Italy national team timetable EURO 2020 – Italy national team (Timnas) is one of the seed in the upcoming Euro 2020 finals. Having the advantage of playing at home during the group phase, the Azzurri hope to make up for their failure to excel in more than a decade.
Italy's escape to the finals of Euro 2020 was welcomed happily by the pizza country public after failing to appear at the 2018 World Cup. The opportunity for Roberto Mancini's squad is wide open to show that Italy is still a big power in Europe.
In the final round of Euro 2020, Italy will join Group A with Turkey, Wales and Switzerland. The three are not easy opponents and have the potential to create surprises. Once again, Italy is more profitable because it will be one of the hosts.
With this new format, the host status will make Italy always play at home in the group stages. In this case the Stadio Olimpico Roma was chosen as the host. Unlike three other countries which also have to play matches in Baku, Azerbaijan, Italy will always play at home.
This situation is certainly favorable to Italy when its rivals have to play three times within 10 days. The fatigue factor will be very influential because the distance between Baku and Rome is quite far. According to the Great Circle Mapper website, the two cities are 3,151 kilometers or nearly four hours away by plane.
This is certainly a good starting capital for Italy to get back on track. In its history, Italy won the European Cup once, the Euro 1968 once. At that time Italy needed two matches against Yugoslavia to become champions.
In the inaugural match, the two teams only drew 1-1 at the Olimpico. Yugoslavia had excelled through Dragan Dzajic but was likened to Angelo Domenghini.
The 1-1 draw forced a rematch two days later. In the second leg, Italy played more convincingly. Score 2-0 obtained foster children Ferruccio Valcareggi through goals Luigi Riva and Pietro Anastasi to bring the Azzurri grabbed the title.
After that, Italy's best performance in the European arena only became runner-up, twice in the 2000 and 2012 editions. Fortunately, in the period of waiting, Italy could grab the World Cup titles in 1982 and 2006.
So, what about Italian chance at Euro 2020 later?
The inclusion of a Mancini caliber coach allowed Italy to find its best strength again. Even during the qualifying round, Ciro Immobile and friends recorded perfect results.
Joining Group J with Finland, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Armenia and Liechtenstein, Italy won a perfect record of 10 wins in 10 matches.
The good foundation that Mancini has built will certainly be very useful in the finals later. Moreover, young Italian players are in their best performance. Call it Lorenzo Pellegrini, Nicolo Zaniolo, Sandro Tonali, Gianlugi Donnarumma, or Federico Chiesa.
This line of young talent will be combined with rows of more experienced players like Leonardo Bonucci, Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Ciro Immobile, or Alessandro Florenzi.
Italy national team schedule at Euro 2020:
June 13: Turkey vs Italy
June 18: Italy vs. Switzerland
June 22: Italy vs. Wales