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How to Watch Live Turkey vs. Italy at Euro 2020 with fuboTV

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How to Watch Euro 2020: Italy vs. Turkey
Marco Verratti and the Italian national team have the honor of kicking off Euro 2020 when they take on Turkey. VASSIL DONEV/EPA

Turkey have never defeated Italy in 11 previous international meetings, but the sky's the limit for the Crescent Stars ahead of their Euro 2020 curtain-raiser against the Azzurri this Friday. Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will host the opening match of this year’s European Championship in Group A, where Senol Gunes’ side have been touted as a potential dark horse to go far.

What TV Channel is Turkey-Italy on?

Italy have the pleasure of raising the curtain on this summer’s headlining soccer event, available to watch via ESPN, TUDN and Univision from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Euro 2020 matches on fuboTV.

How to Watch Turkey vs. Italy

When: Friday, June 11

Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN, TUDN, Univision

Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

Italy boast the longest unbeaten streak of any team competing at Euro 2020, and their seamless run of 27 games without defeat is bettered only by the fact they’ve won the last eight of those. Roberto Mancini will finally get the chance to coach his country at a major tournament three years after taking charge of the Azzurri, transforming their prospects after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup:

A perfect parade through qualifying saw Italy finish as one of only two teams that managed to win all of their games, with Euro 2020 frontrunners Belgium also failing to give up a single point. Roberto Martinez’s side happened to be one of the two teams that conceded fewer goals than Italy (four) during qualifying—Turkey being the other (three).

It says a lot about Italy’s faith in their current project that Mancini signed a new contract until 2026 just last month, exactly the kind of boost in confidence one needs heading into a major tournament. Turkey will be similarly content with the progress they’ve enjoyed under Gunes, having lost just three times in 26 outings since the former Besiktas boss was appointed chief in February 2019.

Victories over France and the Netherlands, as well as draws against Germany and Croatia, are symbolic of Turkey’s elevated prospects in recent years, raising their standards to match some of the continent’s elite. It bodes well for a team hoping to live up to the legacy of Euro 2008, where Turkey pushed to a miraculous semi-final finish, their all-time best result at a European Championship:

Early as it may be, an opening-day clash between Turkey and Italy will be considered a potential decider for who tops Group A this summer, with Wales and Switzerland the other teams in contention. Burak Yilmaz, Hakan Calhanoglu and Merih Demiral are among Turkey’s top names, hoping to break an Azzurri back line that’s gone more than 720 minutes without conceding a goal.

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