Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s contract has been extended until 2026, allowing him to stay in his position for the World Cup twice, and the Italian Football Association announced three weeks before Italy’s confrontation with Turkey in Rome to open the European Championship. Mancini led Italy to 10 perfect wins in the Euro qualifiers. He was appointed in 2018 after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup that year under Gian Piero Ventura. “It gives me a lot of satisfaction that people are like the team that we put together and I am optimistic about the future,” Mancini said, “Over the course of next year, we will have the European Nations Cup Finals, the Nations League Finals, and the World Cup. The goal is to win – knowing that it will not be. It’s easy and it’ll take some luck, too. ” Italy will also host the Nations League Final in October. The Azzurri will meet Spain in the semi-finals, while France will play Belgium in the other match. Mancini’s previous contract was due to expire after the 2022 World Cup.