Italy travel to the Women’s World Cup this summer hoping to cause a bit of an upset.
The Azzurre aren’t among the favoured nations for the 2023 World Cup and finished bottom of their group at Euro 2022, with just one point from their three games. Can they do better in Australia and New Zealand?
Latest Italy odds to win the Women’s World Cup
|Italy to win the Women’s World Cup||50/1|
|Italy to beat Argentina||2/7|
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Italy’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage fixtures
|Italy vs Argentina||Eden Park||24 July, 7am BST|
|Sweden vs Italy||Wellington Regional Stadium||29 July, 8:30am BST|
|South Africa vs Italy||Wellington Regional Stadium||2 August, 8am BST|
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Who could Italy meet in the knockout rounds?
If Italy pull off a bit of a shock and win Group G, they would face the runners-up of Group E which will likely be Netherlands — a tough game off the bat and it doesn’t get any easier. Should Italy get through that match, it’s either the winners of Group C or Group A’s runners-up, most likely to be Spain.
Then it’s USA in the semi-finals, assuming they win their group (if they finish second they’d be the round of 16 opponents) and a potential final against the likes of England, France or Germany.
|Route as Group G winners||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Netherlands|
Predicted Italy Women’s World Cup squad
|Francesca Durante||Goalkeeper||26||Inter Milan|
|Laura Giuliani||Goalkeeper||30||AC Milan|
|Maria Luisa Filangeri||Defender||23||Sassuolo|
|Valentina Bergamaschi||Defender||26||AC Milan|
|Lucia Di Guglielmo||Defender||25||Roma|
|Martina Piemonte||Forward||25||AC Milan|
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Italy players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
Italy World Cup Golden Boot contender – Cristiana Girelli
When Italy made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2019, their nine goals were split across four different players, with two netting three each. One of those was Cristiana Girelli who looks set to lead the line for Italy once again this summer, hoping to build on her 46 goals for the nation. All three of Girelli’s goals at the 2019 World Cup came in the 5-0 group stage victory over Jamaica, including one penalty, with only six players netting more across the tournament as a whole. Girelli comes into the World Cup off the back of a good Serie A season too, scoring 15 goals in 23 appearances despite Juventus not winning the title.
Italy player to watch – Martina Piemonte
Another attacking option, Piemonte may be looking to make an impact off the bench this summer, but also could be playing for a move away from her club AC Milan. The forward is already reportedly set to leave Milan this summer and her name has been linked to a number of top European sides including a potential move to England, as she scored 13 goals in Serie A last season. It’s not just the fans that will need to watch her at the World Cup.
Italy emerging player to look out for – Sofia Cantore
Although she will be turning 24 later this year, Sofia Cantore is a relatively newer face in this Italian squad, and has had to make do with a squad role in the past. However, earlier this year at the Arnold Clark Cup, Cantore played all three matches with two starts, amassing 204 minutes as she found the net in the 2-1 defeat to England. Cantore did feature in Italy’s squad at Euro 2022 too, but only made it onto the pitch for an injury-time cameo against Denmark. Could we be seeing more from her this year?
Italy tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
Italy are pretty much set in the 4-3-3 but there is the possibility for a 4-4-2, which could even come mid-match. This is because Barbara Bonansea often starts on the wing for Italy but is a striker by trade, so can slot in neatly alongside Cristiana Girelli. Completing the attacking trio could be Sofia Cantore, looking to make her mark on this tournament, but Valentina Giacinti may be the favoured option for experience.
In midfield, Manuela Giugliano is often the player sitting just in front of the defence, shielding the two centre-backs while also helping to get moves up and running. She’s likely to be joined by Arianna Caruso and Valentina Cernoia, the latter a veteran with seven Serie A titles and five Coppas Italia under her belt. In defence, captain Sara Gama should be joined at centre-back by Elena Linari, with Valentina Bergamaschi and Martina Lenzini the full-back options.
Laura Giuliani has been getting the nod ahead of Francesca Durante in between the sticks of late and there’s no reason for that to change this summer.
Where are Italy in the FIFA world rankings?
Italy are currently 16th in the FIFA world rankings, sitting between Iceland and South Korea.
Who is the Italy manager?
Milena Bertolini has been Italy manager since 2017, taking over from Antonio Cabrini after their group stage exit at the European Championships.
Who is the current Italy captain?
Sara Gama is the current Italy captain.
How many times have Italy won the World Cup?
Italy have never won the World Cup, with their best run being a quarter-final appearance in 1991 and 2019.
How many times have Italy competed in the World Cup?
This will be Italy’s fourth World Cup, with two quarter-final appearances and one group stage exit from their three tournaments to date.
Who has scored Italy’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Carolina Morace scored four goals at the 1991 World Cup and remains Italy’s highest scorer at the tournament.