The 0-0 in Basel against Switzerland in Group C for qualifying for the 2022 World Cup allows Italy’s coach Roberto Mancini to reach 36 games without losing, beating the record set by world champion Brazil in Pasadena against the Azzurri. (verdeoro without knockout between 1993 and 1996) and Spain’s Luis Aragones then Vicente del Bosque between 2007 and 2009. Even in that case, the Iberian national team won the 2008 European Championships in Switzerland and Austria, defeating Germany 1-0 in the final on 29 June of that year at the “Ernst Happel” stadium in Vienna with goals from Fernando Torres. A momentum that led the Red Furies to triumph in the 2010 World Cup (against the Netherlands) and even to the next European Championship, 4-0 against Italy of Cesare Prandelli, a Kiev.
After the 0-0 at St. Jakob Park on Sunday 5 September 2021, the record is therefore all ours. Italy’s last defeat was on 10 September 2018: 1-0 in Lisbon against Portugal with a goal by André Silva at the opening of the second half, in the Nations League then won by the Lusitanians. It was the dawn of the national team Roberto Mancini, on the second day of the competition, after the 1-1 draw on the first day against Poland. That with Portugal, the defeat of measure was only in the final result, with Gianluigi Donnarumma committed to rejecting the numerous Lusitanian lunges lacking Cristiano Ronaldo, who had even declined the summons of coach Fernando Santos because, as soon as he arrived at Juventus, he wanted to devote himself completely to the Juventus cause (how things change, you think … ). In those days, the dross of bad management was still very evident Gian Piero Ventura. From there, Roberto Mancini – who inherited a team moreover blocked in finding the goal from action) put the first stone in the construction of the splendid Italy today queen of Europe and practically undefeated for 3 years, starting with the friendly of 10 October 2018 of Marassi against Ukraine, which ended 1-1 with the goals of Federico Bernardeschi and the future of Atalanta Ruslan Malinovskyi.
Mancini: “Happy Italians and history rewritten, what a joy”