the challenge of our «Wembley generation» – Corriere.it

the challenge of our «Wembley generation» – Corriere.it
the challenge of our «Wembley generation» – Corriere.it

Gigio with his 22 years and Fede with his 23, are the youngest among the Azzurri owners, together with Nicol Barella (24). There are also Manuel Locatelli (23), who missed the first penalty but remains one of the best cards of the bench and Matteo Pessina (24), another blue under 25, who in London was decisive together with the same Church in the eighth against Austria.

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They are the Wembley Generation or the blue Wembley Boys. And they will be anyway this ride that no one would ever want to end. It will be them, the strong men in just sixteen months, at the Qatar World Cup for which Italy obviously still has to qualify. But how distant today the dust deposited on Italian football by the smoking rubble left by the play-off lost to Sweden.

Jorginho, the penalties, the soccer mother, the convent in Verona: Mancini’s essential
Impeccable rigor

Merit of the coach Mancini, who has re-launched the middle generation, of the Jorginho, Immobile, Insigne, Verratti, and above all he gave trust the youngest, starting with Nicol Zaniolo’s call-out-manifesto, when he still had to take his first steps in Rome. Gi, Zaniolo: it won’t be a Wembley-boy, but it will be the extra weapon of the next version of Azzurra, the one that everyone has learned to respect again, as well as fear.

But the future now. And in the arch that overlooks the immense Wembley, two arrows remain, the English one and the Italian one. And without Spinazzola plunging the Freccia Tricolore to follow on the left wing Chiesa, as he demonstrated in the counterattack against Spain, closed with another bow, that shot around old-stylefinally a goal similar to those of my father as Fede said, in the run-up to Enrico: We are the only father-son couple to have scored at the European Championships and it was great.

Before the match against Austria, someone found a nugget from the ’98 World Cup from the mine of digital archives. Just on the eve of the match against the Austrians, Enrico was holding the tiny Fede in his arms, already with clear ideas: I score a goal. Said and done, twenty-three years later, the scacciapensieri goal in the second round was his and it was that of the turning point, which brought Chiesa junior back among the holders in place of Berardi right from the next match with Belgium.

This father-son track was masterfully managed by the Chiesa family, even when the eldest was a bench in the purple youth academy. and he had already plan B ready, with his studies at the American school which for now he needs to make himself known by the international public in the impeccable post-match interviews in English, preferably with the best of the match award under his arm. TOeven after the move to Juve, always tormented by anyone who grew up in Fiorentina, there was no shortage of criticisms: the younger brother of Faith, now in the purple Allievi, became a target of threats and insults by the usual idiots. But even in this case the Church line, dictated by Father Henry, was that of the low profile.

Donnarumma also has a destiny intertwined with his brother, at least so far: in Paris for the blue goalkeeper he will go alone and judging by the European he is doing, the boy is very ready to amaze even outside Italy: the prodigious save on De Bruyne against Belgium and the dive on Morata’s last penalty are already about to be transferred to some room of the Louvre, in loan from the Uffizi. But Paris can wait. Wembley calls her boys, long-time ones like the striker who makes England dream. And those who will remember certain dates of this blue summer for a long time.

July 8, 2021 (change July 8, 2021 | 09:18)

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