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Italy really wants to get promoted. © FISG / Valentina Gallina

Is Italy rising? Fans are skeptical

The Ice Hockey World Championship of the IA Division begins in Bolzano in three days. The big question is: Will the Azzurri succeed in promotion to the top division? The fans are skeptical.

Six teams are taking part in the tournament in the state capital: Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Japan, South Korea and Romania: two are promoted, one is relegated. After the Blue Team clearly missed their target last year, their dreams of promotion should come true in front of their own fans this year. However, the last two friendly matches before the World Cup opener on Sunday against Romania (19.30 p.m.) were not promising: Against Hungary Pelino's team lost 5:6, against South Korea They won 4:3 after extra time.

These results did not convince the home fans: At the SportNews1330 people took part in the survey. Only 55 percent believe in promotion. However, 45 percent are of the opinion that the declared goal will be missed despite the home advantage. But no one wants to think about this worst-case scenario before the start of the tournament.

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