The National Beach Soccer Team are now preparing for their first test of the season, as they’ll take part in the first stage of qualifying for the European Championship in Baku. This will take place tomorrow till Sunday.
The team has arrived in Azerbaijan where Italy won silver three years ago in the first European Games. Italy will gather on Sunday 17th June in Terracina. Italy will be in Group 2 of Division A with the opening fixture against Germany on Friday 22nd June before playing Ukraine on Saturday 23d June and Switzerland on Sunday 24th June. All matches will be at 17:15 local time or 15:15 CEST.
“The team’s physical condition is good,” said Coach Emiliano Del Duca. “Even if we only had two training sessions beforehand. Staring with this first training camp tomorrow, I expect to see ten tough players who’re full of pride. The squad must demonstrate desire, enthusiasm and hunger. The lads that I’ve brought here are the best. The only thing that still remains is whether they can play at their best.”
“Germany are going on an important journey,” said Del Duca of the side ranked 34th in the world. “They’re a strong emerging side. We know Ukraine well like we do Switzerland, they have lots of players who play in Italy. I expect to see reactions from the guys, especially in terms of spirit and enthusiasm, there will then be time for them to develop and become more attractive and effective in their play.”
Goalkeepers: Andrea Carpita (Viareggio Beach Soccer), Simone Del Mestre (Sambenedettese Beach Soccer),
Defenders: Francesco Corosiniti (Catania Beach Soccer), Dario Ramacciotti (Viareggio Beach Soccer);
Midfielders: Michele Di Palma (Sambenedettese Beach Soccer), Alessio Frainetti (Terracina Beach Soccer), Simone Marinai (Viareggio Beach Soccer), Paolo Palmacci (Catania Beach Soccer);
Forwards: Gabriele Gori (Viareggio Beach Soccer), Emmanuele Zurlo (Catania Beach Soccer).
Staff – Delegation Head: Massimo Agostini; Accompanying Director: Ferdinando Arcopinto; Coach: Emiliano Del Duca; Assistant Coach: Michele Leghissa; Secretaries: Annamaria Giuliani and Sabrina Filacchione; Fitness Coach: Paolo La Rocca; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonino Nosdeo; Doctor: Giorgio Bruni; Physiotherapist: Luca Lascialfari.
Euro Beach Soccer League Qualification Schedule
Baku, 22-24 June
Division A – Group 2: ITALY, Germany, Ukraine, Switzerland
Matchday One (22 June)
Ukraine vs. Switzerland (14:45 local time, 12:45 CEST)
ITALY vs. Germany (17:15 local time, 15:15 CEST)
Matchday Two (23 June)
Switzerland vs. Germany (14:45 local time, 12:45 CEST)
ITALY vs. Ukraine (17:15 local time, 15:15 CEST)
Matchday Three (24 June)
Ukraine vs. Germany (14:45 local time, 12:45 CEST)
ITALY vs. Switzerland (17:15 local time, 15:15 CEST)