A few weeks before its 47th edition, from 1st to 15th June, the Maurice Revello Tournament goes back in time. Since 1967, thousands of players have trodden the Festival’s pitches. Among them, nearly 2000 became international within the sixty-five different nations who have taken part in the competition. To travel through the Tournament’s fifty years of history, each one marked by some famous football players at their debuts, we have imagined twelve dream teams, country by country. Third best XI, the Italy's.
Luca Marchegiani (1987) : Despite he couldn't avoid the last place of the Maurice Revello Tournament with his team in 1987, the Italian goalkeeper had a successful career. In 1993, he became the most expensive goakeeper in the football history after Lazio signed him from Torino for 6M£. With the Laziale, the World Cup 1994 runner-up won the Serie A title in 2000.
Ignazio Abate (2008) : Squadra Azzurra came to compete in the Maurice Revello Tournament 2008 to prepare the Olympic Games. Before that big event, they made an outstanding path during the competition, winning the title for the first time in their history. Several young talents were among this team, as Abate, who scored against United States (2-0) during this edition.
Andrea Barzagli (2002) : The world champion 2006 didn't make yet his debut in Serie A when he helped his country to reach the final of the Maurice Revello Tournament in 2002. Barzagli took part in the five games played by his national squad during this edition, including the final against Dani Alves and Adriano's Brazil.
Andrea Barzagli (number 4), Angelo Palombo (number 8) and Federico Balzaretti (number 6) during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2002
Daniele Bonera (2000) : Before to have a successful career, especially marked by the Champions League he won in 2007 with AC Milan, the international Italian took part in the Maurice Revello Tournament 2000. At this time, the Villarreal defender was playing at Brescia, in Serie B.
Federico Balzaretti (2002) : The left-back, runner-up of the Maurice Revello Tournament 2002, had the best period of his career during the 2011-2012 season : Balzaretti was named in the Serie A team of the year after his displays with Palermo and became a first-team regular during the Euro 2012 with Squadra Azzurra, reaching the final of the competition.
Antonio Candreva (2008) : The Inter Milan midfielder was part of the Italy squad that won the Maurice Revello Tournament 2008. He earned his first cap with the senior national squad one year later and counts, at this day, 54 caps with Squadra Azzurra and 7 goals.
Claudio Marchisio (2008) : The midfielder, winner of the Maurice Revello Tournament in 2008 (he scored a goal against Turkey), clinched eleven titles with Juventus during his long career : seven Serie A and four Italian Cups. He was also called-up 55 times with Italy national squad.
Angelo Palombo (2002) : A few months after he made his debut in Serie A with Fiorentina, the defensive midfielder was runner-up of the Maurice Revello Tournament 2002. He became then the emblematic captain of Sampdoria, playing more than 400 games under this shirt.
Sebastian Giovinco was named as the best player of the Maurice Revello Tournament 2008
Sebastian Giovinco (2008) : In all the big names who were part of the Italy squad that won the Maurice Revello Tournament in 2008, the former Juventus forward was the one who impressed the most that year. After a brace against Ivory Coast and some amazing displays, he was named as the best player of the competition.
Alberto Gilardino (2000) : His goal scored against Ivory Coast during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2000 was the first one of a long list during his career. The Italian player (57 caps, 19 goals) won the World Cup in 2006 and is among the top scorers in the Serie A history with 188 goals. He announced his retirement in September 2018 after he played for AC Milan, Fiorentina or Parma.
Antonio Cassano (number 11) and Alberto Gilardino (number 9) during the Maurice Revello Tournament 2000
Antonio Cassano (2000) : As well as Gilardino, Cassano comepted in the Maurice Revello Tournament in 2000 and scored more than 100 goals in Serie A. After some brilliant debut with AS Roma at the beggining of his career, the Italian forward joined Real Madrid and AC Milan and won the Serie A in 2011.
The Italy best XI in the Maurice Revello Tournament history :
Marchegiani - Abate, Barzagli, Bonera, Balzaretti – Candreva, Marchisio, Palombo, Giovinco - Gilardino, Cassano
Best XIs of the Maurice Revello Tournament : England (1/12)
Best XIs of the Maurice Revello Tournament : Argentina (2/12)