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Italy: Euro 2024 Overview

Italy are in Group B alongside Spain, Croatia and Albania

Italy look a shadow of the side who won Euro 2020. They were stuck in pot four for the draw, down to finishing behind England in the group. They are still reeling from a failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup and are looking to rebuild. During this process they can take comfort from their win in 2020 and some of their Nations League performances. They will hope to get out of the group, however, their main aim will be to use this competition as they aim to develop into a side who can qualify for and be competitive in tournaments once again over the next few years.

There are signs that they are starting to get things right under Luciano Spalletti, who replaced the man who guided them to success in the summer of 2021, Roberto Mancini. In addition, judging by performances in UEFA club competitions, such as the Champions League, Serie A appears to be getting stronger, which should be good for the long-term future of the national team.

For further details on Euro 2024 as a whole check out our tournament preview.

How Italy qualified for the Euros

Italy finished second in qualifying Group with four wins, two draws and two defeats. They were six points behind England and finished level with Ukraine, however, Italy’s superior head-to-head record and goal difference condemned the Ukrainians to the play-offs.

Italy Euro 2024 Squad

As they did under Mancini, under Spalletti Italy usually line up in a 4-3-3 formation, however, are capable for switching shape in and out of possession. The team often press high in an effort to win the ball back early. Some of their winning squad from Euro 2020 are still around. Nicolo Barella, Marco Verratti and Jorginho are key men in midfield, Giovanni De Lorenzo is likely to play at right-back, while Ciro Immobile and Federico Chiesa are still around in attack. Gianluigi Donnarumma will keep goal.

Key Players 

Donnarumma’s fundamental goalkeeping skills are excellent. His physical attributes, such as his large frame and reach, and agility are major advantages. He is composed, a good commincator and a great shot stopper with excellent reactionss, who is great in 1 v 1 situations. Handily for tournament football he is also effective at stopping penalties.

Known for his technical ability, work rate, and creativity, Barella is recognised as one of the best midfielders in the world. Possessing good vision and passing ability, he is known for his eye for goal, possesses a good shot from outside the area, and is known for his ability to make late attacking runs from deep into the penalty area. Barella made his debut for the Italy senior side on 10 October 2018, under Mancini, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Ukraine in Genoa.

Immobile remains a key man at 34 years of age. He is an allround forward, capable of providing goals and assists. Although primarily a main striker, Immobile is capable of playing anywhere along the front-line. Immobile is quick and is known for his offensive movement off the ball, as well as his ability to make attacking runs and exploit space.[He often drifts wide or drops deeper to link up the play. His finishing is a strength and he is effective in the air. Immobile works hard out of possession and is a good presser. His minutes may have to be managed this tournament, but he could still be an important player for Italy.

Chiesa is capable of playing anywhere across the forward line. He is a talented, fast, skillful, and hardworking player, with good technique. He usually plays as a winger. He can create chances for others and has proved to be a very good finisher himself.

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Italy Odds at Euro 2024

At the time of writing, Italy are 16/1 to retain the tournament and 4/1 to win Group B with bet365, I feel that the bookies have got things right. Croatia are still a good side, but, while they have some good young players coming through, a lot of their key players are aging. Croatia are an obvious danger to Italy progressing

Spain Euro 2024 OddsOdds
To win tournament16/1 bet365
To win Group B11/4 bet365
To qualify from Group B11/20 BetUK
Odds correct at the time of writing, odds subject to change.

Italy Euro 2024 Fixtures

These are the fixtures for Group B, with Italy’s matches highlighted, along with the pòtential dates for the knockout stages:

Saturday June 15, 17:00Spain vs CroatiaBerlin
Saturday June 15, 20:00Italy vs AlbaniaDortmund
Wednesday June 19, 14:00Croatia vs AlbaniaHamburg
Thursday June 20, 20:00Spain vs ItalyGelsenkirchen
Monday June 24, 20:00Croatia vs ItalyLeipzig
Monday June 24, 20:00Albania vs SpainDusseldorf
29th June to 2nd July 2024Round of 16
5-6th July 2024Quarter finals
9-10th July 2024Semi finals
14th July 2024Final

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Frequently Asked Questions

Italy are the reigning European Champions having won in 2020. They previously won on 1968.

Italy have been drawn against Spain, Croatia and Albania at Euro 2024.

Ciro Immobile will captain Italy at Euro 2024.


Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives. Editorial Promise