L'Italia e la Nations League: non è solo una questione di ranking, per noi vale molto di più

After the disappointment of not qualifying for the World Cup, in Nations League the coach Roberto Mancini has the opportunity to start a new project and make a real casting of the young players: the fact of not leaving for Qatar has certainly accelerated this need. of renewal. After the 1-1 draw against Germany and yesterday’s 2-1 victory against Hungary, we will face England on Saturday. Germany, Hungary and England: opponents who recall great memories and memorable victories.

MAGIAR DEFEATS – In the final of the 1938 World Championship in France, we met Hungary led by the champion Sarosy: Italy, much stronger, won 4-2. Captain Meazza, Piola, Ferrari, Colaussi, ours was a great national team and with this victory we repeated the title won four years earlier. The coach was Vittorio Pozzo, the only coach to have won two world titles.

AGAINST THE ENGLISH “MASTERS” – Many crossings with the English national team: the final for the third and fourth place in Italy 90, 2-1 the result for the blues, with the beautiful Ola of the two teams at the end of the game; the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, won on penalties, made history by Pirlo’s spoon, and again, the 2-1 in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. But the most beautiful match was the most recent: the victory at penalties in the final of the European Championships last July at Wembley. At their home. It’s coming to Rome.

ITALY-GERMANY – We have been their black beast for many years, just think that our first defeat between the European and the World Cup came only in 2016. Memorable matches, like the final in Spain 82, 3-1 for us: the formation “Zoff, Bergomi, Cabrini, Gentile, Collovati, Scirea…. ” and President Pertini’s “They don’t take us anymore” are indelible memories in the memory of all Italians.

We have met countless times, but when it comes to ITALY-GERMANY, the thought can only go to that June 17, 1970, to the semifinal of the world championships in MEXICO. ITALIAGERMANIAQUATTROATRE is the match of the Italians, the most famous of our football and beyond, THE GAME OF THE CENTURY, as printed on the plaque affixed to the Azteca stadium to commemorate this legendary challenge.

BLUE HOPES – We are a people of saints, navigators, poets…. and football lovers: the hope is, as has often happened, after the disappointments, scandals and criticisms, to get back competitive immediately: it is up to the new course of the national team to earn a place among the greats, perhaps also taking an example from our old successes. So why not start doing it already in the Nations League, with opponents who know our history, our victories. It is not just a question of ranking, it is worth much more to us.

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