The announcement that the relationship between the FIGC and Gian Piero Ventura will continue until 2020 is a clear sign of the organisation’s faith in the Genoese coach as he leads an ambitious project to re-launch the team with positive results already seen.
The first match for the former Torino and Bari coach, among many others, came on 1st September 2016 and ended in a 3-1 loss to France in Bari. It was the only defeat ahead of a run of nine positive results (seven wins and two draws) with the unofficial friendly against San Marino not included. The team are currently on a four-game winning run. The Azzurri’s goal difference for 2016-17 stands at +16 and is evidence of the current positive trend.
37 players have been used overall with eleven of them debutants. The average age has dropped by around two years from 31 in Italy vs. France in September to 29.3 in Italy vs. Liechtenstein in June. The youngest team had an average age of 26.7 in March’s friendly against the Netherlands. The aim to bring in new players for Italy is a key objective for the coach and he has been aided in this regard with a number of training camps for emerging players. 46 players have taken part (38 from Serie A, eight from Serie B) with an average age of 22.5.