The Italian football team’s tailored Armani suits were jetted from stadium to stadium in a special plane just for clothes, the Mirror can reveal.
While it took 120 minutes and an agonising penalty shootout for the Azzuri to claim footballing dominance over England on Sunday, the team’s sartorial superiority was never in doubt.
The European champions turned heads ahead of each game when they arrived in light blue-grey suits designed by none-other than fashion behemoth Georgia Armani, who aimed to capture a “spontaneous, athletic elegance with an authentic spirit.”
Manager Roberto Mancini appeared to channel exactly that when he carried out post-match interviews with the suit jacket hanging elegantly from one shoulder.
Looking so good isn’t easy however.
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A transport source has revealed that three planes were put on for the Italian team, rather than just the one paid for by the Greater London Authority as part of its hosting agreement with UEFA.
While most teams stuck with the one private jet, the four time world champions spread players and staff across two, and then chartered a third for their clothes.
They jetted into London Luton for the final, but made their way out through the secretive VIP terminal.
“They’re so stylish they have a whole plane for their suits,” the source told The Mirror.
“They’re done by Armani. The suits are incredibly stylish.”
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Although it didn’t end up costing the team on the pitch, the clothes plane did slow down proceedings following their 2-1 defeat of Austria on June 23.
“The team was massively delayed leaving after because they had too much baggage,” the source explained.
“Their third flight is just clothes and has a very specific system in the hold. It’s not just chucked in.
“The kitman didn’t turn up after the game, so they couldn’t fit it in.”
It has also come to light that only a third of the fans due to be flown into the UK to watch the final actually made it.
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The Italian football federation had been given permission to sell 1,000 tickets at £525 a head to people in the country, who would be flown in and out within a day while keeping in a Covid bubble.
In the end only 385 made the journey due to the tight turnaround, with not everyone on the list stumping up the cash or providing the right documents.
The Italian FA has been contacted for comment.