Earlier this week, Gabriele Gravina has been re-elected as president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) ahead of Euro 2020 hosting, having amassed 73.45% of the votes. Elected for the first time on 22 October 2018, the 67-year-old will now lead the federation until 2024 after beating his only rival in the position the current president of the amateur leagues, Cosimo Sibilia.
“Thank you for your dedication, patience and willingness to join me on this important path,” Gravina said. “I have proposed a strategy that will be difficult and not without tension. We bring out the best in hard times. We feel the responsibility of thousands of young people to whom we must give a more beautiful, solid and sustainable football.” Italy is set to host matches in the virus-hit Euro 2020.
Speaking about the Euro, Gravina said: “I have always maintained that it can be done, I am happy that today the UEFADeputy Secretary General Giorgio Marchetti also wanted to reaffirm our desire and our determination to defend the European Championship and its format with which he presented himself to all the European federations.
The voting, held in Rome, was attended by representatives of Serie A, Serie B, Lega Pro, the Italian Association of Footballers (AIC) and the Italian Referees Association (AIA). “Football can give hope for the future. Italy has played a role important and I want to congratulate the whole FIGC,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a video greetings following Gravina’s re-election.
Bringing the greetings of UEFA President Aleksander CeferinUEFA Deputy Secretary General Giorgio Marchetti underlinedthat Italy is a pivotal movement in international football. “We are working very well with the FIGC and the city of Rome for Euro 2020, hoping that this tournament can close such a complicated year,” Marchetti said.
Italy is scheduled to kick off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome when Italy face Turkey on June 11. Shared by Roma and Lazio, the Stadio Olimpico is currently the main and largest sports facility of Rome, this stadium previously hosted the 1980 final of the European Championship. It has staged four European Cup finals, the 1960 Olympics and the finals of EURO 1968 and the 1990 World Cup.
“The discussion we had recently was very positive. We’re working on the hypothesis of having a good percentage of spectators at the Olimpico for the Euros,” Gravina said in an interview. Last year, wearing the “Renaissance Kit”, a nod to the number of young players now in the rejuvenated national side, Roberto Mancini’s Italy have qualified for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Greece.
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