Image of Marcello Lippi courtesy of Paul Blank and
Mister Lippi released his roster for the next two World Cup qualifiers.
The first takes place in Tbilisi on 05 September against Georgia, and the next will be in Torino against Bulgaria on 09 September.
Seven Juventus players were selected for the squad, and Fabio Grosso could become the 8th if his drawn-out transfer from Lyon is completed on Monday. (The transfer took place, and Fabio will join Juventus next week.) Marco Marchioni of Fiorentina, a former Juve player, received his first call-up since the Euro 2008 qualifier against France in 2006.
Comments by Mister Lippi
“La Juventus ha puntato sui giocatori italiani, dunque è naturale che io rivolga loro la mia attenzione. E sono contento del ritorno di Grosso e Cannavaro in Italia”.
"Juventus has focused on Italian players, therefore it is natural that I keep them in my sights. And I am pleased by the return of Fabio Grosso and Fabio Cannavaro to Italy."“Cassano? Non c’è nessun giallo e non è un discorso che mi fa arrabbiare. Ma come io rispetto le opinioni degli altri, gli altri dovrebbero rispettare le mie.
"Antonio Cassano? There is not any mystery and isn't any discussion that angers me. But as I respect the opinions of others, they ought to respect mine."“Giocheremo con quattro centrocampisti e due attaccanti. I compiti tattici varieranno a seconda della presenza o meno di Marchisio. Tra le due gare ci saranno diversi avvicendamenti: Gattuso sarebbe stato del gruppo, ma Marchionni non è il suo sostituto: sta facendo bene, avevo avvertito la Fiorentina già venerdì”.
"We will play with 4 midfielders and 2 strikers. The tactical work will vary with regards to the presence or not of Claudio Marchisio (his first child was born on Monday), but Marco Marchionni is not his replacement. He is doing well, and I had alerted Fiorentina last Friday."Italian Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 01 September 2009.
Gigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari).
Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Davide Santon (Inter), Gianluca Zambrotta (Milan).
Mauro German Camoranesi (Juventus), Gaetano D'Agostino (Udinese), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Marco Marchionni (Fiorentina), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Andrea Pirlo (Milan).
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal).
Courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport, 30 August 2009.
- Antonio Cassano of Sampdoria, Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus, and Luca Toni of Bayern Munich were not selected. Toni could return, but the other two would be major surprises as long as Mr. Lippi manages the Azzurri.
- Gennaro "Rino" Gattuso of AC Milan was not selected due to an injury picked up in the Milan derby.
- Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma is suspended for the first match, but will rejoin the team next Sunday in Torino. He will take place in training sessions beginning on Tuesday in Coverciano.
- Nine players from the World Cup winning team of 2006 were selected in this side.
- The Azzurri have not played a competitive game since 01 April when they drew, 1 x 1, against the Republic of Ireland in Bari.
- Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, no one team such as Juventus has provided so many players. If you count Crescito, Marchionni, and Zambrotta (former Juventini), along with Grosso, the number on this team with Juventus links would rise to 11. Mr. Lippi managed the Turin outfit for two different spells. As he noted in his comments, Juventus plays more Italians than other high profile clubs such as AC Milan or Internazionale.