Italy – I Friesland http://i-friesland.com/ Sat, 03 Jul 2021 07:10:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://i-friesland.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png Italy – I Friesland http://i-friesland.com/ 32 32 Belgium-Italy score: Insigne’s goal sends the Belgians home empty-handed; Italians face Spain in Euro semi-finals https://i-friesland.com/belgium-italy-score-insignes-goal-sends-the-belgians-home-empty-handed-italians-face-spain-in-euro-semi-finals/ Fri, 02 Jul 2021 23:09:28 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/belgium-italy-score-insignes-goal-sends-the-belgians-home-empty-handed-italians-face-spain-in-euro-semi-finals/ Two first-half goals saw Italy beat Belgium 2-1 on Friday and advance to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, where they face Spain. The fit Italians managed to hold on to rebound Kevin De Bruyne and company, moving one victory to reach the final for the fourth time in European Championship history. It was Nicolo Barella […]]]>


Two first-half goals saw Italy beat Belgium 2-1 on Friday and advance to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, where they face Spain. The fit Italians managed to hold on to rebound Kevin De Bruyne and company, moving one victory to reach the final for the fourth time in European Championship history.

It was Nicolo Barella who gave Italy the lead 31 minutes as the Belgian defense fell asleep, the back line repeating that 13 minutes later while letting Insigne beat Thibaut Courtois from outside the box. With a De Bruyne who was not in 100% form and Eden Hazard absent due to injury, Belgium, the No.1 team in the world by FIFA, had their chances. A late first-half penalty from Romelu Lukaku allowed the Red Devils to score a goal, but they couldn’t find the equalizer in the second half despite the odds the Golden Generation has yet to pull it off. to deliver on a big stage.

Italy ended the day with just three of their 14 shots on goal, but they ultimately did enough to advance to the semi-finals for the first time since 2012, although it wasn’t all good new. Roma defender Leonardo Spinazzola, who was a huge contributor for the team during their run, has torn his Achilles tendon and will be sidelined for a long time, Sky Sport Italia reported after the game.

Three takeaways for an entertaining evening at the Alianz Arena in Munich.

1. De Bruyne looked far from in good shape

Much like Manchester City, Belgium can be pretty average when their superstar isn’t 100%. After facing Portugal in the round of 16, De Bruyne looked far from fit. He still had a few moments, smart passes and was able to win free kicks, but he only had one very good look at the goal, which came in the first half and was saved well. by Gianluigi Donnarumma. You can argue that a De Bruyne in 75% form is better than anyone else on the squad, but he wasn’t close to imposing his will and resuming a game like we have often seen. Someone else was going to have to step up, and despite Lukaku and Jeremy Doku’s moments, they just wasted too much in the end.

2. Insigne is having a bad day for Immobile

After only being a replacement at Euro 2016 with Italy, veteran Lorenzo Insigne took advantage of his chance this time around. He stepped into a huge location when forward Ciro Immobile struggled. The Napoli veteran’s winning goal came from a great run from the midfielder, although it could have been better defended (more details below). After having missed Youri Tielemans, he approached the surface and sent this curling effort to the back of the net.

Perhaps the most memorable goal of his great career, putting his team on the brink of a place in the Euro 2020 final.

3. The defense of the Red Devils made it too easy

For all of Belgium’s brilliant midfielders and forwards, the defense can be scary at night. When your main center-back, the one leading the bottom line, is a fickle 35-year-old veteran playing in the Japanese league, you already have problems.

Thomas Vermaelen has long been a handicap and Jan Vertonghen is hardly better. While they have some terrific players at the back, this is by far the weakest unit on the team, and that was evident on Friday night. If you look at the opening goal, the team were slow to respond, didn’t follow Barella and paid dearly for it. But the second goal was the most alarming, as they failed to put pressure on Insigne. If you watch the replay again you’ll see Tielemans stalking the defense after the goal, wondering why they haven’t closed. It was the defenders’ poor performance that might have passed their peak, and manager Roberto Martinez surely would have asked them to shut down, as Insigne always seems to be looking for that distant curler.

As has been the case for some time now, Belgium on paper looks great, but they are a full backline of defenders far from real contenders.

