Italy Announces Roster for IFAF Europe Qualification Tournament

Team Italy head coach Davide Giuliano has released his 45 man roster of players who will wear the blue jerseys of the Italian national team at Lignano Sabbiadoro stadium for the IFAF Europe 2016 Group B qualification tournament next month.

The winner of the tournament will meet team Denmark in 2017 to determine who will participate in the 2018 IFAF Europe Group A competition which will feature the top six national American football teams in Europe.

The Italian champion Milano Rhinos have seven players on the roster as do their opponents from the Italian final, the Bolzano Giants.

Team Italy fell to France last month in an international friendly, losing 23-15.

The roster for Italy includes five multi-nationals: running back Louis Peter Cotrone (Torino Giaguari), defensive back Brian Joseph Michitti (Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns, German league), running back Nicholas Dante Ricciadulli (Milano Rhinos), linebacker Vincent Romano (Bergamo Lions) and quarterback Luke Zahradka as well as linebacker Nikolas Suppas, an Italian who also plays for Schwäbisch Hall.

IFAF Europe - Group graphic

Manfredi Leone, general manager of the Italian national team commented,

“On behalf of the Federation I want to thank coach Giuliano for the long, hard work done so far in the meticulous selection of the best athletes to compose the national team. Getting Nick Ricciardulli was a wonderful surprise. He was freed from his contractual commitments to the National Gridiron League in Australia after the suspension of that league, and he was immediately available and joined with enthusiasm to the group.

We hope to have  an enthusiastic home crowd giving us their support for this adventure that is about to begin. On behalf of all our athletes and all the staff we thank everyone. “

2016 Italian National American Football Team:

Surname Name Pos. Club Club City
BARBAGALLO GREGORIO WR ELEPHANTS CATANIA
BENONI ANDREA LB GUELFI FIRENZE
BERNARDONI SIMONE DL PANTHERS PARMA
BIANCALANA PAOLO WR MARINES LAZIO
BONANNO GIACOMO WR RHINOS MILANO
BONAPARTE DANILO RB SEAMEN MILANO
BUSTO PIERFRANCESCO OL MARINES LAZIO
CACCIALUPI GIOVANNI DB HOGS REGGIO EMILIA
CACCIOLATTO DAVIDE DL GIAGUARI TORINO
CARROLI DOMENICO MARIA OL PANTHERS PARMA
CHIAPPINI STEFANO OL AQUILE FERRARA
CIATTAGLIA FABIO OL GIAGUARI TORINO
COTRONE LOUIS PETER RB GIAGUARI TORINO
COVA LUCA DL SEAMEN MILANO
DALLE PIAGGE LORENZO DL PANTHERS PARMA
DELLA VECCHIA GIUSEPPE DB RHINOS MILANO
DI GIORGIO ALESSANDRO RB BARBARI ROMA
DITUNISI STEFANO K/P SEAMEN MILANO
ERIOLDI ALEX DB GIANTS BOLZANO
FANTI FRANCESCO OL RHINOS MILANO
FERRARI ALEX LB GIANTS BOLZANO
FINADRI TOMMASO WR PANTHERS PARMA
FORLAI FEDERICO DB GIANTS BOLZANO
GALLINA ALBERTO LB GIANTS BOLZANO
GENNARO DIEGO DL GIANTS BOLZANO
INSOM GIACOMO DL GRIZZLIES ROMA
MARCHINI MICHELE WR DOLPHINS ANCONA
MICHITTI BRIAN JOSEPH DB UNICORNS SCHWABISH HALL (GER)
MONARDI TOMMASO QB PANTHERS PARMA
MORARA ARTURO DB RAVENS IMOLA
PEDROTTI FRANCO OL PANTHERS PARMA
PIGNATARO LORENZO DB DOLPHINS ANCONA
PODAVITTE MARCO WR LIONS BERG
POZZEBON TOMMASO WR MARINES LAZIO
RACO CARLO DB RHINOS MILANO
RICCHIUTI PAOLO LB GIANTS BOLZANO
RICCIARDULLI NICHOLAS DANTE RB RHINOS MILANO
ROCCOTIELLO FRANCESCO DB RHINOS MILANO
ROMANO VINCENT UMBERTO LB LIONS BERGAMO
ROMANO GIULIO OL ELEPHANTS CATANIA
SCARAMUZZA NICOLA WR ISLANDERS VENEZIA
SUPPA NIKOLAS LB UNICORNS SCHWABISH HALL (GER)
VERGANI ALESSANDRO OL RHINOS MILANO
VIVIANI ELIA DL GIANTS BOLZANO
ZAHRADKA LUKE QB BLACK PANTHERS PRAGUE
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