After a full year of postponement due to COVID-19 and series of uncertainty, Euro 2020 is finally here. This edition of the Euros originally scheduled for June-July last year is unique. The tournament will be held in 11 cities in 11 UEFA Countries to find out who will succeed Portugal as European Champions. Today, the first match will take place as Italy host Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
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Italy are a new team under former Inter and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Mancini has transformed Italy from the team that failed to qualify for the last World Cup into superpowers again. Mancini’s men are on 27-match unbeaten streak. In fact, Italy have won each of their last eight matches without conceding a single goal under Mancini.
Italy have only ever won the Euros once in their history and that was 53 years ago in 1968 when they hosted the tournament. For a Country that has seen their pedigree go down in recent years, Italy will be eager to do well in this tournament.
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The last time Turkey did well in any tournament was back in 2002 when they reached the World Cup semi-finals. The manager then was Senol Gunes and he’s their current manager now. The Turks will be hoping the manager can do his magic again like in 2002. Stars like Buruk Yilmaz, Cengiz Ünder and Hakan Çalhanoğlu who was one of the best players in Italy last season. Turkey have been in brilliant form in qualifying beating the likes of Netherlands, Russia and Norway easily. They definitely can’t be underestimated.
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HEAD TO HEAD
Turkey have never beaten Italy. In 8 games played between both Countries, Italy have won 5 and drawn the remaining 3. Italy have however failed to beat Turkey in their last 2 games, drawing 1-1 both times. The last time both Countries faced was a friendly in 2006 ending in a 1-1 draw. It is also important to note that Turkey are a free-scoring side, scoring at least twice in five of their last six competitive matches. Both teams can be considered dark horses for this competition.