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Leonardo Spinazzola: the great Italian traveler on the left flank | Euro 2020 https://i-friesland.com/leonardo-spinazzola-the-great-italian-traveler-on-the-left-flank-euro-2020/ Thu, 01 Jul 2021 22:41:00 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/leonardo-spinazzola-the-great-italian-traveler-on-the-left-flank-euro-2020/ Leonardo Spinazzola is probably not the fastest in Euro 2020. And yet, no one ran faster during the tournament. The Italian left-back was timed by UEFA to a top speed of 21 mph: faster than Kingsley Coman, Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappé. “If I wasn’t quick enough I wouldn’t be playing,” Spinazzola said this week, […]]]>


Leonardo Spinazzola is probably not the fastest in Euro 2020. And yet, no one ran faster during the tournament. The Italian left-back was timed by UEFA to a top speed of 21 mph: faster than Kingsley Coman, Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappé.

“If I wasn’t quick enough I wouldn’t be playing,” Spinazzola said this week, but that explanation was backwards. It’s his pace that allows Italy to play the way they do: using a 4-3-3 which becomes a 3-3-4 in possession, Spinazzola rushes to join the attack.

He helped Federico Chiesa break the deadlock in Saturday’s game against Austria. Even in the 95th minute of a grueling round of 16 game, Spinazzola had the energy to get to the edge of the opposing penalty area, selecting his teammate with a compound cross pass.

Spinazzola’s first football idol was Ronaldo and he devoured the VHS tapes his father brought home from the Brazilian striker playing for Internazionale. Later, he discovers Gabriel Batistuta, whose machine-gun party he imitates as he leads his first youth team, Virtus Foligno.

The shift to defense was gradual and reluctant. Spinazzola was 16 when a Siena academy coach told him his only hope of going far would be as a full-back. “I didn’t agree at first,” he said after joining Roma in 2019. “But slowly, slowly, I backed off.”

A step back, to find the space to move forward. He made a few. He traded Siena to Juventus in 2012, but spent six seasons on loan with six teams before getting a chance to play for them.

When the old lady finally gave him a chance, Spinazzola impressed, putting in an outstanding performance in his Champions League debut, a 3-0 victory over Atlético Madrid in March 2019. Nonetheless, he was sold to the end of the campaign.

Juventus coaches were not doubting his talent so much as his durability. He had torn a cruciate ligament towards the end of his last loan at Atalanta. They weren’t the last to have such concerns.

Leonardo Spinazzola passed the ball under pressure from Austria’s Florian Grillitsch in Italy’s victory in the round of 16. Photograph: Claudio Villa / Getty Images

A move from Roma to Inter collapsed after his medical examination in early 2020. Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio said the Nerazzurri had discovered that one of Spinazzola’s legs was slightly shorter than the other.

It was one of the lowest moments Spinazzola has seen since his ankle injury during his freshman year at the academy in Siena. He had wanted to stop but his mother dissuaded him. “She told me to bite the bullet and keep trying,” he said. “And she was right.”

That same attitude was needed to get back on track after the transfer to Inter collapsed. He has talked about changing his diet in Rome and doing more work in the gym, but thinks what really made the difference was getting it right in his head. He had always pushed himself hard, but now he worked so smart, not just a “mad horse” trying to go everywhere at top speed.

Roberto Mancini noticed. He had called Spinazzola in 2019, giving him three caps that year, but it’s only in the past 12 months that the full-back has started steadily for the national team.

His pace gave Italy a flexibility that it didn’t have. Mancini said: “He’s so strong and explosive that he can play [as a wing-back] in a back five or [as a full-back] in a four ”. Taking the second option allows the manager to keep an additional attacker on the pitch without sacrificing width.

The assist over Austria was Spinazzola’s first of the tournament, but his marauding runs and frictionless overlap with Lorenzo Insigne on the left was a vital part of the 3-0 victories over Turkey and Switzerland. Both players are straight-footed with a preference for cutting inside, but instead of stepping on each other’s toes, this shared skill set has given defenders a headache – not knowing who will take the inside lane when of a given attack.

