Euro 2016: Italy Key Players

Here are the key players of Italy National Football Team.


Daniele De Rossi

football-daniele-de-rossi-roma_2996062On 4 September, under Italy’s new manager Antonio Conte, De Rossi wore the captain’s armband in a 2–0 friendly home win over the Netherlands in Bari, also scoring a goal from a penalty.On 16 November 2014, in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Croatia at the San Siro in Milan, De Rossi earned his 100th cap in a 1–1 draw.On 6 September 2015, he scored from a penalty at the six-minute mark in Italy’s 1–0 victory over Bulgaria in a Euro 2016 qualifying match in Palermo, and was later sent off during the match for a reactionary foul; this was his second red card with Italy,[95] which made him Italy’s most red carded player ever, alongside Giancarlo Antognoni and Franco Causio.On 31 May 2016, he was named to Conte’s 23-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2016.

UntitledStefano Sturaro

Stefano-Sturaro-GenoaA quick, hard-working, tactically versatile player, Sturaro is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, but is usually deployed as a box-to-box, central, or defensive midfielder in front of the back-line, due to his qualities as a ball-winner, as well as his good technique, and subsequent capacity to start attacking plays after obtaining possession;he is also capable of playing as a defender,due to his physical attributes and ability in the air.Regarded as one of the most promising young footballers in the world,due to his work-rate, composure, tenacity, and ability to read the game,his playing style has drawn comparisons with compatriot and 2006 World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso.Unlike Gattuso, however, Sturaro is also known for his offensive contribution, and his ability to make attacking runs and advance into good positions, which has also led him to be compared to former Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.Although right-footed, Sturaro is also capable of distributing and striking the ball accurately with his left foo

UntitledLeonardo Bonucci

Juventus Turin's defender Leonardo Bonuc
Juventus Turin’s defender Leonardo Bonucci listens during a press conference on the eve of his team’s UEFA Europa League football match against Lech Poznan on September 15, 2010 in Vinovo, near Turin. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Bonucci was selected by Cesare Prandelli to be part of the Italy squad that would take part at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, although again remaining an unused substitute , as they were eliminated in the first round of the competition for a second consecutive time.

On 4 September 2014, under new Italy manager Antonio Conte, Bonucci wore the captain’s armband for Italy for the first time, following Daniele De Rossi’s substitution in a 2–0 friendly win over the Netherlands.

On 31 May 2016, Bonucci was named to Conte’s 23-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2016.On 13 June he set up Emanuele Giaccherini’s goal, Italy’s first of the match, with a long ball in a 2–0 win over Belgium in the opening group match of Euro 2016; he was later booked for a tactical foul.

UntitledMattia De Sciglio

article-0-1E614F2600000578-274_634x451De Sciglio is primarily a right-sided full-back, who can play comfortably also on the left side due to his ability with his left foot.Former Milan player Alberigo Evani, who coached him during the 2007–08 season,described De Sciglio as “a fast runner, with good technique”, and also as “a versatile footballer”. Along with fellow Italian fullback Davide Santon, De Sciglio’s precocious displays for Milan and the Italian National side have caused players, managers and pundits to describe him as the heir apparent of Paolo Maldini;he has also been compared to former Milan right-back Mauro Tassotti.His managers have also praised him for his maturity, tenacity and composure, both when attacking or defending.Untitled


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