The National Women’s Team will soon fly to France for their first official match of the new year, where they will continue working towards qualifying for the 2019 World Cup. Currently first in Group 6 with a three-point advantage over Belgium, who do have a game in hand, Italy will be back in qualifying action on April 6th against Moldova. Their main aim is to retain top spot in the group, which would consequently lead to direct qualification for the World Cup.
Milena Bertolini will assess her squad during their friendly against France on Saturday 20th January (21:00 CET) at the Stadio Orange Vélodrome in Marseille, a match which will allow the coach to also ”analyse where we currently are in terms of growth”. Among the 23 players who’ve been selected, there are three new faces, including Benedetta Glionna, Martina Lenzini and Eleonora Goldoni. This trio all took part in the joint December training camp between the Azzurre and the Under-23 National Women’s Team.
The location has also been confirmed for the World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Tuesday 10th April (18:00 CET). The game will be played at the Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara, where the Azzurre beat Bosnia 4-0 during a European Championship qualifier six years ago.
Goalkeepers: Chiara Marchitelli (Brescia), Laura Giuliani (Juventus), Rosalia Pipitone (Res Roma);
Defenders: Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Sara Gama (Juventus), Linda Cimini Tucceri (San Zaccaria), Martina Lenzini (Juventus), Alice Tortelli (Fiorentina);
Midfielders: Aurora Galli (Juventus), Martina Rosucci (Juventus), Flaminia Simonetti (Res Roma), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Greta Adami (Fiorentina), Eleonora Goldoni (Tennessee State University), Valentina Bergamaschi (Brescia), Benedetta Glionna (Juventus);
Forwards: Daniela Sabatino (Brescia), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Valentina Giacinti (Brescia), Cristiana Girelli (Brescia).
Staff – Head of delegation: Barbara Facchetti; Coach: Milena Bertolini; Assistant: Attilio Sorbi; Secretary: Elide Martini; Fitness Coach: Stefano D’Ottavio; Goalkeeping Coach: Cesare Cipelli; Doctors: Alessandro Carcangiu and Marco Scarcia; Physiotherapists: Roberto Cardarelli and Maurizio D’Angelo; Nutritionist: Natale Gentile; Video Analyst: Marco Mannucci.