (Cittadella), Pietro Beruatto (Vicenza);
Midfielders: Matteo Pessina (Spezia), Alessandro Bordin (Ternana), Christian D’Urso (Ascoli), Gaetano Castrovilli (Cremonese), Francesco Cassata (Sassuolo), Simone Mazzocchi (Siracusa), Giulio Maggiore (Spezia);
Forwards: Simone Edera (Torino), Ferdinando Del Sole (Pescara), Alessandro Rossi (Salernitana), Simone Lo Faso (Fiorentina), Nicola Dalmonte (Cesena), Giuseppe Antonio Panico (Cesena).
Staff – Head of Delegation: Evaristo Beccalossi; Coach: Federico Guidi; Assistant Coach: Luigi Amleto Garzya; Secretary: Fabio Ferappi; Fitness Coach: Luca Coppari; Goalkeeping Coach: Graziano Vinti; Match Analyst: Marco Mannucci; Doctor: Lorenzo Ticca; Physiotherapist: Giuseppe Galli; Nutrionist: Alessio Colli.
Results and standings from the 8 Nations Tournament
31st August: Poland 0-0 Switzerland
31st August: England 3-0 The Netherlands
31st August: Portugal 0-3 Czech Republic
4th September: Czech Republic 2-2 Germany
4th September: Switzerland 0-0 England
4th September: The Netherlands 1-0 Portugal
5th September: ITALY 6-1 Poland
5th October: The Netherlands 0-1 Germany
5th October: ITALY 1-5 England
5th October: Switzerland 1-1 Portugal
6th October: Czech Republic 3-3 Poland
9th October: Poland 1-0 The Netherlands
9th October: Germany 2-1 Switzerland
10th October: England 4-0 Czech Republic
10th October: Portugal 4-2 ITALY
November 9th: Poland 1-2 Portugal
November 9th: The Netherlands 1-0 Switzerland 1-0
November 9th: Germany 2-2 ITALY
Standings: England 10 points, Portugal and Germany 7, Czech Republic, Poland 5, The Netherlands 6, ITALY 4, Switzerland 3.
13th November: Switzerland-Czech Republic
14th November: Germany-England
14th November: ITALY-The Netherlands
22nd March: Portugal-Germany
22nd March: Poland-England
22nd March: Czech Republic-ITALY
27th March: Germany-Poland
27th March: England-Portugal
27th March: ITALY-Switzerland
27th March: The Netherlands vs. Czech Republic