Italy boss, Marcello Lippi. He will announce a 30
man roster on May 11, and his final 23 +4 reserves on
May 18. "Paul Newman" holds firmly on his team-concept
policy to bring the old guard to South Africa.
His Observations at the 2-Day Training Camp
"Ho visto grande partecipazione da parte dei giocatori del resto la Nazionale è il sogno di tutti. Ma io desidero ringraziare tutti i ragazzi per il lavoro svolto. Ai miei ho spiegato che non sarebbe giusto se facessi adesso certe scelte. È meglio aspettare sempre l'ultimo giorno. Comunque, ad ognuno di loro spiegherò i motivi delle mie decisioni".
"I saw great participation on the part of the players as the National team is the dream of everyone. But I would like to thank all of the lads for the work they put in. To my players I explained that it wouldn't be proper if I made certain selections now. It is better to always wait until the last day. Therefore, I will explain the motives of my decisions to each one of them."Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, May 5, 2010.
On His Selections
"Non do nessuna spiegazione sulle convocazioni, sono parziali e non mi metto a spiegare i perchè. Faccio le convocazioni sulle base di convinzioni tecniche e psicologiche da sempre. Ho sempre detto che avrei parlato di lui quando gli avrebbero dato il passaporto e che l'avrei preso in considerazione come gli altri, ma ho fatto le convocazioni con le convinzioni di sempre".
"I don't give any explanation on the selections. They are not final and I don't need to explain why. I base my selections on technical convictions and psychological ones as always. I have always said that I would have spoken of Amauri when they gave him the Italian passport and I would take him into consideration just like all of the rest. But I have made my choices with the same convictions as always."On Alessandro Nesta and Giuseppe Rossi
"Nesta? Ho perso la speranza".
"Nesta? I have lost hope."
su rossi — "Resta nel mio taccuino".
"Rossi? He remains in my notebook."On Lazio x Inter Milan from Sunday Night
"Non mi era mai capitato di vedere uno stadio che tifa contro la propria squadra.
"I could never have understood seeing a stadium cheer against its own team."Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, May 4, 2010.
Italian to English translations by Steve Amoia of World Football Commentaries.
Provisional 29-Man Roster
According to the Milan sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Marcello Lippi announced a provisional 29 man World Cup roster on Monday for a two day training session in Rome. This is not the final roster and serves to provide players with recognition that they have reached the next level of consideration.
Players from AS Roma and Internazionale Milano can not be selected due to their Coppa Italia final on Wednesday in Rome. Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal in Spain was also not available for unspecified reasons according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), De Sanctis (Napoli), Marchetti (Cagliari), Sirigu (Palermo).
Defenders: Bocchetti (Genoa), Bonucci (Bari), Cannavaro (Juventus), Cassani (Sampdoria), Chiellini (Juventus), Criscito (Genoa), Grosso (Juventus), Legrottaglie (Juventus), Maggio (Napoli), Zambrotta (AC Milan).
Midfielders: Camoranesi (Juventus), Candreva (Juventus), Cossu (Cagliari), Gattuso (AC Milan), Marchisio (Juventus), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Palombo (Sampdoria), Pepe (Udinese), Pirlo (AC Milan).
Strikers: Borriello (AC Milan), Di Natale (Udinese), Gilardino (Fiorentina), Iaquinta (Juventus), Pazzini (Sampdoria), Quagliarella (Napoli).
Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, May 2, 2010.
Mr. Lippi will announce his final 23 man roster (plus 4 reserves) on or about May 18, 2010.
Controversial Juventus Nucleus
You may have noticed several names from Juventus that have had less-than-stellar seasons in the Serie A and European competitions. Nine Juve players were selected for this provisional roster. If Mr. Lippi goes with the Juve block of players and fails (anything less than the semi-finals) in South Africa, he will receive significant criticism.
Fabrizio Miccoli of Palermo holds very strong political
views which is common among Italian players.
Antonio Cassano and Fabrizio Miccoli have been on great form; however, both do not figure in Mr. Lippi's plans. Both provide what this team lacks: creativity and consistent finishing ability.
Antonio Cassano of Sampdoria is perhaps the
most creative Italian talent of his generation.
Apparently for Mr. Lippi, Cassano is "a rooster in
the chicken coop" and potential source of disunity.
IMScouting has detailed profiles of the Italian player pool here.