The Italian Women’s National Hockey will eye their first, historic, qualification for the Olympic Games against Germany.
Italy, 17th in the world, were pooled with Chile and Russia in the Olympic Qualifier pot and could have been drawn with Australia (2 in the world), Germany (4) or Great Britain (5). Fate decided for Germany.
Italy and Germany will play two back to back matches (November 2nd and 3rd), both in Germany, in the city of Mönchengladbach.
Germany is one of the world powers of female hockey: it has won two World Cups (1976, 1981), two Europeans (2007 and 2013) and an Olympic (2004).
The Germany women’s hockey team also won a silver at the Euro Hockey Championship 2019 and at the Rio 2016 they won the bronze medal.
Two nations of great tradition and stature; the roads of Italy and Germany last met, on June 30th 2018, in Dortmund in a test match.
Coach of the Italian National Women’s Hockey Roberto Carta said they will do their best to crown the dream.
“It will be very difficult – we are amateurs invited to the professional table, but it must be said that we played two games against them last year, and one of them we won. We have struggled to get to this play-off and we will play with awareness and without fear. We will do our best to crown this dream.” Coach Roberto Carta said.
The Olympic tournament will be held in Tokyo in 2020 from 25 July to 7 August next year and will involve 12 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams.