• Short Summary

    ITALY'S SELECTIONS FOR ITS WORLD CUP SQUAD ARE HARD AT TRAINING IN THEIR RETREAT, AT COVERCIANO, NEAR FLORENCE.

  • Description

    ITALY'S SELECTIONS FOR ITS WORLD CUP SQUAD ARE HARD AT TRAINING IN THEIR RETREAT, AT COVERCIANO, NEAR FLORENCE. UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF TEAM MANAGER EDMUNDO FABBRI, THE 22 PLAYERS FROM WHICH THE FINAL WILL BE PICKED ARE WORKING TO GET THEMSELVES INTO PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITION FOR THE PLAY-OFF IN BRITAIN NEXT MONTH.

    THE ITALIANS ARE TRAINING AT A SPORTS CENTRE AT COVERCIANO TO PREPARE THEMSELVES TO MEET ONE OF THE TOUGHEST DRAWS IN THE CUP COMPETITION. THEIR OWN GROUP FOR THE INITIAL PLAY-OFF INCLUDES THE SOVIET UNION, WHO BEAT THEM 2-0 LAST YEAR, CHILE AND THE UNKNOWN QUANTITY OF NORTH KOREA.

    THE PLAYERS LEAD A NEAR-MONASTIC LIFE DURING THESE FEW REMAINING WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE TO BRITAIN FOR THE CONTEST. STERNLY DIRECTED BY DIMINUTIVE FABBRI, THEY ARE BEING SHARPENED TO A PEAK OF PHYSICAL AND TECHNICAL FITNESS THAT MANY PREDICT WILL LEAD THEM AT LEAST TO THE QUARTER-FINALS.

    AMONG THEM IS GIANNI RIVERA WHO, AT 23 YEARS, HAS BEEN HAILED AS "THE GOLDEN BOY OF ITALIAN SOCCER". AND SANDRINO MAZZOLA IS RATED AS ONE OF THE BEST CENTRE-FORWARDS IN THE WORLD WITH HIS HARD SHOTS AND ACCURATE SHOOTING FROM AWKWARD ANGLES.

    THE ITALIAN SIDE ALSO HAS THE TALLEST MAN IN THE WORLD CUP COMPETITION - GIACINTO FACCETTI, A FULL-BACK WHO HAS BEEN HAILED AS AMONG THE FINEST DEFENDERS IN EUROPEAN FOOTBALL.

    ITALY WON THE WORLD CUP IN 1934 AND 1938.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7RBBFO5UT5Q726F04HLTS30JU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7RBBFO5UT5Q726F04HLTS30JU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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