Despite starting Euro 2024 as defending champions, Italy will be acutely aware of their struggles to qualify for the tournament after a difficult start for head coach Luciano Spalletti.
Spalletti accepted the chance to replace Roberto Mancini in the summer of 2023, but qualification was secured by a worryingly narrow margin as they knocked out Ukraine for an automatic place in Germany after a goalless draw on the final day of the match.
However, the Azzurri’s progress to the Euro 2020 final was unexpected at the start of the competition. Few predicted that Mancini’s men would achieve the feat, or even beat England in the final at Wembley.
Former Napoli coach Spalletti is still working to find his best team and problems remain an issue, with experienced striker Ciro Immobile unsure of his starting place in the manager’s plans.
Italy revealed their Euro 2024 fate in December after the group stage draw in Hamburg. Here’s how things played out.
Italy Euro 2024 group
Italy were drawn into Group E of Euro 2024. They have been handed a tough-looking draw against Spain, Croatia, and Albania.
Italy Euro 2024 group stage fixtures & schedule
Italy will begin their campaign against Albania on June 15 in Dortmund. They will face Spain in Gelsenkirchen on Matchday Two on June 20, and Croatia in their third match on June 24.
|Italy vs. Albania
|Jun. 15, 2023
|Spain vs. Italy
|Jun. 20, 2023
|Croatia vs. Italy
|Jun. 24, 2023
|Red Bull Arena