Equally important is Spinazzola’s defensive contribution. Only Jorginho, who played one more game, picked up the ball more often for Italy in the tournament.

The left-back position has often been important for Italy, occupied by Paolo Maldini, Gianluca Zambrotta and Giacinto Facchetti. Fabio Grosso was the unlikely hero of the 2006 World Cup, scoring the goal that broke the deadlock in their semi-final against Germany, as well as the decisive penalty kick in the final shootout against France.

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Spinazzola has hijacked the comparisons. In the same breath, however, he also expressed his ambition to win Euro 2020. “When I was a child, I was glued to the television while I watched the matches of the national team,” he said. he said in 2019. “To play it now, knowing that I’m on the other side of the screen and all Italians are watching me, it’s really beautiful.

Already, he has given his country something to celebrate. But Italy is still in the race to win Euro 2020 and Spinazzola is not yet finished racing.



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Italy’s 5-star leaderless movement could cause trouble for Draghi https://i-friesland.com/italys-5-star-leaderless-movement-could-cause-trouble-for-draghi/ Wed, 30 Jun 2021 13:56:00 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/italys-5-star-leaderless-movement-could-cause-trouble-for-draghi/ Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrives for the NATO summit at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. Francisco Seco / Pool via REUTERS ROME, June 30 (Reuters) – The 5 Star Movement co-leading in Italy found itself without a leader on Wednesday after an argument between its founder, comedian Beppe Grillo, and former […]]]>


Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrives for the NATO summit at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. Francisco Seco / Pool via REUTERS

ROME, June 30 (Reuters) – The 5 Star Movement co-leading in Italy found itself without a leader on Wednesday after an argument between its founder, comedian Beppe Grillo, and former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte who had agreed to take over charge the party in difficulty.

5-Star is the largest group in parliament thanks to a triumph in the 2018 election, and its struggles could impact the stability of Mario Draghi’s government of national unity.

Many 5-star politicians and supporters have been unhappy with some of Draghi’s policies and if the party splits, as now seems likely, a significant number of its lawmakers could go into opposition.

On Wednesday, Alessandro Di Battista, who recently left the 5-star but remains very popular among his voters, said he is expected to hold an online vote of his members on whether to leave the coalition “after these tragic four months” of Draghi’s government.

Draghi doesn’t need the 5-star votes for a parliamentary majority, but without them he would be entirely dependent on those in the right-wing League, with its tough anti-immigrant and sometimes anti-EU positions.

Conte, who previously had no party affiliation, accepted Grillo’s request to take the reins of 5-Star, originally an anti-establishment protest party, after Conte’s coalition government collapsed. in January.

After spending months resolving internal disputes, Conte was finally ready to present his plans for a party reshaped along the dominant center-left lines, only for Grillo to block everything this week, angrily protesting his downsizing. difference.

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“Conte (…) has neither political vision nor managerial skills. He has no experience of organizations and no capacity for innovation,” Grillo, founder of 5-Star in 2009, wrote in a blog on Tuesday. Read more

The 72-year-old former comedian said Conte had crafted an archaic “17th century statute” for the movement he founded on egalitarian principles based on direct democracy using the internet.

However, Grillo’s post drew a lot of negative comments from 5-star supporters who accused him of trying to sink the movement he founded.

Conte, whose polls show him to be Italy’s second most popular politician after Draghi, said Wednesday that Grillo’s “autocratic stance” was a “mortification for the entire 5-star community”.

With a reconciliation between the two seeming impossible, senior 5-star politicians began to take sides, mostly against Grillo.

Vito Crimi, a party veteran and former interim leader, was among several senior officials who said they were considering leaving the party.

Additional reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Giles Elgood

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Italy to kneel before clash with Belgium “as a sign of solidarity” – but national team “do not support Black Lives Matter” https://i-friesland.com/italy-to-kneel-before-clash-with-belgium-as-a-sign-of-solidarity-but-national-team-do-not-support-black-lives-matter/ Mon, 28 Jun 2021 20:14:20 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/italy-to-kneel-before-clash-with-belgium-as-a-sign-of-solidarity-but-national-team-do-not-support-black-lives-matter/ The Italian Football Federation has issued two statements clarifying the position of the national team The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed that the national team will kneel in solidarity if their next Belgian opponents choose to do so, but say this does not support the Black Lives Matter campaign. The statement comes after center-back […]]]>


The Italian Football Federation has issued two statements clarifying the position of the national team

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed that the national team will kneel in solidarity if their next Belgian opponents choose to do so, but say this does not support the Black Lives Matter campaign.

