The Under-18 National Team will represent Italy at the multi-sport Mediterranean Games that begin on 22nd June in Tarragona, Spain. Coach Daniele Franceschini has named 18 players in his squad for the 18th edition of the tournament and the players will assemble from Saturday 16th June in Formia.
Italy are in Group B and will make their first appearance on Friday 22nd June in Calafell against Morocco. On Tuesday 26th June, Libya will the opponents on Tuesday 26th June in La Poba de Mafumet (times TBC). The top sides from Groups A and B (consisting of three teams) and the top two from Group C (consisting of four teams) will qualify for the semi-finals on Thursday 28th June.
Italy took part with the Under-19 team in Mersin (Turkey) in 2013 while in 2009, an Under-20 side lost in the final in Pescara. Italy are the side who have the most editions of the tournament after finishing triumphant in 1959, 1963, 1967 and 1997.
Goalkeepers: Luca Gemello (Torino), Simone Ghidotti (Fiorentina);
Defenders: Gabriele Bellodi (Milan), Gabriele Corbo (Spezia), Niccolò Corrado (Inter), Gabriele Ferrarini (Fiorentina), Emanuele Matteucci (Empoli), Matteo Piccardo (Genoa);
Midfielders: Roberto Biancu (Olbia), Lorenzo Gavioli (Inter), Hans Nicolussi Caviglia (Juventus), Marco Pompetti (Inter), Manolo Portanova (Juventus);
Forwards: Lorenzo Babbi (Cesena), Davide Merola (Inter), Samuele Mulattieri (Spezia), Nicola Rauti (Torino), Emanuel Vignato (Chievo Verona).
Staff – Delegation Head Giorgio Bottaro; Coach: Daniele Franceschini; Assistant Coach: Daniele Zoratto; Secretary: Luca Gatto: Fitness Coach: Mattia Modonutti; Goalkeeping Coach: Davide Quironi; Match analyst: Marco Mannucci: Doctors: Cosma Calderaro and Andrea Redler; Physiotherapist: Angelo Cartocci.
Mediterranean Games Football Groups
Group A: Spain, Algeria, FYR Macedonia
Group B: Morocco, ITALY, Libya;
Group C: Turkey, France, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
The Azzurrini’s Fixtures
22 June: ITALY vs. Morocco (Calafell Stadium)
26 June: ITALY vs. Libya (La Pobla de Mafumet Stadium)