“Italy is a strong group, but Slovakia will sell their skin expensively”

After narrowly winning two days ago (2-1, goals from Baldanzi and Volpato) against Romania, U-19 national team preparing to meet Slovakia’s hosts. Tomorrow, at 17.30 (live Rai Sport HD), in Trnava, the boys will leave Nunziata they will try to predict the qualification for the semifinals and snatch the ticket to the U20 World Cup in Indonesia next year. One possibility is open because the victory for Azzurrini and France, who do not lose against Romania (Wednesday at 20), would give Italy the mathematical certainty for the next round. But in the middle is the match with the Slovaks, which comes from a burning defeat (5-0) with bleus in the opening match: “They will definitely sell their skin expensively – says the returning Fabio Miretti who joined his teammates the day before yesterday and saw them play from the stands due to a previous disqualification that had to be disposed of – for them, the last resort is a very physical team and wants the home crowd to support them: it will definitely be a challenging match“. The Playmaker Off Juventusafter the European away match with the U21 team, he made himself available to Nunziata and gave up his holiday: “I’m young and I have time to go on vacation – smiles Fabio – but I’m too attached to this group, we have passed the two qualification stages together and I want to go all the way with them“. Yesterday (June 19) the first day of Group B was played: England’s 2-0 victory against Austria and a draw between Israel and Serbia (2-2), where the English led the position.


Twenty on the UEFA U19 rankings. European road: directly qualified for the final phase as host country. Characteristics: changes 4-3-3 with 5-3-2, often calibrated on opponents, and aims more at destroying than imposing their game. Importantly, they often play with long balls, a speculative team, smart, counter-attack and must be taken with the right attention, because it can get very grumpy: in the friendly tournaments made in the season, they won with Portugal (1-0), with the Netherlands (2 -1) and a draw with France (1-1). Teams that always score (15 goals in the last 12 matches) but collect a lot (20 goals). Notable players: Nr. 10 Timotej Jambor, striker from MSK Zilina, team in the Slovak Fortuna Liga (1st Series) and top scorer on this national team; Sebastian Kosa, central defender in Spartak Trnava, 191 cm, already plays in U21. Curiosity: Richard Hecko, from 2020 in Atalanta’s youth team, 190 cm center-back, plays in Orobic Primavera; the two born in 2004 Adam Griger, 192 cm striker who plays for Lask in the Bundesliga, and Artur Gajdos, small offensive midfielder from AS Trencin (Fortuna Liga), from the team is the second player to score more (3 goals).


Italy-Slovakia: 3 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat

The groups

Group A. Slovakia, Romania, Italy, France Group B. England, Israel, Serbia, Austria Group A results and standings Saturday 18 June Slovakia-France 0-5 Italy-Romania 2-1 Positions: France and Italy 3 pt , Romania, Slovakia 0 Tuesday, June 21 Slovakia-Italy, Trnava Stadium at. 17.30 (live Rai Sport HD) Romania-France, Dac Arena Dunajskà Streda kl. 20:00 Friday 24 June Romania-Slovakia, Trnava Stadium at 17.30 Dac Arena-Dunajsk 17.30 (live Rai Sport HD)

The list of those called

Goalkeepers: Sebastiano Desplanches (Milano), Gioele Zacchi (Sassuolo);

Defenders: Diego Coppola (Greece Verona), Alessandro Fontanarosa (Inter), Daniele Ghilardi (Greece Verona, Gabriele Mulazzi (Juventus), Riccardo Stivanello (Bologna), Filippo Terracciano (Greece Verona), Riccardo Turicchia (Juventus);

Midfielders: Cesare Casadei (Inter), Duccio Degli Innocenti (Empoli), Giovanni Fabbian (Inter), Giacomo Faticanti (Rome), Jacopo Fazzini (Empoli), Samuel Giovane (Atalanta), Fabio Miretti (Juventus);

Extensions: Giuseppe Ambrosino Di Bruttopilo (Napoli), Tommaso Baldanzi (Empoli), Marco Nasti (Milano), Cristian Volpato (Rom).

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