Euro 2021 kicks off with Turkey v Italy on 11th June
Euro 2021 soccer kicks off at 8PM London time on 11th June 2021, a year later than planned due to Covid-19 with the first match between Group A sides, Turkey v Italy.
The general odds are:
- Italy to win 1/2
- Turkey to win: 6/1
- Draw: 3/1
The Italian team
Running since 1910, The Italy National Football Team (Nazionale di calcio dell’Italia) is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA. Italy is one of the most successful in international football, having won four World Cup titles in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006.
Manager, Roberto Mancini’s team include star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, midfielder Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile up front with Immobile not living up to his name, scoring 25 goals across 41 games for Lazio earlier this season and with 10 games and 10 victories ( 100% success) in the Euro qualifiers which took place from March – November 2019.
Mancini today announced his 28-man provisional team, with striker. Moise Kean being dropped ahead of the big event. The provisional squad is to be thinned down to 26, before Mancini’s team meet for the final friendly against the Czech Republic, kicking off on 4th June.
Defenders Matteo Politano, Matteo Pessina and Rafael Toloi make up the team after their great performance against San Marino, whilst Leonardo Bonucci and Giogio Chiellini were also called up for the Euro, along with goalkeepers Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alex Meret and Salvatore Sirigu.
The Turkish team
Running since 1923, the team qualified for UEFA European Championships five times, making their debut at Euro 96, reaching the quarter-finals in Euro 2000 and semi-finals in Euro 2008. Led by captain Burak Yılmaz, who played a key part in Lille winning its first League 1 title in 10 years this season, the Turks are a strong team with good prospects in Group A.
Manager and coach, Şenol Güneş, was coach of the Turkish team when it made history finishing 3rd in the Korea-Japan World Cup of 2002. Speaking of the Super League pitch quality ahead of the Euro 2021 Günes said “Better pitches are a must for better Turkish football and footballers. No one pays for the pitch, they only pay for transfers.”
Turkey managed to achieve a 2–0 victory against the group favourites France in Konya and later a 1–1 draw at Stade de France, whilst struggling against the group underdogs Andorra, scraping through with an 89th minute goal at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul. Turkey’s only defeat in the group came from Iceland in Reykjavik, where it lost 2-1
The Turkish team beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in the first of three pre Euro 2021 tournament friendlies and after Italy, on 11th June, they face Wales on 16th and then Switzerland in Group A on 20th.
Our money’s on an Italian victory on 11th June 2021, stay with us for the latest commentary on the run up and during match day. Without doubt this opening match will be high octane and we anticipate the Italian defenders to go on the attack early on scoring the first goal.