Mancini matches Valcareggi and Trapattoni with seven successive victories as Azzurri CoachThis record for wins achieved in qualification extends the stretch of consecutive positive results. Immobile returns to the scoresheet for Italy after two years
Monday, September 9, 2019
With last night's victory against Finland in Tampere, Roberto Mancini reached seven consecutive wins as Azzurri Coach, a prestigious achievement shared with illustrious predecessors such as Valcareggi and Trapattoni. He is now “just" two victories away from the all-time record for consecutive National Team wins, which is currently held by Vittorio Pozzo from his spell at the end of the ‘30s. In an all-time ranking based on the results obtained after 15 matches as Coach, Mancini sits in fourth place with nine wins, four draws and two defeats, only behind Vicini, Trapattoni (both on 10-4-1) and Sacchi (9-5-1), and level with the records of both Conte and Prandelli.
For the first time in their history, Italy managed to achieve six wins in their first six matches in European qualifiers, beating the record held by both Conte and Vicini from the tournaments in 2016 and 1986 respectively. This latest result marks the tenth consecutive win for Italy in European qualifiers and increases their unbeaten streak in this category to 36, lasting all the way back to 2006. After more than two years (his last goal coming on 5 September 2017 in the 1-0 win against Israel), Ciro Immobile is back to goal-scoring ways in an Azzurri shirt, becoming the 17th player to score under Mancini and netting his eighth goal for Italy, this puts him level with Boniperti and Anastasi, just to name a few.