While both sides deal with the disappointment of missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Italy vs. the Netherlands tonight at 20:45 CEST remains a match between two storied names of international football. Both are now going through rebuilding projects to return to where they belong. It’s a meeting between two great schools of thought in football that have left their mark on the history of the game.
Let’s take a look at the figures between this important sporting rivalry.
▪ The Netherlands have won just three times in 20 matches against Italy. The Azzurri have won nine with eight draws.
▪ The Azzurri are unbeaten at home, having won six of the eight previous matches.
▪ The Netherlands have never won against Italy in a friendly with six draws and eight defeats.
▪ All of the last 11 Azzurri goals against the Dutch have been scored by a different player: Eranio, R. Baggio, Vialli, Gilardino, Vlaar (og.), Toni, Verratti, Immobile, De Rossi, Éder and Bonucci.
▪ Italy have lost three of the last six in all competitions (one win and two draws), as many defeats as in the previous 21.
▪ Italy have however only lost one of the last 24 at home (12 wins and 11 defeats). The Azzurri have drawn in the two most recent home fixtures.
▪ The last time that Italy drew three straight home games was in June 2014, under Cesare Prandelli.
▪ Italy have won 24 of the 37 matches played in Turin (8 draws and 5 defeats). The Azzurri have drawn 1-1 in the three most recent matches in the city against England, Spain and FYR Macedonia.
▪ Five of the last seven goals conceded by Italy have come from dead balls (three from corners, one from a penalty and the most recent from a free kick).
▪ Since 1970, only two of the most recent Italy coaches have lost their first home match. Roberto Donadoni in 2006 (0-2 against Croatia) and Giampiero Ventura in 2016 (1-3 against France).
▪ During his playing career, Roberto Mancini faced the Netherlands twice (both times as a substitute), he won once and drew in the other match during two friendlies in 1990. Ronald Koeman and Roberto Mancini met as coaches in 2007 when Koeman’s PSV Eindhoven lost 2-0 to Mancini’s Inter at San Siro in a Champions League group stage.
▪ All of Itay’s ten most recent goals have been scored by different players: Éder, Bernardeschi, Gabbiadini, Immobile, Chiellini, Candreva, Insigne, Balotelli, Belotti and Bonucci.
▪ Since his Dutch debut (15 October 2013), no player has provided more assists for the Oranje than Memphis Depay (8).