‘Mission: World Cup’ starts with training camp, match against Portugal on 8th June

‘Mission: World Cup’ starts with training camp, match against P

With the training camp starting today in Coverciano, the Women’s National Team’s mission to qualify for the World Cup has begun today. On Friday 8th June at 20:45 CEST at the Stadio Artemio Franchi (click here for ticket info), the side will play Portugal in the first of two matches with the chance to seal qualification for France 2019. 

A win against Portugal would see Italy make the World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years, without having to wait until the final match away against Belgium on 4th September. It’s an ambitious goal which is just a step away for the side that was able to win the first six matches in the group and in Florence they hope to see a good crowd with Milena Bertolini describing the support as the “twelfth woman on the pitch.” 

Today, the 23 Azzurre players called up for the most important match of the season will have double training while the city will prepare to host the match with a number of events under the banner of Firenze Città Azzurra. On Thursday 7th June, the Football Museum in Coverciano will host an informative meeting with local clubs and football schools on youth development. Two hours before kick-off in Italy vs. Portugal at the Stadio Franchi, there will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary since the first women’s league season in Italy and the Women’s National Team’s opening match. At the break, the winners of a contest run by the Youth and Scholastic Sector will be recognised after it involved a wide variety of school pupils. The final event will be on Saturday 9th June when Italy player Alia Guagni will be the Leggiadra Madonna at the first-semi final of Calcio Storico in Florence. 

Squad list

Goalkeepers: Chiara Marchitelli (Brescia), Rosalia Pipitone (Res Roma), Emma Guidi (S. Zaccaria);
Defenders: Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Sara Gama (Juventus), Laura Fusetti (Brescia), Lisa Boattin (Juventus);
Midfielders: Aurora Galli (Juventus), Martina Rosucci (Juventus), Alice Parisi (Fiorentina), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Greta Adami (Fiorentina), Eleonora Goldoni (Tennessee State University), Lisa Alborghetti (Mozzanica), Valentina Cernoia (Juventus), Manuela Giugliano (Brescia);
Forwards: Daniela Sabatino (Brescia), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Valentina Giacinti (Brescia), Cristiana Girelli (Brescia).

Staff – Head of the delegation: Barbara Facchetti; Coordinator of the Women‘s National Teams: Annarita Stallone; Head Coach: Milena Bertolini; Assistant: Attilio Sorbi; Secretary: Elide Martini; Fitness coach: Stefano D’Ottavio; Goalkeeping coach: Cristiano Viotti; Match analyst: Marco Mannucci; Doctors: Matteo Guzzini and Monica Fabbri; Physiotherapists: Roberto Cardarelli, Maurizio D’Angelo and Andrea Mangino; Nutritionist: Natale Gentile.

Thursday 31st May 
Squad to gather at Coverciano 

Friday 1st June
10:00 CEST – Training (closed)
16.30 – Training (closed)

Saturday 2nd June
10:00 – Training (closed)
16.30 – Training (closed)

Sunday 3rd June
16.30 – Training (first 15 minutes open to the press)

Monday 4th June
10:00 – Training (closed)
17:00 – Training (closed)

Tuesday 5th June
10:00 – Training (first 15 minutes open to the press)
16.30 – Training (closed)

Wednesday 6th June
17:00 – Training (closed)

Thursday 7th June
19.15 – Press conference at the Stadio ‘Franchi’ (Coach and player)
20:00 – Training at the Stadio ‘Franchi’ (first 15 minutes open to the press)

Friday 8th June
20. 45 – ITALY-Portugal (Stadio ‘Franchi’). Meeting the media post-match

Group 6: Schedule, results and table
15th September: ITALY 5-0 Moldova
19th September: Romania 0-1 ITALY
19th September: Belgium 12-0 Moldova 
20th October: Belgium 3-2 Romania 
24th October: ITALY 3-0 Romania
24th October: Portugal 0-1 Belgium
24th November: Portugal 8-0 Moldova 
28th November: Romania 3-1 Moldova
28th November: Portugal 0-1 ITALY
6th April: Moldova 1-3 ITALY
6th April: Belgium 1-1 Portugal
10th April: ITALY 2-1 Belgium
10th April: Moldova 0-0 Romania
8th June: ITALY vs. Portugal
12th June: Romania vs. Portugal
12th June: Moldova vs. Belgium
30th August: Moldova vs. Portugal
31st August: Romania vs. Belgium
4th September: Portugal vs. Romania
4th September: Belgium vs. ITALY

Standings: Italy 18 points (6 games), Belgium 10 (5), Portugal 4 (4), Romania 4 (5), Moldova 1 (6).

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