(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 23 – Arrigo Sacchi is awarded the ‘UEFA President’ award for 2022. The number 1 of the continental federation, Aleksander Čeferin, has chosen the former Mila coach to pay “homage to one of the greatest football coaches of all time “. “This award recognizes professional excellence and honors the legacy left to the game of football by exceptional individuals – explains Ceferin in a note released by UEFA -. Very few have reshaped the philosophy of the game in the way that Arrigo Sacchi did. . Football can be divided into two different eras: pre and post Sacchi. The infinite tactical innovations he introduced are today the basis of any football manual, taken up by generations of coaches who have followed him “.
Then Ceferin remakes the history of the coach from Fusignano. “Sacchi has never played at high levels, but he has always been an exemplary scholar of football – he recalls -. Having started his career as a Serie C coach, he believed that a team should dominate the game thanks to high pressure and direct football. with singles moving in unison, all offering more than their respective roles required. This vision became a reality at AC Milan in 1987-88, when the AC Milan club won its first title in nine years. Then came two consecutive Cup triumphs. Champions in 1989 and 1990, and the Rossoneri became one of the greatest teams in the history of football. ” (HANDLE).
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