The finals of the European Nations Soccer championship will kick off in Italy on Wednesday (11 June) with the host country the favourite to win, despite recent scandals.
GV Stadio Communale, Turin, Italy.
GV Inside of stadium.
CU Spiked railings around perimeter of field. (2 SHOTS)
GV Terraces and flags flying. (2 SHOTS)
CU Road sign indicating San Siro Stadium, Milan.
GV San Siro Stadium and entrance. (2 SHOTS)
GRV Inside of stadium (2 SHOTS)
GV Stadio Sao Paolo, Naples.
SV TILT DOWN FROM Floodlights TO terraces and field. (2 SHOTS)
SV Spiked railings and moat surrounding pitch.
GV Terraces and pitch. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM FROM River Tiber TO Olympic Stadium.
GV Inside of stadium with running track surrounding pitch.
GV Scoreboard and clock.
GV Stadium and floodlights. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: The finals of the European Nations Soccer championship will kick off in Italy on Wednesday (11 June) with the host country the favourite to win, despite recent scandals. Italy will take the field without their leading player, Paolo Rossi, who has been banned for three after an investigation into the rigging of local league matches.
SYNOPSIS: Eight nations are taking part in the finals after elimination games spread over the past two years. They have been split into two groups with the winner of each progressing to the final on June the twenty second.
The Stadio Communale in Turin will host three matches, including the important Group Two game between England and Italy. The winner is widely tipped to reach the final.
The Stadio Communale is the home of the Juventus club which provides most of the Italian team.
Milan's famous San Siro Stadium also will host Group Two matches. One of the city's clubs, A.C. Milan, have been relegated to the second division because of the bribes scandal. As a result, it's not known how the expected 80-thousand crowd will react to the Italian team when they play Spain here on June 12.
The Sao Paolo Stadium in Naples is the newest of the four venues selected for the finals.
It has a capacity of 85-thousand people, and will host the play-off for third and fourth place on the day before the final itself. It also will be the scene for West Germany's important Group One game against Holland - a repeat of the 1974 World Cup final.
The formidable barriers between the terraces and the pitch at Sao Paolo should provide familiar surroundings for the English supporters when their team meets Spain here on June eighteenth. Greece and Spain are considered the outsiders in the Championships.
The River Tiber forms the backdrop for the venue of the opening game, and the final - Rome's Olympic Stadium.
The 1960 Olympics were held here, as was the final of a previous European championship.
The opening match will be between Czechoslovakia and West Germany. Spectators will be hoping for a repeat final of the last Championship, when the Czechs won the title after a memorable match.