ROME 

Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Friday conferred Order of Merit honors to the Italian National Football Team players and staff for their victory in this year’s UEFA EURO title.

In a statement, the president’s office said that Mattarella gave the honors to the entire team, including team captain Giorgio Chiellini, manager Roberto Mancini, and Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Gabriele Gravina.

Mancini and Gravina were both conferred Grand Officer honors, while Chiellini received Officer honors.

The rest of the players were bestowed Knight honors, the lowest grade of Italy’s order of merit.

Italy were crowned the winners of the EURO 2020 on July 11, beating England on penalties at Wembley Stadium, London.

It was Italy’s first European Championship trophy since 1968.

*Writing by Can Erozden​​​​​​​

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