“Call Mom“: On the Wembley field that he trod on three times during the European championship scoring two goals – the one against Austria in the round of 16 and the one against Spain in the semifinal – trying many more times and contributing decisively to the victory of the national team, Federico Chiesa He brings the phone to his mouth and activates the voice command to talk to his mother.
An intimate and different image from the one given a few minutes earlier by the young man on the pitch, where he dribbled his opponents showing character and determination; a simple gesture that each of us has made at least once in our life after an important news or result: call mom. With the difference that hardly that result consists in the victory of an international sports championship or is broadcast live on television.
Church also does it, 23 years old and already at one crucial point of his career, started at a very young age thanks also to the atmosphere in the family with his father Enrico. The companions rejoice, the noises of the celebrations overwhelm the field of Wembley, the confetti invade the sky of London, but the center forward of the blue ride tries to talk to Francesca Chiesa, and for a moment the champion seems to us “only” a young boy who at an important moment he wants to talk to his mother. And the company just realized something you can relate to.
Shortly before the teammate, Alessandro Florenzi, born in 1991, grabbing the first place medal he has just received from the Uefa executives, he turns to his mother in favor of the room and says: “Look mom”. Then on Instagram he shares a photo in which he kisses the cup with the same comment. It seems that his thoughts are all turned to her, like when in 2014 after the Roma match against Cagliari she went up to the stands to greet her grandmother.
It is a feeling that winds through all the components of the national team: boys born in the 90s to their first and most important professional experience, serious and combative on the field, light and smiling in the changing rooms, simple and with a strong attachment to the family of origin and to the one they built despite their young age. Dedicate their goals and goals to them: how Lorenzo Insigne, born in 1991 in Frottamaggiore, in the province of Naples, who symbolically addresses the European cup to his wife, children and that family that “has never left him alone”.
OR Leonardo Bonucci, who is one of the most adult of the team and after the goal that unlocked the game against England in the 67th of the second half he mimicked the letter L and M, dedicated to his sons Leonardo and Matteo. Sure, too Francesco Totti during the 2006 World Cup – after having accustomed the fans to the messages addressed to his almost girlfriend Ilary Blasi since 2002 with the “6 unique” jersey – he mimicked the gesture of the “thumb” dedicated to the one who in the meantime had become his wife after the penalty scored against Australia, but the families behind those footballers, from Luigi Buffon to Fabio Cannavaro, they were better known and glossy, the companions were soubrette and champions at a more advanced stage of their careers.
The attachment of the young people of the 2021 national team to their loved ones conveys a feeling that more or less everyone feels for their family, an affection that has little to do with gossip and glamor: an all-Italian story of children who love their mothers and parents who think about their children. In line with the image of a group in which no individualities emerged that dominated the others, but in which it was precisely team play, the spirit of solidarity between comrades and unity. The most authentic values that a family, of any composition, teaches or should teach, and which make Italy strong.