Image of Marcello Lippi courtesy of Paul Blank
Here is the roster for the next two World Cup Qualification Games against Montenegro (Podgorica at 20:45 local time) on the 28th, and the Republic of Ireland on 01 April in Bari (20:50 local time).
There are many new faces to complement to the core group.
Several Azzurri are out with injuries:
Acquilani (AS Roma), Bonera (Milan), Camoranesi (Juventus), Gattuso (long-term-Milan), Gilardino (Fiorentina), Legrottaglie (Juventus), Perrotta (AS Roma), and Toni (Bayern Munich).
Buffon (Juventus), Amelia (Palermo), De Sanctis (Galatasaray)
Bocchetti (Genoa), Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Chiellini (Juventus), Dossena (Liverpool), Gamberini (Fiorentina), Grosso (Lyon), Motta (Roma), Zambrotta (Milan)
Brighi (Roma), De Rossi (Roma), Foggia (Lazio), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Palombo (Sampdoria), Pirlo (Milan)
Di Natale (Udinese), Iaquinta (Juventus), Pazzini (Sampdoria), Pepe (Udinese), Quagliarella (Udinese), G. Rossi (Villarreal).
Roster courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport.
- Salvatore Bocchetti of Genoa
- Matteo Brighi of AS Roma
- Pasquale Foggia of Lazio
- Marco Motta of Roma
- Giampaolo Pazzini of Sampdoria
- De Rossi
Once again, and perhaps Mr. Lippi is sending a clear message for the future, Antonio Cassano and Alessandro Del Piero were not selected. Cassano had only a few chances during the first reign of Mr. Lippi. Del Piero, who played for him at Juventus and many times in the Azzurri set up, seems to be out of favor.
The fixture against the Republic of Ireland should be very interesting.
Giovanni Trapattoni, the former Azzurri boss, manages the Republic. He is assisted by Azzurri World Cup legend, Marco Tardelli. To the best of knowledge, this will be the first time that a former Italian National Team manager has ever faced the Azzurri. In 1998 during the World Cup, Cesare Maldini came one game from facing his son and the rest of the Azzurri in France. He was managing Paraguay at the time.Group 8 World Cup Qualification Table
Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
For more about the history of the Azzurri, please visit my Italian Calcio and History of the Azzurri page. Since 2004, I have documented every game played. There are also sections about coaching records, and the 2006 World Cup.