Euro 2020, according to a survey by Quorum Youtrend for Sky, 84.3% of Italians are passionate about Italy’s performance and for 40% of them the blue team represents a symbol of redemption or rebirth. In short, the great race of the national football team at the European Championships made Italy fall in love. An Italy that wakes up from the tragedy of the pandemic thanks to the vaccination campaign, which wants to restart but which has to deal with social problems, under the political leadership of Mario Draghi. An Italy that on the square has found a charismatic and tenacious coach like Roberto Mancini, who collected the heavy legacy of a team that had not even qualified for the 2018 World Cup. All united around the Azzurri. No detractors. Only affection and warmth. He tells it the special “Viva l’Italia – La Nazionale di tutti”, produced by Sky TG24 and Sky Sport, broadcast today, 10 July at 20.30 on Sky TG24, at 22 on Sky Sport 24, Tuesday 13 July at 19 on Sky Documentaries and available On Demand, which retraces the blue ride to the Europeans and tries to understand why this formation has entered the hearts of the fans so much.
Is it just cheering and passion? Or is there something else that the Azzurri manage to embody? Did the fact that we are dealing with a compact and homogeneous group with many leaders but without an absolute champion have a weight? Does the rebirth of this team have a link with the desire for rebirth and restart of a country tried by two years of pandemic? Is Italy – England just a final or does it represent a confrontation between two countries that have opposing visions on issues such as Europe, pandemic or the economy? The characters interviewed in the instant doc try to answer: the director of Sky Sport Federico Ferri, the director of Sky TG24 Giuseppe De Bellis, the journalists Paolo Condò, Ferruccio De Bortoli and Anna Billò, the blue champion of the 1982 World Cup and commentator by Sky Giuseppe Bergomi, the virologist Fabrizio Pregliasco, the étoile Roberto Bolle, the prima ballerina of the Scala Virna Toppi.
Ours is a strong national team – says Giuseppe Bergomi in the doc -. On paper it has always been said that we did not have prominent elements, but we do have charismatic leaders. We are a solid, strong and emotionally very stable team. Then we have an absolute leader who is Mancini: he has managed to build a great team, which plays like a club team, who manages to be courageous and daring, to propose a certain type of football that we have not been able to find for a long time. He did an extraordinary job and thanks to him we got to play for the final.
For Roberto Bolle we are united in supporting the national team because we have the desire to live a common dream, after a difficult and dark moment like the one we went through, it is a moment of lightness, of leisure, in which we want to live a dream, feel united in making something beautiful and great. This sport, like art and dance, can do it.
In the fact that the successes of the national team come at a time of economic recovery there is a certain chance, but it is welcome – explains Ferruccio De Bortoli -, chance has favored us. There have been other moments in the history of the country in which sporting successes have given confidence. Trust is not created in the laboratory, it depends on the quality of relationships, on all of us feeling a united country, having common goals. This juncture gives us a little more push and a little more resilience.
On the day of the airing of the special Sky TG24 and Sky Sport 24, the results of the survey carried out for Sky by Quorum Youtrend in the main editions of their newsletters will also be broadcast in which the fans were asked what makes this team so special. 84.3% of the interviewees became passionate about this national team: for 20.7 it is because it represents a redemption after the missed world cup, for 20.3% instead the reason is that it is a symbol of rebirth after the pandemic . 19.2% like it because there is a united group, for 13.9% it represents the spirit of sport, 10.2% like it because no one believed in the success of this team. Only a little more than 15% did not become passionate about our training (7.3%) or did not follow the Europeans (7.8). The survey then measured who Italians consider the symbol of this national team: in the lead with great detachment is the Technical Commissioner Roberto Mancini, with 28.9%, followed by Federico Chiesa with 12.1%, Leonardo Spinazzola at 7. , 3%, Gianluigi Donnarumma at 3.2%, Giorgio Chiellini at 2.7%, Lorenzo Insigne at 2.6%, other players at 6.7. 36.6% is not expressed.
The research also asked what makes this national team different from the others: for 21.4% of the champion it is because it shows humility and a spirit of sacrifice, for 19.5% it has no stars, but team spirit, for 18.6 % Mancini’s leadership makes a difference, while for 13.7% it is because it makes a game that is beautiful to look at, while for 12.1% the players have fun and therefore entertain. 14.7% of the interviewees did not express themselves.
And the love for the national team is not tied to victory: 80.2% of those interviewed say they will not change their opinion depending on the result of Sunday’s final.