Tuscany XI squad to face Ireland
Seven teams from the Pistoia region will be represented in the Tuscany Select XI who face the Republic of Ireland tonight.
The game is a warm-up match for Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland squad ahead of Euro 2012, and will see all proceeds from the gate going to charity. The players included in the Tuscan selection come from Serie C2 side U.S. Borgo a Buggiano 1920, Serie D’s U.S. Pistoiese 1921, and non-league clubs ASD Terme Montecatini, Ponte Buggianese, Intercomunale Monsummano, ASD Pescia Uzzanese, and Lampo 1919.
None of the players included are household names in Italy, and although Borgo a Buggiano won their Serie D division last season, their star player, Luca Tognozzi who has Serie A experience with Reggina, is not in the squad.
The match kicks off at 20.30 local time, or 19.30 Irish time.
Goalkeepers: Tommaso Strambi (Borgo a Buggiano), Francesco Gaffino (Pistoiese)
Defenders: Alessandro Di Stefano (Borgo a Buggiano), Francesco Lotti (Terme Montecatini), Francesco Calanchi (Pistoiese), Federico Settepassi (Borgo a Buggiano), Massimo Tarli (Lampo), Matteo Baldaccini (Lampo), Roberto Scaffai (Ponte Buggianese), Lorenzo Pollini (Borgo a Buggiano)
Midfielders: Thomas Cortese (Pistoiese), Samuele Ceciarini (Pistoiese), Mirko Maretti (Borgo a Buggiano), Federico Pellegrini (Monsummano), Mirko Borracchini (Terme Montecatini), Claudio Santini (Borgo a Buggiano)
Forwards: Mariano Taddeucci (Pistoiese), Gianluca Bugelli (Pistoiese), Lorenzo Romani (Terme Montacatini), Simone Pisani (Terme Montecatini), Gabriele Cerri (PesciaUzzanese), Tommaso Pieroni (PesciaUzzanese)