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Italy will commence their Euro 2024 journey against Albania in their Group B opener, aiming to defend their European title with ambitions of achieving consecutive championship victories.

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Italy embarks on their 11th European Championship campaign with aspirations of joining the elite ranks of Germany and Spain as three-time winners of the Henri Delaunay Trophy, should they retain their title in Berlin next month.

Under the guidance of Luciano Spalletti, who took over from Roberto Mancini last year, Italy has shown resilience with six wins and three draws in their recent outings, placing them confidently in the world's top ten teams according to FIFA rankings. Despite a rocky path to qualifying after missing out on the last World Cup, the Azzurri have tightened their defense impressively, not conceding a goal in their last 317 minutes of play.

Their journey begins in Group B against familiar rivals Albania, whom they have defeated in all four previous encounters. Albania, led by Brazilian coach Sylvinho, faces a daunting task in a tough group that includes Spain and Croatia. Despite topping their qualifying group with flair, Albania's road to the knockout stages appears challenging, given their tough draw and historical underdog status.


Prediction: Italy 1-0 Albania


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