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Euro 2020: Azzurri’s victory over England caps Italian football’s “renaissance”

At the time, that 1-0 Nations League group stage defeat by Portugal actually would not have felt like a turning level within the Azzurri’s historical past, but it surely sparked what’s now a 34-game unbeaten run, only one behind the all-time worldwide document collectively held by Brazil and Spain.

The man that has been on the helm for these three exceptional years is Roberto Mancini, who took over Italy’s head coach function after it didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup, solely the second time that had occurred within the nation’s historical past.

Though Italy has actually moved on from the inflexible defensive fashion the nationwide crew has turn out to be synonymous with over the years, the president of Italian Football Federation, Gabriele Gravina, known as the crew’s success at Euro 2020 an “expression of renaissance,” reasonably than a complete revolution.

In veteran defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci — one of many best defensive pairings of their era — lots of these traditional Italian qualities dwell on, however at Euro 2020 Italy has confirmed itself able to enjoying a way more attacking and thrilling model of soccer.

The 34-year-old Bonucci, who was immense for Italy within the closing and rightly earned the person of the match award, is the oldest participant to attain in a Euro closing.

Chiellini hauling again Bukayo Saka by his shirt collar because the England ahead threatened to interrupt clear additionally demonstrated that defensive ruthlessness — although Italian followers would maybe use the phrase wily — was additionally key to the Azzurri’s Euro 2020 success.

Knowing Saka was too removed from aim to be proven a pink card, the 36-year-old Chiellini prevented what would have been a harmful England assault deep into extra-time.

It’s the sort of know-how that solely comes with expertise, one thing England’s younger squad discovered the laborious method on Sunday.

Leonardo Bonucci and Roberto Mancini celebrate during national team's open-top bus parade in Rome.

The boundless vitality of the likes of Leonardo Spinazzola, who sadly succumbed to an Achilles harm within the quarterfinals, and Manuel Locatelli instantly made Italy probably the most feared groups at Euro 2020.

Italy additionally boasts an thrilling group of proficient children, headed up by Federico Chiesa and participant of the match Gianluigi Donnarumma, which is able to give Azzurri followers hope that this crew can proceed to compete for main worldwide trophies for the foreseeable future.

New Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann is a large fan of Chiesa, telling Bild am Sonntag that the Juventus star embodies “unimaginable verve and dynamism.”

In his Euro 2020 squad, Mancini appeared to search out the right steadiness between veteran expertise and youthful exuberance, with younger stars reminiscent of Locatelli, Alessandro Bastoni, Nicolo Barella and Matteo Pessina already proving they’ll deal with the stress on the largest stage.

“The nice magnificence proven from the Italian gamers: it is not solely the sport but additionally friendship and hope that this can encourage our sector and reform the Italian soccer,” Gravina stated.

“An important magnificence, expression of renaissance and sportive humanism to which the federation deeply care about.

“This nationwide crew fights, exults and rejoices, it is everybody’s crew and pushed from true emotions. I can not and do not need to neglect any single one who constructed this path to this second.

“Thank you Azzurri, we’re much more completely satisfied and proud to be Italian.”

Giorgio Chiellini drags Bukayo Saka after being turned by the England forward.
In Italy, a lot of the reward for the rejuvenation of the crew has been heaped on Mancini. Newspaper Tuttosport thanked the top coach, calling him a “magnificent visionary.”

“Mancini … the re-builder of a nationwide crew that dissolved on the cursed evening of November 13, 2017,” the paper wrote, referencing the evening Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup. “Rebuilt by Mancini in three years.

“Mancini, who modified the mentality, the sport, the attitude of an Italy that’s madly lovely and due to this fact distinctive. Mancini, who on the primary day as coach stated: ‘I’ll take you to the ultimate and we’ll win it.'”

Tuttosport could not resist at dig at England, too, with Italians seemingly taking loads of pleasure from beating Gareth Southagte’s aspect on house soil at Wembley Stadium.

“Respectfully talking, the Azzurri have taught a lesson to the masters who invented soccer, however for fifty-five years they’ve tried in useless to indicate that they nonetheless know the right way to educate it,” it stated.

“Taught a lesson” could also be a bit exaggerated given the match completed as a draw after 120 minutes, but it surely reveals the sense satisfaction the nation took from coming to elevate the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne celebrate with the Euro 2020 trophy.

Instead of “soccer coming house,” soccer went again to Rome.

On Monday, the nationwide crew had been welcomed by Italian president Sergio Mattarella after which prime minister Mario Draghi, earlier than taking the trophy on an open-top bus parade round Rome in entrance of hundreds of followers.

“Football has come house!” Corriere dello Sport wrote triumphantly. “To ours, although.

“The final ball made its approach to Italy … we’re European Champions, once more, and after 53 years,” added Corriere dello Sport, referring to Italy’s 1968 European Championship triumph.

Stefania Dall’Armi contributed to this report.

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