REVEALED: How shouting ‘For f***’s sake!’ is the bizarre comedy catchphrase helping Italy’s players and Roberto Mancini build tight team-spirit… and Ciro Immobile even screamed it into the TV camera after scoring against Turkey!
Italy’s Euro 2020 journey is being inspired by a comedy hero from their home nation and is the reason why Ciro Immobile screamed a bizarre catchphrase into the TV camera after netting against Turkey.
Roberto Mancini’s side are making their first tournament appearance in five years, having missed out on the 2018 World Cup, and got off to a great start with a 3-0 win in the curtain-raiser in Rome on Friday night.
Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne added to an own goal from Merih Demiral to get up and running with the Azzurri dark horses to go all the way in the competition.
Italy’s Euro 2020 journey is being inspired by an unlikely source, it has been revealed
Ciro Immobile scored as the Italians defeated Turkey 3-0 in the curtain-raiser on Friday
It has emerged that Mancini’s squad are in fact being pushed forward by the spirit of 84-year-old comedian Lino Banfi – widely regarded as the King of Italian comedy – who has become close with the squad in recent weeks.
Banfi has won various awards throughout his illustrious career in Italy, including the Vittorio De Sica award, and has become renowned for his famous catchphrase: ‘Porca puttena’, which roughly translates to ‘for f***’s sake’.
Immobile and Insigne were both seen reciting the phrase after bagging their goals at the Stadio Olimpico, and the Lazio striker explained that an unexpected conversation with the veteran has boosted the squad.
Immobile shouted ‘Porca Puttana’ meaning ‘for f***’s sake’ after scoring Italy’s second
The phrase is used by comedian Lino Banfi, who has provided a morale boost to the Italians
‘I shouted “Porca Puttana” because while we were preparing [for the Euros], Lorenzo Insigne and I received a phone call from our idol Lino Banfi who asked us to celebrate after having a goal in front of cameras with the phrase “Porca Puttana”.
‘I did it because it was a way to greet him and honour our promise. Banfi also called [Giorgio] Chiellini but Giorgio thought it was a joke, then he sent a video and Mancini showed it to everyone.’
Insigne also recalled a similar version of events. “Chiellini received a call from Banfi and thought it was a joke,’ he said. ‘Then at lunch Mancini decided to share the video with Lino who said: “Porca puttana”. I hope he was happy at home.’
Indeed, Banfi was delighted after seeing the Italian players repeat his phrase on the big stage.
Immobile revealed that Banfi spoke with Roberto Mancini and the team before the tournament
The comedy veteran, 84, believes Leonardo Spinazzola will say the phrase in the next game
‘I am very happy. It is as if they had given me a prize, a David di Donatello. I was there, with my family in front of the TV hoping they would say “Porca puttana” and it happened.
‘At lunchtime I gave them some advice, I did it to cheer them up. They are all good guys, is is It was nice to see them smile last night, never seen like this.
‘Now, however, I expect Leonardo Spinazzola to say it. I’m sure he will be the one to score in the next match and score’.
Now, across Naples, Rome and Bari, Italy supporters are saying Banfi’s catchphrase as this typically superstitious nation looks to help Mancini’s side towards European Championship triumph come July 11.