(ANSA) – PERUGIA, NOVEMBER 24 – “The World Cup without Italy? I watch it because the World Cup must always be seen, but I’m sorry, as I think everyone, that it doesn’t exist. A bad thing”.
He also dedicated a thought to the World Cup in Qatar and the national football team Giancarlo Antognoni, one of the protagonists of the Azzurri’s victory in Spain ’82, awarded in Perugia, at Palazzo dei Priori, by the mayor Andrea Romizi, with the Golden Baiocco. “It’s been 40 years, when you see teams like Brazil, Argentina and Germany, I think we played and beat them,” said Antognoni recalling the importance of that victory. “Italy was not sailing in gold, winning the World Cup was important for us and for the country”.
The ceremony was also an opportunity to remember Antognoni’s first steps in Perugia. Born between Marsciano and Deruta, places he visited just today, he arrived in the capital very young. The first kicks on the street, in via Birago and then at the Prepo field with Juventina. Then Asti and from 1972 the adventure in viola. “Going back to Perugia? Never say never”, he said, recalling his origins and the values taught to him by his parents. “I’ve always been attached to this city, today we go back in time and it’s beautiful”.
On football, a clear memory of a goal scored during a Perugia-Fiorentina match, and a thought on today’s Grifo.
“Let’s hope that Perugia, no, let’s not say anything…”, he said jokingly with the mayor Romizi after the delivery of the desired prize “due to a boost from the community”. (HANDLE).
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