The statement comes after center-back Giorgio Chiellini said the team will kneel down if an opponent does.

Amid the confusion over whether players were free to kneel, the federation supported this view, saying taking the knee will be done to show solidarity with their opponents.

What was said?

“As Chiellini explained, the team will kneel in solidarity with the opponents,” the federation said, according to The Republic.

“Not for the campaign itself, which we don’t share. The Austrian players did not kneel and ours remained standing. If those in Belgium do so, ours too will be in solidarity with them.

The FIGC added in a second statement: “The Italian Football Federation, reaffirming its unconditional position against racism and any form of discrimination, has seen fit to give the team the freedom to join the ‘Black Lives’ campaign. Matter ‘.

“As President Gabriele Gravina already stated no more than a week ago, the FIGC considers the imposition of any behavior in itself as a form of speaking and supports the team’s decision for matches. of Euro 2020, including against Belgium on Friday.

“The sensitivity of each member of the Italian national team to the defense of human rights is in the DNA of the Azzurri, as proven by multiple initiatives and declarations, and cannot be subordinated to membership in a – not the only one – manifestation of support for the struggle. against racism.”

What has happened so far?

To date, there has been confusion over Italy’s position as only a handful of players have kneeled ahead of the team’s group stage game against Wales.

Andrea Belotti, Matteo Pessina, Emerson Palmieri, Rafael Toloi and Federico Bernardeschi all knelt alongside the entire Wales squad, sparking a discussion on how Italy would handle such situations going forward.

After the incident, former Prime Minister Enrico Letta slammed the players who did not kneel, saying: “I call on our players to take the knee all together. Five took the knee and the rest did not – frankly, it was not a good show.

“If they can all agree tactically beforehand in the locker room, maybe they can do the same to take the knee. It’s a positive move. To watch on Sunday, with all the Welsh players on their knees and only half of the Italian players do so, was not a good image. “

His frustrations were echoed by former Italian star Claudio Marchisio.

“There is freedom of choice, but this is a very important demonstration, and I would have preferred everyone to kneel,” he said. RAI Sport.

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Blinken arrives in Italy on Sunday for meetings with key leaders, the Pope | Voice of America https://i-friesland.com/blinken-arrives-in-italy-on-sunday-for-meetings-with-key-leaders-the-pope-voice-of-america/ Sun, 27 Jun 2021 09:27:20 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/blinken-arrives-in-italy-on-sunday-for-meetings-with-key-leaders-the-pope-voice-of-america/ US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s multinational trip to Europe brings him to Italy on Sunday for several days of meetings with key Italian leaders, Pope Francis, Group of 20 leaders and ministerial-level officials. After being warmly received in France and Germany, Blinken left Paris on Sunday for Rome, where he meets Italy’s foreign minister, […]]]>


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s multinational trip to Europe brings him to Italy on Sunday for several days of meetings with key Italian leaders, Pope Francis, Group of 20 leaders and ministerial-level officials.

After being warmly received in France and Germany, Blinken left Paris on Sunday for Rome, where he meets Italy’s foreign minister, United Nations food security agencies and U.S. embassy officials. He will also meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will co-chair a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Rome on Monday, when it will also meet with Prime Minister Mario Draghi and President Sergio Mattarella to discuss the Syrian civil war and humanitarian needs in this country.

The State Department said Syria remains of great concern, with tens of thousands of women and children in humanitarian camps facing security concerns as members of the Islamic State terrorist group work to operate the camps. to recruit the next generation of fighters.

Also on Monday, Blinken travels to Vatican City for meetings with Pope Francis and Archbishop Paul Gallagher. Among the topics he and Vatican officials are expected to discuss are climate change, human trafficking and debt relief for impoverished countries.

His meeting with the Pope precedes a meeting scheduled for October between the pontiff and US President Joe Biden, the second American Catholic president.

