Italy’s victory over England in the delayed 2020 European Championships was their second European success and became their sixth major trophy. The Azzurri also won the Olympic Games football competition in 1936 in Berlin. 1934 Gianpiero Combi, Eraldo Monzeglio, Luigi … Continue reading Italy’s trophy winners – from 1934 to 2021
NOBODY should be too surprised that the aftermath of the European Championship final descended into primitive times: the hospitals anticipated increased A&E traffic, people predicted “there will be all hell let loose” if England lost and you just knew that … Continue reading Euro 2020: The result can be brushed aside, but worry about the reputational damage
COVID-19 will prevent UEFA and analysts from really judging if Euro 2020 has been an overwhelming success. The multi-centre structure, spreading the joy across Europe, was … Continue reading Euro 2020: Has Platini’s folly been a success?
IT HAS been 37 years since a host nation won the European Championship, a golden tournament that witnessed Michel Platini stand imperiously astride the continent with a highly seductive France side. England, the de facto hosts of Euro 2020, have the chance … Continue reading Euro 2020: England must beware the pressure of playing mine host
IN THE 1970s and 1980s, if you walked into a sandwich bar in London, it would almost certainly be owned by Italians. There was nothing better than one of those old fashioned establishments that served “frothy coffee” with a Mediterranean … Continue reading England and Italy – a relationship that truly matters
IT’S often overlooked that long, unbeaten runs in international football, however impressive they might appear, invariably consist of qualifying phase games against relatively weak nations and calendar-clogging friendlies. Italy, in beating Turkey 3-0 in the Euro 2020 opener, extended their … Continue reading Euro 2020: Italy back in the fold