Broadcast: Belgium vs Italy Euro 2016 13 June 22:00 Group Stage Match

Belgium vs Italy Euro 2016

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Belgium vs Italy Line-ups

Official squad list

Belgium

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Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Thibaut Courtois 24 Chelsea
12 Simon Mignolet 27 Liverpool
13 Jean-Francois Gillet 37 Mechelen

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Toby Alderweireld 27 Tottenham
3 Thomas Vermaelen 30 Barcelona
5 Jan Vertonghen 29 Tottenham
15 Jason Denayer 20 Galatasara
16 Thomas Meunier 24 Club Brugge
18 Christian Kabasele 25 Gen
21 Jordan Lukaku 21 Oostend
23 Laurent Ciman 30 Montreal

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
4 Radja Nainggolan 28 Rom
6 Alex Witsel 27 Zenit
7 Kevin de Bruyne 24 Man. Cit
8 Marouane Fellaini 28 Man. United
10 Eden Hazard 25 Chelsea
11 Yannick Carrasco 22 Atletico
19 Mousa Dembele 28 Tottenham

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
9 Romelu Lukaku 23 Everton
14 Dries Mertens 29 Napoli
17 Divock Origi 21 Liverpool
20 Christian Benteke 25 Liverpool
22 Michy Batsuayi 22 Marseille

Italy

 Italy

Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Gianluigi Buffon 38 Juventus
12 Salvatore Sirigu 29 Paris
13 Federico Marchetti 33 Lazio

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Mattia de Sciglio 23 Milan
3 Giorgio Chellini 31 Juventus
4 Matteo Darmian 26 Man. United
5 Angelo Ogbonna 28 West Ham
15 Andrea Barzagli 35 Juventus
19 Leonardo Bonucci 29 Juventus

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
6 Antonio Candreva 29 Lazio
8 Alessandro Florenzi 25 Roma
10 Thiago Motta 33 Paris
14 Stefano Sturaro 23 Juventus
16 Daniele de Rossi 32 Roma
18 Marco Parolo 31 Lazio
21 Federico Bernardeschi 22 Fiorentina
23 Emanuele Giaccherini 31 Bologna

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
7 Simone Zaza 24 Juventus
9 Graziano Pelle 30 Southampton
11 Ciro Immobile 26 Torino
17 Eder 29 Internazionale
20 Lorenzo Insigne 25 Napoli
22 Stemphan El Shaarawy 23 Roma

Belgium are seeking their first competitive win against Italy since May 1972 as the sides get their UEFA EURO 2016 Group E campaigns under way.

Previous meetings

• Belgium’s record in 21 meetings with Italy is W4 D4 L13 (W1 D2 L2 in competitive games).

• The nations met for the first time since May 2008 in November 2015, Belgium coming from behind to defeat Italy 3-1 in a Brussels friendly. Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi scored for the hosts in reply to Antonio Candreva’s early strike.

• Belgium’s sole competitive triumph against Italy came in the quarter-finals of the 1972 UEFA European Championship. They prevailed 2-1 in Brussels after a goalless draw in Milan to eliminate the holders.

• The nations have met twice at the EURO final tournament, a goalless draw in Turin in 1980 enabling Belgium to reach the final at the hosts’ expense. Twenty years later Italy helped to eliminate the UEFA EURO 2000 co-hosts in the group stage with a 2-0 victory in Brussels, Francesco Totti and Stefano Fiore scoring.

• Current Belgium coach Marc Wilmots and Italy counterpart Antonio Conte were on opposite sides in that 2000 game.

• Wilmots scored past Gianluigi Buffon in Belgium’s 3-1 friendly win against Italy in Lecce in November 1999.

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Belgium’s top five qualifying goals

EURO facts – Belgium

• This is Belgium’s first UEFA European Championship final tournament since they co-hosted UEFA EURO 2000 with the Netherlands, and their fifth in total.

• The Red Devils’ biggest achievement to date is reaching the final of the 1980 EURO, where they lost 2-1 to West Germany in Rome.

• Belgium made it through qualifying with the record W7 D2 L1. They come to the finals on a four-game competitive winning streak.

• Gent ended a five-match losing streak for Belgian clubs at the Stade de Gerland in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage, winning 2-1.

Italy’s best qualifying goals

EURO facts – Italy

• This is Italy’s ninth EURO final tournament and their sixth in a row since missing out on the 1992 edition in Sweden. Only twice have they failed to advance through the group stage – in 1996 and 2004.

• Italy won the 1968 EURO and have been losing finalists twice since – in 2000 and 2012.

• Italy (W7 D3) were among four teams undefeated in qualifying alongside England, Austria and Romania. The team have the longest ongoing unbeaten UEFA European Championship qualifying run, having avoided defeat in each of their last 30 qualifying matches.

• Italy have not won their opening game in three EUROs (D2 L1) since beating Turkey 2-1 in their first UEFA EURO 2000 match.

• Italy’s only previous game in Lyon ended in a 3-3 friendly draw against Brazil in June 1997.

• Italian clubs’ record in 10 UEFA games in Lyon is W3 D4 L3; most recently, Juventus won 1-0 at Olympique Lyonnais in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Coach and player links

• Play together:
Dries Mertens (Belgium) & Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) – Napoli

Radja Nainggolan (Belgium) & Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) – Roma

• Belgium’s Jean-François Gillet (Monza, Bari, Treviso, Bologna, Torino and Catania) has extensive Italian experience.

• Wilmots enjoyed one of his biggest successes against Italian opponents. He registered in the first leg of Schalke’s 1997 UEFA Cup final versus Internazionale Milano and then scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out after a 1-0 second-leg loss.

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