At a recent conference, U.S. Catholic bishops voted to draft a communion statement that could rebuke leading Catholic politicians, including Biden, who advocate for abortion rights but personally oppose the practice.

During his visit to Paris on Friday, Blinken warned that the lack of an interim deal to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities could prompt the United States to abandon efforts to join a nuclear deal.

“We’ll see if we can bridge the differences, but they are real, and we must – we must be able to bridge them,” Blinken said at a briefing in Paris after meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le. Drian. .

“I would tell you that with regard to the [International Atomic Energy Agency], this remains a serious concern, a concern that we communicated to Iran, and it must be … resolved. “

The agency said a three-month interim surveillance agreement reached on February 21 expired on Thursday after being extended for another month. He said he was seeking an “immediate response” from Iran on whether it would extend the monitoring deal, according to an internal agency statement seen by Reuters news agency.

Blinken admitted earlier Friday at a press conference in Paris that the United States could possibly decide not to join the deal if negotiations in Vienna continue without progress.

“There will come a time, yes, when it will be very difficult to return to the standards set by the JCPOA”, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the great powers to curb its program of uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.

He called on Iran to make “tough” decisions to advance talks that could revive the deal.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement Friday that “the opposing parties are the ones who have to make the decisions.”

The negotiating parties held talks for six weeks, and a sixth round of indirect talks ended last Sunday with major issues still unresolved.

Le Drian underscored Blinken’s warning, telling reporters in Paris on Friday that it was up to Iran to push the talks forward.

“It has been six weeks since negotiations resumed. Progress has been made and now we will enter the most difficult times. It will require strong and courageous decisions on the part of the new Iranian authorities, but now is the time, ”said Le Drian.

Blinken met with French President Emmanuel Macron later on Friday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, accompanied by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretary-General Mathias Cormann of Australia, speaks at OECD headquarters in Paris on 25 June 2021.

America’s top diplomat arrived in France from Germany, where on Thursday he and German leaders said the United States and Germany were teaming up to fight Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism , an effort which, according to the secretary of state, “will ensure that present and future generations experience the Holocaust.” and also learn from it.

Speaking at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Blinken said Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism go hand in hand with homophobia, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination, and have become “a rallying cry for those who seek to tear down our democracies.”

The senior US diplomat also met with interim Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba on Thursday following an international conference focused on supporting Libya’s transition to a permanent and stable government.

Wednesday’s conference, hosted by Germany and the United Nations, included officials from 17 countries and increased support for national elections in Libya slated for late December.

Libya has experienced political instability since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi from power. Rival governments operated in different parts of the country for years before a ceasefire agreement in October that included a request for all foreign fighters and mercenaries to leave Libya within 90 days.

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Donnarumma in Italy ignores whistles and counterfeit money to set records | Euro 2020 https://i-friesland.com/donnarumma-in-italy-ignores-whistles-and-counterfeit-money-to-set-records-euro-2020/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 03:37:00 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/donnarumma-in-italy-ignores-whistles-and-counterfeit-money-to-set-records-euro-2020/ As Italy claimed their 11th consecutive victory under Roberto Mancini, a rare note of disapproval was heard in the stands. The whistles in the 89th minute of Sunday’s victory over Wales at Stadio Olimpico weren’t aimed at the manager or even his side, but rather at their 22-year-old keeper. Gianluigi Donnarumma was heading towards the […]]]>


As Italy claimed their 11th consecutive victory under Roberto Mancini, a rare note of disapproval was heard in the stands. The whistles in the 89th minute of Sunday’s victory over Wales at Stadio Olimpico weren’t aimed at the manager or even his side, but rather at their 22-year-old keeper.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was heading towards the canoe, exiting the game to be replaced by Salvatore Sirigu. Mancini, who cites never appearing at a World Cup among his biggest career regrets, wanted to make sure his substitute goalkeeper had at least a few minutes on the pitch in what could be his last international tournament.

Donnarumma hadn’t done much wrong during the game. He hadn’t done much at all. There was just one direct save from a Joe Rodon header, and impressive composure shown when Aaron Ramsey came through early in the second half. Donnarumma faced the Welsh player at his near post and allowed defenders to recover.

