In view of the next Training Stage of the Italian Veterans National Team on 22 September from 15.00 to 19.00 at Palacairoli, Via Fratelli Cairoli 32 in Lainate (MI), here is an excerpt from the interview with the CT of the National Team Enrico Belli:
1) Mister Belli, since the next Training Stage of the Italian National Veterans Team is imminent on Sunday 22 September at Palacairoli in Lainate, which represents the first seasonal commitment, are you satisfied with the involvement of the participants and what are your expectations in this regard?
I found a positive and active involvement from the participants, despite some defections due to personal problems of the players. The group seems to me compact and able to make improvements during this medium-long term project that will culminate with the participation in the World Cup to be held in late January 2021.
2) Since everything is organized in the perspective of a medium-long term project that will lead the National team to compete in the next World Cup, do you feel confident about it?
There will certainly be work to be done, a lot of selection is needed given that the National Veterans was born as a promotional initiative to bring together the old players who once made up the Rose of the Italian National Team. Subsequently the organization of the project was liked by the boys, so it was proposed to the Italian Football Hall Federation to make everything official and lasting over time. It is clear that for this type of commitment is no longer enough a close-knit group of old friends, who may no longer be able to sustain continuously high rhythms of play of this sport, so you need to find the ideal athletic condition to compete in high-level events.
3) Since we are dealing with players born before 1979, or at least out of altitude born between 1980 and 1984, so let’s say not of the first hair, what is the main dowry that you find in them?
The main dowry that I found in these players is the great desire to get back in the game and in particular a certain tactical intelligence, vision of the game that allows them to express themselves at their best.