“On Friday we can make the dream of all the girls, the staff and the Federation itself come true,” said Milena Bertolini ahead of the match on Friday 8th June when the Women’s National Team will have the first of two chances to seal qualification for the 2019 World Cup in France.
Should they beat Portugal in the match that kicks off at 20:45 CEST, the Azzurre will be mathematically certain of topping the group and heading to the finals for the first time since they were in the 1999 tournament hosted by the United States.
“Friday’s match comes at the end of an exciting but tiring season,” said Bertolini. “It’s taken a lot of physical and mental energy from the players. The strong sense of motivation will allow them to overcome this tiredness.”
During the interview with Vivo Azzurro (click here for the video), Milena Bertolini warned about the opposition’s quality: “The match against Portugal poses a lot of danger, they’re the most talented side in the group with forwards of true quality. Furthermore, they’ll approach this game without any pressure and nothing to lose.”
Today, the 24 girls in the squad trained once in the afternoon at Coverciano.
Goalkeepers: Rosalia Pipitone (Res Roma), Emma Guidi (S. Zaccaria); Francesca Durante (Fiorentina Women’s FC); Katja Schroffenegger (Unterland Damen);
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.
Tickets can be bought from TicketOne sales points and online at www.vivoazzurro.it and www.ticketone.it. On matchday, tickets can be bought at the stadium from the ticket office in Viale Valcareggi. It’s open between 10:00 CEST and 13:00 CEST and then again from 14:00 CEST until kick-off.
Tickets cost 3 Euros for the Maratona section.
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), Moldo