Great architect of the epic of Italy who will challenge England this Sunday evening (9 p.m.) in the final of Euro 2021 at Wembley, the midfielder of the Nazionale and Chelsea, Jorginho, could have defended the colors of his country of origin, Brazil. But the native of Imbituba finally opted for the Azzurri.
Tuesday night, the eyes of an entire country were on him. Last shooter in the penalty shootout of the semi-final of Euro 2021, Italy-Spain, Jorginho did not tremble. With a lot of composure, it was he who sent the Nazionale to the final of the European Championship this Sunday evening (9 p.m.) against England at Wembley.
After winning the Champions League with Chelsea, the 29-year-old shows during this competition that he is indeed among the best midfielders in the world. His name is even sometimes associated with the Ballon d’Or … This glory, Jorginho could have gone to seek it with the Seleçao, the prestigious selection of Brazil, his country. If he learned a lot of tactics in Italy, and in particular in Hellas Verona and Naples, his two main clubs before joining the Blues, his fine technique, his natural elegance and of course his name remind us that this player has indeed Grown up on the other side of the Atlantic.
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“He spoke with Brazil but …”
Born in Imbituba, in southern Brazil, he moved to Europe and Italy at the age of 15. Direction Hellas Verona. Thanks to a distant ancestor from the Vicenza region in the north, he obtained Italian nationality in 2012 at the age of 21. But then, why has he never played with the Auriverde selection?
“He spoke with Brazil, his mother, Maria Tereza, told Globo. But they asked him to be patient. But how long would he wait? A player’s career is short. Brazil asked him to be patient. to wait while Italy called him to play. ” And his mom to ensure that his son wanted to wear the jersey of the Seleçao. “It’s not his fault,” she says. Fate may have done it right. Because while Brazil fell on Saturday in the Copa America final against Argentina, Jorginho could associate his 35th selection with the Azzurri with a European championship title …