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Italian football star Nicola Ventola: Our team is able to compete in… "Euro 2024"

Abu Dhabi, April 18 / WAM / Former Italian football star Nicola Ventola confirmed that his country, the European Nations Cup holder, is capable of competing in Euro 2024, despite the presence of other strong teams such as England, Spain, Germany, France and Portugal.

He said in a statement on the sidelines of his attendance at the “Sports and Industry in Italy…Technology, Quality of Life and Excellence” event recently organized by the Italian Embassy in the country: “He feels proud as a result of the great passion that the Emirati people have for Italian football.”

He added: “Italian football is constantly developing with the presence of its clubs in European competitions, similar to the good result that placed Inter Milan in the final of the last edition of the European Champions League, and the other results of Italian clubs, such as AC Milan and Juventus, in various European leagues.”

He added: “I noticed, through my work as a technical analyst on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, that the Italian player whose name is most frequently heard by the Emirati audience is Roberto Baggio, as he is one of the Italian players who wrote a great history of Italian football throughout the ages, among a group of other great players.”
He expressed his happiness with Abu Dhabi Sports Channel’s interest in broadcasting Italian League matches, and providing the public with the opportunity to follow them, explaining that the Italian League has a prestigious position and a great reputation in the world, despite the development achieved by many other leagues in England and Spain.

Regarding his relationship with his former colleague at Inter Milan, Andrea Pirlo, the Italian coach of Sampdoria, Ventola said: “We played together at Inter and the Italian senior national teams, and he is one of the big stars in Italian football, and he has modern ideas in football, but the matter differs in their application, especially.” With the big clubs, and I hope he gets the opportunity to go to a bigger team in the coming period with good players.”
Regarding his not participating with the Italian national team in the World Cup tournaments, he said: “I have many records in goals since my youth, and I participated in the Olympic Games in 2000, and other tournaments with the U-21 team, and I remember that during that period I received a call from coach Dino Zoff to participate with the national team against Switzerland, and I was on the bench in the presence of a group of senior players such as Inzaghi, Del Piero, Totti, Chiesa, and others. Zoff told me that I would be a starter in the next match, but unfortunately I suffered a knee injury that kept me out of the field for about 6 months. “.

The Italian football star spoke about increasing the number of teams in the 2026 FIFA World Cup to 48 teams and said: “His personal assessment in this aspect is that this decision is not useful for developing the World Cup, because it will allow the presence of strong and weak teams, in addition to that we will see many numbers.” Big goals in matches, in addition to playing a lot of matches in the tournament, and we know very well that the World Cup provides us with advanced levels.”

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