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Euro 2021: The explosion of Chiesa and a lineage heir to the Mazzola and the Maldini

Euro 2021: The explosion of Chiesa and a lineage heir to the Mazzola and the Maldini

The Juventus forward, who started the tournament as a substitute, is consolidated as Mancini’s great offensive threat.

Chiesa celebrates 1-0 against Spain at Wembley.AFP

When referring to the prodigious longevity of Gianluigi Buffon, an eloquent anecdote is usually used. Between 1996 and 1999, I shared a dressing room at Parma – a team to which the goalkeeper returns this season in Serie B, now aged 43 – with Enrico Chiesa and last year, more than two decades later, he played with Juventus with his son Frederick… who was born 23 years ago when his father and the goalkeeper played together for Ennio Tardini. Before the game, I said to Buffon: ‘Gigi, you have won trophies, I remind you that you did it with my father too, look tonight, you won it with me.’ We will miss him a lot, he is a legend, said the young Federico after winning the Italian Cup last May, a title that his father also won with the goalkeeper 22 years ago.

Buffon serves as the thread between the careers of the two Chiesas, who follow the father-son tradition of great successful Italian football families, such as the Mazzola (Valentino Y Sandro) and the Maldini (Cesare Y Paolo). However, football, always unfair and cold, tends to remember one of them over the other: Sandro and Paolo won the battle of memory from their parents. With the Chiesas, however, the battle is still open, although Federico has already begun to pave the way to stop being the son of … and to be his father who is known as the father of …

The final against England at Wembley will be a turning point in the family balance. Enrico, a prolific forward during the 1990s, was international 17 times – he faced Gareth southgate, now English coach – and played with Italy in the 1996 Eurocup and the 1998 World Cup, but on both occasions he was quite far from the final: he lost in the group stage against Germany and the Czech Republic in England and two years later was eliminated. on penalties in the quarterfinals against host France.

“A goal very similar to my father’s”

Federico, in his first major championship with the National It has already passed the records of its father, also playing a capital role. He started the tournament as a substitute for Domenico Berardi, but his goal in overtime against Austria – the first time a father and son have scored at the European Championship – in the round of 16 catapulted him to the start. And in the semifinals, of course, he scored against Spain. I am very proud to have scored a goal very similar to the ones my father used to score. It is the most beautiful night of my entire career, said the proud son after the penalties – which he already saw from the bench – tipped the balance in favor of the team. azzurro.

The victory at Wembley would be the finishing touch to a season in which he has exploded as a top winger, despite the disappointing collective level offered by Juventus, a club where he is on loan from Fiorentina with a mandatory purchase option. He has added nine goals in Serie A and in the Champions League, he scored three of the four for the Piedmont team in the round of 16 against Porto, where Juventus was eliminated against the forecast. Nothing compared to what he could achieve tomorrow, when perhaps Enrico stops being Chiesa to become Federico’s father. Sure you sign it.