Euro 2016: Previewing Italy's Road to the European Championships

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Euro 2016: Previewing Italy's Road to the European Championships
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Italy will once again be rebuilding as they approach the European Championships.

After another disappointing World Cup, the Italian national team will once again start to reboot itself on the road to the European Championships.

Cesare Prandelli totally reinvented the team in the run-up to Euro 2012, and the side made a surprising run to the final of the tournament.  He was due to guide the Azzurri to the tournament in France, but Italy's flop in Brazil—due in large part to the former commissario tecnico's tactical errors and general loss of nerve—saw him resign from his post.

With FIGC also without a leader—president Giancarlo Abete also resigned after Italy was eliminated from the Cup—a new coach won't be named until August, when a new president is selected.

Until we know who the next man in the hot seat is we don't know how Italy will play or who will be on the squad.  But with a little more than a month to go until a potentially tricky qualifying opener in Oslo, Norway, it's time to start looking at the Azzurri's opponents and how the Italians can navigate their way through a fairly strong group and back to the Euros for the sixth consecutive time.

Let's take a look at Italy's opponents on the road to France, as well as a few unanswered questions about the Azzurri themselves.


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