Place: Italy. Bologna. Renato DallAra.
Date: on the 7h of September, 2018 (Friday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: UEFA Nations League. League A. 1st round.
Italy (the head coach Roberto Mancini)
After the match of the first group of League A Germany – France one more interesting match in the Italian city Bologna between two national teams of the third group will take place. Of course, in the status of the hosts of the forthcoming fight will be playing four-time World champions, that is, Italy. And Poland will be Squadra Azzurra‘s guest.
We won’t remind you once again that for the first time in 60 years, since 1958, one of the most popular and titled teams in the history of world football didn’t manage to qualify on the FIFA World Cup Russia which has ended on the 15th of July.
Now the most important is the fact of today’s readiness of the updated team of Roberto Mancini to the forthcoming qualification campaign EURO2020 . Without Gianluigi Buffon who has finished his career in the national team, Salvatore Sirigu will be the main goalkeeper. But the main heroes of Squadra Azzurra are still the most skilled players. This is the new captain Giorgio Chiellini and also Leonardo Bonucci, Giacomo Bonaventura, Mario Balotelli, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne.
Poland (the head coach Jerzy Brzęczek)
After Poland has failure on the FIFA World Cup Russia the five-year era of Adam Nawałka as a coach of the Red and Whites has ended. The 47-year-old coach of Wisła from Płock Jerzy Brzęczek became the new coach of the main team of the country. Naturally, he didn’t invent the bicycle as he doesn’t have worthy replacement to long-term leaders of the national team – Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Błaszczykowski.
But, nevertheless, some leading team players were not invited this time. This is the right wingback of Borussia Dortmund Łukasz Piszczek, the playmaker of the English club Hull City Kamil Grosicki, the holding midfielder of Lechia Gdańsk Sławomir Peszko and some other football players.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Italy vs. Poland
Sixteen times in the history of football Italy and Poland have met together. And according to the results of these meetings Squadra Azzurra had overwhelming advantage (seven victories at six draws). And the most considerable, of course, is the semifinal match of current rivals which has taken place 36 years ago in frames of the FIFA World Cup-1982 in Spain. We will remind you that Squadra Azzurra, having won a victory in this match thanks to two direct shots of Paolo Rossi (2:0), has reached the final where with the score – 3:1 has won over Bundesteam.
Now the modern teams of Roberto Mancini and Jerzy Brzęczek are meeting with each other in the first round of an absolutely new tournament. And here, the hosts according to experts, are the bright favorite of the forthcoming match: Italy – 1.75, Poland – 4.60.
Today the hosts and guests of the match came to Bologna and mist please their devoted fans. Squadra Azzurra has to wash away guilt for missing the FIFA World Cup Russia and the rival – for a terrible failure during the last planetary championship. And therefore now both rivals will fight for winning points.