Italy lose four finals | Champions League, Europa League, Conference League and U-20 World Cup
The European nation reached the most important continental finals at club level plus the youth international showpiece, but failed to win anything.
Although Italian soccer reasserted its authority at the top table by securing a spot in the finals of the most prestigious club competitions in Europe (Champions League, Europa League, Conference League), the clubs suffered defeat in all of them. The nation then saw its young stars fail at the final hurdle of the Under-20 World Cup in Argentina.
There is no doubting that Italian football is currently experiencing a positive phase. As well as the finals reached, we also saw AC Milan make it to the semi-final of UEFA’s top competition, losing to their city rivals. Let’s reflect on those disappointments...
Europa League: Sevilla 1-1 Roma (Sevilla win on penalties)
In the Europa League final, Roma, led by Mourinho, fell short as they lost in a penalty shootout. Controversy surrounded the match as many believed that Roma should have been awarded a penalty for a defensive handball during extra time. Despite their efforts, Sevilla emerged victorious, adding a record seventh trophy to their collection.
Conference League: Fiorentina 1-2 West Ham
Next up was the Conference League final, as Fiorentina faced West Ham. Although Fiorentina initially fell behind, they managed to level almost immediately. However, with just seconds left on the clock, Jarrod Bowen secured the victory for West Ham, denying Fiorentina the title.
Champions League: Manchester City 1-0 Inter
The Champions League final proved to be the toughest challenge for Italian teams. Inter faced Manchester City, who had recently won the Premier League and the FA Cup. It was a daunting task to expect Inter to overcome such formidable opponents, but on the night in Istanbul there was little to choose between the two teams. Ultimately, Pep Guardiola’s men secured a narrow victory, dashing the hopes of Italian football to claim a European trophy this season. There were tears all round.
U-20 World Cup Final: Uruguay 1-0 Italy
In the U-20 World Cup final held in Argentina, Italian soccer had another chance for redemption. Despite the outstanding performances of Cesare Casadei, the tournament’s MVP and leading scorer, Italy could not clinch the victory. As the match neared its end, with the prospect of going into extra-time, a VAR review confirmed Luciano Rodríguez’s goal for Uruguay ending Italian dreams.