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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mister Lippi Releases His Roster for Northern Ireland Friendly

72nd AIPS Congress

Mister Lippi
promised a few surprises with his roster for Northern Ireland.

Eight players will make their Azzurri debut in Pisa on 06 June, and Rino Gattuso returns after a long layoff due to injury.

Goalkeepers

De Sanctis (Galatasaray), Marchetti (Cagliari)

Defenders

Cassani (Palermo), Dossena (Liverpool), Gamberini (Fiorentina), Grosso (Olympique Lyonnais), Esposito (Lecce), Legrottaglie (Juventus), Santon (Internazionale)

Midfielders

Biagianti (Catania), Brighi (Roma), D’Agostino (Udinese), Galloppa (Siena), Gattuso (AC Milan), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Palombo (Sampdoria)

Strikers

Foggia (Lazio), Mascara (Catania), Pazzini (Sampdoria), Pellissier (Chievo), Rossi (Villarreal).

Provisional Confederations Cup Roster (10 from the above list will be named later.)

Goalkeepers

Buffon (Juventus), Amelia (Palermo)

Defenders

Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Chiellini (Juventus), Zambrotta (AC Milan)

Midfielders

Camoranesi (Juventus), De Rossi (Roma), Pepe (Udinese), Pirlo (AC Milan)

Strikers

Gilardino (Fiorentina), Iaquinta (Juventus), Quagliarella (Udinese), Toni (Bayern Munich).

Source: Football Italia, 28 May 2009.

The Two Great Omissions

Once again, Mister Lippi has omitted two big names:

SOCCER 2009 - Juventus Players at Training

Alessandro Del Piero and Antonio Cassano

Sports News - October 07, 2008

It appears that the stellar international career of Del Piero has come to an abrupt halt.

As for Cassano, the jewel of Bari Vecchia, it seems that only an act of God could restore him to good graces of Mister Lippi. Which is a shame, since in my opinion, he is the most talented and creative player in Italy. But Mister Lippi has won the World Cup, and we must respect his expertise to nurture a team to defend the title in South Africa next year.

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