The team structure is stable: Giacomo Raspadori and the Squadra Azzurra feel ready for new feats.
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The console battle: By qualifying for the European Football Championship in Germany, Italian coach Luciano Spalletti achieved the minimum goal. Establish strict rules to achieve the desired success in the final.

YesLuciano Spalletti has been coach of the Italian soccer team for almost seven months. In the times of his predecessor Roberto Mancini, between May 2018 and August 2023, heaven and hell were always together: winning the title at the Euro 2021 was followed, the following year, by the misfortune of missing the last round of a World Cup for the second time in a row after 2018. . With Spalletti, 65, recently spectacular champion with SSC Napoli, consistency and stability should return. And, of course, success in big tournaments.

Matthias Rub

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta based in Rome.

The minimum objective of the new “technical commissioner” was achieved on November 20 in Leverkusen: with a goalless draw against Ukraine, direct qualification for the final phase of the European Championship in Germany was achieved. Italy travels there as champions and Spalletti has set his goal of nothing less than successfully defending this title.