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Italy Euro 2024 Fixtures: Dates, Venues and Analysis

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 11:00, 15 June 2024

Italy comes into Euro 2024 hoping to defend their crown successfully but they face a stern test in a very competitive Group B. What are their fixtures and potential route to the final?

If there’s a so-called group of death, perhaps this one is the one. Italy is the defending European champion; Spain currently holds the UEFA Nations League, while Croatia finished third at the most recent World Cup finals. Albania is undoubtedly the underdog and will hope not to be the whipping boys. Italy has turned a corner since recent struggles and will fancy itself to progress even if that means finishing runners-up. Spain will be a slight favourite, and Croatia can go deep into the championship. Group B will be required viewing. Will Italy make it out, or will it be a tournament of disappointment for the Azzurri?


Group B – Matchweek One

Group B
Date Fixture Ground
15/06 Italy vs Albania (8pm) BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
*All times BST

 

This will be the fifth encounter since Albania gained their independence. Not only has the Azzurri been perfect to date, they’ve conceded one goal, which came in the last showdown, a 3-1 success which saw Ardian Ismajli put the hosts in front before Roberto Mancini’s men emphatically responded.

Italy vs Albania H2H
Date Score Ground
16/11/22 3-1 Air Albania Stadium, Tirana
09/10/17 1-0 Loro Boriçi Stadiumi, Shkodër
24/03/17 2-0 Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
18/11/14 1-0 Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa

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Group B – Matchweek Two

Group B
Date Fixture Ground
20/06 Spain vs Italy (8pm) Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
*All times BST

 

Meetings between these Mediterranean rivals have, more often than not, been historic ones. Three of their previous meetings took place under the FIFA World Cup banner, including a notorious 1994 showdown that saw a clash between Mauro Tassotti and Luis Enrique that left the latter bloodied. Spain broke their penalty shootout hoodoo against the Italians at Euro 2008 before Vicente del Bosque’s side ruthlessly defended their European crown, running out 4-0 winners four years later in Kyiv. Italy gained a semblance of revenge at Euro 2016 and 2020, the most recent outing en route to winning it all.

Italy vs Spain H2H
Date Score Ground
15/06/23 1-2 De Grolsch Veste, Enschede
06/10/21 1-2 San Siro, Milan
06/07/21 1-1 Wembley Stadium, London
02/09/17 0-3 Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
06/10/16 1-1 Juventus Stadium, Turin
27/06/16 2-0 Stade de France, Paris

Group B – Matchweek Three

Group B
Date Fixture Ground
24/06 Croatia vs Italy (8pm) Leipzig Stadium, Leipzig
*All times BST

 

There are very few nations against which the Italians have struggled; Croatia is one of them. The first meeting in April 1942 saw Italy run out 4-0 winners. Since then, it’s been a combination of losses (three, notably at the World Cup 2002) and stalemates (five). Indeed, the last three meetings ended in 1-1 draws.

Italy vs Croatia H2H
Date Score Ground
12/06/15 1-1 Poljud Stadium, Split
16/11/14 1-1 San Siro, Milan
14/06/12 1-1 Stadion Miejski, Poznan
16/08/06 0-2 Armando Picchi, Livorno
08/06/02 1-2 Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
28/04/99 0-0 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb