The match that will take place tonight between Italy and Portugal at the San Siro stadium in Milan
will be a match with a breathtaking audience setting . Over 73,000 spectators cheered on for the Azzurri after the unfortunate last match in the Milanese stadium against Sweden in the World Cup play-off.
It will certainly be a very special match for captain Giorgio Chiellini . First of all because he returns to the Meazza after the tears against the Scandinavians but above all because he reaches 100 tokens with the national team shirt and permanently present in seventh place behind Dino Zoff with 112 .
Right now the blue number 3,with eight goals to his credit , and also the best scorer among the squads for the two scheduled matches, and this explains how difficult we are still in the realization phase. Goals are needed to try to keep dreaming of qualifying for the Final Four.
Special match not only for the finish line but also because like today, 1 4 years ago, Giorgio Chiellini made his debut with the senior national team in the 1-0 friendly win against Finland at the San Filippo stadium in Messina.
To call him the coach Marcello Lippi, he was 21 years old, he played for Fiorentina in the role of left back . That day he replaced Alessandro Parisi shortly after the start of the second half.
The first goal with the blue shirt came a few years later, precisely on November 21, 2007, against the Far Oer Islands in a qualifying match for Euro2008 at the Alberto Braglia stadium in Modena. Chiellini scores the goal of the momentary 3-0 in the 41st minute with a nice dry left from outside the box after a good acceleration . A goal not really to Chiellini.
He begins to play with more consistency and appears as one of the leaders of the group at the 2008 European Championships in Austria-Switzerland . Three out of four matches on the pitch for Chiellini. He skips the first by technical choice in the 3-0 loss to the Netherlands, but then remains nailed to the center of the defense in the other matches, also providing the assist to Panucci for the momentary advantage against Romania. The Azzurri are eliminated by Spain only in the penalty kicks in the quarter-finals.
Giorgio Chiellini in action against Romania at Euro2008
The two South African experiences with coach Lippi on the bench were wretched : the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup.
Surely the 2012 European Championship and the 2013 Confederations Cup with Cesare Prandelli at the helm of the national team were better . At the continental tournament, Chiellini leads a younger group who want to erase South African nightmares. A group that manages to reach the final , clearly lost to Spain 4-0 after a triumphant journey. Also doing well in the pre-world championship in Brazil, with Italy finishing in third place.
Another disappointment was the 2014 World Cup. Always the owner, during the negative experience, for Chiellini there was the historic episode of the bite suffered by Luis Suarez in the decisive match for qualification, lost against Uruguay .
Giorgio Chiellini shows the signs of the bite suffered by Luis Suarez at the 2014 World Cup
In the ride to Euro2016 with Antonio Conte. Giorgio Chiellini scores the 1-0 goal against defending champions Spain in the round of 16. In France, the number 3 plays four games out of five as a starter, with the blue team reaching the quarter-finals then lost on penalties against Germany.
After the failure to qualify for the Russian World Cup he had thought of leaving the blue jersey:
A year ago it was the lowest point of my career in the national team, a huge disappointment for all of us because until the end we were convinced that we would be able to snatch the qualification for the World Cup.
However, the desire to revive the national team is strong and that is why he now continues to lead the defense in view of the future.

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