If what they say about death is true, then on Thursday night, as the 92nd minute got underway at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo, the Nazionale had to see a trail of amazing images of its parade of past decades. Paolo Rossi’s return to Saria against Brazil before winning the 1982 World Cup in Spain; Spoon from Another Planet with which Totti presented van der Sar at the 2000 European Championship; The World Cup in Berlin was also achieved at the Olympiastadium on penalties against France; And the European Championships lifted last July at Wembley with all the qualifications in the world. A memory so recent and dazzling that it now blinds any analysis of what happened on Thursday, the defeat in Palermo against Macedonia (0-1), leaving the four-time world champions without the option of moving to Qatar. gives.
For the first time in history, Italy has been ruled out of two consecutive World Cups. It had never happened and no one ever thought they would have to see it. If all goes well for La Azura from now on, the Italians will not have set foot on the World Cup pitch for 12 years: 2014 to 2026. An entire generation of kids and teens who don’t have memories of the World Cup. Among some great footballers too, such as the illustrious Marco Verratti, who could retire with only two games at the World Cup (the 2014 one in Brazil) when he was 21. A time in which for many I remember seeing the Nazionale again at the World Cup and not the other way around. And the football nation, which was founded on emotions, is the same wound from which the country is bleeding. A curse that no one can explain in the context of football this Friday morning and on Thursday night they only managed to name it after Trajkowski, the Macedonian who played for Palermo and who played the first in 2018. Only Italy was sent to the playoffs.
La Nazionale has won only two games (against Lithuania in World Cup qualifying and Belgium in the Nations League) since lifting the European Championship in July. And that already says a lot. The chain of draws and losses has been marked by incomprehensible mistakes and some misfortunes. a wide range of analysts and tifosi It coincides in applying the idea of an accident to explain what happened. Thursday’s devastation against North Macedonia, number 67 Category Some people believe that FIFA is just a matter of bad luck. Italy did not beat Bulgaria (they tied) or Switzerland, against whom Jorginho, for whom half of Europe had asked for the Ballon d’Or a few months earlier, missed two penalties: one in the first leg and one in the second. Something similar happened again in Palermo. For example, Berardi is fantastic with Sassuolo this year: he has 14 assists and 11 assists. But this time inexplicable failed.
The European Championship, many now point out, was an island that only adds noise to the analysis that needs to be done after the new elimination. The state of mind that the team managed to ride exceptionally well and after which there was nothing solid left to catch. It’s true that major players like Spinazola or Cheesa are missing. But these aren’t just these last two world eliminations. In the last two championships he played (2010 and 2014), he failed to pass the first round. The immediate football explanation for what happened on Thursday is that most of the team’s lines are solid, but the attack is not working. Mancini’s Nazionale has no defensive problems and has a quality midfield with players like Verratti and Jorginho. But it is not marked. Immobile, the top scorer in Serie A with 21 goals, is an exceptional phenomenon in the national team. The insignia is nothing like Napoli. And most of the forwards in the league championship are foreigners.
The defeat also brutally exposed a country’s lack of identity with its national team and the state of institutional breakdown in Italian football. That’s a whole system that doesn’t work. The federation had asked the league a few weeks ago to allow selected players to concentrate for a week before the crucial match against Macedonia, but Serie A refused. one more time. The lack of isolation and cooperation is even greater in light of the lack of results in club competitions, where no European team has lifted the trophy since 2010, when Mourinho Inter won the Champions League. “We are reaping what we have sown in recent years. In 2018 it was Ventura’s fault and now Mancini’s. But if we keep on reasoning like this, we will get nowhere. They lacked fit players against Macedonia., Arrigo Sacchi lamented in Gazzetta dello Sport.
Italy will now have time to remember their deeds and think about how to get the whole broken system that left the mines back on its feet. The players want Mancini himself to lead the rebuilding, but the coach doesn’t seem to have a favorable air. Fabio Cannavaro (captain of 2006 world champion Italy) and Marcelo Lippi (coached the same team in 2006) are set to replace him. The problem is that the names that echo now come from the memory of those old Nazionale companies. And it is almost impossible to distinguish at this point whether they too belong to the future or, simply, are part of that funeral parade of past images of the entire football system.