ROME — At 12:06 a.m. native time on Monday, instantly after Italy’s goalie blocked a penalty kick to defeat England and turn out to be the soccer champions of Europe, Carlo Cottarelli, a outstanding Italian economist typically talked about as a possible prime minister, celebrated with a single phrase.
“Brexit!!!!!!!!” he wrote on Twitter.
Mr. Cottarelli had loads of firm — from European members of parliament to raucous Italian followers and the continent’s leaders — in connecting England’s failure within the finals of Euro 2020 to Britain’s exit from the European Union, recognized the world over as Brexit.
It was inevitable that political rating settling can be layered onto the match. Italy was a founding member of the European Union and is presently led by a statesman typically credited with saving it. England is a part of the nation that gambled its personal stability and future by leaving the E.U. final 12 months.
After the 2 sides negotiated troublesome passes between defenders, dedicated egregious fouls and pushed for benefit lengthy after the allotted time had expired, the Italians hoisted the trophy in Wembley Stadium. The star Italian defender, Leonardo Bonucci, who scored a essential second-half aim, was caught mocking the offended English followers, calling them weaklings who wanted “to eat more pasta.”
The goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy blocks the ultimate penalty kick from England’s Bukayo Saka to clinch the victory within the Euro 2020 championship on Monday night time in London.Credit…Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse, by way of Associated Press
On Monday, as “Brexit Completed” memes stuffed the Italian net, followers crowded the posh lodge the place the staff was staying outdoors the Villa Borghese park in Rome, and cheered as their bus rode to the Quirinal Palace, one of many properties of Italy’s president. The gamers, carrying grey jackets over black T-shirts and pants, moved with the swagger of younger males out in town.
After 6 p.m., police automobiles tried to chop a path for the blue bus, striped with the colours of the Italian flag, via thick crowds of stopped scooters and followers — leaning out of ambulances and automobiles, waving flags, singing soccer chants, lining the broad avenues and working alongside the street. The motorcade introduced the gamers to the middle of Rome and the Chigi Palace, draped with an unlimited Italian flag, the place they met the palace’s principal resident, Italy’s prime minister, Mario Draghi.
The authorities’s official feed put the pictures on its livestream.
Mr. Draghi, typically known as “Super Mario” after serving to to save lots of the European Union as the previous head of the European Central Bank, stepped out from the palace into the sq. to greet the staff as the gang roared on the sight of the trophy held by the gamers.
Mr. Draghi took off his masks, exposing a uncommon, unironic smile, whereas the staff surrounded him and chanted: “It’s us; the Champions of Italy are us.”
Mr. Draghi then turned to shake the hand of Matteo Berrettini, the primary Italian man to succeed in the finals of the Wimbledon tennis match. Next to the soccer gamers Mr. Berrettini appeared like a consul.
Everyone moved contained in the palace courtyard for a ceremony broadcast on nationwide tv, the place, in entrance of Italian and European Union flags, Mr. Draghi made a degree to thank the staff’s coach, Roberto Mancini, and captain, Giorgio Chiellini, and to reward the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, telling him, “And what a block.”
The Italian staff on the Chigi Palace in Rome on Monday.Credit…Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters
But the prime minister had a much bigger level too.
“You put us at the center of Europe, and the many messages of congratulations we received in these hours — even me, personally — prove it,” he mentioned, including that sports activities had been “an instrument of union especially in difficult moments such as the one we went through.”
Other Italian and European politicians had been much less delicate.
Before the ultimate started, President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission appeared completely delighted to don the Italian colours along with her title on the jersey above the quantity 27, which is the variety of international locations within the bloc. If England had stayed, she would have worn 28.
“Very nice surprise from our E.U. Commission team in Italy,” she wrote, beaming as she held up the jersey and posed behind an “Italy” scarf. She wished the Italian staff good luck and wrote, “Fingers crossed for tonight’s Euro 2020 final.”
“Go Italy,” Alessandra Moretti, a liberal member of the European Parliament, wrote on Twitter. “A united Europe beats the England of Brexit!”
A Polish colleague within the Parliament, Łukasz Kohut, mentioned he was rooting for Italy due to Brexit, and after the ultimate whistle, Luis Garicano, a member of Parliament from Spain, posted a video of the revelry at a viewing get together simply outdoors the constructing. “Brexit on the side of European Parliament,” he wrote.
Some of essentially the most enthusiastic rooting in opposition to England got here from the corners of the United Kingdom most disgusted with Brexit.
Before the sport, the Scottish newspaper The National superimposed the face of Coach Mancini on Mel Gibson’s character within the film “Braveheart,” with the headline, “Save us Roberto, You’re our Final Hope: We can’t take another 55 years of them banging on about this.”
Some opponents of Brexit, together with some Scots, had been cheering for the Italian squad at Wembley Stadium. Credit…Pool photograph by Andy Rain
Italy’s media additionally couldn’t resist the softballs.
Giovanna Pancheri, an anchorwoman on SkyTG24, certainly one of Italy’s main information channels, celebrated the victory with a Tweet, in English.
“Brexit is real,” she wrote, “and it is so good!”
In pregame reviews from Wembley Stadium, her broadcast colleagues famous how drunk and aggressive many English followers had been, at instances interrupting their interviews with Italian followers, who appeared well mannered, enthusiastic and happy-to-be-there.
In truth, a great riddance vibe imbued a lot of the horn-honking, firework-lighting and air horn-sounding celebrations into the not-so-small hours on Monday in Rome.
As tens of 1000’s of Italian followers spilled into the streets and flowed via town, they marched underneath massive indicators studying “Happy Brexit” and known as England “worthless” for leaving the E.U. Many followers cheered when the Italian staff brandished their trophy, waved and smoked e-cigarettes from atop a British type double-decker bus papered with the phrases “Champions of Europe.”
Before the sport, Nigel Farage, an architect of Brexit, mentioned he didn’t admire Ms. von der Leyen’s public desire for Italy.
Sitting on a sofa and resembling a British flag that had donned a blazer and tie, Mr. Farage mentioned he “didn’t want to bring Brexit into it, believe me, but it can’t be helped because Ursula von der Leyen and other European commissioners are making it absolutely clear they want Italy to win.”
“They’re telling us that the whole of Europe wants Italy to win,” he mentioned. “They can’t bear the thought of Brexit, Britain succeeding.”
After Sunday night time’s sport, they didn’t should.
Emma Bubola contributed reporting from Rome.