Euro 2020: Azzurri makes a triumphant return to Italy


Sunday’s success was Azzurri’s second victory in the European Championship and comes 53 years after Italy’s first victory in the pan-continental tournament.

The Italian team arrived at Fiumicino airport in Rome before heading to the Parco Dei Principi hotel.

Italian captain Giorgio Chiellini and coach Roberto Mancini held the Henri Delaunay Trophy on the steps of the plane before players and staff boarded the bus.

When the players disembarked at the Parco Dei Principi Hotel, Chiellini wore a golden crown while holding the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

The Azzurri were greeted at the hotel by jubilant supporters.

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Defender Leonardo Bonucci, who scored the equalizer for Italy who sent the final to extra time and then on penalties, was wrapped in the Italian flag and chanted “We are the European champions” as he entered the hotel.

Bonucci, 34, who was huge for Italy in the final and rightly won the man of the match title, is the oldest player to score in a Euro final.

During the crazy Italian celebrations after the team’s victory on Sunday, Bonucci shouted “it’s happening in Rome” into the pitch camera.

‘Team spirit’

Later Monday, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will greet the Italian team in a ceremony at Palazzo Chigi, the palace of the Italian government, according to a statement from his office on Sunday evening.

Chiellini ando Mancini holds the European Championship trophy.
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“The Italians are celebrating the success of the national team at the European Football Championships,” Draghi said in a statement.

“The Azzurri, under coach Roberto Mancini, have shown excellent individual performances, as well as extraordinary playing and team spirit. The trophy returns to Italy after more than 50 years.”

“Prime Minister Mario Draghi will receive the team and technical staff at Palazzo Chigi on Monday to thank them on behalf of the whole government,” added the Italian Prime Minister’s statement.

Italy’s victory at Euro 2020 marks an impressive return to form for a nation that failed to advance to the World Cup finals in 2018.

Under Mancini, Italy are now unbeaten in 34 matches, a record dating back to September 2018.

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