Fast Midfielder wrote:Still one question. Why do you label Italian team as U-23? In the 26-04-1953 match against Greece they fielded six players who were 24+ years.
I'm trying to explain in the best way my thoughts.
Up to 1950 year (included), the only additional Team to NT ("A") was "B" Team, which had no restriction (age and/or other) at all. It was a kind of "reserve" Team, generally playing same day (or strictly same period) of the Main Team ("A").
If we forget two exceptions during WW2, the first time this situation changed was in 1951, when Italy participated to "Eastern Mediterranean Cup". That Team was named "Italia Giovani" or "Italia Giovanile". Only because the "reserve" Team had become quite inactive, sometimes there were newpapers calling "B" the "Giovanile" side.
Was it "U.23" or "U.24"? I don't know. And also I don't know if the age was counted from the Tnmt starting date (1950) or not (like it is, now, for U.21 European Championship); and how many "fuori quota" were allowed in each match?
I think above questions will remain with no answer.
Personally, to distinguish this Team from the previous "reserve" one, which restarted playing after the conclusion of the "Eastern MC", I'm calling it "U.23".
(In brackets: d'you think is correct, with reference to the 1953/57 MC, to name Italy, France and Spain "B" Team, when they had another restriction, not based on the age, but on the number of "A" nominations?)
And there is another question: Greece and Egypt (about Turkey we have already discussed) had they, or not, the same age restrictions of Italy? Who knows?
I hope to have clarified my position.