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Roma 04/07/2018

2019 Under-21 European Championship: Costacurta and Stefani visit Trieste and Udine

2019 Under-21 European Championship: Costacurta and Stefani visit Trieste and Udine

With just under a year to go before the start of the Under-21 European Championship the FIGC’s Extraordinary Vice-Commissioner and President of the Under-21 European Championship Organising Committee Alessandro Costacurta and Project Leader at the Organising Committee Andrea Edoardo Stefani travelled to Udine and Trieste which will be host cities along with Bologna, Cesena, Reggio Emilia and the Republic of San Marino. 

The visit saw Costacurta and Stefano meet the new President of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia Massimiliano Fedriga and the new Mayor of Udine Pietro Fontanini to continue with the collaboration that took place with previous administrations. Costacurta and Stefani also saw the Mayor of Trieste Roberto Dipiazza. 
 
During the meeting at the Palazzo della Regione, Fedriga reiterated the importance of Friuli Venezia Giulia in hosting the tournament with Udine (final venue) and Trieste both hosting fixtures. "It’s an opportunity that will provide great knowhow for the future and it must be made the most of with a view to the future."  

"This event cannot just be about football matches, it also has to attract tourism and make our region known on a European and international level from 2019." 
 
"The awarding of the final to Udine and the importance of the role that Trieste will play show how the FIGC intends to support this region in both a sporting and cultural sense because we would also want to change the sporting culture of the country." 

Fedriga promised the maximum effort from the region through all its tools and through PromoTurismoFVG to support the competition as an event which attracts thousands of tourists and generates high television viewing figures. 
 
In terms of involving young people, the FIGC is collaborating with schools for an ‘adoption’ programme for the national teams so that they can get to know the visiting teams and their respective cultures. 

In Trieste, Costacurta and Stefani were welcomed by the Mayor Roberto Dipiazza and Assessor for Sport Giorgio Rossi for the planning of promotional events. During the meeting, the Mayor highlighted the future prospects for Trieste with a relaunch revolving around the important area of the Porto Vecchio along with works at the Stadio Nereo Rocco which will host a group next year at the Under-21 European Championship. It will be capable of hosting international fixtures and will move down from a capacity of 26,000 to 21,000 in a more comfortable and functional facility. "We’ll be ready for the big event, with a stadium that is at the level of Italy and our city’s expectations." 

In the morning, a meeting was held with newly-elected Mayor of Udine Pietro Fontanini and Assessor for Sport and Free Time Paolo Pizzocaro to share marketing strategies. "Udine will have the honour of hosting the UEFA U-21 final in June next year," began Fontanini. "It will be an important opportunity to promote the city and all of its treasures and curiosities, it will make it appealing on an international level. In this sense, the support and effort from the administration will be at the very maximum." 

Having won the Under-21 European Championship on five occasions (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2004), it will be the first time it’s hosted by Italy. Four teams will be in Group B in Udine and Trieste between 18th and 24th June with matches at 18:00 CEST and 21:00 CEST. Udine will host the final on Sunday 30th June. The draw will be held of 11th November. 
         
Pictured: the Home page is Costacurta with Governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia Fedriga, above are Stefani and Costacurta during the meeting with the Mayor of Trieste Roberto Dipiazza and Council Assessor for Sport Giorgio Rossi.