(ANSA) – ROME, MARCH 25 – The boys born between 2006 and 2007 have no memories of a football Italy protagonist in the final phase of a World Cup. This is guaranteed by Giacomo, a first year student of the Acqua Acetosa sports high school in Rome, together with Federico and Massimo, who are attending the second year. “I don’t remember the 2014 World Cup in Brazil”, admits Giacomo, who was just seven at the time, and now hopefully I’ll have to wait another four to see the national team in the World Cup. Mental blank for Federico too, while for Massimo the first football flop of his young life is quite vivid. “First the defeat against Costa Rica, then the elimination from the group … That wasn’t a good experience either,” he says.
Teenagers who saw the Azzurri play a World Cup the first time they were children, and will see them again (at least they hope) twelve years later, after high school graduation. “It hurts not to see our National team qualify for so long in the most important tournament there is – complains Federico – I’m not saying you have to win it, but at least participate …”. Massimo adds to the dose: “Going to the World Cup for Italy is always a duty, even more so as European champions in office”. However, the three agree on one point without hesitation: “Football will never lose interest in Italy”. (HANDLE).