Roberto Mancini, Gianluca Vialli and the Italy squad have received the Italian version of Honours after their UEFA EURO 2020 triumph.
The Head of State in Italy is President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, who was in the stands at Wembley when the Azzurri beat England on penalties in the Final.
The squad flew back to Rome the day after and met with Mattarella at the Quirinale palace.
It was today announced that Mattarella has also presented the Azzurri with honours, the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.
FIGC President Gabriele Gravina, coach Mancini, team manager Gabriele Oriali and delegation head Vialli are all named Grande Ufficiale (Grand Officer).
Captain Giorgio Chiellini and every member of the squad are named Cavaliere (knight).
There are five degrees of knighthood in the Italian honours system: Cavaliere, Ufficiale, Commendatore, Grande Ufficiale, Cavaliere di Gran Croce and Cavaliere di Gran Croce con Cordone.
This was the second time Italy have won the European Championship, after 1968, and is added to their tally of four World Cup trophies.
Il Presidente #Mattarella ha conferito onorificenze motu proprio ai giocatori e allo staff della #Nazionale italiana di calcio vincitrice del campionato europeo UEFA 2020 #EURO2020: https://t.co/fVu8tIQm6r
— Quirinale (@Quirinale) July 16, 2021