The supporters who whistled – a minority, it must be said – were not protesting against his performance but against the choices that led him to break his contract at Milan and set out to join Paris St-Germain this summer . Supporters of the Rossoneri feel betrayed by Donnarumma, a graduate of their club’s academy.

Accusations of greed are not new. Donnarumma was thrown fake banknotes during an Italy Under-21 game in Krakow four years ago after his agent Mino Raiola told Milan he was not interested to renew his contract. Although the player eventually changed his mind, until this summer some injuries never fully healed.

Even so, it was striking to hear those grievances encroaching on an otherwise idyllic Italian start to Euro 2020 (they face Austria in the round of 16 on Saturday after winning all three of their group matches). Closest to disharmony elsewhere was Nicolò Barella liquidating his old friend Manuel Locatelli by throwing bandages him on the bench.

The importance of Donnarumma for the national team is indisputable. Mancini has repeatedly insisted that he sees all 26 of his squad as starters, but the goalkeeper is one of only three – alongside Jorginho and Leonardo Bonucci – to have actually started each match.

He didn’t concede in his final 874 minutes played for Italy – the third longest streak in national team history. It’s a shared feat, made possible by the dominating performances of Donnarumma’s teammates. He has only needed to make two saves in this tournament so far.

Italy has found a new model for achieving defensive excellence with which the country has often – if not always rightly – been associated. Mancini’s side keep the ball away from Donnarumma’s goal by dictating play at the top of the pitch, occupying their opponents’ halves with possession and a coordinated high press, led from the front by Ciro Immobile or Andrea Belotti.

Donnarumma appears to have played his last game for Milan after breaking through the youth ranks at San Siro. Photograph: Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images

Yet the system still relies on a defense that knows how to react when opponents break through. Leonardo Spinazzola’s extravagant recovery speed is a boon, allowing him to bombard forward and rejoin the attack from the left-back position, while the Italian right-back folds back. sliding challenge to preserve the clean sheet against Turkey, celebrated with as much enthusiasm as a goal.

Yet Bonucci is the only defender Mancini has so far refused to do without. The Juventus player has always offered a superior distribution from the full-back, and his relationship with Donnarumma is also strong. He was playing for Milan in 2017, when the keeper’s reluctance to sign a new contract led fans to target him for the first time.

Bonucci was seen comforting Donnarumma in one of his lowest moments, with the then teenager crying in the changing rooms at San Siro ahead of a game against Verona. He had been targeted by ultras with a banner ordering him to hurry and leave, defining his brother – also a goalkeeper in the Milan books – as a “parasite”.

“Something wrong came out that really hurt me,” Donnarumma told Milan TV years later. “Bonucci consoled me at that point and told me not to pay attention to it… He helped me a lot.”

Years have passed and the context has changed. Donnarumma passed his medical exam at PSG last week. With Italy’s way to the Euro 2020 final passing through London and Munich, he might not play another game in his home country for a while.

In any case, he did not seem confused by these whistles in Rome. Donnarumma is focused on extending his invincibility. To beat the record held by Dino Zoff, he would have to hold out until the last minute of the semi-final. “I’ll be happy if he does,” Zoff said this week. “It would mean that we have reached the final”.

As a collective, Italy could claim the record even earlier. Donnarumma missed two friendlies in the current winning round, in which Sirigu, Alessio Cragno and Alex Meret kept two more clean sheets. That means Mancini’s side didn’t concede a goal for 1,055 minutes – just 88 minutes from Zoff’s mark.

The World Cup winner celebrated his 79th birthday in February, but believes that “even I could have played in the goals of the Italy team which beat Turkey”. Donnarumma hasn’t needed to do much more in the two games since. Italy made victory easy at Euro 2020. There will be more to overcome than a few angry whistles as they make their way to the knockout stage.





