Finalissima 2022 Argentina vs Italy (ARG vs ITA) 1 June 2022 at Wembley Stadium in London. It is the first of three inter-continental championships that UEFA and CONMEBOL — the soccer bodies of Europe and South America, respectively — have agreed to stage.
Argentina vs. Italy is must-watch any time these two storied nations face off, and Wednesday’s Finalissima sets up the latest meeting between the reigning South American champions and the defending European champions.
It’s an attempt by the two regional confederations to create a special event pitting the best teams of the two regions considered the superior force in global soccer. The 2022 edition will be played at the neutral venue of Wembley Stadium in London.
Finalissima 2022 Argentina vs Italy Team News
Italy failed to qualify for Qatar, marking the second World Cup in a row that the team has missed. Since winning the title in 2006, the Italians have either failed to qualify or lost in the group stage in every campaign.
Following this match, Italy has a short turnaround before the start of the UEFA Nations League, as it plays its first match on Saturday against Germany. Italy finished third in the previous Nations League tournament.
Predicted Italy starting XI: Florenzi, Mancini, Bastoni, Emerson, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Berardi, Immobile, Insigne; Donnarumma
Argentina will look to become the only team with two wins in this event. France is the only other team to have won the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup, which was then known as the Artemio Franchi Cup.
Following this match, Argentina will face Brazil in a friendly. That’s the last match scheduled for the country before November’s World Cup.
In its most recent match, Argentina drew Ecuador 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier, with Julián Álvarez scoring the team’s only goal. La Albiceleste is set to compete in the World Cup for the 12th time in a row and is hoping to improve on a Round of 16 exit in 2018.
What the coaches say
Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: “We are sad not to have [Federico] Chiesa, [Ciro] Immobile, [Domenico] Berardi and [Marco] Verratti, but the players we field will do their best to have a great game. Argentina are strong but so are we. This match will be the end of a cycle. That doesn’t mean that 15-20 players will go back home, but from Wednesday we will field more young people to see whether we can count on them for the future.”
Lionel Scaloni, Argentina coach: “As a player, I enjoyed playing at stadiums like these and against these kinds of opponents. We would prefer [to play against European teams] more often. [Our unbeaten run is] just a number, a mere statistic and it doesn’t really matter to us. The most important thing is knowing what we want, where we want to go. We have to seize the moment and this experience. Whenever you play with the Argentinian shirt, every match matters. And if we can win a trophy, all the better.”
Predicted Argentina starting XI: Tagliafico, Otamendi, Martínez, Montiel, Mac Allister, Paredes, De Paul, Gonzalez, Messi, Álvarez; Rulli
When will the Italy vs Argentina, Finalissima 2022 match be played?
The Italy vs Argentina, Finalissima match will be played on 1 Jun 2022 .
Where will the Italy vs Argentina, Finalissima 2022 match be played?
The Italy vs Argentina, Finalissima match will be played at the Wembley Stadium in London.
What time will the Italy vs Argentina, Finalissima 2022 match start?
The Italy vs Argentina, Finalissima match will start at 18:45 UTC.
Which TV channels will broadcast the Italy vs Argentina, Finalissima 2022 match?
The Italy vs Argentina, Finalissima match will broadcasted on the Sony Sports Network.