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National Under 19

Last match of 2014: tomorrow in Viterbo vs Albania

Four defections and three new players called for the National Under 19 team that prepares to play against Albania in the last friendly match of 2014.  In for the injured players  Mancini (Fiorentina), Vido (Milan), Troiani (Torino) and Parigini (Perugia), coach Alessandro Pane has called the udinese defender Mauro Coppolaro, the Cesena midfielder Gabriele Moncini and the Empoli forward  Alessandro Piu to join the group in training in Rome.  The National Under 19 team will be on the field tomorrow at the  “Enrico Rocchi” stadium in Viterbo against  (2:30 pm).  Three years after the last appearance on the field in the Lazio region, when the teamwas still trained by Daniele Zoratto beat The Netherlands in the friendly match 1-0, the team coached by Pane is preparing for the last match of 2014, a test that will allow the coach to evaluate the condition of the team three months before the Elite Phase of the European Championships that will be played from March 26th to the 31st and that sees Italy play against  Croatia, Scotland and the home team, Austria.  List of players called: Goalkeepers: Meret (Udinese), Scuffet (Udinese); Defenders: Calabresi (Roma), Capradossi (Roma), Coppolaro (Udinese), Dimarco (Inter), Gemignani (Empoli), Lo Porto (Perugia), Sciacca (Inter);  Midfielders: Baldini (Inter), Di Molfetta (Milan), Moncini (Cesena), Murgia (Lazio), Palazzi (Inter), Pellegrini (Roma), Pugliese (Atalanta), Sbrissa (Vicenza), Verde (Roma); Forwards: Bonazzoli (Inter), Bunino (Pro Vercelli), Palombi (Lazio), Piu (Empoli).

National Under 21

Belotti talks about his 2014: “Unforgettable goals vs Serbia and Slovakia”

The debut with the first goals in the A league and the qualification to the final phase of the European Championships Under 21, reached also thanks to his goals, decisive against Serbia and in the playoffs against Slovakia.  A great 2014 for Andrea Belotti, nicknamed “gallo” for his famous way of celebratinghis goals. Having grown with the myth of  Andriy Shevchenko, he finished the year the same way he started it:  with goals, the last one on Saturday that allowed Palermo to win against Sassuolo and the one scored on Wednesday in the Under 21 match against the B league team.   “One of the most unforgettable moments of  2014 – he said in an interview to ‘VivoAzzurro’ that you can read here at  http://vivoazzurro.it/news/belotti/ – I have to mention the win against Serbia in Pescara because it was the most important match of the round and because of how it went:  we were down 2-0 and we came from behind, with determination and heart, until winning 3-2.  The I would say the passing of the round against Slovakia in the playoffs, after the first match had things going against us.  At a personal level, the goals against Serbia and at the same time, the goals in the two matches against Slovakia”. From the present to the future, from the birthday that he will celebrate on Saturday to the gift he would like to give himself in June, when the Under 21 team will be on the field to try to win the European title.   Opponents in the round will be England, Portugal and Sweden:   “A difficult group – he underlined – but all the finalist teams have great qualities.  Even the Czech Republic, theoretically the most accessible, playing at home with the support of the fans, would have been difficult to play against.  As far as we are concerned, we have grown a lot.  Now that we know each other better, from both a football and personal point of view, we will face the matches with the right spirit”.