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Delta and Kappa variants increase in Italy at almost 17% of cases, according to health institute https://i-friesland.com/delta-and-kappa-variants-increase-in-italy-at-almost-17-of-cases-according-to-health-institute/ Fri, 25 Jun 2021 16:15:00 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/delta-and-kappa-variants-increase-in-italy-at-almost-17-of-cases-according-to-health-institute/ A man walks down the street as COVID-19 restrictions in the Lazio region are relaxed slightly, in Rome, Italy, March 30, 2021. REUTERS / Yara Nardi MILAN (Reuters) – The variant coronavirus Delta and its brother Kappa have increased in Italy over the past month, accounting for nearly 17% of total COVID-19 cases, the national […]]]>


A man walks down the street as COVID-19 restrictions in the Lazio region are relaxed slightly, in Rome, Italy, March 30, 2021. REUTERS / Yara Nardi

MILAN (Reuters) – The variant coronavirus Delta and its brother Kappa have increased in Italy over the past month, accounting for nearly 17% of total COVID-19 cases, the national health institute ISS said on Friday.

The Delta variant was becoming dominant, he said.

Delta, also known as B.1.617.2, and Kappa, or B.1.617.1, are sublines of a variant initially detected in India. Delta is considered a “variant of concern” by the WHO.

“The cases of the Kappa and Delta variants (…) went from 4.2% in May to 16.8% in June,” according to data extracted on June 21, the institute said.

“Our epidemiological surveillance shows a rapid evolution which confirms that in our country also, as in the rest of Europe, the Delta variant of the virus is becoming dominant”, said Anna Teresa Palamara, director of the infectious diseases department of the ISS , in a press release. .

The variant of the Alpha coronavirus, initially detected in the United Kingdom in 2020, remains the most common in Italy, accounting for 74.9% of cases, the institute said.

Italy has recorded 127,380 COVID-19-related deaths since the virus first appeared in February last year, the second-highest death toll in Europe after Britain and the eighth in the world. The country has so far reported 4.26 million cases.

Coronavirus cases have been steadily declining for weeks. The daily tally of new infections rose from 951 to 927 on Thursday, the health ministry said, while coronavirus-related deaths were 28 from 30 the day before.

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Italian court acquits two in Nigeria oil corruption case https://i-friesland.com/italian-court-acquits-two-in-nigeria-oil-corruption-case/ Thu, 24 Jun 2021 09:56:00 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/italian-court-acquits-two-in-nigeria-oil-corruption-case/ MILAN (Reuters) – An Italian appeals court on Thursday overturned prison sentences against Nigerian Emeka Obi and Italy’s Gianluca Di Nardo for their role in a corruption case involving Eni and Shell in Nigeria. In a decision taken behind closed doors but read to reporters afterwards, the three judges quashed the convictions and said there […]]]>


MILAN (Reuters) – An Italian appeals court on Thursday overturned prison sentences against Nigerian Emeka Obi and Italy’s Gianluca Di Nardo for their role in a corruption case involving Eni and Shell in Nigeria.

In a decision taken behind closed doors but read to reporters afterwards, the three judges quashed the convictions and said there was no need to respond.

The prosecution itself had asked for the convictions to be overturned after a court acquitted the two energy groups in March in a long-running case involving the acquisition of a Nigerian oil field for around $ 1.3 billion. dollars.

The judges dismissed the charges against the companies and the defendants, saying there was no need to answer.

Obi and Di Nardo, both accused of being intermediaries and taking illegal bribes, were convicted in a 2018 expedited trial separate from the principal. They were both sentenced to four years in prison, but had not started serving them.

Under Italian law, an expedited trial, based solely on documents without hearing or witnesses, reduces sentences by a third.

“An unfair conviction by the court of first instance conditioned by a gross violation of the law,” said Obi’s lawyer Roberto Pisano, referring to the initial conviction.

Earlier this month, Italy’s Justice Ministry ordered an investigation into the conduct of two prosecutors in the main case involving Eni and Shell.

The three judges also lifted on Thursday the seizure orders of assets worth $ 98.4 million from Obi and more than 21 million Swiss francs ($ 23 million) from Di Nardo.

