Finalissima 2022, Italy – Argentina: meet the teams | Finalissime

UEFA EURO 2020 winners Italy will take on 2021 Copa América champions Argentina at Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

UEFA.com takes a look at the history of the two teams, how they secured their place in the Finalissima, the best players of both teams and key stats before the clash.

What is Finalissima?

The game pits the European champions against their South American counterparts in an agreed game after UEFA and CONMEBOL signed a renewed and expanded memorandum of understanding on December 15, 2021.

ITALY

FIFA Ranking: 6th
Best World Cup performance: champions (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
Best performance at UEFA EURO: champion (1968, 2020)

How she became European champion


Italy’s path to glory at EURO 2020

Group A: first place
06/11: Turkey 0-3 Italy (Demiral 53′ pp, Immobile 66′, Insigne 79′)
06/16: Italy 3-0 Switzerland (Locatelli 26′, 52′, Immobile 89′)
06/20: Italy 1-0 Wales (Pessina 39′)

knock out
26/06: Italy 2-1 Austria (tp) (Chiesa 95′, Pessina 105′, Kalajdzic 114′)

Quarter-finals
07/02: Belgium 1-2 Italy (Lukaku 45+2′ pen; Barella 31′, Insigne 44′)

semi finals
07/06: Italy 1-1 Spain (tp, Italy wins 4-2 on penalties) (Chiesa 60′; Morata 80′)

Final
07/11: Italy 1-1 England (tp, Italy won 3-2 in the enclosure) (Bonucci 67′; Shaw 2′)

Coach: Roberto Mancini

One of the finest strikers of his generation, despite never being an international champion, Mancini established himself as a national coach after winning trophies at club level in Italy, England and Turkey. He took over the reins after the ‘azzurra’s surprising failure in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and three years later they were proclaimed European champions.

UEFA Player of the Year 2020/21: Jorginho

UEFA Player of the Year 2020/21: Jorginho

Key player: Jorginho

In the Italian camp, the Chelsea pivot is nicknamed ‘Radio Jorginho’ because he constantly talks during games to direct his teammates. Others can do spectacular dribbling or score incredible goals, but Jorginho is the brains of this Azzurra team. An indispensable conductor who won the 2020/21 UEFA Player of the Year award.

Young talent: Nicolò Zaniolo

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder looked destined for greatness after breaking into the Azzurra aged 19 and scoring his first international goals in the last EURO 2020 qualifier, a 9-1 win against Spain. Armenia, but two cruciate ligament injuries in his knee have hampered his progress. It seems that this season he has found the rhythm in Roma.

key data

  • At UEFA EURO 2020, Italy broke their record for longest winning streak (13) and most games unbeaten (34).
  • Italy became the fourth team to win multiple EUROs after Germany (three), Spain (three) and France (two). The 53-year wait between their titles is a record in EURO history.
  • Italy became the first team to win two penalty shootouts in a single EURO final last summer.
  • Leonardo Bonucci (34 years and 71 days) set an Italian record by playing his 18th game in a EURO knockout stage in the UEFA EURO 2020 final and becoming the oldest player to score in the grand finale.
  • Chelsea player Jorginho has become the tenth player to win both the European Cup and the EURO in the same year.
  • The loss to Spain in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals ended Italy’s world record of 37 games unbeaten, a streak that began in 2018.

ARGENTINA

FIFA Ranking: 4th
Best World Cup performance: champion (1978, 1986)
Best performance in Copa America: champion (15 titles)

How She Became South American Champion

Argentina celebrate Copa America 2021

Argentina celebrate Copa America 2021

Group A: first place
06/14: Argentina 1-1 Chile (Messi 33′; Vargas 57′)
18/06: Argentina 1-0 Uruguay (Guido Rodríguez 13′)
21/06: Argentina 1-0 Paraguay (Papu Gómez 10′)
28/06: Bolivia 1-4 Argentina (Saavedra 60′; Papu Gómez 6′, Messi 33′ and 42′, Lautaro Martínez 65′)

Quarter-finals
07/03: Argentina – Ecuador 3-0 (De Paul 40′, Lautaro Martínez 84′, Messi 90’+3)

semi finals
07/06: Argentina 1-1 Colombia (tp, Argentina won 3-2 on penalties) (Lautaro Martínez 7′; Luis Díaz 61′)

Final
07/10: Argentina 1-0 Brazil (Di Maria 22′)

Coach: Lionel Scaloni

Scaloni, who was capped just seven times but featured at the 2006 World Cup, played at Deportivo de La Coruña before spending several years in Italy with Lazio and Atalanta. Appointed as assistant coach to Jorge Sampaoli at Sevilla in 2016, he took on the same role under him with the national team a year later. Scaloni took sole command in 2018 and ended Argentina’s 28-year trophy drought at the 2021 Copa América.

Lionel Messi won his first major title with his national team

Lionel Messi won his first major title with his national teamAFP via Getty Images

Key player: Lionel Messi

The current Paris striker and former Barcelona star hardly needs an introduction. Messi holds the caps and goals records for Argentina, and finally won his first international trophy last summer. The 34-year-old has won four UEFA Champions League titles and was the competition’s top scorer in six seasons.

Young talent: Julian Alvarez

Julián Álvarez, Argentina’s next great goalscoring prospect, made his international debut in June 2021. The 22-year-old was the top scorer in the Argentine First Division with River Plate in 2021, the year he was also voted South American Footballer of the Year. . In January, he signed for Manchester City, but remained on loan at River Plate.

key data

  • Argentina’s triumph at the 2021 Copa América was their 15th title in the competition, equaling Uruguay’s record. They won more games (127) and scored more goals (474) in the final tournament than any other team.
  • Messi’s appearance in the Copa America final last summer was his 34th final appearance, equaling Chilean Sergio Livingstone’s record.
  • Messi was the 2021 Copa América top scorer, the first Argentine player to do so since Gabriel Batistuta in 1995.
  • Messi was voted Copa América player for the second time last summer, having won the award in 2015. You have to go back to 1993 to see the last time another Argentine player was voted the best footballer of the phase final (Sergio Goycochea) . .
  • Emiliano Martínez won the 2021 Copa América Best Goalkeeper award after keeping a clean sheet four times and saving three penalties in the decisive shootout against Colombia in the semi-finals. He is the only Argentine goalkeeper to win the award.
  • Argentina have won their last four matches against Italy. The last three were friendlies, and in the first of them they won 4-3 in the penalty shootout of the 1990 World Cup semi-finals. Azzurra since 1987.

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