Last year, Paolo Vanoli’s Under-19 National Team reached the European Championship final against France but the immediate objective is to match what the Under-17 Team did yesterday evening as they made it to the finals with a match to spare. The Under-19 Team are competing for a place in the Final Round in Georgia which will be held between 2nd and 15th July. It will be anything but easy for Roberto Baronio’s side as they will have to top a group featuring the Republic of Ireland, home side Belgium and Sweden.
After yesterday’s friendly at Coverciano with Robur Siena’s Berretti side which ended in a 7-0 win (goals from Cutrone, Tumminello, Varnier, Pinamonti and Frattesi), Baronio announced the squad on Friday morning. The side will meet on Sunday evening in Pomezia. Italy’s debut will be on Thursday 23rd March at 19:00 CEST against Ireland, on Saturday 25th March the Azzurrini face Belgium at 15:00 CEST before the final match on Tuesday 28th March with Sweden at 19:00 CEST. All three matches will be held at the GemeentelijkStadium in Hamme which is a municipality of around 25,000 people in East Flanders.
Goalkeepers: Mattia Del Favero (Juventus), Alessandro Plizzari (Milan);
Defenders:AndresLlamasAcuna (Milan), Riccardo Marchizza (Roma), Luca Pellegrini (Roma), Giuseppe Scalera (Fiorentina), Marco Varnier (Cittadella), Alessandro Vogliacco (Juventus);
Midfielders: ClaudAdjapong (Sassuolo), Davide Frattesi (Roma), Matteo Gabbia (Milan), Giulio Maggiore (Spezia), Filippo Melegoni (Atalanta), Luca Zanimacchia (Genoa), Nicolò Zaniolo (VirtusEntella);
Forwards: Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Andrea Pinamonti (Inter), Marco Tumminello (Roma).
Schedule in Group 7 * (ITALY, Belgium, Sweden, Republic of Ireland)
Matchday One (23rd March)
Republic of Ireland vs. ITALY (19:00 CEST – ‘GemeentelijkStadium, Hamme)
Belgium vs. Sweden
Matchday Two (25th March)
Belgium vs. ITALY (15:00 – GemeentelijkStadium, Hamme)
Sweden-Republic of Ireland
Matchday (28th March)
ITALY vs. Sweden (19:00 – GemeentelijkStadium, Hamme)
Belgium vs. Republic of Ireland
* The six group winners will qualify for the Final Round of the European Championship between 2nd and 15th July in Georgia.