Italy Roster: Donadoni, Si; Baggio, Signori No
HOWARD J. FENDRICH
May. 13, 1996
ROME (AP) _ Roberto Donadoni was picked Monday for Italy's team in next month's European Championship, but Roberto Baggio and Giuseppi Signori were dropped from the roster.
Coach Arrigo Sacchi selected just 11 of the 22 players from the World Cup team that advanced to the 1994 final before losing losing.
``It's said that you don't touch teams that win,'' Sacchi said. ``Instead, teams that win need to be retouched so they can stay on top.''
Sacchi picked Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus of Turin and Enrico Chiesa of Sampdoria of Genoa, third in the Italian League this season with 22 goals.
Signori was bypassed despite scoring 24 goals, tied for the league lead with Igor Protti of Bari. It was the third time in four seasons that Signori had at least a share of the league lead.
Baggio has gone through two injury-filled seasons since the World Cup.
``There are many players whom I respect who were left off the team,'' Sacchi said. ``But I needed players who run, move well and collaborate with others.''
The roster includes defenders Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Roberto Mussi, midfielder Angelo Di Livio and forward Fabrizio Ravanelli. Italy's team starts practice Saturday and plays exhibition games against Belgium on May 29 in Cremona and against Hungary on June 1 at Budapest.
In the tournament, Italy plays Russia on June 11 at Liverpool, the Czech Republic on June 16 at Liverpool and Germany on June 19 at Manchester.
In Bonn, Germany, coach Berti Vogts picked 11 players from his '94 World Cup team, including forward Jurgen Klinsmann. As expected, Lothar Matthaus was dropped.
``If we overcome health problems and still improve our game, we have a good chance of clearing the first round,'' Vogts said.
Vogts dropped forwards Karlheinz Riedle and Ulf Kirsten, instead picking Stefan Kuntz and Oliver Bierhoff, who has played just three international games but has scored two goals. Fredi Bobic also was picked at forward.
Midfielders include Marco Bode, Mario Basler, Thomas Hassler, Andy Moller, Mehmet Scholl, Thomas Strunz and Christian Ziege. Among the defenders are Stefan Reuter, Jurgen Kohler, Thomas Helmer and Matthias Sammer.
Germany plays the Czech Republic at Manchester on June 9 and Russia at Manchester on June 16 before the matchup with Italy. The Germans have exhibition games at Northern Ireland on May 29, against France at Stuttgart on June 1 and against Liechtenstein at Mannheim on June 4.