Saturday November 30 2019
Euro 2020: Italy's opponents

We take a look at the history books to see how Italy have fared against their Euro 2020 opponents Turkey, Switzerland and Wales.

The Azzurri learned their fate in this evening’s draw for the finals and have been placed in Group A, which means all their games are at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.


Their opening fixture is against Turkey on June 12 and it is a nation Italy have never lost to.

In 10 previous encounters, the Nazionale emerged with seven victories and three draws.

The last two meetings, friendlies in November 2002 and November 2006, both ended in 1-1 draws.

They did cross paths in another European Championship, Euro 2000, when Antonio Conte and a Pippo Inzaghi penalty ensured Okan Buruk’s header on a Sergen Yalcin free kick was irrelevant.

Italy went on to reach the Final under coach Dino Zoff, losing to France on a Golden Goal.

Turkey lost every competitive game against Italy, except for a 0-0 draw in January 1973, which was a European Championship qualifier.


Nobody has played more games against Italy than their neighbours to the north Switzerland, as they have met on 59 different occasions.

The Azzurri earned 28 wins, 22 draws and only nine losses, their most recent encounter a 1-1 friendly draw in June 2010.

In fact, four of their last five games have been stalemates and the vast majority of their meetings friendlies.

The most recent tournament clash was the 1962 World Cup, where Italy ran out 3-0 winners with Bruno Mora and a Giacomo Bulgarelli brace.

Switzerland’s current coach is former Lazio tactician Vladimir Petkovic and Juventus defender Merih Demiral is going to be a star player.


Aaron Ramsey will be up against some of his Juventus teammates when he lines up for Wales next summer.

The history here is a little more mixed, with seven Italy victories and two Welsh success stories.

They met most recently in the Euro 2004 qualifiers, with Wales earning a 2-1 win at home and Italy taking revenge 4-0 in September 2003, with Pippo Inzaghi’s hat-trick and an Alessandro Del Piero penalty.

The other Welsh victory was a 1-0 friendly result in June 1988, decided by Ian Rush.

In their nine encounters, Italy have kept five clean sheets and scored 23 goals, conceding five.