A team that wants to win must have a great defense and Bonucci and his history of the 2020 European Championship show that even at a certain age, good solidity can be guaranteed. The Juventus defender, although at times he is not very effective in one-on-one, remains a great interpreter of the central defensive role; with Chiellini , moreover, he played for many years and the two form a very solid and by now historic couple.
Having these two mastiffs behind is certainly an added value and allowed Mancini to win the 2020 European Championships . Bonucci,especially in the final, it gives the best if; cancels all the strong opponent attackers, scores the equalizer and transforms the third penalty. The prize for the best player of the final is, therefore, a natural consequence of his sumptuous performance in the match that gives Mancini the cup to Italy.

Bonucci History of the 2020 European Championship – Mancini’s journey with Italy

Leonardo Bonucci receives his first call-up to the national team at the time of the Lippi bis, on February 28, 2010 ; the coach from Viareggio makes him debut on 3 March, in a friendly match against Cameroon, starting him in the 11th starting line. Until today, his appearances with the blue shirt are111, with 8 goals.
He is part of the ramshackle blue expedition in the South African world but never takes the field. After leaving the Cannavaro national team , he becomes a permanent starter in the center of defense and almost always plays alongside his partner Giorgio Chiellini, with all the coaches taking turns on the Italian bench. The experience in blue, however, is not full of victories and satisfactions but is also characterized by disappointments; in order, in fact, there is the 4-0 defeat in the final against Spain at the 2012 European Championships , the elimination in the first round at the World Cup in Brazil 2014 , the defeat in the quarter-finals against Germany in France 2016and the failure to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup . Fortunately, however, there is Euro2020 , which has given him a chance to redeem himself, which he exploits to perfection.

Euro 2020
qualifiers In the Euro 2020 qualifiers , Bonucci takes the field in 10 matches, which end with as many victories for the Italian national team, and scores a goal in the 3-0 win against Greece . On 6 occasions, he also wears the captain’s armband.

Nations League 2020-2021
As regards the Nations League 2020-2021 , Leo takes the field on 4 occasions, against Bosnia and Poland and in the two matches againstHolland. Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers are very important, because Mancini and his players do not want to repeat the fool of the 2018 elimination. To avoid the play-offs, Bonucci plays 4 games and, in the last two, collects two draws that complicate a bit ‘the path of the blues but Italy still has good hopes of arriving first in the group. Bonucci History of the 2020 European Championship – Euro 2020
The triumphal path of the Azzurri sees Bonucci on the pitch in all 7 matches that lead Italy to the conquest of the Cup.
In the Italy-Turkey match

, the Juventus player only gets enough, not because he plays badly but because his opponents never see the ball and almost never show up near the goal defended by Donnarumma . He limits himself, therefore, to a few long throws and to the setting of the maneuver.
Against Switzerland , his partner of 1000 adventures Giorgio Chiellini gets hurt and has to leave the field before the half hour. However, even in this case, Italy dominates the race and Bonucci remains almost inactive, limiting himself only to carrying out ordinary administration.
The third of the group, Italy-Wales, and a game in which Mancini resorts to a massive turnover but Leo remains on the pitch for the entire first half. After an error that opens the door to Ramsey but leads to nothing, he regains control of the defense and plays a good match. Austria puts
the blues in difficulty, especially in the second half and Bonucci is one of those who suffer the most, also because on a couple of occasions he loses the mark on Arnautovic and, in one of these, the VAR saves the blues. He definitely doesn’t play one of the best games of his career.
In the quarter finals Italy sees it with Belgium and Bonucciturns out to be one of the best in the field. Together with Chiellini , who returns to keep him company in defense, dominates the blue penalty area and the defensive pair of Juve manages to stem Lukaku and all the attacks by the Belgians well.
In the semifinal, Spain ‘s dribble and the lack of a central striker put him and Giorgione in great difficulty, who somehow managed to defend their own goal; until minute 80, when both are cut off by a triangulation between Olmo and Morata, which settles the bill. The transformed penalty earns him the pass in a very painful match. The funniest scene is the one in which a Steward mistakes him for a field invader at the end of the penalties; as reported in the following video.

In the Wembley final, Italy plays better than England and Bonucci, together with Donnarumma, is the best among the Azzurri. After the cold goal after 3 minutes, in fact, the opponents hardly worry the Azzurri and the defense is doing great. As if that were not enough, Bonucci achieves the equalizer and transforms his penalty, contributing substantially to the blue success.

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