Tuesday, 18 December 2007

[Euro 2008] Azzurri pick Austrian base

Italy have booked the Austrian city of Baden as their base camp for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament in June.

Baden is a spa town 26km south of Vienna that already hosts many Italian tourists, famed for its warm baths, casino and 120 vineyards.

Coach Roberto Donadoni met with FIGC President Giancarlo Abete to work out the arrangements for the squad.

Training sessions will take place at the nearby Sudstadt sports centre in Enzeldorf, which holds 20,000 people and hosts the home games for Austrian outfit Admira Wacker.

The Azzurri will arrive at the Schloss Weikersdorf Hotel to begin preparations for the tournament in Austria and Switzerland on June 2, exactly a week before their opening game against the Netherlands.

Italy are in Group C and will play all three of those games in Switzerland. The debut is on June 9 in Berne against the Dutch, then switching to Zurich for Romania on June 13 and France four days later.

Team headquarters
Group A: Switzerland (Feusisberg, Swi), Czech Republic (Seefeld, Aus), Portugal (Neuchatel, Swi), Turkey (Bellevue, Swi).

Group B: Austria (Stegersbach, Aus), Croatia (Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Aus), Germany (Ascona, Swi), Poland (Bad Waltersdorf, Aus).

Group C: Netherlands (Lausanne, Swi), Italy (Baden, Aus), Romania (St Gallen, Swi), France (Mont Pelerin, Swi).

Group D: Greece (Salzburg, Aus), Sweden (Lugano, Swi), Spain (Neustift, Aus), Russia (Leogang, Aus).

If a team are staying more than 120km away from their match venue, they must arrive at one of the eight official "transfer hotels" located in the city of the match no later than 24 hours before kick-off.

[Official UEFA list] - [Italy's Hotel]

EURO 2008 DRAW: [Draw in full] - [Match Schedule] - [Reaction] - [Record] - [Azzurri base]

Source: C4 Football Italia / UEFA

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