There is no doubt about it: 2021 will be remembered as the year of Italy, a blue and Tricolour year. Mancini Italy wins Euro 2020 exactly 55 days after Måneskin's triumph at the Eurovision Song Contest: it is the first country in history to do a double in the same calendar year.
Mancini national football team and Måneskin are linked by another common thread: both triumphs came after a very long wait, 31 years for Eurovision, 53 for the European football championships. And because fate is sometimes a joker, it refers us to other curious pairings.
In 1990, Toto Cutugno won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Insieme: 1992": it was 5 May and 33 days later Italy was preparing to host the World Cup.
Those same "Notti magiche" (Magic Nights) that then resounded as the anthem of the event, today Mancini's national team sang them in chorus after the decisive penalty kick against England, in an ideal fil rouge with the Azzurri fans who used them to encourage Chiellini and his team-mates.
For the record, even in 1990 European football spoke Italian: it was the Europe of the greatest competition for clubs, the Champions Cup, which at that time was to all intents and purposes equivalent to a European Championship for club teams, because there was only one team per country competing. On 23rd May, 18 days after Cutugno, Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan celebrated by beating Benfica in the final at the Vienna Prater.
Today, as then, it is still a great 'Italian summer', which could be prolonged in Tokyo, at the Olympic Games starting on 23 July.
For those who believe in the Kabbalah, the last time the Games were held in the Japanese capital was in 1964, when Italy finished fifth in the overall medals table, in one of the best editions ever for our colours.
In March of the same year, Italy won its second Eurovision with Gigliola Cinquetti's 'Non ho l'età'. This was followed two months later by Helenio Herrera's Inter Milan winning the European Cup, beating Real Madrid in the final - again in Vienna.
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