With a 20-year-gap in between World Cup appearances, it was only fitting that Italy were among the last nations to announce their final 23-woman roster for next month's Women's World Cup in France. While no one can really top the German Federation's roster reveal video, the FIGC revealed the 23 women selected to represent Italy in the now traditional manner, via Twitter.
One that includes three AS Roma representatives:
Among the hoard of Juventus, Milan and Fiorentina players are three Roma players, club captain and resident Roman Elisa Bartoli, leading scorer and rising star Annamaria Serturini and Roma's number one keeper Rosalia Pipitone.
Bartoli stands to earn the most playing time among that Roma trio, very likely serving as the Azzurre's starting left back as she did through most of Italy's qualification campaign. While the selection of Serturini speaks volumes about the season she just turned in and her future in the game, she will find minutes hard to come by behind the likes Barbara Bonansea, Martina Rosucci, Daniele Sabatino and Valentina Giacinti. For her part, Pipitone will likely serve as backup to Juve's Laura Giuliani in goal.
Bartoli, Pipitone and Serturini will see a few familiar faces in group play as Allyson Swaby and Trudi Carter made Jamaica's final roster earlier this week. Italy will play Australia on June 9th, Jamaica on June 14th and then Brazil on June 18th.
Italy are cast in a tough group, no doubt, but there is an awful lot of attacking talent on this squad, so a surprise trip to the knockout stages isn't out of the question. We'll have a more in-depth look at Italy's squad in the coming days and will track the Azzurre through their three group stage matches as well.
Portieri: Laura Giuliani (Juventus), Chiara Marchitelli (Florentia), Rosalia Pipitone (AS Roma);
Difensori: Elisa Bartoli (AS Roma), Lisa Boattin (Juventus), Laura Fusetti (Milan), Sara Gama (Juventus), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina Women’s), Elena Linari (Atletico Madrid), Linda Tucceri Cimini (Milan);
Centrocampiste: Valentina Bergamaschi (Milan), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Valentina Cernoia (Juventus), Aurora Galli (Juventus), Manuela Giugliano (Milan), Alice Parisi (Fiorentina Women’s), Martina Rosucci (Juventus), Annamaria Serturini (AS Roma);
Attaccanti: Cristiana Girelli (Juventus), Valentina Giacinti (Milan), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina Women’s), Daniela Sabatino (Milan), Stefania Tarenzi (Chievo Verona).