Italy’s victory soothes the soul of a country crushed by the new crown virus

Italians poured into the streets and squares to celebrate the victory over England in Euro 2020, which for many fans has become a symbol of the end of the country’s “worst period”.

Giorgio Casa is one of the thousands of Italian supporters who gathered in the heart of Rome to celebrate the national team’s victory over England in a thrilling penalty shoot-out at Wembley Stadium in London. Some fans adapted the British national anthem-“Football Goes Home”-to reflect Italy’s victory, singing football “Come to Rome”.

Considering Italy’s fight against the pandemic, many people find this achievement particularly sad. Last year, it became one of the first countries in Europe to implement a lockdown. Since then, more than 120,000 Italians have died from the coronavirus.

“For the first time since March 2020, we forgot about the pandemic and the economic crisis last night,” said 33-year-old Casa. “This victory once again gave us hope. I’m not sure if I can remember what that means.”

England’s Bucayosaka’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma Victory on Sunday night, The national team’s failure to qualify from the 2018 World Cup has become a distant memory.The success of head coach Roberto Mancini Azzurri The team quickly gained symbolic meaning.

The front page of the Italian daily newspaper Aldo Cazzullo wrote: “This is a sign that we are waiting for a rebirth after the worst period of our lives, just like the 1982 World Cup after terrorism.” Evening Post“It’s hard to say who needs it more, the national team or us [the people]. “

Since January 2020, Covid-19 has destroyed the country’s economy and society, thousands of people have died, and others have lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet.

On Monday, Italian team president Sergio Mattarella received the Italian team at the Quirinal Palace in Rome. Giorgio Chiellini held up the European Championship trophy ©Remo Casilli/Reuters

Prime Minister’s Office Was one of the first to respond to this news On Twitter. “European champion!” it said. “Thank you Azzurri! You wrote an extraordinary page in history, not just in sports.”

In an article Evening PostAs the most read newspaper in northern Lombardy, the pillar of the Italian economy and the center of the first European Covid outbreak, reporter Fabrizio Roncone welcomed the country’s happiness and tears.

“For us, this is a new era,” he wrote. “We have the wonderful ability to win and be happy: in the end there are tears of joy and unbridled celebration.”

Anthropologist and author Marino Niola told the Italian broadcaster Rai News 24 that this result has special significance after the past 18 months.

“This is not just a football game, it is much more than that, it is a desire for redemption,” Niola said. “This is a broader social phenomenon that affects everything and everyone.”

On the streets of Rome, the elated fans hope to see the national team as they participate in the victory parade.

The joyous scene attracted the attention of Irish tourist Michelle Rock, who took a picture of the Italian flag outside the ice cream shop. “Good job, Italy,” she said. “You are taking over Europe!”

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