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Match 1: Turkey v Italy. 11/6/21 8pm (BST) live from Rome


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WHERE: Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

16,000 fans are expected to attend.

FORM GUIDE:

Italy are UNBEATEN since 2018.

Turkey's squad contains 3 French league title winners.

CJ's cheeky prediction: Score draw.

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PEDANT ALERT: It's "Turkey v Italy" not "Italy v Turkey" according to the draw protocols... even though Italy are at home.

I'd like to think that mean Italy are in the away dressing room... but possibly not.

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6 minutes ago, Rob1981 said:

PEDANT ALERT: It's "Turkey v Italy" not "Italy v Turkey" according to the draw protocols... even though Italy are at home.

I'd like to think that mean Italy are in the away dressing room... but possibly not.

I've consulted two wallcharts and you are correct :ackter: Title edited. WE ARE DOING THIS PROPERLY.

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2 minutes ago, Rob1981 said:

PEDANT ALERT: It's "Turkey v Italy" not "Italy v Turkey" according to the draw protocols... even though Italy are at home.

I'd like to think that mean Italy are in the away dressing room... but possibly not.

Not pedant at all Rob - accuracy is important.

Good response from CJ!

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All previous Euro opening games. Link has a bit more details and a few videos too.

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1960: France 4-5 Yugoslavia

1964: Spain 2-1 Hungary, aet

1968: Italy 0-0 Soviet Union (Italy won on a coin toss)

1972: Belgium 1-2 West Germany

1976: Czechoslovakia 3-1 Netherlands, aet / Yugoslavia 2-4 West Germany, aet

1980: Czechoslovakia 0-1 West Germany

1984: France 1-0 Denmark

1988: West Germany 1-1 Italy

1992: Sweden 1-1 France

1996: England 1-1 Switzerland

2000: Belgium 2-1 Sweden

2004: Portugal 1-2 Greece

2008: Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic

2012: Poland 1-1 Greece

2016: France 2-1 Romania
 

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/news/025e-0f9c85ff4be1-3cb6b1e5337b-1000--every-euro-opening-game/

And UEFA's possible line-ups:

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Turkey: Uğurcan Çakır; Zeki Çelik, Merih Demiral, Çağlar Söyüncü, Umut Meraş; Okay Yokuşlu, Ozan Tufan, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Cengiz Ünder, Kenan; Burak Yılmaz

Italy: Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne

Maybe add the UK channel to the title? BBC One in this case.

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6 minutes ago, Pukey said:

Might be a **** game but **** it, it's the start of an international tournament so I'm giddy \o/

This really. It's a international tournament so I'm watching every game that I can!

Also for tonight am hoping Halil Dervisoglu gets a run out for Turkey. 

Think game ends 0-0 or 1-0 Italy. 

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58 minutes ago, skybluedave said:

Everybody is tipping Turkey a dark horse so fully expecting them to be rubbish and go out in the group stage

Seeing more saying Denmark are a darkhorse. Who's this year's Austria gonna be between the two?

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57 minutes ago, skybluedave said:

Everybody is tipping Turkey a dark horse so fully expecting them to be rubbish and go out in the group stage

probably do an Austria from 2016 where most were tipping them to go far and then it all crumbles

generally don't expect much from the opening game, same with World Cups but hopefully it's at least entertaining.  Did a predictor thing and I've got Italy to make the SFs so that's probably not happening

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2 hours ago, AK22 said:

Don't think this will be the most exciting of opening fixtures. Not expecting many goals at all. 

Funny, I'm thinking the exact opposite, Turkey apparently are quite attacking and concede a lot. It seems to me like one of the best fixtures on paper in the whole of the group stage.

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Not that I've watched them for a while but the Turkey NT, on paper at least is rather good, been a while since they had this much quality. I can see there being a few goals in this opener tonight. 

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31 minutes ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Italy should take this, they've looked great as of late.

Their midfield is way too strong for Turkey.
Like never before, defense is the concern with two washed-up CBs who're way past their expiration date.

You sound like Paul Scholes in the EL final :D 

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1 hour ago, craigcwwe said:

Not that I've watched them for a while but the Turkey NT, on paper at least is rather good, been a while since they had this much quality. I can see there being a few goals in this opener tonight. 

When it's 0-0 I'm blaming you :mad: 

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Should be a great game tonight.  Italy look really good.  Could go far.  Turkey better going forward than they are in defence so they can't afford to sit back the whole game.

Both teams to score, narrow Italy win, then both end up qualifying after they hump Wales.

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EUROS PREVIOUS: Turkey v Italy

Well wouldn't you know.  These two also met in their first game of Euro 2000 in Arnhem.  Your man Antonio Conte opens the scoring early in the second half, then Filippo Inzaghi scores the winner from the spot after Turkey have got it back to 1-1.  Enjoy some highlights here.  Both of them ended up qualifying from the group at the expense of Sweden and co-hosts Belgium who had met the previous night in the tournament's opening match.

For the record, Italy also dumped Turkey out in the first qualifying round of Euro 64, although it was still a home-and-away knockout in those days.

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Seeing others being excited is making me even more excited :D Even with everything about "game's gone" for a million and 1 reasons I still feel like a kid when tournaments come round. Hopefully that never dies.

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1 minute ago, Glenn Wakeford said:

Keep it quiet but I think France might do quite well.

See this is where you guys working on FM have a unfair advantage over us mere mortals, puts you ahead of the curve 

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This should be a decent opener. Turkey seem more solid at the back these days and can cause Italy problems. Senol Gunes probably has the strongest Turkish team since they finished 3rd at the 2002 World Cup, under the management of... Senol Gunes.

I fancy this to be close, with Italy just snatching victory late on. 2-1 to the Azzurri.

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5 minutes ago, ryan045 said:

Italy are 100% not one of the favourites

I mean they are 100% one of the favourites. Most bookies have them 4th behind France, Belgium and England. They are the most in form side of all that have qualified. In what way are they not one of the favourites? 

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3 minutes ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Can you stop embarrassing yourself.

How can literally the biggest European national team be a dark horse?

Take it easy. I think Italy are darkhorses because they aren’t talked about much this tournament. Belgium, France, England, France, Portugal are all ahead. I’m not saying they’re North Macedonia.

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2 minutes ago, darren1983 said:

I mean they are 100% one of the favourites. Most bookies have them 4th behind France, Belgium and England. They are the most in form side of all that have qualified. In what way are they not one of the favourites? 

I honestly don't know why do we even reply to ryan anymore.

If you go with direct comparisons Italy's team is better than England's.

It's just that they're aren't hyped up by British media.

I'd say that they have third best squad after France and Portugal.
Belgium has some really questionable defenders.

1 minute ago, ryan045 said:

Take it easy. I think Italy are darkhorses because they aren’t talked about much this tournament. Belgium, France, England, France, Portugal are all ahead. I’m not saying they’re North Macedonia.

On which basis is England ahead?

I honestly want to hear your take.

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Italy do not have a better team than England.

4th favourites, 5th favourites - how far down the list do you have to go before you're not a favourite? I feel like when there's four teams rated over you, you're not really a favourite. 

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