Italy could pass through Palermo and in March everything will be played in the playoffs. The president of the Football Association Gabriele Gravina, on a visit to the Palermo headquarters of the FIGC, reveals that the Barbera stadium could host one of the play-off matches for qualifying for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
“Palermo – he said – for us has an extraordinary strength in terms of welcome and support and warmth from the fans from which our national team has already benefited. It is one of the cities that if it manages to modernize the stadium and make it compatible with international needs. is fully included among the seats to be indicated to UEFA for the play-offs “. Yesterday afternoon the theme of the modernization of the stadium was at the center of an interview with Mayor Leoluca Orlando.
“I do not deny that it is a hypothesis we are working on – continued Gravina – we await the outcome of the draw on November 26 and then we will make our assessments. It is no coincidence that the decisive match for the women’s world cup will be played in Palermo. will see Italy face Switzerland once again. Palermo is in the heart and mind of the Federation, we are particularly attached to the city thanks to the great support and contribution that the new Palermo management is giving, I am referring to Dario Mirri and his family and the management skills of Rinaldo Sagramola. Palermo begins to give positive responses in terms of relational interlocutions and social relations not only on the local territory but also on the national one “.
A choice, that of Palermo, which could also sound like superstition. It was at Barbera that the blue journey began at the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, then ended with the triumph in Berlin and again in Palermo the National team snatched (against Bulgaria) what was in fact the last qualification for the World Cup competition, that of Brazil 2014. Italy will certainly play the playoff semifinal at home (dry match). To understand where the eventual final would take place, we will have to wait for the draw on Friday.