National Futsal Team to continue their Euro preparations in Ukraine

National Futsal Team to continue their Euro preparations in Ukraine

With just two months now remaining until their debut in the UEFA Futsal Euro 2018 finals, the National Futsal Team are now preparing for their final test of the current year. This will be a double-header clash in Kharkiv on the fifth and sixth of December. Among the 16 players called up by coach Roberto Menichelli, there are four new players compared to the group that previously took part in Slovak Futsal Week in September. This includes: Stefano Mammarella, who was absent from the Main Round in Georgia; Gabriel Lima, who was injured during the last match in Bratislava and then also Massimo De Luca and Paolo Cesaroni.   
The Azzurri group will gather on Sunday 3rd December, where they will then travel to Kharkiv via Kiev. They will then take part in two sessions on Monday, before then adding some finishing touches on Tuesday morning. This same day will then see the first meeting between the two teams at the Lokomotiv Palace of Sport (17:00 local time, CET +2). The second encounter will then be held on Wednesday 6 at 18:30 local time. The squad will return to Italy on Thursday 7 December. 

With an invitation from the Ukrainian Federation, Roberto Menichelli will hold an FFU coaching clinic on the morning of Monday 4 December.

Squad list
 
Goalkeepers: Stefano Mammarella (Acqua&Sapone), Michele Miarelli (Luparense), Francesco Molitierno (Kaos RE).
Outfield players: Giacomo Azzoni (Pescara), Nicolò Baron (Eboli), Fabricio Calderolli (Acqua&Sapone), Paolo Cesaroni (PesaroFano), Massimo De Luca (Napoli), Julio De Oliveira (Acqua&Sapone), Marco Ercolessi (Pescara), Murilo Ferreira (Acqua&Sapone), Giuliano Fortini (SS Lazio), Gabriel Lima (Acqua&Sapone), Alex Merlim (Sporting Lisbona), Sergio Romano (Pescara), Angelo Schininà (Kaos RE).

Staff – Coach: Roberto Menichelli; Assistant Coach: Carmine Tarantino; Secretary: Fabrizio Del Principe; Collaborative Coach: Davide Marfella; Goalkeeping Coach: Mauro Ceteroni; Fitness Coach: Valerio Viero; Doctor: Nicola Pucci; Physiotherapist: Vittorio Lo Senno.

Schedule
 
Sunday 3rd December

10.00  Gather at Rome airport
20.30 Estimated arrival in Kharkiv
 
Monday 4th December
 
11:00 Training at the Lokomotiv Palace of Sport 
17:00 Training at the Lokomotiv Palace of Sport
 
Tuesday 5th December
10:00 Training session
18.30 UKRAINE vs ITALY – Lokomotiv Palace of Sport 
 
Wednesday 6th December
10:00 Training 
18.30 UKRAINE vs ITALY – Lokomotiv Palace of Sport
 
Thursday 7th December
Team to depart in the morning

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