($ 1 = 0.9192 Swiss francs)

Reporting by Alfredo Faieta Writing by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Mark Potter



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Italy lifts mandatory masks outdoors as pandemic slows | Coronavirus pandemic News https://i-friesland.com/italy-lifts-mandatory-masks-outdoors-as-pandemic-slows-coronavirus-pandemic-news/ Tue, 22 Jun 2021 10:08:10 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/italy-lifts-mandatory-masks-outdoors-as-pandemic-slows-coronavirus-pandemic-news/ People are no longer required to wear face coverings outdoors as of June 28, as the level of risk decreases as the number of cases decreases. Italians will no longer have to wear masks outside from June 28, the government said, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decline in one of Europe’s worst-affected countries by the […]]]>


People are no longer required to wear face coverings outdoors as of June 28, as the level of risk decreases as the number of cases decreases.

Italians will no longer have to wear masks outside from June 28, the government said, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decline in one of Europe’s worst-affected countries by the pandemic.

Mandatory masks were imposed in October last year, as the country entered a second wave of infections and authorities struggled to curb the rise in the number of domestic cases.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government has steadily lifted restrictions since April, allowing restaurants, bars, cinemas and gymnasiums to reopen and allowing freedom of movement across the country.

Wearing a mask was one of the last rules to remain in place.

It will not be fully lifted, the government said on Monday; people will still be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces and on public transport.

People will be advised to continue to wear a mask with them when leaving the house and to be prepared to wear it outside if there are crowds and for events with a higher risk of virus transmission. such as large gatherings.

The decision will be effective from next Monday, when the nation is expected to be a COVID-19 white zone, the lowest risk level of Italy’s four-level color-coding system to calibrate borders in its 20 regions.

Nineteen regions are already white.

The tiny northern area of ​​the Aosta Valley is the exception – it’s yellow, indicating the second lowest level of risk.

“From June 28, we will leave behind the need to wear masks outdoors in white areas,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza posted on Facebook after receiving advice from the government’s expert council .

The announcement follows similar decisions in other European states such as France and Spain, although concerns remain in Europe about the spread of the highly contagious new Delta variant.

Twenty-six percent of Italians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while around 52 percent have received at least one dose.

Immunization figures are broadly in line with those of other large countries in the European Union.

Meanwhile, cases are now at their lowest level in 2021 and the pressure on hospitals is steadily decreasing. There were 21 deaths and 495 new infections recorded across the country on Monday.

Italy has recorded a total of 127,291 coronavirus deaths and 4.25 million infections.



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German tourists investigated in Italy for fatal boat accident | World news https://i-friesland.com/german-tourists-investigated-in-italy-for-fatal-boat-accident-world-news/ Mon, 21 Jun 2021 10:32:00 +0000 https://i-friesland.com/german-tourists-investigated-in-italy-for-fatal-boat-accident-world-news/ ROME (AP) – Two German tourists from Munich are being investigated in Italy over a boat collision on Lake Garda that killed an Italian man and woman, Italian Rifleman paramilitary police said. Italian state RaiNews24 TV said investigators were awaiting blood test results on Monday to determine whether tourists had been drinking before the crash. […]]]>


ROME (AP) – Two German tourists from Munich are being investigated in Italy over a boat collision on Lake Garda that killed an Italian man and woman, Italian Rifleman paramilitary police said.

Italian state RaiNews24 TV said investigators were awaiting blood test results on Monday to determine whether tourists had been drinking before the crash. He said the two are free to commit themselves while they are investigated for manslaughter and non-assistance.

The woman’s body was found in the lake on Sunday evening by Italian rescue divers and the man’s body was found in their small boat earlier today.

Rifle officers at the station investigating the crash were not immediately available for comment.

Corriere della Sera said the victims’ boat was severely gashed to one side near the bow and the man, 37, sustained a serious abdominal injury. One of the 25-year-old’s legs was partially torn off, he said. A search was launched to locate the woman after women’s clothing was found on the boat where the man’s body lay.

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Police located the tourists after people noticed their motorboat at the dock was damaged, the Italian daily said.

The lake with its many resorts in northern Italy is very popular with European visitors.

The Italians reportedly met friends ashore on Saturday night, then walked over to the man’s boat and were roughly in the middle of the lake when the ship was struck by the motorboat. Corriere della Sera said investigators found pieces of wood from the Italian man’s boat embedded in the tourist boat.

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