The third edition of the Italian Football Hall of Fame Award Celebration took place yesterday in Florence. The Italian Football Federation, FIGC, gave notorious individuals eight new spots in the six different categories of the Hall of Fame.
This initiative was created in 2011 with the intent of enhance the historic heritage of the glorious history of Italian football by prizing its most representative names.
So for this year, all the following individuals have entered the Hall of Fame:
– Franco Baresi in the “Italian Player” category, joining Roberto Baggio and Paolo Maldini.
– Gianni Rivera in the “Italian Veteran” category, joining Luigi Riva and Dino Zoff.
– Fabio Capello in the “Italian Manager” category, joining Marcello Lippi, Giovanni Trapattoni, and Arrigo Sacchi.
– Gabriel Omar Batistuta in the “Foreign Player” category, joining Marco Van Basten and Michel Platini.
– Massimo Moratti in the “Executive” category, joining Adriano Galliani and Giampiero Boniperti.
– Sergio Gonnella and Cesare Gussoni in the “Referee” category, joining Pierluigi Collina, Paolo Casarin, and Luigi Agnolin.
– Eraldo Monzeglio, back to back World Cup winner in 1934 and 1938, in the “Memory Award” category, joining Enzo Bearzot, Fulvio Bernardini, Giovanni Ferrari, Artemio Franchi, Concetto Lo Bello, Giovanni Mauro, Valentino Mazzola, Giuseppe Meazza, Silvio Piola, Vittorio Pozzo, Nereo Rocco, Angelo Schiavio, Gaetano Scirea, and Ferruccio Valcareggi.