Sampdoria are reportedly preparing to experience the loss of Damsgaard, who has shone into limelight following the European Championship. Valencia’s Lee Kang-in, who functions in a role similar to Damsgaard, is being touted as a potential transfer.
Italy winning the Euro and Argentina triumphing in Copa America have put in motion the idea of a match to commemorate Diego Armando Maradona. FIFA has given their greenlight, and UEFA and CONMENBOL are working on the logistics. The game would take place either next December or in January 2022 in Naples, in the stadium named after him.
A month-long battle for the European crown came to an end on Sunday night as Italy beat England 3-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout to win their first European Championship title since 1968. To recap the European Championship for the last time, we took a look at the best XI from Euro 2020.
A European Champion and the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2020, Gianluigi Donnarumma has come a long way since being a prodigy at Milan. As he prepares to move to PSG, there is no doubt that he will be the man between the sticks for the long term in Paris.
After the Azzurri missed out on the last World Cup, Roberto Mancini has completely revamped the way Italy play, replacing the old-school catenaccio with an exciting brand of possession-based football. To find out the reasons behind Italy’s success at Euro 2020, we delved deeper into the tactical nuances of the Azzurri’s performances throughout the tournament.
Italy triumphed in the Euro, so complaining about the roster or strategic moves is merely nitpicking. The Azzurri were thoroughly deserving, as they always appeared in control. Yet, there is a problem Roberto Mancini needs to fix: The center-forward. Given how much Italy create, their path would have been easier with better production from such position. Can they really find a suitable solution in time for the 2022 World Cup?
Wembley took something important away from them, and Wembley gave it back. Behind Roberto Mancini’s Euro 2020 triumph at the helm of Italy, there is the story of a golden generation of Sampdoria players who narrowly missed the chance to make history in European football but were paid back with interest.
The image of Gianluigi Donnarumma calmly standing up and walking away after saving Bukayo Saka's decisive penalty in the Euro 2020 Final left the football world puzzled. But, as the goalkeeper himself explain, he didn't celebrate immediately because he didn't realize he had just made the decisive save.
The 13th of November 2017 - the Italian national team hit rock bottom after failing to advance to the World Cup following a playoff defeat at the hands of Sweden. Less than four years later, Roberto Mancini led Italy towards its most spectacular triumph since 2006, after emerging victorious in front of a shell-shocked English crowd at the infamous Wembley stadium.
Gianluigi Donnarumma was named the best player of the Euro right after the game. Juventus got another goal in the final and they were the most prolific team of the Euro with 12 collective goals. The Bianconeri and Atalanta were the only teams in history to have five different scorers during the course of the competition. Cristiano Ronaldo took home the Golden Shoe and broke away from Michel Platini in the all-time scoring chart.
England took lead as early as the second minute through Shaw in front of their home crowd at Wembley. Nonetheless, the Azzurri managed to find their way back in the second half thanks to Bonucci's equalizer, and eventually won the penalty shootouts as Donnarumma saved the last two spot kicks. So here are our player ratings for the final between Italy and England.
One of Italy's heroes at Wembley, Leonardo Bonucci, couldn't control emotions following a penalty shoot-out triumph over England in the Euro 2020 grand final. The Juventus centre-back took one of the side-pitch cameras and screamed "It's coming to Rome," alluding to the Three Lions' "It's coming home" chant.