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May 3, 2021
by Alessandro Angeloni-Emiliano Bernardini
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The Italian European Championship starts today. Go to the first call of the coach Mancini: the one for vaccinations. At Spallanzani in Rome a group, in Milan, at Humanitas, another. The Nazionale del Mancio (yesterday in the stands at the Olimpico for Lazio-Genoa) ready for immunization in view of the world championship: the operation was agreed with the government, with the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza and with the commissioner for the Covid emergency led by General Figliuolo. A success achieved by the FIGC and carried out in silence. A hidden game because from Palazzo Chigi they didn’t want to sponsor the story too much. The fear was always the same: football seen as a skip the line. In the end, however, common sense prevailed. The decisive meeting took place on Thursday afternoon at the Federcalcio headquarters in via Allegri in Rome. Immediately after the green light. But only the players will receive the dose and not the staff. The agreement was reached thanks to this step backwards. A disparity with respect to the Azzurri who will go to Tokyo. In that case, the coaches and other members will also receive the vaccine. The European Championship starts on 11 June (opening match at the Olimpico between Italy and Turkey) but the Azzurri will gather in Sardinia for the pre-retreat from 24 May and then play two friendlies, one on Friday 28 at 20.45 against San Marino. at the Sardegna Arena, the second Friday 4 June, again at 8.45 pm, at the Dall’Ara in Bologna against the Czech Republic. The actual training camp will start on June 1st from Coverciano. Tight times, therefore, we start immediately, in short. Today the national team players will receive the first dose of the vaccine.
Which? Pfizer. In three weeks there will be a recall that will allow the Azzurri to return to time and the coach Mancini to feel comfortable. Only the players will be vaccinated, therefore excluding all staff members, who during the competition will be able to keep their distance and wear a mask, while those who go to the field cannot respect these rules. The list includes about 35 players, more or less those who entered Mancini’s call-up round, or those who can be called up for the European Championship. They will be divided into two groups based on geographic origin.
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