Build-up and staff information from Euro 2024 | EUROtoday

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Good night and welcome to dwell protection of Euro 2024 as reigning champions Italy start their defence of their crown as they tackle Albania of their opening recreation of Group B. It has been simply three years for the reason that Azzurri triumphed over England on penalties at Wembley however they’ve endured a turbulent time since claiming their second European Championship. The Italians didn’t make the reduce for a second successive Fifa World Cup in 2022 after stumbling on the qualifying levels in 2018 for the primary time since 1958.

However, beneath new supervisor Luciano Spalletti, Italy are unbeaten in six and can be trying to make a fast begin in what’s prone to be their best fixture within the ‘group of death’. With the Italians presently ninth within the Fifa World Rankings, their group additionally comprises Spain and Croatia, who’re ranked eighth and tenth respectively.

It wasn’t plain crusing for Spalletti’s males throughout qualification having been overwhelmed twice by England. But a goalless draw of their closing recreation in opposition to Ukraine ensured automated entry to the event as they topped their opponents on purpose distinction.

While Italy are looking for their second title in a row, Albania are wanting ahead to competing in simply their second-ever Euros finals having solely reached this stage in 2016. After only one win in 11 video games in 2022, a powerful qualification marketing campaign noticed the Eagles high a bunch containing the Czech Republic and Poland after being overwhelmed solely as soon as.

Despite pleasant defeats in opposition to Sweden and Chile, the Red and Blacks loved 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Liechtenstein and Azerbaijan respectively, of their closing warm-up matches. Manager Sylvinho can be hoping Chelsea’s Armando Broja, who missed a lot of their qualifying marketing campaign via damage, can encourage them to their second-ever Euros victory after their sole triumph eight years in the past in opposition to Romania.