Before the Pandemic, with the world title won at the 2019 World Cup in Gwangju, the National Blue left for Japan with the underdogs. Then, the 365-day shift of the event to Cinque Cerchi slightly complicated the plans of CT Sandro Campagna.
Tokyo 2020: the calendar of the day-by-day competition program
In the current state of things, given also the latest friendly matches and the disappointing World League faced recently, in Tokyo there would not seem to be a front row seat for the beloved Settebello. Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro and perhaps even Spain, as recently admitted by our Technical Commissioner, seem to be a step ahead of Figlioli and his companions.
Losing the scepter of favorites, however, it could become the best arrow to shoot in a short and physically devastating tournament like the Olympic one. Therefore, if the Azzurri were to confirm the already demonstrated compactness of the dressing room, the ways for a medal would multiply. Perhaps hitting that podium that would be the third in a row.
After the group stage, the top 4 go to the quarter-finals (4 August) and cross paths with the other 4 qualifiers of group B: Australia, Croatia, Serbia, Spain, Kazakhstan and Montenegro.
Italy debut against South Africa, Sunday at 3 Italian hours with Rai live broadcast.
Francesco Di Fulvio, Vincenzo Dolce, Oscargonzalo Echenique, Niccolò Figari, Pietro Figlioli, Stefano Luongo, Gianmario Nicosia, Nicholas Presciutti, Vincenzo Renzuto Iodice, Alessandro Velotto.
FIRST PHASE CALENDAR
Sunday 25 July – 3 am Italian: South Africa-Italy
Tuesday 27 July – 7 am Italian: Italy-Greece
Thursday 29 July – 7 am Italian: United States-Italy
Saturday 31 July – 11:20 am Italian: Italy-Spain
Monday 2 August – 3 am Italian: Hungary-Italy
Last updated: Wednesday 21 July 2021, 12:08
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