Italy hope World Cup showing can build women’s game at home

Italy hope World Cup showing can build women’s game at home

Italy’s women’s soccer program aims to enhance its credibility as they begin their World Cup campaign against Argentina. Coach Melina Bertolini expressed her desire to capitalize on the momentum from their impressive 2019 performance. After a two-decade absence, Italy qualified for the tournament in 2019 and reached the quarterfinals, matching their best-ever result from the inaugural year in 1991. Bertolini believes that a strong showing in this year’s competition in New Zealand and Australia will have long-term benefits for the women’s program in Italy. She emphasized the importance of consecutive World Cup qualifications and the growth process in Italy. Despite the progress, Bertolini acknowledged that the women’s movement in Italy is still young and fragile.

However, there are concerns following Italy’s poor performance at Euro 2022, where they finished at the bottom of their group. Additionally, their recent results leading up to the World Cup have been uninspiring. In a friendly match against World Cup debutantes Morocco, Italy could only manage a scoreless draw. Their final pre-tournament friendly against co-hosts New Zealand resulted in a narrow 1-0 victory, despite New Zealand’s historical struggles in the group stage. These underwhelming performances have raised doubts and pessimism.

Argentina, although never winning a match at the World Cup, has achieved third-place finishes at the 2022 and 2018 Copa America Femenina. Bertolini anticipates a tough challenge from Argentina and acknowledges the difficulty of playing against them. She emphasized the need to focus on simple things and rely on emotions once on the pitch. Italy’s next opponent in Group G will be Sweden, the third-place finishers in the 2019 World Cup.

In conclusion, Italy’s women’s soccer program aims to strengthen its reputation by building on their previous successes. The World Cup provides an opportunity for growth and development in Italy. However, concerns arise from their poor performance at Euro 2022 and lackluster results leading up to the tournament. Despite these challenges, Italy remains determined to face Argentina and Sweden with determination and resilience.

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