Italy world champion, 15 years ago the triumph in Berlin

Fifteen years ago, Italy was world champion. On 9 July 2006 Italy was crowned world champion for the fourth time by triumphing in the final in Berlin against France. Marcello Lippi’s Italy won the title by beating France on penalties after the 1-1 in regulation time with goals from Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi, protagonists of the turning point of the match in extra time: a few words too many, tested by the French to the defender of Inter and expulsion for the number 10 of the bleus. On penalties, an error by David Trezeguet and a memorable last penalty by Fabio Grosso, who blew up the party with the conclusion of a left. The anniversary falls as today’s Italy, with Roberto Mancini as coach, is experiencing a golden moment, in the final at Euro 2020. On Sunday, at Wembley, challenge England for the continental title: with the hope of new party, 15 years later.

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