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National, Roberto Mancini’s Italy restarts after the world disappointment. Uefa and Conmebol, that is the European and American federations, have decided to restore the Champions Cup for national teams, created in imitation of the Intercontinental Cup for clubs. Created in 1985, it was abolished in 1993 after just two editions. Tonight will therefore be the third edition and will see Italy champion of Europe and Argentina winners of the America’s Cup engaged on the Wembley lawn. So it’s not a luxury friendly like many others but a real official match. Up for grabs is a trophy that hasn’t been awarded for 30 years. To all intents and purposes it was can be considered the forerunner of Confederations Cup then suppressed in 2017 to make room for Club World Cup. It was established in 1985 and it was decided to assign it every 4 years, with headquarters, alternately, between Europe and South America. The first edition was held in Paris, between France, winner of the ’84 European Championships, and Uruguay, winner of the ’83 America’s Cup. It was won by the French who won 2-0 with goals from Rocheteau and José Touré. In 1989 the second edition was skipped because the Netherlands, champions of Europe ’88, and Uruguay, winner of the Copa America ’87, were unable to agree on a date for the match. We then went directly to 1993 when Argentina, champion of South America in 1991, hosted Denmark, European champion in 1992 in Mar del Plata. The cup was awarded on penalties: Basile’s national team won 5-4. he had reassembled Craviotto’s initial own goal with Caniggia. In the spot lottery the former Atalanta and Roma striker made a mistake but Argentina took advantage of the coldness of Maradona, Batistuta, Simeone, Mancuso and Saldana and of the mistakes, on the other side, of Vilfort and Goldbaek to take home the cup. As in any final, therefore, if at the end of the 90 ‘the result is still a tie, extra and, possibly, penalties will be played.
National, Roberto Mancini’s Italy restarts after the world disappointment. The historical comparison with the albiceleste
Italy champion of Europe must almost start from scratch, but Argentina champion of South America is also looking for something. Of an identity that not even the America’s Cup won at Maracana on Brazil, twenty-eight years after the last success of 1993, he gave it. The same unbeaten streak, 31 matches without defeat, does not include any Europeans, only South Americans and Mexico: therefore it must be taken with judgment. It is never friendly between Italy and Argentina, even if the official matches were only 5. All at the World Cup, consecutively, from 1974 to 1990. The funny, or slightly disturbing, thing is that Italy has never lost in 90 ‘or 120’ minutes, but in reality he “won” only once, in 82 in Spain, with that 2-1 that paved the way for the apotheosis. The rest is very different. Germany 1974: ends 1-1 and, at the end of the group, Argentines second behind Poland and us third and eliminated. Argentina ’78: the most beautiful success, Bettega’s goal after a triangle with Rossi, but it is Kempes who raises the cup with the Netherlands, we are left with the “final”. Mexico 1986: still tied, 1-1, we second in the group and an impossible eighth with France. Italy 1990: again 1-1, Schillaci and Caniggia, them in the final on penalties.
National, Roberto Mancini’s Italy restarts after the world disappointment. The probable formations and live TV. Chiellini’s latest.
Tonight at Wembley Stadium the kick-off is scheduled at 20.45 and the whistle will be the Chilean Piero Maza, who directed four Libertadores Cup matches in 2022. Tonight will be the last match in the national team for Chiellini, who has reached his farewell. Nourished the colony of “Italians” in the ranks of the albiceleste: Martinez (Inter), Dybala (Juventus), De Paul (Atletico Madrid, formerly Udinese), Romero (Tottenham, formerly Atalanta), Musso (Atalanta), Molina (Udinese) , Correa (Inter), Gonzalez (Fiorentina) and the coach Scaloni (ex Lazio and Atalanta). The match will be broadcast live and exclusively by Rai, to be precise on Rai 1. It will also be possible to follow the match in streaming, through the Rai Play website or application. The probable formations:
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson Palmieri; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Zaniolo, Scamacca (Belotti), Insigne (Raspadori) All. Mancini.
Argentina (4-3-3): E. Martínez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Rodriguez, Lo Celso; Messi, Lautaro Martínez, Di Maria. Herds Scaloni.
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