The Italian national team was returning to a great national team tournament after its absence from the 2018 World Cup in Russia and under the guidance of Roberto Mancini it has been proclaimed champion of the European Championship for the second time in its history, 53 years after its first title.
The Italian coach took over the national team in 2018 and has undergone a profound renovation of the team that has led him to reign in Europe. Let’s learn some fun facts about Mancini.
Mancini was one of the great Italian players of the 80s. He made his debut as a professional footballer in 1981 with Bologna and a year later he landed in the Sampdoria with which he achieved fame and shared a dressing room with other great names such as Alberico Evani, Attilio Lombardo, Giulio Nuciari, Gianluca Vialli, Ruud Gullit or Clarence Seedorf. He was part of the team that lost the European Cup final against Barcelona.
As a player, Mancini visited the shirts of Bologna, Sampdoria, Lazio and Leicester. With Sampdoria he won 7 titles (4 Italian Cups, 1 Serie A, 1 Italian Super Cup and 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup) and with Lazio another 7 (1 Serie A, 2 Italian Cups, 2 Italian Super Cups, 1 Recopa de Europe and 1 European Super Cup).
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1984/85 Coppa Italia final, 2nd leg: #SampMilan 2-1 (agg 3-1)
Our first trophy, our first step on the road to glory!
– Sampdoria English? (@sampdoria_en) July 3, 2019
Roberto Mancini played 36 games for Italy but failed to win a title. His best result was third place in the 1990 World Cup and he was also a semi-finalist in the 1998 Eurocup.
Roberto Mancini is one of the most experienced coaches on the world scene, having been on the bench for two decades. In all this time he has directed Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Galatasaray, Zenit de San Petesburgo, and since 2018 he took charge of the azzurra.
The Neroazzurro team went 16 years without winning Serie A and after the arrival of Roberto Mancini to the bench in 2005 they linked three titles in a row, an unprecedented streak in the club’s history
Roberto Mancini’s Italy has had the best streak in its history. Since the Italian took the bench, Italy has chained 34 consecutive games without losing (28 wins and only 6 draws) and is just one victory away from reaching the record shared by Brazil and Spain with 35 unbeaten matches.
Italy, after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, completes 3 wonderful years in which they have linked 34 games without losing.
The best streak in the history of the historic Italian team is rewarded with the title of European champion.
– Pedro Martin (@pedritonumeros) July 11, 2021
Italy’s previous streak was Vittorio Pozzo’s 30 unbeaten matches between 1935 and 1939.
Manchester City are one of the great teams in the Premier and in Europe and to see them win titles is not surprising, but this was not always the case. The current Premier League began to be played in the 1992/1993 season and it took 19 years for the citizen team to win its first Premier. It was in the 2011/2012 season, Mancini’s third on the Etihad bench.
Vincent Kompany and Roberto Mancini, Premier League / Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Roberto Mancini was Manchester City coach between 2009 and 2013. In the 2012/2013 season, the citizen team met Roberto Martínez’s Wigan in the FA Cup final, which ended up surprising and took the title. Two days later he was removed from his post. The funny thing is that Martínez and Mancini met again in this European Championship as Belgium and Italy coaches respectively, and this time it was the Italian who saw his team win in the quarterfinals.
The Sampdoria of the 90s made history and could have been even more brilliant if they had not lost the Champions League final against FC Barcelona. The Italian team included great figures such as Alberico Evani, Attilio Lombardo, Giulio Nuciari, Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini himself. When he took over the Italian team, he wanted to surround himself with that nucleus and now they are part of his technical staff.
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– Rai1 (@RaiUno) July 11, 2021
As a footballer, Mancini already liked the beautiful and colorful game, and those same qualities that he had as a player have been implanted as a coach, although that has meant a radical turn to football for the Italian team. The coach has implemented a 4-3-3 and has opted for players who want and know how to touch the ball. With him, Italy has gone from being a team that based its game on the defensive framework and locked itself behind to being a team that wants to command the game. And so far nothing has gone bad, first tournament and first title.
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