As many as six players from Italy’s national team are set to play for a team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced Thursday.
The FIGC, which is part of FIFA, said the players include six players of Italian nationality, including two from Bolognese and one from Turin.
They were not named.
The six players, who are expected to compete in the FIFA World Championships in Russia this summer, include:Alessandro Cavalli, 22, a center-back and defender who played for Bolognese giants Brescia in the first-team in 2016-17.
They play for the club of Italy’s former captain, Roberto Baggio, and his former assistant and current boss Antonio Conte, both of whom played for Juventus, according to the FIGC.
Italian soccer legend Gianluigi Buffon was a defender for the Bianconeri, too, from 1990-1996.
Buffon also played for Italian club Lazio in the 1980s and played for his country in the 1984 FIFA World Championship, winning the bronze medal in the final against France.
“The Bolognas have selected an impressive group of young talent, and they have the potential to be a top-class team,” said FIGC general secretary Gianluca Di Stefano.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for the players and the club.”
According to the latest FIFA rankings, the Bologns are tied for fourth with Germany, behind Spain, the United States and Argentina.
They are currently tied for first place in the Serie A, with the leaders Juventus.
The Bolognos are also one of two teams that have qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
The Brescian club will host the competition in June and July, when they will host Argentina in Bologno.