Follow live coverage of Italy against Turkey as Euro 2020 kicks off in Rome this evening after the tournament’s opening ceremony.
The tournament, delayed for 12 months by the coronavirus pandemic, finally kicks off Friday evening before a football party next month across the continent where Europe’s best team will be crowned.
Roberto Mancini’s Italy are one of 11 host nations and will begin their campaign as a Group A favorite when they face the Turks at Stadio Olimpico tonight, before group rivals Wales and Spain. Switzerland, will meet tomorrow in Baku.
The Italian team is a mix of veterans – with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Jorginho – and young talent like Alessandro Bastoni and Federico Chiesa. Whatever team Roberto Mancini chooses, it will be full of quality.
Turkey is seen as a dark horse in some quarters, however, having beaten the Netherlands 4-2 in a World Cup qualifier earlier this year. Burak Yilmaz is a constant goal threat and his battle will be intriguing with the Italian defense.
Follow all the latest Stadio Olimpico set-ups and actions – including this opening ceremony – here:
Euro 2020: Turkey’s history with the Euros
This is Turkey’s fifth appearance at a European Championship, having made her debut in the final in 1996. She has reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2000 and the last four of Euro 2008, but failed to qualify for the 2004 and 2012 tournaments.
Four years ago, Fatih Terim’s side finished third in their section behind Croatia and Spain, missing a place in the round of 16 despite a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic. That proved insufficient for a place in the round of 16 following losses to Croatia (0-1) and Spain (0-3), with the latter result equaling Turkey’s biggest loss in the final of the Euro.
Michael JonesJune 11, 2021 7:23 PM
Euro 2020: Güneş hopes for victory in Rome
Turkey coach Şenol Güneş has high hopes for his young team. The coach has made it clear his side will come to Rome to take the three points tonight. He wants to see his team play football in style, and if they do everything well, they can cause a big upheaval in the opener.
“The result we get in the first game is important; a draw or a win can confuse the group. Sun said. ” I hope. I want to see our strength in the first game; even if we lose, it’s important to play well. I hope it will be a great match, a good match… and that we will win!
Michael JonesJune 11, 2021 7:18 PM
Euro 2020: each home and away jersey classified and rated
Less than an hour before kick-off, so it’s time to have some fun. One of the joys of great tournaments is to discover the flamboyant kits on display. Who can forget Nigeria’s effort at the 2018 World Cup?
Euro 2020 is no different, check out our ranking of all kits for this summer’s tournament. There are a few belts here as well as a few shockers:
Michael JonesJune 11, 2021 7:12 PM
Euro 2020: Turkey in good shape ahead of opening match
Turkey have scored a total of 14 goals in six appearances this calendar year, having scored just once, in the 0-0 draw against Guinea in May. It is a young team with an average age of 24 days and 352 days, the lowest of all the teams at Euro 2020.
Senol Gunes’ side were also the only side not to concede a single free match goal in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, while their overall tally of three conceded goals was a lower with Belgium.
But, they lost their opener in their previous four European Championship appearances and have only kept a clean sheet in their last 10 major tournament games.
Michael JonesJune 11, 2021 7:06 PM
Euro 2020: Mancini satisfied with the team atmosphere in front of a difficult group
Italy boss Roberto Mancini is pleased with his squad’s progress in preparation for the Euro 2020 tournament, but warns progress to the round of 16 will be difficult due to Italy’s tough opponents in the group A. He said:
“I love the atmosphere that has developed within the team and what the young players have managed to achieve in such a short time, in part thanks to the help they have received from more experienced players. of the group. Sometimes the players need more time, but these kids learn quickly and have improved a lot, and because they are so young, they can still improve more.
“This group is quite difficult. You are unlikely to find weak teams in a competition like this. These are all difficult games. After the draw it looked like an easy group, but football is not like that today. Each team is well prepared tactically, technically and physically. It will be a difficult group.
“Turkey are a strong team, because their players are good technically and physically strong. They have improved a lot. It will be the same against Switzerland and Wales.
Michael JonesJune 11, 2021 7:00 PM
Euro 2020: Italy names a strong team against Turkey
With Alessandro Florenzi on the right and Leonardo Spinazzola on the left, Roberto Mancini has chosen to go with two full-backs who have often played as full-backs, which seems to be a sign of his intention to put pressure on Turkey and attack.
Federico Chiesa starts off the Azzurri bench but could be a key player in the second half as his pace could cause problems for a potentially tired Turkish defense.
Euro 2020: Mancini’s magic makes Italy even more beautiful
Roberto Mancini’s Italy was one of only two teams – along with Belgium – to win each of their 10 Euro qualifiers.
The Azzurri have scored 37 goals in their Euro 2020 qualifiers with an average of 3.7 per game, which is the same total as in qualifying for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup combined ( 37 goals in 22 games).
Mancini’s men are also unbeaten in their last 27 games, the second longest unbeaten streak in history, and have won eight straight games, three short of their all-time winning streak set in 2019.
They kept clean sheets in each of those eight wins and went 785 minutes (over 13 hours) without conceding a goal.
Michael JonesJune 11, 2021 6:40 PM
Euro 2020: fans expected on all sites
Around 16,000 fans are expected to attend the Euro 2020 opener between Turkey and Italy at Stadio Olimpico when it kicks off later in the evening. Supporters are expected at the 51 games in the 11 host countries this summer as Europe seeks to continue its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tonight, however, Turkey will have their work cut out for them as Roberto Mancini’s Italy have won their last eight games without conceding a goal and are unbeaten since 2018. However, the Turkish squad includes three of Lille’s League title winners. 1, forward Burak Yilmaz, midfielder Yusuf Yazici and defender Zeki Celik who could provide a solid backbone for the underdogs tonight.
Michael JonesJune 11, 2021 6:36 PM
Euro 2020: a unique tournament offers the best of Europe a rare opportunity
A number of factors could see this European Championship unfold differently from the previous ones.
Despite the many differences between the teams at Euro 2020, there was an almost universal message in the camps. Managers like Gareth Southgate and Luis Enrique have told their players to ‘grab a rare opportunity’, but it’s much more specific than the usual motivational line. They are two men who know like everyone else that success in international football does not necessarily come down to the quality of a team. It’s about whether they’re in the right place at the right time.
This is a factor that will only increase this summer, which could see these European Championships weaken more than any other tournament: