By News Team
Last Updated: 11th June 2021
Italy have endured a 53-year wait since their last European Championship triumph, last winning the competition in 1968.
They’ve come close on two separate occasions since, finishing runners-up in 2000 and 2012. Since then, the Azzurri have had a rough ride.
In 2018 they slumped to their lowest-ever FIFA world ranking, 21st, but have since climbed their way back to seventh and are many people’s outside bet for the title this summer.
In this blog, we look at Italy’s chances, the squad they’ve assembled, the teams they’ll play and their betting odds.
Who’s in the confirmed line up for Italy’s 2021 squad?
The Italy Euro squad has a wealth of veteran players among their ranks and the side is captained by Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. The Italians are known for their flash football and hard defending, with the likes of Chiellini and Alessandro Florenzi knowing what it takes to participate in a major tournament. They are also complemented by a number of exciting newer faces such as Federico Chiesa and Manuel Locatelli.
Missing off the team sheet is Gianluigi Buffon, who was a staple of the Italian team for many years, with Gianluigi Donnarumma and Salvatore Sirigu looking to make a name for themselves this summer.
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Who do Italy play next at the Euros?
As for the Italy Euro fixtures, they get the ball rolling on their Euro campaign on the opening day of the tournament, facing Turkey on June 11th. They then go on to face Switzerland on June 16th before playing Wales, who reached the semi-finals of the competition in 2016, on June 20th. All three of their Group A games take place in Rome as one of the host nations.
What are the odds that Italy win the Euros?
What about the Italy Euro odds? Well, Italy are many people’s outside bet for the tournament and are 8/1 to win this summer’s Euros with only France, England, Belgium and Portugal more fancied. They are a solid 1/2 to finish as Group A winners as well as being 4/1 to reach the final.
What’s the latest news on the Italian football team?
Italy have been enjoying a long unbeaten run under the guidance of Roberto Mancini and will be looking to take that form into this summer’s Euros. The only fitness concerns that the Azzurri have is that of Marco Verratti, but he is still included within the squad and would be a great help to their campaign.