Thursday, 4 February 2010

Italy announce pre-World Cup friendlies

Italy will finalise their preparations for the World Cup finals with friendly games against Cameroon, Mexico and Switzerland.

The Azzurri will take on Cameroon in the Principality of Monaco on March 3, before meeting Switzerland in their final test in Geneva on June 5.

With no 'home' games scheduled, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said there was the possibility that a game with Mexico - penciled in for June 3 in the Belgian capital Brussels - could be moved to another venue.

At the World Cup in South Africa, Marcello Lippi's men will open the defence of their world title in Group F against Paraguay in Cape Town on June 14, then play New Zealand in Nelspruit on June 20 and Slovakia in Johannesburg four days later.

Meanwhile, the FIGC have confirmed that the squad will get accustomed to the altitude in South Africa by training in the northern Sestriere mountains in Turin starting May 25, rather than at their traditional pre-tournament base of Coverciano in Florence.

FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010
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Source: FIGC

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