After five years of famine, Italy is preparing to vibrate again for its national team. Between the non-qualification for the 2018 World Cup and a European Championship delayed by one year because of the Covid-19, the last image of the National in the final phase of a competition dates back to a shot on goal sent into the sky over Bordeaux by Simone Zaza after an improbable run-up. Italy then fell with honors against Germany in the quarter-finals of the Euro.
But between the four-star country and international football, it was written that the divorce would not be eternal. This June 11 in Rome, the Italians kick off Euro 2021 against Turkey in their Olympic Stadium. Better, Italy arrives with a reputation: that of a rejuvenated team, undefeated since October 2018 and wringing its neck with the clichés on its necessarily wait-and-see and speculative game.
At 56, Roberto Mancini wears handsome and embodies this renewal as a coach. Initially, however, it was not won. The site was immense, almost as delicate as digging a metro line in the Roman basement. The legendary striker of Sampdoria Genoa in the years 1980-1990 succeeded, on May 14, 2018, to Gian Piero Ventura, dismissed from his post after the elimination in the play-offs in November 2017 against Sweden: for the first time since 1958, Italy was not a guest for a World Cup. This earthquake even cost the president of the Italian federation (FIGC), Carlo Tavecchio, his place.
Mancini “Was chosen at a time when the Italian federation was in crisis and did not have a president, resit Enrico Curro, journalist at The Republic. This is Alessandro Costacurta, deputy director of the FIGC appointed by CONI [Comité national olympique italien], who made this choice. A choice that turned out to be excellent ”.
Alessandro Costacurta, former AC Milan defender, pushes his former teammate into the fire. The reception is rather cool. Mancini faces a certain reserve despite a CV provided with three Italian league titles with Inter Milan and another in England at the helm of Manchester City.
Enrico Curro puts forward a reason: that of disappointment, more credible in his eyes than that of the crime of dirty mouth for this representative of Italian chic. « Lhe ambient skepticism was directed much more towards the national team than towards Roberto Mancini, resumes the journalist. After this non-qualification for the World Cup, anyone would have been welcomed in this way. But yes, maybe at the start Mancini had more of an image of a club coach than a potential manager. “
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