Euro 2020 Qualifying Official Thread

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by Mean Machine, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Falc

    Falc Member+

    Jul 29, 2006
    Maryland
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
  2. Rosay

    Rosay BigSoccer Yellow Card

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    we lost to Iceland in a friendly and Slovenia was it in qualifying?
     
  3. Tifoso

    Tifoso Moderator
    Staff Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Feb 24, 2007
    northern California
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    2006?
     
  4. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Doen't winning the qualifying phase with the best record, GF, GA and GD count in the seedings when it comes time for the draw? Or do they use the World and/or UEFA rankings now?
     
  5. Falc

    Falc Member+

    Jul 29, 2006
    Maryland
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    With the current streak, Italy should rise pretty high in the WC rankings.
     
  6. Rosay

    Rosay BigSoccer Yellow Card

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    you mean on the road to qualifying for world cup 2006? I remember we lost to Slovenia then
     
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  7. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    I get why people aren't completely convinced. We have always been used to seeing Azzurri players have key roles on Champions League sides. This team is young and lacking some experience.

    And, you know what? That is OK. Maybe it is good that we have a blank slate. Maybe it is good that we aren't bound by the stereotypes of our past. Past Azzurri teams would NEVER have a +37 goal differential. Why? Their mentality was to score, converse energy, and counter.

    You know another way of scoring a lot and controlling the game? Controlling the midfield. There is a lot of talent there. Barella is a complete midfielder...BIG MISTAKE for Juve not signing him. Zaniolo has taken a big step forward this year and is lethal making runs to the box. Great finisher. Chiesa's speed is a massive problem for defenses. Verratti we know his talent. Jorginho is still a concern for me in a 3 man midfield against athletic teams. However, Mancini really trusts him. Then you have other talented guys like Tonali, Sensi and Pellegrini. There is a lot of skill on the ball with that group.
     
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  8. Mean Machine

    Mean Machine Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    I think Sensi at his best might be our best midfielder. He is so talented and I look forward to seeing him more with our team. Hope he gets healthy soon.
     
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  9. Hulk_Hogan_Italia

    Aug 17, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    UEFA have confirmed the seeding for the Euro 2020 draw on November 30, as Italy risk a Group of Death with France and Portugal.

    I would like to avoid France in the early stage. Any group predictions?
     
  10. Rosay

    Rosay BigSoccer Yellow Card

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    I have a feeling we'll get an easier group. I think our bad luck has ended with Azzurri so far
     
  11. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    i'll take a tough group.. .give us both the african all stars and the brazil rejects.

    we perform better in tough groups.
     
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  12. Hulk_Hogan_Italia

    Aug 17, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I would like at least one easy team to ensure 3 points
     
  13. TheAnswer1313

    TheAnswer1313 Member+

    Dec 12, 2007
    Charleston, WV
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    The good thing about facing a tough team in the group stage is you at least know you won't get drawn against that team again at the beginning of the knockout phase.
     
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  14. totti fan

    totti fan Member+

    Jun 24, 2010
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Good lad
     
  15. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    #1091 falvo, Nov 21, 2019
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2019
    Looking at the starters and subs from the team that beat Armenia 9-1, it seems this team can remain intact for a while.

    Bonucci 33 Sirigu (GK) 33 , Izzo 28 , Meret 23 (GK) Orsolini 23 , Di Lorenzo 26 , Biraghi 27 , Tonali 20 , Jorginho 28 , Zaniolo 20 , Romagnoli 25 , Chiesa 22 , Immobile 30 , Barella 23


    You have Bonucci 33 Sirigu (GK) 33 Immobile 30 , Jorginho 28 and (maybe) Biraghi 27 who are probably at their last go around the national team but then you have a starting GK in Gianluigi Donnarumma who didn't play and who will be only 21 at the Euro. That is pretty young. Hypothetically, if he lasts as long as Buffon did, that is another 20 years.

    I'm sure some will fade and other ones will emerge but looking at the younger age of some of these guys, I think a core group of players could very well last for a few WC and Euro cycles.



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  16. UdineseFan98

    UdineseFan98 Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    St. Catherines, ON
    Club:
    Udinese Calcio
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy


    A english based account said this. Food for thought
     
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  17. Nek Sanalet

    Nek Sanalet Member+

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Dec 30, 2013
    NYC
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Does anyone still want Balotelli in the squad? I think the latest dustup with Grosso should finally seal his fate with the national team.
     
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  18. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    I don't think Balotelli, based on form (which is how player are now measured) really deserves a callup.
     
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  19. Rosay

    Rosay BigSoccer Yellow Card

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    ya unless he lights up Serie A for Brescia keep him home. there's still more than half a season to go tho. we'll see in May
     
  20. toronto_soccer

    toronto_soccer Member+

    Mar 21, 2006
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Belotti and Barella both injured today. They are saying it might be a hamstring with Barella.
     
  21. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy

     
  22. toronto_soccer

    toronto_soccer Member+

    Mar 21, 2006
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    He'd be a major star in MLS. The marketers in America would have a field day.
     
  23. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    I’d say the Croat midfield last World Cup was a pretty good technical midfield as well.
     
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  24. r0adrunner

    r0adrunner Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    London, UK
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    I was thinking the same myself.
     

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