The final phase of the Under 19 European championships will be held in Liechtenstein from July 16 to the 26. Italy belongs to group A together with Liechtenstein, Portugal and Norway. France, the Czech Republic, England and Austria are part of group B.
The Italians will debut on July 16 in Balzera (at 6:30 pm) against Norway. On the 18th, Italy plays against Portugal at 3:30 pm in Eschen-Mauren, while on the 20th Italy will play against the home team in Balzera (6:30 pm). The semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, the final on Saturday, the 26th at 8:00 pm.
The Under 19 team advanced to the final phase of the European Championships after having won against all six their opponents (Lithuania, Armenia and Slovakia in the first phase and Latria, Georgia and North Ireland in the second phase played in Andria and Bisceglie). Results that increase the optimism shown by Paolo Berrettini, who, in any case, always sees a half-full glass and not a half empty one, and the results have proved him right: "I am convinced - said the federal coach - that I have a very good team on my hands. I have coaching this team for four years and it has won everywhere. I know the limits and the qualities of my players: this is why I can say that we can go all the way. The group is not an easy group, but at this point no team can be considered weaker than another: if they have reached the finals, it means they are the best teams. And we are part of this group."
Berrettini has played against Portugal only once in a friendly match and won, while he has never played against Norway and Liechtenstein. Today, the Under 19 coach released the list of players called for the matches: starting July 7, 22 players will start training at Sportilia, but only eighteen of these players will leave for the final phase of the European Championships.
Here is the list of players:
Goalkeepers: Ivaldi (Genoa), Paoloni (Roma, Villanova (Cittadella Padova)
Defenders: Armenise (Bari), Bellotti (Atalanta), Ferronetti (Roma), Mantovani (Torino), Potenza (Internazionale), Scurto (Roma)
Midfielders: Aquilani (Roma), Chiellini (Livorno), D'Astolfo (Lodigiani), Laner (Hellas Verona), Lodi (Empoli), Morici (Lazio), Padoin (Atalanta), Perico (Atalanta), Stefani (Milan)
Forwards: Della Rocca (Bologna), Gibbs (Parma), Palladino (Juventus), Pazzini (Atalanta)
The U19 team is very promising, Paoloni, Ferronetti, Aquilani and Scurto from Roma
Lodi, Della Rocca, Pazzini, Gibbs, Padoin, Mantovani etc are all promising also. 1 player whos not there is Pederzoli
who is really good!