With the much-anticipated European Championships finally set to kick off later this evening, we at 101GreatGoals have delved into the finer details of Italy’s encounter with Turkey, so you don’t have to.
Below, check out five things you need to know about today’s work.
The month-long Euro 2020 tournament officially kicks off at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on Friday evening. The Italian capital will be one of the 11 host cities, with three other matches scheduled to also be played on the pitch by Roma and Lazio.
Stay tuned for ‘Skillzy’, the official mascot of the Euro ‘inspired by street culture and Bana culture’.
The most famous faces will come in the form of legendary duo Bono and The Edge from U2, who collaborated with DJ Martin Garrix for We are the People – the official song of Euro 2020.
Meanwhile, Andrea Bocelli recently confirmed his intent to perform the iconic ‘Nesun Dorma’ at the event, having of course previously brought tears to more than a few Leicester City fans with a stunning performance of the anthem at the King Power Stadium. 2016.
Roma and Lazio legend Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta will also be present in front of an Olympic crowd of 16,000 people.
First see how the BBC broadcasts Euro 2020
Friday’s events will be broadcast live on the BBC and will set the tone for the summer with graphics, montages, music – and of course, starring critics.
For those outside the UK, check out UEFA’s official list of broadcast partners Here.
hot shape of italy
Now, in the opening match itself: Italy against Turkey. The hosts of Roberto Mancini will enter the match full of confidence, amid the best pre-tournament periods of any of the 24 participating teams.
Remarkably, the Azzurri are unbeaten in any of their last 26 matches, a streak that includes eight consecutive victories, without conceding a single goal.
Even more surprising is the fact that Italy has not fallen in a competitive home match since 1999.
Do they deserve the ‘dark horse’ logo heading to Euro 2020? Statistics certainly indicate that…
However, lining up against the 4-time world champions on Friday, many stars who are well accustomed to Italian football style will be.
Merih Demiral has forged a formidable partnership alongside Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu at the heart of the Turkish defense recently, despite his struggles to get match time with Juventus. The 23-year-old is therefore hoping to make an impression against Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, both of whom were favored by Andrea Pirlo in the second round of the season for the Bianconeri.
Elsewhere, Hakan Calhanoglu has once again played a pivotal role for Milan in 2020/21, and will be tasked as the number one playmaker in smashing a strong Italian defensive line at the Olimpico. midfielder Tends For a move to the Premier League with Arsenal recently, he will also face a familiar face or two, with longtime Rossoneri teammate Gianluigi Donnarumma poised to take his place among the publications for Italy.
There are many star names in this Turkey squad, but no one is bigger than Hakan Celhanoglu, especially after his fruitful 2020/21 campaign.
He will be tasked with providing the attackers with chances, and their fans will hope he brings his good form to the Euros. pic.twitter.com/4EBP49Kicg
– SofaScore (SofaScoreINT) June 6, 2021
Italy vs Turkey head to head match
They have faced Turkey and Italy on ten previous occasions.
What is somewhat troubling for the former, is that Turkey has never really outdone its next host, having slipped to seven massive defeats.
The only previous meeting between nations at the European Championship came in 2000, when Antonio Conte and Bebo Inzaghi led Italy to a 2-1 win.