t’s the last stop at Appiano on the Strada del Vino (BZ) from 4th to 9th July for the Under-19 National Team before they leave for the European Championship in Finland to be held between 14th and 29th July. Coach Paolo Nicolato called up 24 players before he announces the official squad of 20 three days before the trip to Vaasa on Thursday 12th July.
“As always, it will be hard to choose,” said Nicolato. “In considering the technical and tactical aspects along with the number of players who can fill roles at a high level, I will have to consider the form the guys are in. Competitive activity has stopped for them while in Finland there will be teams with players who have already started in their home leagues.”
Goalkeepers: Marco Carnesecchi (Atalanta), Michele Cerofolini (Fiorentina), Alessandro Plizzari (Milan);
Defenders: Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Raoul Bellanova (Milan), Davide Bettella (Atalanta), Antonio Candela (Genoa), Enrico Del Prato (Atalanta), Marco Sala (Inter), Alessandro Tripaldelli (Sassuolo), Gianmaria Zanandrea (Juventus);
Midfielders: Andrea Danzi (Hellas Verona), Davide Frattesi (Sassuolo), Matteo Gabbia (Milan), Alessandro Mallamo (Atalanta), Andrea Marcucci (Roma), Filippo Melegoni (Atalanta), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma);
Forwards: Enrico Brignola (Benevento), Christian Capone (Atalanta), Moise Bioty Kean (Juventus), Andrea Pinamonti (Inter), Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo).
Staff – National Youth Team Coordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Coach: Paolo Nicolato; Assistant Coach: Mirco Gasparetto; Secretary: Aldo Blessich; Fitness Coach: Vincenzo Pincolini; Goalkeeping Coach: Gian Matteo Mareggini; Doctor: Matteo Vitali; Physiotherapist: Nicola Sanna.
Under-19 European Championship groups
Group A: Finland, Portugal, Norway, ITALY
Group B: Turkey, Ukraine, France, England
The Azzurrini’s fixtures
Monday 16th July
Norway vs. Portugal (Vaasa – 14:00 CEST, 15 local time)
Finland vs. ITALY (Vaasa – 19:00 CEST, 20:00 local time)
Thursday 19th July
Finland vs. Norway (Seinajoki – 17.30 CEST, 18.30 local time)
Portugal vs. ITALY (Vaasa – 19:30 CEST, 20.30 local time)
Sunday 22nd July
ITALY vs. Norway (Seinajoki – 17:30 CEST, 18:30 local time)
Portugal vs. Finland (Vaasa – 17:30 CEST, 18:30 local time)
Thursday 26th July
Semi-finals (in Vaasa) and playoff between third-place finishers (in Seinajoki) to determine qualification for the 2019 Under-20 World Cup in Poland.
Sunday 29th July
Final in Seinajoki (17:30 CEST, 18.30 local time)