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Monday, November 9, 2009

Mister Lippi Releases His Roster for Friendlies with The Netherlands and Sweden: "Now we have to fine tune the group."

Image of Marcello Lippi courtesy of Paul Blank and

Mister Lippi released a 25 man roster for the upcoming friendlies on 14 and 18 November against The Netherlands (in Pescara), and Sweden (in Cesena), respectively.

Sports News - January 29, 2009
"How do I get Lippi to select me again?"
"Transfer to Juventus, and don't hug Mourinho the
next time you face Inter Milan."

There were a few new faces, but once again, Antonio Cassano of Sampdoria was not selected. His Samp teammate, Giampaolo Pazzini, made the cut.

There were six players selected from Juventus FC.

Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal was the only foreign-based player selected.

Azzurri Roster


Buffon (Juventus), De Sanctis (Napoli), Marchetti (Cagliari)


Bocchetti (Genoa), Cannavaro (Juventus), Cassani (Palermo), Chiellini (Juventus), Criscito (Genoa), Grosso (Juventus), Legrottaglie (Juventus), Maggio (Napoli), Zambrotta (Milan)


Biondini (Cagliari), Camoranesi (Juventus), Candreva (Livorno), (De Rossi was injured yesterday and was replaced by Montolivo from Fiorentina), Galloppa (Parma), Marchionni (Fiorentina), Palombo (Sampdoria), Pirlo (Milan)


Di Natale (Udinese), Gilardino (Fiorentina), Palladino (Genoa), Pazzini (Sampdoria), Rossi (Villarreal)

Courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport, 08 November 2009.

Comments by Mister Lippi

"Tutto quanto fatto fin qui è stato in chiave Mondiale: prima erano le partite valide per la classifica e la qualificazione, adesso dobbiamo perfezionare il gruppo dei 23 in vista del Sudafrica".
"Everything done up until now has been key for the World Cup: First were the qualifiers and the qualification. Now we have to fine tune the group of 23 players with South Africa on the horizon."
"Non possiamo parlare di strada in discesa verso i Mondiali di Sudafrica 2010 - dice Lippi - anche se questo è il primo ritiro da quando abbiamo conquistato la qualificazione. Diciamo che il percorso di avvicinamento entra nella fase decisiva, visto che abbiamo a disposizione solo altre tre partite. Nei prossimi giorni ne giocheremo due, poi torneremo in campo a marzo. Le occasioni per effettuare verifiche non sono tante, come vedete. Abbiamo lavorato con un gruppo di 30-35 giocatori, da questi usciranno i 23 che andranno in Sudafrica... Sarà difficile che qualcuno entri nel gruppo dopo l'ultima amichevole, ma non è impossibile". Nell'ultima amichevole "mi piacerebbe affrontare una nazionale africana".
"We can't talk of a downhill road for the World Cup of South Africa, even if this is the first training camp after we won the qualification. Let's say that we are approaching a decisive phase. Seeing that we only have 3 more friendlies.

In the next few days, we will play 2 matches, and then we will return to play another in March. There are not many opportunities to put things into place, as you can see. We have worked with a group of 30 to 35 players. From this roster, 23 will got to South Africa.

It will be difficult for someone to enter into the group after the last friendly, but it isn't impossible. For the last friendly, I would like to face an African side."
Italian Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 10 November 2009.

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