After Atalanta lifted the 2023/24 UEFA Europa League and Fiorentina lost in the Europa Conference League final for a second consecutive season, it is the turn of the Italy Men’s National Team to try their luck in continental competition when the 2024 Men’s European Championship begins in Germany this summer.

The Azzurri will come face-to-face with Spain, who defeated them in the 2012 final, neighbours Croatia and underdogs Albania, as they start the defence of their European crown in Group B.

Here, looking at the confirmed squad, the standout players, the fixtures facing Italy and more, we have the complete guide to the Azzurri at the Euro 2024.

Italy Men’s National Team players celebrate a goal. (@Azzurri_EN)

Italy’s Euro 2024 squad

Although the 30-player squad selected by coach Luciano Spalletti for the pre-Euro 2024 training camp soon became 28 through injuries to defenders Francesco Acerbi and Giorgio Scalvini, the Azzurri were already short of some notable options to pick from.

Spalletti initially left out Juventus defender Federico Gatti, controversially, and Bianconeri midfielder Manuel Locatelli. The centre-back did then receive a later call.

Ex-AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali has been out through suspension since October 2023, but injuries to Domenico Berardi, Nicolo Zaniolo and Destiny Udogie throughout the 2023/24 campaign have weakened the squad.

Riccardo Orsolini, after an excellent season and helping Bologna to qualify for the Champions League, will feel hard done by to have been cut. The full Italy Euro 2024 squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham).

Defenders

Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Raoul Bellanova (Torino), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), Riccardo Calafiori (Bologna), Andrea Cambiaso (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter), Federico Gatti (Juventus), Gianluca Mancini (AS Roma).

Midfielders

Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (AS Roma), Nicolo Fagioli (Juventus), Michael Folorunsho (Hellas Verona), Davide Frattesi (Inter), Jorginho (Arsenal), Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma).

Forwards

Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Stephan El Shaarawy (AS Roma), Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli), Mateo Retegui (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio).

Who are Italy’s best players at Euro 2024?

Federico Dimarco – Defender – Inter

Inter defender Federico Dimarco celebrates a goal against Frosinone. (Photo: Inter Facebook)

The 26-year-old has taken time to reach the top of European football, but now many regard the left foot of the attacking full-back as one of the best on the continent, and Dimarco has played a significant role in Inter’s recent success in Serie A.

With the Azzurri lacking an obvious first-choice striker, the Nerazzurri man’s deliveries from set pieces could be crucial, and few regular viewers of Serie A would be surprised if he wowed spectators during the tournament by scoring a sensational long-range goal or two.

Nicolo Barella – Midfielder – Inter

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Italy’s Nicolo Barella celebrates. [@Azzurri_En]

Like Inter teammate Dimarco, the box-to-box midfielder has been crucial for both club and country and, at 27 years old, adds age and experience to natural leadership qualities that can help the Azzurri into the latter stages of the competition, where anything can happen with a bit of luck and momentum.

With the less mobile Jorginho expected to partner Barella in the heart of the Italy midfield, the Inter man will have to work extremely hard at times, particularly if they do progress to the later stages and the ex-Cagliari man can avoid yellow cards that tend to come with his combative style.

Gianluigi Donnarumma – Goalkeeper – Paris Saint-Germain

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma claims the ball against Ukraine (@Azzurri_En).

Although the former AC Milan youth prodigy is one of the first to receive criticism, the 25-year-old has a wealth of experience far beyond any of his rivals for the No.1 shirt, and after the retirements of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci in recent years, the Azzurri need that assurance between the goalposts.

The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was one of the stars of the Azzurri‘s successful Euro 2020 campaign and Italy will need Donnarumma to repeat that level of performance if they are to prove their doubters wrong and retain the trophy, and he has the quality to do so.

Who could be Italy’s surprise player at Euro 2024?

Gianluca Scamacca – Forward – Atalanta

Italy’s Gianluca Scamacca shoots near England’s Kalvin Phillips. [@Azzurri]

While Mateo Retegui is expected to start at the tip of the Italy attack, Scamacca could be the first to be called upon if the Genoa striker struggles in Germany. Scamacca had an impressive first season with Atalanta, where he helped La Dea to their historic Europa League triumph, and he might be expecting to be the starting forward himself this summer.

With 19 goals in 44 appearances for the Bergamo-based La Dea during the 2023/24 campaign, the ex-Sassuolo striker not only offers something different from the other forward available to coach Luciano Spalletti, but he is also approaching Euro 2024 in form and full of confidence, ready to take the competition by storm.

