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Riccardo Calafiori was Italy's bright spot at the disappointing European Championship. © ANSA / TELENEWS

EM stars come to South Tyrol

This Monday, SpVgg Unterhaching will be the first professional club to travel to South Tyrol for preseason training. In exactly three weeks, it will be the turn of an Italian Champions League participant, along with a handful of prominent players.

A good half a dozen professional teams from Italy and Germany will set up training tents in this country in the coming weeks (SportNews will present them in detail over the next few days). SpVgg Unterhaching will be the first to arrive in Schlanders this Monday. They will be preparing for the new season in the third German league in Vinschgau until Sunday.

The most prominent training guests will be moving into their quarters at the entrance to the Pustertal in exactly three weeks: FC Bologna have announced that they will be in Vals from July 22 to August 3. The seven-time Italian champions have sensationally qualified for the Champions League as fifth in the Serie A table in the past season.

Bologna with prominent cast

Bologna will not travel with successful coach Thiago Motta, who has moved to Juventus and has been replaced by Vincenzo Italiano, but will instead travel with a handful of players who are playing well at the current European Championship. Bologna's squad includes the Swiss Remo Freuler, Dan Ndoye and Michel Aebischer as well as Austrian defender Stefan Posch. Whether and when they travel to the training camp in Vals depends on the duration of their further European Championship adventure.

The same applies to Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee, who is still waiting for his first appearance in Germany, but has aroused great interest in the international transfer market with his eleven goals this season for Bologna.

Bologna was already a guest in Vals last year.

The wildest rumors are also surrounding Bologna's Riccardo Calafiori. The 22-year-old Italian central defender has shown his class in the three group matches and was one of the few bright spots in the Azzurri's otherwise disastrous European Championship appearance. Bologna's management made it clear at the weekend that Calafiori, whose market value is now estimated at 40 million euros, is not for sale. If this remains the case, South Tyrol's football fans can look forward to another prominent training guest at the end of the month.

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