The European Championships, in Portugal from May 7th to the 17th, are under way for the Under 17 team coached by Antonio Rocca. The coach and twenty players (who will be cut down to 18 for the official list) are in training at the Sports Centre La Borghesiana and Monday, May 5th, they will leave for Portugal where they will play their first match on may 7th against Spain. The second match will be played on Friday, May 9th against England and the third match on Sunday, May 11th, against Israel.
England, Spain and Israel are the opponents of the Under 17 team in group B: in the other group, Portugal, Denmark, Austria and Hungary will play. The two teams that will advance to the finals will qualify for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup that will be held in Finland form August 13th to the 30th, 2003.
The Under 17 team coached by Antonio Rocca qualified for the final phase of the European Championships by winning 3-0 against Belgium, drawing 1-1 against Germany and winning 2-0 against Azerbaijan.
Here is the list of players called for Portugal:
Goalkeepers: Bindi (Arezzo), Virgili (Parma);
Defenders: Andreoli (Padova), Bagarollo (Padova), Marzoratti (Milan), Vitale (Pescara), Motta (Atalanta), Criscito (Genoa);
Midfielders: Bottone (Torino), Buffa (Parma), Bovo (Venezia), Formichetti (Lazio), Lazzari (Lodigiani), Morosini (Atalanta), Stucchi (Atalanta);
Forwards: Paolucci (Juventus), Pozzi (Cesena), Lupoli (Parma), Rossi (Parma), Morsia (Parma).
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