Euro 2012 teams

Team Profile: Italy

A look back at the key points of Italy's history in the Euros.

James Dall

Marco Delvecchio's goal for Italy at the Euro 2000 final was not enough to avoid defeat against France

Overall record at finals: Played 27, Won 11, Drawn 12, Lost 4.

Best performance: Winners in 1968.

Most appearances at finals: Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Del Piero - 13.

Most goals at finals: Antonio Cassano, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Filippo Inzaghi, Francesco Totti - 2.

European Championship high: The Italians won the European Championships back in 1968 when they hosted the tournament. Facing Yugoslavia in the final, and after the first meeting ended in a stalemate, Italy triumphed 2-0 in the replay to claim glory.

European Championship low: At Euro 2004, Italy failed to qualify from what appeared to be, on paper at least, a routine group. Drawn alongside Sweden, Denmark and Bulgaria, the Italians won one game and scored just three goals, failing to reach the knockout phase.

European Championship legend: Paolo Maldini. The composed centre-back has made the joint-most appearances for Italy at Euro finals and is regarded as one of the game's finest ever defenders. At Euro 2000, Maldini was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament.

The story so far: Italy first competed at a European Championship finals in 1964, reaching the last 16. Four years later they claimed glory on their own soil, but since that triumph they have struggled to perform on the continental stage. After a succession of disappointments, they booked their place in another final in 2000, meeting France in Rotterdam. But the match ended in heartbreak for the Azzurri as David Trezeguet bagged a golden goal.

Qualification: Italy enjoyed an impressive qualification campaign, going unbeaten in Group C and claiming top spot. They conceded just twice in their ten matches, too. Highlights included a 5-0 thumping of Faroe Islands and a 3-0 scalp of Estonia, both of which came at home. Riccardo Montolivo was their most creative spark, with three assists, while Antonio Cassano demonstrated his quality in front of goal with six strikes. Cassano underwent heart surgery in November, but Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli is hopeful he will be available this summer.

Qualifying record: P10, W8, D2, L0, F20, A2, Pts26.

Most appearances: Giorgio Chiellini, Antonio Cassano (10).

Top goalscorer: Antonio Cassano (6).


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