Euro 2024, draws: Italy in Group B with Spain, Croatia and Albania

Spalletti: “It could have gone better.” The Azzurri make their debut on June 15th against Albania

Italy is included in the Euro 2024 Group with Spain, Croatia and Albania. This was established by the draws held today in Hamburg.

The tournament scheduled in Germany will open on June 14th in Munich with the Germany-Scotland match. Coach Luciano Spalletti’s national team will debut on 15 June in Dortmund against Albania.

Italy will return to the field on June 20th in Gelsenkirchen against Spain, to close the group on June 24th in Leipzig against Croatia.

24 teams divided into 6 groups will participate in the final phase of the tournament, scheduled from 14 June to 14 July. The top 2 of each group and the 4 best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16. The list of participants is almost complete: 21 teams have already qualified, the last 3 will be defined by the playoffs to be played in March 2024.

The groups:

Group A – Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland;

Group B: Spain, Croatia, Albania, Italy;

Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, England, Serbia;

Group D: Netherlands, Austria, France, playoff winner A (Poland, Wales, Finland, Estonia);

Group E: Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, playoff winner B (Israel, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iceland);

Group F: Turkey, Portugal, Czech Republic, playoff winner C (Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg).

Spalletti: “Draw could have gone better”

“Everything is beautiful here, perhaps the draw could have gone better but we get there with humility and the awareness of having to take quick steps. We have several teams ahead of us, but we are Italy and we must have pride and mental strength to compete with everyone “. This is how Italy coach Luciano Spalletti comments on the draws. “Having a compact team that plays football that everyone within the team recognizes is fundamental – adds Spalletti -. I’m not thinking of speculative football, because I don’t like it and I think of the importance and passion that involves us and that leads us to approach the match in a certain way. We have the potential for significant growth. We need to see how we get there because there is still a lot of time left. I have met players who have the possibility and can show that they are at the level of the group we have in.” .