The Women’s National Team are going through the final days of their training camp at Coverciano before leaving on Saturday for the Netherlands where they face Russia on Monday 17th July at the Sparta Stadium in Rotterdam.
The Azzurre will pose for their official photos tomorrow in the kit and the Ermanno Scervino formal wear. This afternoon, they trained with a friendly match against Audace Galluzzo’s youth side. “We’re finishing the fourth week of our training camp,” said the captain Melania Gabbiadini. “Preparation has been tough and we can’t wait to start. There’s a very difficult group waiting for us, we all know how strong Germany and Sweden are. We know that it will be vital to start on the right foot and we’ll look to pick up three points against Russia.”
Two days earlier, the Verona forward had received the Pallone Azzurro 2016 which is decided on annually by fans from the FIGC Vivo Azzurro community for the best players across the various national teams. Her club and international teammate Manuela Giugliano did the honours in presenting it after she herself had won it the year prior. “This European Championship is a bit unique for me as it could be the last one for me and I’d like to finish well,” admitted Gabbiadini. I had a slight physical issue at the start of the camp and I’m still not at 100 per cent but I’ll give all that I have. It would make me happy to be a role model for the youngest players and I can say that this Italy team has developed a lot There are lots of girls with immense quality who just need to blossom and continue with it.”
Final Squad of 23
Goalkeepers: Laura Giuliani (Köln), Chiara Marchitelli (Brescia), Katja Schroffenegger (Unterland Damen);
Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Sara Gama (Brescia), Federica Di Criscio (AGSM Verona), Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Cecilia Salvai (Brescia), Linda Tucceri Cimini (S. Zaccaria);
Midfielders: Barbara Bonansea (Brescia), Marta Carissimi (Fiorentina), Valentina Cernoia (Brescia), Laura Fusetti (Como 2000), Aurora Galli (AGSM Verona), Manuela Giugliano (AGSM Verona), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Sandy Iannella (Cuneo), Martina Rosucci (Brescia), Daniela Stracchi (Mozzanica);
Forwards: Melania Gabbiadini (Verona), Cristiana Girelli (Brescia), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Daniela Sabatino (Brescia).
Staff – Delegation Head: Barbara Facchetti; National Teams Director Giorgio Bottaro; Women’s Teams Coordinator: Annarita Stallone; Coach: Antonio Cabrini; Assistant: Rosario Amendola; Secretary: Elide Martini; Fitness Coach Director: Stefano D’Ottavio; Fitness Coaches: William Botter, Franco Olivieri; Goalkeeping Coach: Cesare Cipelli; Docotrs: Monica Fabbri, Alessandro Carcangiu, Matteo Guzzini; Physiotherapists: Roberto Cardarelli, Maurizio D’Angelo, Jacopo Pasini, Daniele Frosoni; Nutritionist: Natale Gentile; Video Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon.
European Championship Group B Fixtures (All times CEST)
Monday 17th July
ITALY vs. Russia (18:00 – Sparta Stadium, Rotterdam)
Germany vs. Sweden (20:45 – Rat Verlegh, Breda)
Friday 21st July
Sweden vs. Russia (18:00 – De Adelaarshorst, Deventer)
Germany vs. ITALY (20:45 – Stadio Willem II, Tilburg)
Tuesday 25th July
Sweden vs. ITALY (20:45 – Stadio Vijverberg, Doetinchem)
Russia vs. Germany (20:45 – Galgenwaard, Utrecht)