The Settebello of coaches Alessandro Campagna is ready to face the first phase of the Water polo World Cup scheduled in Zagreb (Croatia) from Wednesday 8 to Tuesday 14 March.

The Azzurri will meet on Sunday 5 at the Federal Center – Frecciarossa Aquatic Center of Ostiabefore the departure for the Croatian capital, scheduled for Tuesday 7.

The tournament, introduced to replace the World League, is giving away two places for the 2024 World Championships in Doha. In this first phase, twelve teams will be divided into two groups. The first three classified of each group will be admitted to the final phase. Italy was placed in group A together with Japan, Hungary, Croatia, France and the United States.

I am 17 blue players called up for the appointment: Jacopo Alesiani, Edoardo Di Somma, Vincenzo Dolce, Vincenzo Renzuto Iodice, Francesco Condemi, Filippo Ferrero, Luca Damonte, Giacomo Cannella, Marco Del Lungo, Francesco Di Fulvio, Gonzalo Echenique, Andrea Fondelli, Matteo Iocchi Gratta, Nicholas Presciutti, Lorenzo Bruni , Gianmarco Nicosia and Luca Marziali.

To complete the blue team, in addition to the coach Alessandro Campagna and the head of delegation Giuseppe Marotta, there will be the assistant Amedeo Pomilio, the doctor Vincenzo Ciaccio, the physiotherapist Riccardo Cipolat, the psychologist Bruna Rossi, the video analyst Paolo Baiardini, the athletic trainer Alessandro Amato and goalkeeper trainer Goran Volarevic.

“I will use this opportunity to evaluate all the available guys – Campaign commented -. This tournament will mainly serve to monitor the form of the players in the middle of the season and see the impact of the new rules on the game. In this sense we should evaluate all the data available in these five games to make any changes. We will try to qualify despite strong opponents – he continued -, always demonstrating to ourselves and to the others that we are a highly competitive team. I will give many young players the opportunity to play and therefore internal competitiveness will act as a stimulus to raise the level. Ultimately there will be two places for the Finals in Los Angeles because the United States are qualified by right, and therefore it will be a closely contested group “. concluded the technical commissioner.

Settebello Calendar – Group A – Zagreb

8th of March

17.30 Italy-Japan

March 10th

19.00 Hungary-Italy

March 11th

19.00 Italy-Croatia

March 12

20.30 France-Italy

March 14th

19.00 Italy-USA


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