It is scheduled to start at the “doors” of the summer, on June 12 at the Olympic Stadium with the inaugural race between Italy and Turkey. UEFA EURO 2020, the first traveling European Championship in history to be played in twelve European cities including Rome, will catalyse the interest of fans and fans: the sixteenth edition of the tournament will be in strong blue tints, as blue is a bit the record book of the tournament.
Three Italians are in fact among the alltime records of the European Championship, where it “stands” for our national team Gianluigi Buffon: The former World No 1, who returned to Juventus this summer after his stint in France with Paris Saint-Germain, is the third most capped player (17) in matches in the competition, behind the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (21) – his current clubmate – and german Bastian Schweinsteiger (18). If you understand in this statistic the qualifying races, instead, the former captain of the national team jumps to first place, with four more appearances (58-54) than CR7.
Buffon is one of sixteen players who have participated in four editions (Italy 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) of the final phase of EURO, among which also includes another former Italian, Alessandro Del Piero (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).
Mario Balotelli, instead, he was one of the six top scorers of the 2012 edition, the one in which Italy – at the time led by Cesare Prandelli – finished second behind Spain. “Super Mario” closed the tournament played in Poland and Ukraine with three goals [memorabile la doppietta in semifinale alla Germania], such as Fernando Torres (Spain), Alan Dzagoev (Russia), Mario Gomez (Germany), Mario Manduki (Croatia) and the “usual” Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).
Italy (1968) is one of three national teams to have won the UEFA European Championships at home, such as Spain (1964) and France (1984).
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