Italy’s winning streak continues: the Italian national team claimed its first european gold since 1987, adding another success to a year already full of satisfactions thanks to an astounding victory against Sweden.

The so-called Blue Team, the Italian National American Football Team, won the European Championship on 31 October, defeating Sweden 41 to 14 in  a match it dominated from the very beginning.

Italy's Blue Team wins American Football Euro Championship 2021
Italy’s Blue Team wins American Football Euro Championship 2021

The victory is the latest European triumph for Italy, which in recent months has won the Euro football Championship, as well as the volleyball championships both in the men and women category. 

For the Italian American Football team, this is the third continental victory in its history, after those achieved in 1983 and 1987: another success in a 2021 full of extraordinary victories.

The gold, awaited for 34 years, was finally clinched at Malmö Stadion, in Sweden, where the “Azzurri” led by coach Davide Giuliano raised the trophy to the sky. With this victory, the Blue Team automatically qualifies for next year’s world championships.

The Italian team dominated the first half of the match, keeping the Swedes under pressure and entering the break up by an unprecedented score of 34-0.

During the last two quarters, the Swedes tried to react, but the Italian defense resisted, and the Blue Team managed to maintain its advantage, closing the game at 41-14.

It’s been a long journey to get to this. I think we all did an awesome job, not just today, but everyday since we committed to this program,” Italian head coach Davide Giuliano said after the game. “Seven years of hard work and dedication. Now it’s time to enjoy it.”