The Italians flocked from Milan to Palermo on Sunday to celebrate England’s 2020 Euro victory, putting aside thoughts about the pandemic that has gripped the nation. In the heart of the Roman capital, car horns and a concert of clouds came out amidst the smoke of firecrackers, Italy stripped of its second European title and the first since 1968. Roberto Mancini’s team won 3-2 on penalties after playing at Wembley. He finished 1-1 after extra time.
In that last whistle, thousands of fans covered in the Italian flag left the fan fields around the Colosseum and Piazza del Popolo to gather in Piazza Venezia, at the foot of the monument to King Victor-Emmanuel II, the father of Italian unity.
“Forza Italia! European Champions!” cried the supporters.
Many dreamed of a double in London on Sunday, but Matteo Berrettini lost the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic.
The European football crown will return to Italy, however, four years after three-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in three years.
“We can’t win everything!” A Piero fan told AFP.
“The most important thing was the Euro. It was our year,” added his girlfriend Federica.
Few people wore the masks, which have not been mandatory in Italy since late June.
The lost screen was debated whether or not to install it at the Olympic Stadium, but authorities, fearing a variant of the Delta Appearance, decided against the idea.
On paper, large gatherings were forbidden.
But it was difficult, in reality, to avoid the final reunion of young people and adults when they were deprived of their social life after months of closure.
Under the hundred-year-old Pines on Via dei Fori Imperiali, police watched a procession of jubilee supporters.
Beyond the sporting performance, Italy wants to believe that as European Champion the Crown will help close the country once and for all by closing the Covid-19 Pandemic Fatal Chapter, which has killed more than 128,000 people.
The nation was the first to seriously infect the virus in Europe in February 2020 and it is a vivid memory.
For 51-year-old Pierluigi de Amicis, “Salvation, after a year and a half of pandemic, is suffering, death.”
“Hopefully the Delta variant won’t ruin everything,” he added.
Corriere della Sera, Italy’s best-selling newspaper, wrote on Sunday: “After the greatest tragedy in post-war Italy, Italians are smiling again.”
“IT’S OURS! Football has come home,” reads the book Corriere dello sport. “England were beaten on penalties to celebrate the Cup on the streets of Italy.”
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