Italy’s victory in “Euro 2020” .. the fans celebrate and the president comments
Italians took to the streets and squares in droves on Monday night after their national team beat England to win the Euro 2020 soccer championship.
They celebrated a victory widely seen as an uprising after failing to qualify for the last World Cup.
Fireworks and music erupted in the streets of the country after a 3-2 penalty shootout victory, following a 1-1 draw after extra time, and happy fans waved flags and sang on a hot evening after the final at Wembley Stadium in London.
“It’s unbelievable, you can’t feel better than this, it’s amazing, we won the final,” said Stefano Gucci, a fan among the huge crowds in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo.
The Italians praised national coach Roberto Mancini for guiding the country out of the depths of disappointment when the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and to their first European title since 1968.
“We are very grateful to Roberto Mancini and the players who have represented Italy so well and honored the sport,” Italian President Sergio Mattarella said in a statement.
And happiness exploded in cities from the north to the south of the country after the last penalty kick, which was saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from Bukayo Saka.
Fans crowded the Duomo in central Milan and cars sounded their horns in Naples. Fans also gathered to celebrate in Gessi, Mancini’s hometown in central Italy.
“It’s a very important victory for Italy, and especially for us,” said a Jesse fan holding a giant flag of Italy in a television interview.
This is Italy’s first major title since winning the 2006 World Cup. The Italian team has faced repeated failures since then, and suffered a heavy loss against Spain in the 2012 European Championship final.
“They gave us a magical night,” said Giovanni Malago, president of the Italian Olympic Committee.