Riccardo Calafiori – Defender – Bologna

Riccardo Calafiori celebrates Bologna’s win over Atalanta at the Gewis Stadium (@Bolognafc1909).

After the injury to Francesco Acerbi, there is a significant hole to fill in what could have been an all-Inter backline for the Azzurri in Germany. Calafiori may now be set to start after playing a major role in Bologna securing Champions League qualification this term.

The 22-year-old began the campaign with Swiss club Basel, where he went to kick-start his career after struggling to breakthrough at boyhood side AS Roma and has been ever-present for the Rossoblu as they finished fifth in Serie A.

Davide Frattesi – Midfielder – Inter

Italy’s Davide Frattesi plays a pass. [@Azzurri]

Inter midfielder Frattesi was the Azzurri‘s top scorer during qualification, despite being used almost exclusively from the bench by Spalletti, and after fulfilling a similar role during his club’s title-winning campaign, that is unlikely to change at Euro 2024.

The 24-year-old is a master of timing runs into the box to sweep a rebound into an empty net or rise a static defender to head home and, as defences tire during the latter stages of games or extra-time, Frattesi has the qualities to become a hero for the Azzurri this summer.

Euro 2024: Italy fixtures, and what group are the Azzurri in?

As Italy have been drawn in Euro 2024 Group B, they will be one of the first teams spectators get to judge when the competition gets underway in Germany in mid-June.

They will face former winners Spain, 2022 World Cup semi-finalists Croatia, and Albania. With the potential for a selection of best-performing third-placed teams to qualify from the group, the Azzurri will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stages.

The Italy Men’s National Team’s Group B fixtures at the 2024 European Championship.

The full groups can be found below…

  • Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland
  • Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania
  • Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England
  • Group D: Poland, Netherlands, France, Austria
  • Group E: Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine
  • Group F: Turkey, Georgia, Portugal, Czech Republic

Italy Euro 2024 fixtures, dates and kick-off times

DateFixtureKick-off (CEST)UK (BST)US (EDT)US (PDT)
Sat, Jun 15Italy vs Albania21:0020:0015:0012:00
Thu, Jun 20Spain vs Italy21:0020:0015:0012:00
Mon, Jun 24Croatia vs Italy21:0020:0015:0012:00

How did Italy qualify for Euro 2024?

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Italy players celebrate. [@Azzurri_En]

Italy were placed in a tough qualifying group which began with a disappointing 2-1 defeat in Naples to top seeds England, but quickly put the loss behind them with a 2-0 win away in Malta.

However, a draw away against North Macedonia raised concerns that the Azzurri could miss out on another major tournament, until victories over Ukraine and Malta put them in pole position to finish second in Group C.

After a comprehensive 5-2 win over North Macedonia in November 2023, Italy suffered a late penalty scare in their final group game with Ukraine three days later, to secure a goalless draw and vital point that secured qualification.

Italy at Euro 2020: What happened to Azzurri at the last Men’s European Championship?

Giorgio Chiellini celebrates the Italy Men’s National Team’s 2021 European Championship win. (@Azzurri_en)

For those living under a rock back in the summer of 2021, with Euro 2020 moving because of the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Italy Men’s National Team followed up the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by lifting the trophy at Wembley Stadium.

With the competition played across the continent, home-based group-stage games at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome helped the Azzurri breeze through the first round. Theuy only just squeezed into the quarter-finals with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Austria in London.

After outplaying and making light work of Belgium in the semi-final in Munich, Italy returned to the English capital to first defeat Spain on penalties in the semi-final.

They then denied final hosts England a first trophy since 1966 by winning the penalty shootout 3-2.

Italy Euro 2024 shirt numbers

Lorenzo Pellegrini with the Italy Men’s National Team. (@Azzurri)

Below is the complete list of Italy’s Euro 2024 shirt numbers, in numerical order:

  1. Gianluigi Donnarumma
  2. Giovanni Di Lorenzo
  3. Federico Dimarco
  4. Alessandro Buongiorno
  5. Riccardo Calafiori
  6. Federico Gatti
  7. Davide Frattesi
  8. Jorginho
  9. Gianluca Scamacca
  10. Lorenzo Pellegrini
  11. Giacomo Raspadori
  12. Guglielmo Vicario
  13. Matteo Darmian
  14. Federico Chiesa
  15. Raoul Bellanova
  16. Bryan Cristante
  17. Gianluca Mancini
  18. Nicolo Barella
  19. Mateo Retegui
  20. Mattia Zaccagni
  21. Nicolo Fagioli
  22. Stephan El Shaarawy
  23. Alessandro Bastoni
  24. Andrea Cambiaso
  25. Michael Folorunsho
  26. Alex Meret