• Short Summary

    TWENTY-TWO OF ITALY'S TOP FOOTBALLERS ARE HARD AT TRAINING IN FLORENCE. THEY ARE THEIR COUNTRY'S?

  • Description

    TWENTY-TWO OF ITALY'S TOP FOOTBALLERS ARE HARD AT TRAINING IN FLORENCE. THEY ARE THEIR COUNTRY'S WORLD CUP SQUAD, FROM WHICH THE ELEVEN MEN WILL BE CHOSEN TO COME TO BRITAIN WHEN THE WORLD CUP COMPETITION OFFICIALLY STARTS ON JULY 11.

    THE ITALIAN TEAM - GROUP FOUR WORLD CUP FINALISTS WITH NORTH KOREA, CHILE AND RUSSIA - FACE THEIR TOUGHEST PRE-COMPETITION GAME WITH A MATCH AGAINST GROUP TWO FINALISTS ARGENTINA ON JUNE 22.

    AND THEY GO INTO THE MATCH WITH AN UNEXPECTED MORALE BOOSTER - A RECENT SPEECH BY SIR STANLEY ROUSE, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL FEDERATION, IN WHICH HE TIPPED THE ITALIANS AND THE WEST GERMANS AS THE BEST OUTSIDERS FOR THE WORLD SOCCER CUP.

    THE ITALIANS CERTAINLY EARNED THIS PREDICTION WITH A RECENT 6-1 VICTORY OVER GROUP THREE FINALISTS BULGARIA - A CONVINCING WIN OVER THE SOUTH AMERICANS ON WEDNESDAY MUST BOOST THEIR CHANCES.

    CONTINUING THEIR RECENT TRAINING SPELL AT COVERCIANO, NEAR FLORENCE, THE ITALIANS HAVE ALLOWED FEW VISITORS TO ATTEND THEIR WORK-OUTS. UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF EDMONDO FABRI - ITALY'S 27TH NATIONAL COACH SINCE WORLD WAR TWO - THEY HAVE TRAINED IN NEAR SECLUSION. THIS POLICY OF AVOIDING PUBLICITY WILL BE CONTINUED WHEN THE TEAM ARRIVES IN ENGLAND, WHERE THEY PLAN TO STAY IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC RETREAT HOUSE OF ST IGNATIUS AT RAINHILL, LIVERPOOL, AS GUESTS OF THE JESUIT ORDER OF MONKS.

    AS THE DATE OF THE WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT NEARS, FABRI FACES THE FINAL PROBLEM OF WELDING HIS SIDE INTO A SINGLE, FRICTIONLESS UNIT. MUCH WILL DEFEND ON THE TEMPERAMENT OF MILAN'S FRAIL INSIDE-LEFT, GIANNI RIVERA WHO COST HIS CLUB GBP65,000 WHEN HE WAS ONLY 16. RIVERA IS THE "BAMBINID' ORO" OF ITALIAN FOOTBALL - BUT THE GOLDEN BOY OF INTER MILAN WILL HAVE TO FIND A NEW ACCORD WITH INSIDE-LEFT MARIO COURSE IF THE ITALIAN LINE IS TO SHOW ITS TRUE STRENGTH.

    INTER MILAN ALSO PROVIDE ANOTHER AUTOMATIC CHOICE FOR THE FORWARD LINE IN CENTRE-FORWARD SANDRINO MAZZOLA, WHO IS RATED ONE OF THE BEST CENTRE-FORWARDS IN THE WORLD. HE IS A MASTERLY STRIKER OF THE BALL AND CAN PRODUCE SCORING SHOTS FROM ALL ANGLES.

    IN FACT, INTER MILAN HAVE DOMINATED ITALIAN FOOTBALL TO SUCH AN EXTENT, THAT MANY CRITICS SUGGESTED THE CLUB SIDE - MINUS SUAREZ OF SPAIN AND JAIR OF BRAZIL - SHOULD REPRESENT ITALY IN THE TOURNAMENT.

    AS HE STROLLED THROUGH THE WOODS WITH HIS PLAYERS, FABRI COULD TAKE HEART FROM SIR STANLEY'S PREDICTION - AND THE FACT THAT ITALY WON THE EUROPEAN NATIONS CUP IN THE 1960 AND WERE RUNNERS-UP IN 1964.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1714JB7E1J5Q6CPQA1KYT045V
    Media URN:
    VLVA1714JB7E1J5Q6CPQA1KYT045V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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