After a year-long postponement, 24 countries and 51 matches, the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship finally came to a conclusion on Sunday night. Italy and England, two behemoths of European football, faced off against each other in London’s Wembley Stadium. But only one team could lift the coveted trophy, and after a thrilling game which went to extra time and then penalties, Italy emerged victorious.
This marks Italy’s second victory at a major international event in just three months. Of course, they won Eurovision 2021 in May with Måneskin and “Zitti E Buoni” in May. Social media has been filled with memes drawing comparisons between the rockers and their soccer counterparts.
Italy on winning the #Euro2020Final in July after winning #Eurovision back in May. #ITA #ENG #EURO2020 #ItalyvsEngland #EnglandvsItaly
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) July 11, 2021
Eurovision stars react to Italy’s Euro 2020 victory
There’s also been plenty of reactions, including from past stars of the contest. Here are just a handful.
Jedward – Ireland 2011 and 2012
Italy are the champions of Eurovision and soccer! now that’s a twinning effect!
— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) July 11, 2021
Montaigne – Australia 2020 and 2021
well! nice one everyone, a fun match to watch
— Montaigne (@actualmontaigne) July 11, 2021
Mahmood – Italy 2019
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Gianluca Ginoble of Il Volo – Italy 2015
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Francesca Michielin – Italy 2016
It's coming Rome.??#ItaliaInghilterra
— Francesca Michielin (@francescacheeks) July 11, 2021
Diodato – Italy 2020
Ermal Meta – Italy 2018
#spinazzola in campo. Lacrime. #campioni #EURO2020 #ItaliaInghilterra Mancini ha fatto un miracolo con una squadra fortissima, ma soprattutto un gruppo meraviglioso.
— Ermal Meta (@MetaErmal) July 11, 2021
Pastora Soler – Spain 2012
Ya se acabaron los malos ratos de penaltis! Que fatiguita!!!!? Felicidades Italia ??!!!!!!!!!
— Pastora Soler (@PastoraSoler) July 11, 2021
Laura Tesoro – Belgium 2016
WAT EEN MATCH!
— Laura Tesoro (@reallauratesoro) July 11, 2021
Jay Aston and Cheryl Baker of Bucks Fizz – UK 1981
Amazing job #england ! So proud you got us to the final onward and upwards! #thanks @GarethSouthgate
— Jay Aston (@JayAstonC) July 12, 2021
Hold your heads high #england. Bring on the #worldcup next year.
— Cheryl Baker (@Cherylbaker) July 11, 2021
Richard Herrey – Sweden 1984
Euro Champions ? pic.twitter.com/4jLNjKm3hO
— Richard Herrey (@RichardHerrey) July 11, 2021
Andy Abraham – UK 2008
I’m so sorry people, I’m devastated ?, I believe this team will come again, I’m so proud of England ???????
— Andy AbrahamOfficial (@AndyAbraham) July 11, 2021
Duncan James – UK 2011
Well done Italy! U played a blinder. Totally gutted for our lads. England we must be so proud of our journey and our achievement. Roll on the world cup next year. ??
— Duncan james (@MrDuncanJames) July 11, 2021
So nice to see ESC outside ESC!
When it’s based on talent and skill.
2018 – 4th
2019 – 3rd
2021 – 2nd
When it’s based on friendship groups and popularity contests
2018 – 24th (3rd to last)
2019 – 26th (last)
2021 – 26th (last) & Nil poi
Football =/= Eurovision
storm, bigger than us, and embers are horrible songs. what place did u expect????
@Jedward The game is called football, not soccer! This was a european championship and you are not american, so there‘s no need to americanize it.
The word soccer originated in the UK, and only became out of fashion there when the US started using it. So hardly… ‘americanizing’
Its to differentiate it from GAA
Soccer stems from its full name “associate football”. The rest of the world preferred just using “football”.
Not a sports person but I must say Eurovision is the perfect gateway to Euro lol. Congrats Italy!
When its based on who’s friends with who, England & UK come last.
When it’s based on pure talent, with no hint of a televote in sight, England & UK come 2nd!!!
god shut up
Italia world domination
This Euro 2020 was full of drama!
– Finland and North Macedonia made their European Championship debuts
– Players such as Christiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba dissmissing the sponsors
– Germany lighting up Allianz Arena with the rainbow colours when they were playing against Hungary! Shade!
– Azerbaijan officials confiscating rainbow flags from fans, showing how homophobic country they are
– English football fans making fun of a German girl crying, pointing laser beams at the Danis goalkeeper and then even starting to show racist opinnions as their team didn’t win.
The lighting of the arena in Munich never happened – because UEFA are pathetic.
