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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Mr. Donadoni Releases His Roster for the Friendly in Budapest

Next Wednesday, the Azzurri will play a friendly against Hungary in Budapest at Ferenc Puskas Stadium. This will be their last warm-up before two key Euro 2008 qualifications games against France and Ukraine, respectively, in early September.

Four players (in boldface) are foreign-based. If I recall correctly, this is the highest number in an Azzurri squad to play overseas. But soccer has become increasingly globablized; consequently, Italian players seek the best offers for their talents.

According to the Elo World Football ratings, Italy is ranked fourth, and Hungary is 69th, respectively.

Goalkeepers

Marco Amelia, Gigi Buffon, Gianluca Curci

Defenders

Andrea Barzagli, Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Marco Materazzi, Andrea Zaccardo, Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona).

Midfielders

Max Ambrosini, Alberto Aquilani, Aimo Diana, Rino Gattuso, Angelo Palombo, Andrea Pirlo.

Strikers

Alex Del Piero, Antonio Di Natale, Pippo Inzaghi, Fabio Quagliarella, Luca Toni (Bayern Munich).

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