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Italy Euro 2020 profile: matches and full squad, including one to watch Giacomo Raspadori and wanted man Gianluigi Donnarumma as Roberto Mancini’s men seek to overcome World Cup disappointment


Italy has experienced a renaissance since the appointment of Roberto Mancini.

In fact, they haven’t been beaten since 2018, a truly impressive feat.

Italy will seek to replicate its previous success.
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They head to the Euro with an incredible 100% record in their qualifying matches, a streak of 25 games unbeaten.

After missing the 2018 World Cup in Russia, many people have written off the nation, but they are ready to prove the opponents wrong.

With a strong squad including defensive anchor Giorgio Chiellini and a manager who has a proven track record of success, Italy could be a dark horse this summer.


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The quadruple World Cup winners will be looking for their second European Championship trophy.

The nation has apparently bounced back from its embarrassment of 2018, with a fresh new look and style of play that has already proven its worth.

Italy will be the big favorites to finish at the top of their group which they share with Wales, Turkey and Switzerland.

Italy Euro 2020 profile: matches and full squad, including one to watch Giacomo Raspadori and wanted man Gianluigi Donnarumma as Roberto Mancini’s men seek to overcome World Cup disappointment
Chiellini will need to be at her best for Italy to succeed at Euro

The squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Naples), Salvatore Sirigu (Turin)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)

Midfielder: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Rome), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (PSG)

Before: Andrea Belotti (Turin), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)

The star man: Gianluigi Donnarumma

Italy Euro 2020 profile: matches and full squad, including one to watch Giacomo Raspadori and wanted man Gianluigi Donnarumma as Roberto Mancini’s men seek to overcome World Cup disappointment
Donnarumma will be available this summer
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At 22, Gianluigi Donnarumma racked up 251 insane appearances for his club.

The world-class goalkeeper is set to leave Milan this summer when his contract expires, with Chelsea and Manchester United already linked with him.

A client of super-agent Mino Raiola, he can expect another high salary and a good performance in euros would add to his value.

The Italian will feel in good hands with Donnarumma between the sticks, his performances have been key to the country’s recent success.

In Italy’s qualifying campaign they conceded four goals, only Belgium having a better defensive record.

To watch: Giacomo Raspadori

Italy have developed some of the best players in world football over the years and Giacomo Raspadori could be the next big thing.

The Sassuolo forward has done enough this season to impress Robert Mancini.

Without a selection to his credit, Raspadori will have the chance to show his talent on one of the biggest stages of international football.

The 21-year-old will cover Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti, but with no one insured in the starting XI we could see him making his way to a starting point.

His technical abilities have led people to compare him to Carlos Tevez and Italian legend Antonio Di Natale, could he follow in their footsteps?

The manager: Roberto Mancini

Italy Euro 2020 profile: matches and full squad, including one to watch Giacomo Raspadori and wanted man Gianluigi Donnarumma as Roberto Mancini’s men seek to overcome World Cup disappointment
Roberto Mancini seems like the perfect man for Italy
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Roberto Mancini, 56, appears to be the ideal manager to bring the nation back to its glory.

The former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager led the nation to a 25 unbeaten streak and turned them into a cohesive unit ready to compete.

Mancini, who Premier League fans may remember for bringing Man City their very first title, took over a struggling Italy in 2018 and hasn’t looked back.

With a well-rounded squad with plenty of depth, all eyes will be on the blunderer, with the hope that they will be victorious.

Although not a favorite, Mancini will enter the competition with the belief that he can go far.

Lighting

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June 11 – Italy vs Turkey 20:00

June 16 – Italy vs Switzerland 5:00 p.m.

June 20 – Italy vs Wales 20:00

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