At the splendid setting of the Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, the ceremony was held for the Italian Football Hall of Fame. The prize was established in 2011 by the FIGC and Fondazione Museo del Calcio to pay tribute to the players, coaches, referees and directors who left an indelible mark on the history of Italian football. Another eleven legendary figures have joined the Hall of Fame, joining the 77 other greats already there. The new entrants are Alessandro Del Piero (Italian player), Ruud Gullit (Foreign player), Osvaldo Bagnoli (Italian coach), Sergio Campana (Italian director), Bruno Conti (Italian veteran), Elisabetta Vignotto (Female Italian player), Stefano Farina, Italo Allodi, Renato Dall’Ara, Arpad Weisz and Azeglio Vicini (posthumous awards).
At the ceremony, the Extraordinary Commissioner of the FIGC Roberto Fabbricini, Sub-Commisioner Alessandro Costacurta, CEO and UEFA Vice President Michele Uva, current Italy Coach Luigi Di Biagio, the Azzurri’s Team Manager Gabriele Oriali, UEFA Vice-Secretary Giorio Marchetti, World Referee Director Pierluigi Collina, FIFA Executive Member Evelina Christillin, Honorary FIGC Member Antonio Matarrese and former FIGC President Giancarlo Abete were all in attendance. The Lega B Mauro Balata, Lega Pro President Gabriele Gravina, Associazione italiana allenatori(AIAC) Renzo Ulivieri, Associazione italiana calciatori (AIC) Damiano Tommasi and Associazione italiana arbitri (AIA) Marcello Nicchi presidents were all also there. The Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella performed the honours with Ilaria d’Amico presenting during a ceremony full of surprises, including the announcement of a prize in memory of Davide Astori.