By News Team
Last Updated: 29th 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 got the ball rolling on their Euro campaign on the opening day of the tournament, beating Turkey 3-0. They followed that up with another 3-0 win against Switzerland and a 1-0 victory over Wales to top Group A, before seeing off Austria 2-1 after extra-time in the last 16. A huge quarter-final match-up against Belgium awaits them on July 2.
What are the odds that Italy win the Euros?
What about the Italy Euro odds? Well, Italy were many people’s outside bet for the tournament before it started at 8/1 to win this summer’s Euros. Following their superb start, those odds have been cut to 5/1 with Italy joint-second favourites with England.
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 continue that form through this summer’s Euros. The only fitness concerns that the Azzurri have is that of Giorgio Chiellini, who missed the last couple of games due to a muscular injury. Alessandro Florenzi has also struggled with his fitness of late.