From the year 2021, we will remember that Italy has come back to the fore within particular the victory of the Nazionale during the Euro football or the victory of Lamont Marcell Jacobs in the 100 meters at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Italy rejoiced after winning Euro football. Roberto Mancini's men have given a smile back to a people who had paid dearly for the coronavirus crisis. In the streets of the Italian capital, still bloodless with tourists, the population finally seemed to return to almost normal life at the kickoff of the first match against Turkey, won by the Nazionale, who had not qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and which was making a comeback in high-level competition.
The Euro started well for the Italians. At the end of the road, here they are lifting the European Cup for the first time since 1968. “ After what happened in the world, especially in Italy where we were among the first to be affected by the Covid, it made us happy to bring happiness and a little peace to people, ”said Roberto Mancini this fall.
In the heat, in Japan, in an empty stadium, the unexpected won the Olympic 100 meters, before doing it again in the 4x100m relay. Sacred in 9”80, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who turned 27 on September 26, had never gone under ten seconds before this season. “In life, there will always be someone who has never proven anything, but who refuses to believe in the good faith of those who have succeeded”, said the young man, the first European Olympic champion on the straight line since Briton Linford Christie in 1992, faced with criticism and suspicion of doping. His compatriot Gianmarco Tamberi will be crowned, him, at the height. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, it was a record for the Azzurri (40 and 69 medals).
In October, on his filthy bike, his face full of mud, after a three-way sprint in the Roubaix velodrome, Sonny Colbrelli won his first Monument, at the age of 31. The Italian had a perfect race to win a Dantesque Paris-Roubaix cyclist, postponed to the end of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. In his country, Sonny Colbrelli won the Giglio d'Oro, a trophy for the best Italian rider of the season. Before winning the Hell of the North, he was crowned European champion and national champion.
But also an Italian (Matteo Berrettini) for the first time in the Wimbledon final. And Italy, European champions in volleyball (women and men), softball and even American football! In 2021, Italy shone.