Thankfully in the end they did say that: “The rainbow is not a political symbol, but a sign of our firm commitment to a more diverse and inclusive society.” as they also changed their logo in social media to include a rainbow background so in the end although the arena in Munich didn’t get lit up other stadiums did, so did the Town Hall, Olympiaturm, and the wind turbine right next to the football arena.
The shade at the UK with it’s coming Rome lol! Jokes aside it was a very good match
Given what Greece and Portugal pulled off, maybe Italy will do an Ireland and win on home soil?
Also, having gotten England to the semis of the World Cup and the finals of the Euros, I’d say the HoD needs lessons on managing Eurovision from Gareth Southgate.
This was Euro 2020 , Italy would win eurovision 2021 which they did
I thought the same and was about to comment it lmao
Since 2000, only Southern European/Mediterranean countries have won the Euro: France 2000, Greece 2004, Spain 2008&2012, Portugal 2016 and now Italy 2020. It’s nice to see them also doing well in ESC with Portugal, Italy (and even Israel’s) recent wins..
Nice to read about football at this site 🙂 Italy really deserved their victory – just like in ESC
Glad for Italy. Deserved. They were good in all matches except against Spain maybe. Very consistent tho. A very Italian win was.
Sad for England and for their young generation but they have so much talent in that squad.
Denmark was also fantastic
Forza Italia ! <3
How come there is no mention of Portugal winning euro in 2016 n then Eurovision in 2017
Greece 2004/2005, and now Italy 2020/2021…
And Greece 2004!
I still have fond memories of Spain’s Eurovision victories in 2009 and 2013
In 2017 wiwibloggs had done on article mentioning how Greece’s 2004 win was a harbinger for their 2005 ESC win and whether Portugal’s win could do the same ?
And then it did
It only works for countries who have never won before, sorry.
GG to Italy, Forza Italia! As a Brit, yes I am disappointed that our immaculate squad lost to penalties , but oh well! One thing I’d like to point out is some of our low-life, disgusting fans are sending abuse to some of the black players (Rashford, Saka) for missing their penalties. Please don’t join in too! The artists have great reactions too! 🙂
Congratulations Italy !!!
Brava Italia, you were the better side and it was proven. However, I want to say as a British man that how our fans acted after the match with the racism and assaulting of Italian spectators and fans is proving the narrative that England are very sore and salty losers. Also how James Newman handled his nul point in Eurovision this year is how the Country should of handled defeat to Italy on Sunday, instead of disgusting racist abuse and indignant assaulting of Italians. FOOTBALL – ENGLAND & THE UK TAKE SERIOUSLY: 4TH PLACE AT LAST WORLD CUP & RUNNERS… Read more »
Booing the Italian national anthem was also a disgrace.
Booing the Italian players as they stepped up to take their penalties another disgrace.
Again totally agree with you Jonas.
I couldn’t agree more, that the thing with the English (even though I am one) there is this thing of ruining everything they compete in, by what ever means possible, booing of national anthems or assaulting fans and racially persecuting our POC players, without whom we would of not of made it as far.
The actual team I like very much, though. Hopefully their taking of the knee has made at least a few of these idiots think.
Nice that even WE agree sometimes 😉 It is so disrespectful. Totally agree
Oh so England is a “behemoth of European football” now? Let me just have a good laugh, hahaha… They were just lucky with the draw and played their whole tournament against weak teams (out of 7 games, they only faced 2 potentially serious opponents: Germany and Italy, which they lost against). Without that they would have been eliminated way before the final. It’s 2021 and we are post-Brexit, there’s nothing England is a behemoth of.
Awesome job Italy, so happy for you!!
Yes, England always seem to get lucky with the draw. And sadly how the tide turns. When Andy Murray loses he becomes “Scottish” and Jo Konta “Australian with Hungarian roots”. The Brexit referendum said it all. Pity those youngsters who were chosen to take penalties.
Wow some people are so petty… and why bring up Brexit? England was the runner-up because they played brilliantly and if you can’t see that, it says far more about you than it does about them.
Awesome job England, so happy for you!!
Do you even watch the sport?!?!? Germany is a REALLY bad team right now, they’ve never performed this poorly for so many decades. Denmark was a greater threat to England than Germany was, Ukraine had even suffered from multiple injuries after their match against Sweden.
Don’t worry, England, you might get the same chance next July in the same stadium.
I’m talking about when the other half of Europe’s footballers get their turn. Women. The whole thing will be in England.
Great year for Italy! Enjoy, you deserve it!
What a great year for Italy. Italians should be very proud of themselves.
Hopefully, my country, Turkey, can also return next year and showcase our beautiful music.
Yes, would be great to hear Turkey again in ESC soon. So many great entries. We are many who miss you