Antonio Matarrese turns 80 tomorrow. The former president of the FIGC and the Football League said in an interview with Corriere della Sera: “The final won with Germany at the World Cup Spain ’82 is on top of my joys. Before the penalties with Argentina in the semifinals a Italy ’90 I didn’t think anything and I don’t even want to think about it today 30 years later, that is a wound that still hasn’t healed. Before those in the final with Brazil a USA ’94 I was dazed, but the worst was just about to come. After the penalty missed by Roberto Baggio the players, all, without distinction, were crying. Paolo Maldini came out of the locker room and invited me to console his companions, in reality we had to console each other “.
“Who taught me football? Three extraordinary presidents: Dino Viola, Paolo Mantovani and Silvio Berlusconi. The Knight, in addition to knowing the subject, has always stood out for his humanity. Arrigo Sacchi he is an exceptional man and technical commissioner, but also tiring, lucid and loyal. Sepp Blatter? The most cynical, skilled and enterprising football manager. He loved Fifa more than himself. ”