Tomorrow, Friday 6 December, in Florence, the award ceremony for the “Manlio Scopigno and Felice Pulici” Career Award will be given to Giancarlo Antognoni, the Florentine flag and world champion.
“The award is a recognition for Giancarlo Antognoni’s wonderful career as a footballer, world champion in 1982 and flag of the National and Fiorentina, a team to which he remained tied, as in the best marriages, in good times and in bad times, risking also the life for the purple jersey “: Fabrizio Formichetti, the patron of the Scopigno Cup, says it.
“In addition to the sporting abilities of the one who in Florence is called “unique 10” or “the Captain“, we must remember the moral ones such as loyalty, loyalty and courage. A praise deserves also the Antognoni’s managerial career with Fiorentina, with the national youth team and, again, for the gigliata company, “he adds.
“We like to report what was written on Antognoni’s account by Manlio Scopigno:” … in my very personal gallery of champions, a place of respect is occupied by Giancarlo Antognoni. The 10 of Fiorentina and the national team for elegance, running and touch of the ball is undoubtedly among the greatest ever. Those who criticize him, especially among the northern press, understand little about football or are in bad faith. Moreover, they also criticized many young people from my Cagliari, perhaps because we bored the northern squadrons. Don’t worry about Antognoni’s criticisms, those who understand football know that it is an indisputable champion “. And we also like to remember the long-distance duels between Antognoni and Felice Pulici in the Fiorentina-Lazio of the 70s, with the first rising star of Italian football and the second unforgettable goalkeeper of the Lazio league, ”concludes Formichetti.