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Italy kick off at the European Championship at 18:00 CEST against Russia

The day has arrived when the Women’s National Team kick off at the European Championship with the opening match at 18:00 CEST at Rotterdam’s Sparta Stadium with the match live on Eurosport 1.  The aim is to repeat the success of seven months ago in Brazil at the Manaus Tournament when the Azzurre won 3-0 with goals from Gama, Bergamaschi and Gabbiadini. "We have to forget about that win," said the coach Antonio Cabrini. "We know well that it won’t be an easy game. To be at the finals of a European Championship is a great result for Italian women’s football, we’re here to give our all and go for it." 

Melania Gabbiadini knows how important it is to start on the right foot and see that the hard work during four weeks of training at Coverciano is rewarded. "We’ll show to everyone what we can do," said the Azzurre’s captain. "We have clear heads and we’ve prepared well for this match. Russia are solid, apart from physicality their grittiness is a strength but we’ve studied them in order to make as few mistakes as possible." 

At 20:45 CEST, the other two sides in Group B will meet with Germany and Sweden facing off in Breda. They meet once more a year after the final at the Rio Olympics where Germany won 2-1. Yesterday, the tournament began with Group A fixtures as the Dutch hosts beat Norway 1-0 and Denmark beat Belgium by the same scoreline. 

Final Squad of 23 

Goalkeepers: Laura Giuliani (Köln), Chiara Marchitelli (Brescia), Katja Schroffenegger (Unterland Damen);
Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Sara Gama (Brescia), Federica Di Criscio (AGSM Verona), Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Cecilia Salvai (Brescia), Linda Tucceri Cimini (S. Zaccaria);
Midfielders:  Barbara Bonansea (Brescia), Marta Carissimi (Fiorentina), Valentina Cernoia (Brescia), Laura Fusetti (Como 2000), Aurora Galli (AGSM Verona), Manuela Giugliano (AGSM Verona), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Sandy Iannella (Cuneo), Martina Rosucci (Brescia), Daniela Stracchi (Mozzanica);
Forwards: Melania Gabbiadini (Verona), Cristiana Girelli (Brescia), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Daniela Sabatino (Brescia).

Staff – Delegation Head: Barbara Facchetti; National Teams Director Giorgio Bottaro; Women’s Teams Coordinator: Annarita Stallone; Coach: Antonio Cabrini; Assistant: Rosario Amendola; Secretary: Elide Martini; Fitness Coach Director: Stefano D’Ottavio; Fitness Coaches: William Botter, Franco Olivieri; Goalkeeping Coach: Cesare Cipelli; Docotrs: Monica Fabbri, Alessandro Carcangiu, Matteo Guzzini; Physiotherapists: Roberto Cardarelli, Maurizio D’Angelo, Jacopo Pasini, Daniele Frosoni; Nutritionist: Natale Gentile; Video Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon.
Schedule in the Netherlands 

Full Schedule (Times in CEST)

Monday 17th July 
18:00  ITALY vs. RUSSIA, Sparta Stadion, Rotterdam
 
Tuesday 18th July 
16:00 Training at the De Zwervers Centre, Smeetslandsweg, Rotterdam (First 15 minutes open to the press)
 
Wednesday 19th July 
16:00 Training at the De Zwervers Smeetslandsweg, Rotterdam (First 15 minutes open to the press)
 
Thursday 20th July
15:30 – 16:30 Official training at the De Zwervers centre Smeetslandsweg 15, Rotterdam (First 15 minutes open to the press)
18:30 – 19:00 Press conference at the stadium in Tilburg
 
Friday 21st July
20:45 GERMANY vs. ITALY Willem II Stadion
 
Saturday 22nd July
16:00 Training at the De Zwervers Smeetslandsweg, Rotterdam (First 15 minutes open to the press)
 
Sunday 23rd July 
16:00 Training at the De Zwervers Smeetslandsweg, Rotterdam (First 15 minutes open to the press)
 
Monday 24th July
18:30 - 19:00 Press conference at the Stadion De Vijverberg, Doetinchem
19:00 – 20:00 Official training (First 15 minutes open to the press)
 
Tuesday 25th July
20:45 SWEDEN vs. ITALY Stadion De Vijverberg, Doetinchem