Italian Reds preview England Italy Euro 2020 final

One of the highlights of Euro 2020 has been the fervent singing of the Italian national anthem by coaches, players and fans.

“It’s something crazy,” Riccardo says. “We put all our passion on it, we scream with all our voices.”

“Singing it at the Olimpico was exciting,” Michele added. “The passion and strength that we Italians put in with Fratelli d’Italia is almost unique. We put ‘heart and passion’ into everything and football is obviously no less.”

Despite their love for Italy, there will be some split loyalties for the final.

Michele has travelled to England regularly to watch United, and has also experienced British fan culture at grounds across England and Scotland. Away from Old Trafford, one of his favourites is Celtic Park.

“I love England,” he said. “I’ve been to your country I don’t know how many times.

“I love your stadiums, your fans, the old-style atmosphere that you breathe and everything that revolves around the Premier League, Championship, League One and so on. But above all, I love Manchester United. I have been cheering for United since I was a child, but Italy is my country, it is where I was born and where I live and in the final I will cheer for them. But if we were to lose, I would still be happy for England and for Rashford, Maguire, Shaw and Sancho.”

Riccardo agreed that it’ll be strange to be watch his team take on United’s Three Lions stars.


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