Euro 2020 LIVE: latest updates from the opening ceremony

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Countdown to Euro 2020: daily briefing

Follow live coverage of the Euro 2020 kick-off in Rome tonight.

Italy host Turkey in the tournament opener at Stadio Olimpico, 12 months later than expected after the coronavirus pandemic forced a postponement. But a year later, 24 countries are ready to fight for the right to be crowned the best on the continent.

Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge will take center stage for the traditional curtain-raiser with a virtual performance that will use cutting-edge technology to bring fans closer to the festivities. UEFA have confirmed that the three will perform the official tournament song We Are The People ahead of kick-off before Italy and Turkey shake things up in the first match.

The performance, which UEFA says centers around an actual concert in a stadium, will weave the song’s lyrics of “hope and positivity”, as well as “powerful images brought to life by technology,” including the terrain transformed into a blue-white flame, energy fields created from millions of light particles and Bono projected onto stage. It was shot in state-of-the-art motion control studios in London and at the Olimpico in Rome, to recreate the stadium environment in 3D.

Follow all the latest news as Euro 2020 kicks off tonight:

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Euro 2020: Mancini satisfied with the team atmosphere in front of a difficult group

Italy boss Roberto Mancini is pleased with his squad’s progress in preparation for the Euro 2020 tournament, but warns progress to the round of 16 will be difficult due to Italy’s tough opponents in the group A. He said:

“I like the atmosphere that has developed within the team and what the young players have managed to achieve in such a short time, in part thanks to the help they received from more experienced players. of the group. Sometimes the players need more time, but these kids learn quickly and have improved a lot, and because they are so young, they can still improve more.

“This group is quite difficult. You are unlikely to find weak teams in a competition like this. These are all difficult games. After the draw it looked like an easy group, but football is not like that today. Each team is well prepared tactically, technically and physically. It will be a difficult group.

“Turkey are a strong team, because their players are good technically and physically strong. They have improved a lot. It will be the same against Switzerland and Wales.

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 7:00 PM

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Euro 2020: Italy names a strong team against Turkey

With Alessandro Florenzi on the right and Leonardo Spinazzola on the left, Roberto Mancini chose two full-backs who have often played as full-backs, which seems to be a sign of his intention to put pressure on Turkey and attack.

Federico Chiesa starts off the Azzurri bench but could be a key player in the second half as his pace could cause problems for a potentially tired Turkish defense.

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:56 PM

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Euro 2020: the composition of Turkey against Italy

Turkey XI: Ugurcan Cakir, Zeki Celik, Merih Demiral, Caglar Soyuncu, Umut Meras; Kenan Karaman, Ozan Tufan, Okay Yokuslu, Yusuf Yazici, Hakan Calhanoglu; Burak Yilmaz

Italy XI: Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonnucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi Motionless Badge

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:46 PM

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Euro 2020: Mancini’s magic makes Italy even more beautiful

Roberto Mancini’s Italy was one of only two teams – along with Belgium – to win each of their 10 Euro qualifiers.

The Azzurri have scored 37 goals in their Euro 2020 qualifiers with an average of 3.7 per game, which is the same total as in qualifying for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup combined ( 37 goals in 22 games).

Mancini’s men are also unbeaten in their last 27 games, the second longest unbeaten streak in their history, and have won eight straight games, three short of their all-time winning streak set in 2019.

They kept clean sheets in each of those eight wins and went 785 minutes (over 13 hours) without conceding a goal.

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:40 PM

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Euro 2020: fans expected on all sites

Around 16,000 fans are expected to attend the Euro 2020 opener between Turkey and Italy at Stadio Olimpico when it kicks off later in the evening. Supporters are expected at the 51 games in the 11 host countries this summer as Europe seeks to continue its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tonight, however, Turkey will have their work cut out for them as Roberto Mancini’s Italy have won their last eight games without conceding a goal and are unbeaten since 2018. However, the Turkish squad includes three of Lille’s League title winners. 1, forward Burak Yilmaz, midfielder Yusuf Yazici and defender Zeki Celik who could provide a solid backbone for the underdogs tonight.

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:36 PM

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Euro 2020: a unique tournament offers the best of Europe a rare opportunity

A number of factors could see this European Championship unfold differently from the previous ones.

Despite the many differences between the teams at Euro 2020, there was an almost universal message in the camps. Managers like Gareth Southgate and Luis Enrique have told their players to “grab a rare opportunity”, but it’s much more specific than the usual motivational line. They are two men who know like everyone else that success in international football doesn’t necessarily come down to the quality of a team. It’s about whether they’re in the right place at the right time.

This is a factor that will only increase this summer, which could see these European Championships weaken more than any other tournament:

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:32 PM

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Euro 2020: news from the Turkish team

Turkey are without Cenk Tosun, their top scorer in qualifying, who misses Euro 2020 after injuring his knee in April. Lille striker Burak Yilmaz, 35, will lead the line, while winger Cengiz Under is expected to get the green light to play at Olimpico after his loan spell at Leicester from Roma.

Juventus center-back Merih Demiral and Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu are expected to team up at center-back with Okay Yokuslu – who spent last season on loan at West Brom from Celta Vigo – at the midfield base. ground.

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:28 PM

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Euro 2020: the news of the Italian team

Italy could name the same team that beat the Czech Republic in a friendly last week. Domenico Berardi has scored in each of his last four appearances for the Azzurri and is expected to get the go-ahead on the right wing past Federico Chiesa.

Italy asked UEFA for permission to replace Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini with Fiorentina’s Gaetano Castrovilli in their Euro 2020 squad after the midfielder suffered an injury in training .

Manuel Locatelli is expected to start in midfield with Marco Verratti improving his fitness even further after a knee injury. Roberto Mancini relies on the strong defensive triangle of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and his two central defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:24 PM

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Euro 2020: the big football tournament returns to Italy

It will be the first major tournament organized in Italy since the 1990 World Cup.

Italy have never lost at the Stadio Olimpico in a major tournament i.e. the World Cup or the European Championship, taking six wins and two draws tonight. They haven’t conceded a single goal in each of their last seven games, either.

Will Roberto Mancini’s team be able to maintain this form tonight and launch their Euro campaign with a winning start?

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:18 PM

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Head-to-head stats for Turkey vs Italy

Turkey have never beaten Italy, losing seven of the 10 meetings between the two teams, although the last two matches, the two friendlies played in 2002 and 2006 respectively, have ended in draws 1-1.

The only major tournament meeting came exactly 21 years ago (oddly June 11) at Euro 2000, when the Azzurri won 2-1 thanks to goals from Antonio Conte and Pippo Inzaghi.

Okan Buruk equalized for Turkey by scoring his first ever goal in the European Championship final.

Michael jonesJune 11, 2021 6:11 PM


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