In the Italy: Euro 2016 team preview, we look at Italy’s schedule and roster, as well as a prediction of how far they’ll advance in the competition and which players to keep an eye out for.
Italy: Euro 2016 team preview
Manager: Antonio Conte
Captain: Gianluigi Buffon
Italy: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Monday, June 13
Friday, June 17
Wednesday, June 23
Italy: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (PSG)
Defenders: Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Midfielders: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Tiago Motta (PSG), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Federico Bernadeschi (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarwy (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna)
Forwards: Simone Zaza (Juventus), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Eder (Internazionale), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)
Milan and Juventus players will join after Coppa Italia final
Italy: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
There have been lingering doubts about the Italy side coming into this competition and a spate of hugely debilitating injuries has left Conte’s plans in a mini-crisis.
One of the main strengths of this generation of Azzurri stars has been their technical ability in midfield, with Andrea Pirlo, Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio forming an exciting triumvirate at the nexus of the side. However, the manager will not be able to call upon any of this trio, with the former winding his career down in the United States and the latter duo sidelined with injuries.
It means casual observers of Italy will be able to cast eyes over a few unfamiliar faces, with Conte calling up seven uncapped players for the tournament’s training squad. Subsequently, Italy, usually so reliable in these championships, look like something of an unknown quality.
There is an old guard in place, though. Men like Buffon and Daniele De Rossi remain from the the World Cup-winning team of 2006, while the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Antonio Candreva have all performed well at major tournaments in the past.