Roberto Mancini

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Brazil’s blend of youth and experience makes them favourites to win the World Cup. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty

With just over a year to go until the World Cup kicks off, 12 teams have qualified alongside hosts Qatar. All four semi-finalists from 2018 have seale(...)

 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘We are Man Utd, we are always going to come back, I think we are the No 1 club in Manchester and that also probably means in the world.”  Photograph:  John Walton/PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjær insists that Manchester City will never eclipse Manchester United, with the manager claiming his club are “number one” in the city(...)

 Ferran Torres heads home his second goal for of Spain during the Uefa Nations League semi-final at the San Siro in Milan. Photograph: Marco Betorello

Italy 1 Spain 2 So this is how it feels. After three years in charge, having claimed a European Championship and set a new world record, Roberto Manc(...)

Roberto Mancini: ‘It would be amazing to win it the Nations League straight] after the European Championship and it would be amazing to qualify for the World Cup early, but it won’t be that easy.”Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Italy have got used to winning. There was incredulity back in 2018 when Roberto Mancini of the Azzurri announced his ambition to lift the European Ch(...)

Sweden’s Viktor Claesson (No 7)celebrates scoring his side’s second goal  with team-mates  during the  World Cup quaifier against Spain at the Friends Arena in Solna. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

Sweden 2 Spain 1 Sweden bounced back from conceding an early goal to surprise Spain and emerge with a 2-1 victory in their World Cup qualifier on Thu(...)

England football fans gathered outside Wembley stadium before the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

In French workplaces, including rugby teams, at the beginning of each day co-workers greet each other with “une bise” – a kiss – on both cheeks. New n(...)

Italy players celebrate after winning Euro 2020. Photo: Frank Augstein/AFP via Getty Images

Brian Kerr – Former Republic of Ireland manager High point The re-emergence of Denmark. It came as a surprise to everyone else but not us, having pla(...)

Fans leave Wembley after England’s semi-final win over Denmark. Photograph:  Zac Goodwin/PA

Here it is: 30 days, 50 games and one long year on, Euro 2020 has its final. It is July 11th 2021, a bonfire of a night in some places. It is Italy ve(...)

Roberto Mancini celebrates with Gianluca Vialli after their side’s second goal during the match between Italy and Austria at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Getty

The year 1964 was a big one for football in Italy: Helenio Herrera’s Inter defeated Real Madrid in the European Cup final; Roma lifted the Coppa Itali(...)

 Roberto Mancini’s Italy team are into the final of Euro 2020. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Getty Images

That train just keeps on running. On a gripping night under the gloom of high-summer London skies it looked for a while as though Roberto Mancini’s It(...)

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