The 24th edition of the Under-21 European Championship begins in Romania and Georgia on Wednesday. In addition to the trophy, the tournament will serve as a European qualifier for the 2024 Summer Olympics. France automatically qualifies as the host of the Olympics and will focus mainly on this competition.
Les Bleuets used the Maurice Revella tournament, held in France from 5 to 18 June 2023, to prepare for the championship. They were knocked out by Mexico in the semi-finals, but manager Sylvain Ripoll said he was satisfied with their campaign. He believes his team is fit enough to withstand Italy in the Group D opener.
Italy and Spain are the most successful teams at the European Under-21 Championship with five titles each, while France have won it once. Italy remain one of the toughest teams at this level, but their pre-tournament campaign has been below expectations. They have lost three out of five friendlies, winning twice.
Apart from France, the Gli Azzurrini will face two other tough teams in Group D, Norway and Switzerland, which are among the strongest of the four groups. Italy is aiming for its sixth title and first since 2004. It has also been eyeing a return to the men’s Olympic football tournament since 2008.
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