Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Italy to open World Cup campaign against Cyprus

Italy will begin their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign away to minnows Cyprus in Larnaca on 6 September.

A delegation led by the FIGC President Giancarlo Abete and coach Roberto Donadoni met with the representatives of the Azzurri's Group 8 opponents in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia today to thrash out a favourable schedule.

The World champions then host Georgia on 10 September before travelling to Sofia to face undoubtedly their toughest opponents Bulgaria on 11 October. The year ends with a home match against Montenegro four days later.

Donadoni's side conclude their qualifying campaign at home to the Cypriots on 14 October 2009, four days after playing the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

The new year, which will see Italy participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, will open with a potentially tough double header with an away trip to Montenegro and a home tie against Ireland in March and April 2009.

September 2009 sees the Azzurri travel to Georgia before hosting Bulagaria.

Full Italy World Cup Calendar
06-09-2008: Cyprus v Italy
10-09-2008: Italy v Georgia

11-10-2008: Bulgaria v Italy
15-10-2008: Italy v Montenegro

28-03-2009: Montenegro v Italy
01-04-2009: Italy v Republic of Ireland

05-09-2009: Georgia v Italy
09-09-2009: Italy v Bulgaria

10-10-2009: Republic of Ireland v Italy
14-10-2009: Italy v Cyprus


  1. Can you tell me if you may have an idea when Italy host Ireland on 1st April, which city will it be held in! Thanks xxx

  2. Hi,

    The game is in 2009, and I don't think we will get any news as to where the game will be played until probably late 2008.

    But as its probably one of the bigger games in the group, maybe Milan's San Siro?

  3. Hi Please if anyone can let us know as to the venue for Italy V Republic of Ireland st April 2009
    email straights@eircom.net


  4. San Siro or Olimpico for Italy V Ireland? surely someone knows

  5. I don,t think its a biger game than they played againt the jocks and then they played in Bari!

  6. Does anyone know if a venue has been set or has any rumours gone around. For the Ireland vs Italy football WC qualifier April 2009

  7. i ve heard its on in genoa but that it could be on in florence either they have to announce it by the middle of january as far as i know

  8. very gud sourse said naples.. dats wer im flying to

  9. Hi To the Green Army,,Looks like the venue for Italy V Ireland will be Bari and thats 99 per cent.