The tears of Gianluigi Buffon are long dried, forgotten the Schmach against Sweden but not. At the end of 2017 at the play-offs in the World Cup qualifier, the legendary and now resigned goalkeeper had cried so far after he could not solve the ticket for Russia with Italy after a 0: 1 in Sweden and a lean 0: 0.
Now Buffon looks at the current troop with all fans in this football crazy country, which stands just over four years later before the same routine fork. Where does the route lead this time, when next Thursday (20.45, live! At Cup ticket) first in the K.-O.-Duel compulsory task against outsider Nordmasedonia – and on Tuesday (29 March) in a top game either Against Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal or Stefan Kuntz’s Turkey about the ticket for the Winter World Cup in Qatar?
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It is clear: a second World Championship in a row without involvement of the four-time champion (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) would be the Gau. Especially since this proud football country has ever missed the World Cup since the title win in Uruguay in 1934 in 1958 in Sweden and 2018 in Russia.
MANCINI lives optimism
But nobody likes to think about all the lead national coach Roberto Mancini lives confidence. “We will be there because we are strong and because we were the best team of the European Championship,” the coach had announced only at the end of December 2021 loudly and confidently connected that a possible out of his head does not matter at all: “I think rather ‘We will win the World Cup. “
The first and then the festival Final UMS World Cup ticket will be mancini, however, without his former mancity protégé Mario Balotelli (31), although initially firmly assumed by the caster domination of the Italian “Enfant Terrible”. Until most recently, some media had reported that the currently at Adana Demirspor was fairly neatly playing striker.
On this Friday as the official nomination of the Azzurri, however, the name Balotelli did not appear – but not the last heavily recreational Freiburg Vincenzo Grifo (28). Instead, in the 33-man strong squad of Mancini for the game against Nordmasedonia in the Sicilian city of Palermo Lazio Rome’s defender Luiz Felipe (24) and Caligaris Offensive Joao Pedro (30) to give their debut for the Squadra Azzurra. The rest of the field is well-known – about goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Leonardo Bonucci & Co.
The bid in Italy for the World Cup play-offs
Tor: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Pierluigi Gollini (Tottenham), Salvatore Sirigu (CFC Genoa)
Defense: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Florence), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Lyon), Alessandro Florenzi (Milan), Luiz Felipe (Lazio), Gianluca Mancini (Roma)
Midfield: Nicolo Barlla (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Stefano Sensi (Sampdoria), Sandro Tonali ( Milan), Marco Verrati (Paris Saint-Germain)
Attack: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Ciro Immobilien (Lazio), Lorenzo Instal (Napoli), Joao Pedro (Cagliari), Matteo Politano (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo), Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio), Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma)
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