Finalissima Argentina vs Italy in 2022
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Italy and Argentina are set to meet in the UEFA-CONMEBOL Champions Cup, Finalissima 2022, at Wembley Stadium, England.

This exciting match between the Champions of the two regions, Copa America Cup Champions Argentina and Euro Champions Italy, will go underway on Wednesday, 1 June 2022, at 6:45 pm GMT, which is 7:45 pm UK time 2:45 pm ET.

The UEFA-CONMEBOL Champions Cup was organized two times previously, named Artemio Franchi Cup, in 1985 and 1993. The Finalissima is the revived version of the Artemio Franchi Cup. It will be the 1st Finalissima and the 3rd UEFA-CONMEBOL Champions Cup in history. “Finalissima” means the Grand Final, where the winners will be the ultimate champions.

In June, both Argentina and Italy named their squad and started training ahead of the Finalissima. Lionel Messi and co. are training in Bilbao, Spain. Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri are training in Coverciano Training Camp, Italy.

Argentina Squad vs. Italy for the Finalissima 2022

The Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has named the squad for the Finalissima battle against Italy. Argentina will go all guns against Italy and try to extend their record of the 31-match unbeaten run. The Albicelestes have been unbeaten in International football since 2019 under Lionel Scaloni.

Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, and Angel Di Maria are all available for the front line. Leandro Paredes is not selected due to injury. Marcos Sensei is selected and may debut in the Argentina shirt to defend his side against Italy.

Here’s the full Argentina squad for the Finalissima 2022:

Goalkeepers:

  • Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa)
  • Juan Musso (Atalanta)
  • Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal)
  • Franco Armani (River Plate)

Defenders:

  • Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla)
  • Nahuel Molina (Udinese)
  • Juan Foyth (Villarreal)
  • Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Germán Pezzella (Real Betis)
  • Marcos Senesi (Feyenoord)
  • Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica)
  • Lisandro Martínez (Ajax)
  • Nehuén Pérez (Udinese)
  • Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)
  • Marcos Acuña (Sevilla)

Midfielders:

  • Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis)
  • Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)
  • Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
  • Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)

Forwards:

  • Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Alejandro Papu Gómez (Sevilla)
  • Nicolás González (Fiorentina)
  • Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid)
  • Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
  • Joaquín Correa (Inter)
  • Julián Álvarez (River Plate)
  • Lautaro Martínez (Inter)

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni speaks to Ole about the Finalissima match against Italy. Here’s what he has said:

“It’s always good to play a strong opponent. It’s not a good time in terms of dates; very complicated players are coming, with vacations and some with injuries.”

“I would like everyone to be fit, and that’s impossible. It’s a handicap that we have today, and we will face it as we always have done, that the replacement or the one that plays does it in the best way. But it’s still a nice match, and it’s a nice test for what is to come.”

“Today, we are calm, that is true. In the sense that if one isn’t there, the other plays. We want everyone to be there; that’s the only issue.”

Italy Squad vs. Argentina for the Finalissima 2022

The Italy boss Roberto Mancini has named the squad for the Finalissima battle against Argentina. The Azzurri have a busy schedule ahead in June. The Euro Champions will play 5 matches starting from 1 June to 15 June, Finalissima, and 4 UEFA Nations League games. Their Nations League games include high-voltage matches against Germany, England, and Hungary. Italy will go full force against their opponents and have gathered a star-studded squad.

The Azzurri had been in a 35-match unbeaten run in International football from October 2018 to September 2021. Unfortunately, Italy will not be in the FIFA World Cup 2022. In March, they were knocked out from the qualifiers playoffs following their 1-0 defeat against North Macedonia.

Here’s the full Italy squad for the Finalissima 2022:

Goalkeepers:

  • Alessio Cragno (Lazio)
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris-Saint Germain)
  • Alex Meret (Napoli)
  • Salvatore Sirigu (Genoa)

Defenders:

  • Francesco Acerbi (Lazio)
  • Alessandro Bastoni (Inter)
  • Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
  • Davide Calabria (Milan)
  • Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
  • Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli)
  • Federico Dimarco (Inter)
  • Emerson Palmieri (Olympique Lyonnaise)
  • Alessandro Florenzi (Milan)
  • Manuel Lazzari (Lazio)
  • Luiz Felipe (Lazio)
  • Gianluca Mancini (Roma)
  • Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma)

Midfielders:

  • Nicolò Barella (Inter)
  • Bryan Cristante (Roma)
  • Davide Frattesi (Sassuolo)
  • Jorginho (Chelsea)
  • Manuel Locatelli (Juventus)
  • Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma)
  • Matteo Pessina (Atalanta)
  • Sandro Tonali (Milan)
  • Marco Verratti (Paris-Saint Germain)

Forwards:

  • Andrea Belotti (Torino)
  • Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo)
  • Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus)
  • Gianluca Caprari (Verona)
  • Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)
  • Moise Kean (Juventus)
  • Andrea Pinamonti (Empoli)
  • Matteo Politano (Napoli)
  • Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)
  • Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo)
  • Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio)
  • Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma)

Star forwards Ciro Immobile, and Federico Chiesa will not be available for Italy. The Azzurri have started training in the Coverciano Training Camp, Italy.

After the Finalissima match, Italy will host Germany in the Nations League Group C, League A match. The match will go underway on Saturday, 4 June 2022, at 6:45 pm GMT.

Italy will play Hungary in the Nations League matchday 2 on Tuesday, 7 June 2022, at 6:45 pm GMT.

After that, Italy will play an away match against England in the Nations League on 11 June 2022, at 6:45 pm GMT.

The Azzurri will finish their June fixtures with an away match against Germany in the Nations League matchday 4 on 14 June 2022, at 6:45 pm GMT.

What is Finalissima 2022?

“Finalissima” means the Grand Final is a UEFA-CONMEBOL Champions Cup. The Finalissima 2022 will be the first version of it played between the Copa America Cup Champions Argentina and the Euro Champions Italy.

The UEFA-CONMEBOL Champions Cup was organized two times previously, named Artemio Franchi Cup, in 1985 and 1993. The Finalissima is the revived version of the Artemio Franchi Cup.

In 1985, the European Champions France beat the South America Champions Uruguay by 2-0 goals. In the 1993 Artemio Franchi Cup, the South America Champions Argentina beat the European Champions Denmark by 5-4 goals on penalties. The match was a 1-1 draw after regulation and extra time. It was Diego Maradona’s last trophy for Argentina.

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