Q&A with Roberto Mancini, Manager of Italy national football team, at Expo 2020 Dubai

Q and A

DUBAI, 29 November 2021 – Roberto Mancini, manager of the Italy national football team – who led his team to victory at UEFA Euro 2020 this summer – visited Expo 2020 Dubai today (29 November) to tour the site.

Mancini, 57, took in a number of key sights, including the Italy Pavilion, the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, the Women’s Pavilion, Garden in the Sky and the UAE Pavilion.

Can you explain why you’re here today at Expo 2020 Dubai and what your highlights have been so far?

It’s the first time for me to be here in Expo [2020] and I can say it’s a fantastic Expo. I saw only two pavilions until now because it’s [so] big: Saudi’s fantastic pavilion and Italy is a very nice pavilion, both very good.

Did you attend Expo Milan 2015?

Yes, I visited Expo in Milan [six] years ago. It was totally different. Every Expo is a different experience.

You just visited the Women’s Pavilion – how was your experience and what can be done to help equality in sport and in football?

It’s a very nice pavilion – it’s an important pavilion for all of us and for the future. I saw many games [of women’s football] and I think that [it] improved a lot.

مقابلة صحفية في إكسبو 2020 دبي مع روبرتو مانشيني، المدير الفني للمنتخب الوطني الإيطالي لكرة القدم
DUBAI, 29 November 2021. Roberto Mancini, Italian Football Legend visits , Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Miaad Mahdi/Expo 2020 Dubai)

You have enjoyed a long relationship with the UAE during your career – are you enjoying being back here and looking forward to seeing the UAE Pavilion?

I came to the UAE many times and I love this country. Now I will go to visit the UAE Pavilion – I think that it will be good, because I saw something on [a] video and I’m very excited to go there.

How can football and, more widely, sport make the world a better place?

I think that it depends on all of us. Football can improve the world. I think sport is a fantastic moment for everyone.