Euro 2024: the entry into the running of the Italian reigning champion, a huge shock from the first day… the program for this Saturday June 15

Euro 2024: the entry into the running of the Italian reigning champion, a huge shock from the first day... the program for this Saturday June 15

Olmo's Spain will face Modric's Croatia on the first day. Maxppp

The first match of the Italian title holder against Albania, a huge clash between Spain and Croatia or even a Switzerland-Hungary to start… here is the program for Euro 2024, this Saturday June 15.

Switzerland seeks new momentum

On what note will the best generation of Swiss football bow out ? Quarter-finalists of the last Euro, the Nati and its executives, titled in clubs, nevertheless arrived in Germany on the sly, after qualifications winded. While Hungary stands before it, this Saturday at 3 p.m., for the second match of Group A after Germany-Scotland on Friday evening.

Three years ago, few people saw this small country of six million inhabitants, loving skiing and hockey as much as football, taking out the world champion Blues in the round of 16 of the final after coming back two goals behind fifteen minutes from the end.

But the Nati of a Xherdan Shaqiri in uncertain form remains, in the final phase of a major competition, on the slap (6-1) inflicted in the round of 16 of the World Cup by Portugal. And she didn’not really convince during the qualifying campaign (4 wins, 5 draws, 1 loss).

First clash between Croatia and Spain

Their destinies seem linked: Spain of Rodri and Croatia of the eternal Luka Modric, who have crossed paths in four of the last six international competitions, s&rsquo They will face Euro-2024 again on the first day in Berlin this Saturday (6 p.m.), in the first shock of the competition. *

For Croatia, Roja is a black beast. A feared selection, which for more than a decade seems to have systematically stood (2012, 2016, 2021… and now 2024) in its path and deprives its golden generation (Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic) of titles.

"I'm not going to tell you anything, the Croatians are always there in big tournaments. At the last Euro we suffered to eliminate them (5-3), at the World Cup they finished third, in the Nations League we faced each other in the final& ;hellip; So it will be a contested, balanced match which will be decided on the small details", warned Leipzig winger Dani Olmo.

Italy launches its redemption mission against Albania

Italy, the reigning European champion, has struggled to qualify for Euro-2024 and is sorely lacking a scorer, but its players and team management want against Albania this Saturday (9 p.m.) in Dortmund to suppress the chatter of those who according to them underestimate it.

With Spain and Croatia in this very tough Group B, Italy cannot afford to miss its entry into contention against Albania. "This is clearly the trickiest match in a difficult group. There are plenty of pitfalls to avoid in this match that we must approach at 100%, not 70 or 80%", warned the goalkeeper of the Nazionale and PSG, Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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