Italia lab: this is how Mancini finds gold

SENT TO BOLOGNA- It looked like it should be Lucca the prospectus of destiny. And instead, here we are all chasing Gnonto, not only the Germans the other night at the Dall’Ara, surprised as much as we were in front of the little big blue of the moment. Beyond the extreme reactions of which we remain world champions, there is some underlying good in what is happening, because it is the result of a planning effort, perhaps desperate but unavoidable: theidea, focused by Roberto Mancini and Club Italia, and made operational by the Federation in agreement with the League, to organize internships with the sixty players, from Under 16 to Under 21, of possible future. A “political” choice that followed the world thud, which incredibly immediately gave an emblematic fruit, such as the explosion of the boy now in Zurich, caught at the earliest opportunity. A path which should not be affected by the tension between president Gravina and the clubs.

The previous

Almost half a century ago, 1974, after the flop world championship in Germany (that of the North-South feuds denounced by Iuliano, of the vaffa di Chinaglia in Valcareggi, to understand the times), the Federation relied on the guru Bernardini to try to relaunch the national team which had reached the end of its cycle, after the European triumph of 1978 and the World Cup final in Mexico 70 with Brazil. The legendary Doctor, after having greeted honorable relay champions such as Rivera and Mazzola, set up a gigantic selection, aimed at catching the emerging young players of our football, certainly not conditioned at the time by the overwhelming presence of foreigners. A work enlarged to the point that Riccardo Martelli (son of the legendary president of Livorno, Commendatore Corasco), a twenty-year-old amaranth midfielder in C, also arrived once in Coverciano, often caught by Labronian fans, not very convinced of his qualities compared to the weight of his surname. With Martelli jr, however, there was also a certain Giancarlo Antognoni, and not only. And the story and Bearzot did the rest shortly after, with Italy beautiful in Argentina and world champion in Spain.


We remembered this anecdote to underline how in the past, in times of Italian crisis, the idea of ​​a meticulous screening in search of young talents had already been pursued with the results just mentioned. The current moment is much more complex. But Roberto Mancini in the role of Bernardini it fits comfortably comfortably. After all, four years ago, even before finding the technical-tactical framework for his still unripe creature, he had his mandate signed by the summoning of a young boy who was still little known to the name of Zaniolo. From then to the other evening a Bologna the current coach has followed a line, accentuated now after the crisis following the lack of world qualification. The 6 rookies (record of his management) seen against Germany (Frattesi, Pobega, Cancellieri, Ricci, Dimarco and obviously Gnonto) brought to 44 the debts of his management on 76 players employed (out of 92 called up): 62.8 % of the total in the field, therefore. The other night at Dall’Ara the average age of the starting team returned to 26.6 years, more or less like at the beginning of the cycle. They insertions they will also continue in the next three Nations games, with Ricci (this time from the first minute) in the direction, with Gatti as possible holder against Hungary, with Luiz Felipe, a neo-native awaiting first presence, as well as Zerbin.

Pre-world championship

Beyond the names, Mancini and the Federation they intend to continue on this path, also next season, conditioned by the World Cup. In October a Coverciano there should be a new two extended days of under Azzurri. In November, however, the FIGC and Lega agreed on a 10-day window, starting November 14, immediately after the stop for Qatar 2022. In that period, Italy will play two friendlies (to be defined) with opponents who have also remained out. from the world championship tournament. As is well known, the idea of ​​a tour of Italian clubs in the USA has faded. The fact that the B will not stop during the world championship has prevented possible loans to fill the gaps left by foreigners working in Qatar.

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