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EURO 2016

Italy's players ran most distance during group phase of Euro 2016

The Italian team of Antonio Conte ran more distance during the group phase than any team in Euro 2016. Check out the data on all 24 teams.

Italy's national team ran more distance during the group phase than any team in Euro 2016.
Daniel Dal Zennaro EFE

Italy-Spain Live

As is customary these days, Uefa provide us with all sorts of statistics in which to analyse and compare teams. Clearly on their own they do not give a complete picture but can certainly help draw some characteristics about how teams play, or indeed how they have been forced to play. Here we look at the distance that each team covered across their three group games and Spain's opponents in the last 16, Italy, top the table.

Italy's forward Stephan El Shaarawy told to run more by coach Antonio Conte.

The running men

Italy have been rejuvinated in this competition. Conte has them playing with desire and strength and although many commentators - including most from their own country - didn't give them much of a prayer coming into the Euros, they are now being given the dark horse tag due to this return to solidness that has formed part of the Italian teams' DNA for so many successful decades.

In their first game against the much more fancied Belgium the Azzurri ran just short of 120 km, a full five kilometres more than the next best team, Ukraine. This physical effort seems to be being used. to great effect it must be said, to compensate for other elements lacking in their game. In total, the Italian lads ran 337.20 km across three games, a table topping average of 112.4 km. It should be noted that in their third game, a dead-rubber from their perspective against Ireland, their intensity in this regard dropped considerably.

More ball, less running

Iniesta and Busquets like having the ball as much as possible. Almost selfishly.

Spain, on the other hand, sit around the middle of the table on this metric, and this is unlikely to be of much surprise to those who watch the team play. By keeping the ball - and their ability in this regard is unmatched internationally - they are able to conserve energy to use for quick closing down of opposition players at key moments. They dominated possession in their three group games but must be wary of the complacency that this can breed, as seen to a degree against Croatia which proved to be so costly.

Distance (km) covered in the group stage of Euro 2016

Position Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Total Average
1 Italia 119,70 113,60 103,90 337,20 112,40
2 Ucrania 115,10 109,60 111,70 336,40 112,13
2 República Checa 110,00 113,90 112,50 336,40 112,13
4 Alemania 113,60 109,60 110,90 334,10 111,37
5 Islandia 112,50 110,40 110,50 333,40 111,13
6 Irlanda del N. 103,40 114,20 112,70 330,30 110,10
7 Rusia 109,90 112,50 107,60 330,00 110,00
8 Polonia 104,70 112,30 111,10 328,10 109,37
9 Eslovaquia 109,60 110,90 105,90 326,40 108,80
10 Inglaterra 110,80 105,60 109,80 326,20 108,73
11 Suiza 108,70 106,50 107,80 323,00 107,67
12 Hungría 110,10 107,10 104,60 321,80 107,27
13 Gales 109,40 105,50 106,60 321,50 107,17
14 Austria 106,30 108,80 106,30 321,40 107,13
15 España 107,00 109,10 104,40 320,50 106,83
16 Croacia 104,60 108,90 106,40 319,90 106,63
17 Portugal 111,40 107,80 99,70 318,90 106,30
18 Francia 105,00 106,70 106,40 318,10 106,03
19 Suecia 101,50 108,30 106,30 316,10 105,37
20 Albania 102,70 107,50 104,00 314,20 104,73
21 Turquía 101,90 105,50 105,00 312,40 104,13
22 Bélgica 108,00 102,00 101,80 311,80 103,93
23 Rumanía 105,70 102,70 101,10 309,50 103,17
24 Irlanda 101,80 103,20 103,10 308,10 102,70