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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Eleven for Health, Eleven for Borgonovo, Eleven for Football by Bernd Fisa

by Bernd Fisa for World Football Commentaries

Yesterday following a friendly between Germany and Italy (4:1), the Italian squad, led by its captain Gigi Buffon, presented their match shirts to the Stefano Borgonovo Foundation as a gesture of support for the charity.

Former Italian National Team striker Stefano Borgovano lost his battle
against ALS ( a fatal disease of the nervous system which gradually
paralyses the body whilst leaving the brain fully functional) three years
ago. His widow, Chantal was invited to Munich's Allianz Arena to watch the
friendly match by President of the Italian Football Association Carlo
Tavecchio and to allow the Italian squad to present her with their match jerseys.
The jerseys of Italy's starting eleven against Germany will be sold at
auction and the proceeds will be reinvested into research work against ALS
also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

FIGC, its president, as well as the Italian football community in general
have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Borgonovo Foundation in the battle
against 'the Monster' as Stefano Borgonovo often called it, ALS disease.

Speaking about receiving the jerseys Chantal Borgovano said: "I was
speechless when I got the jerseys. I had been in touch with the President
and Gigi Buffon and whilst chatting we came up with this idea. But to be
very honest I did not believe that this will work out. I am more than
grateful and extremely touched. Even if Italy did not win yesterday, it was
a very special evening for me. Their gesture of solidarity means so much to
me and to the Foundation. And I am sure it would also have meant a great
deal to my husband. I remember that Stefano was the proudest person on earth
when he wore the jersey of the Squadra Azzurra. That's the dream of every
Italian who plays football."

Charity Auction for the Shirts

Starting on 1 April 2016, the donated shirts will be auctioned to the public. Here is the link with an auction schedule:

  • 1 April to 7 April
Buffon, Acerbi, Thiago Motta 
  • 7 April to 14 April
Bonucci, Montolivo, Bernardeschi 
  • 14 April to 21 April
Giaccherini, Florenzi, Damian 
  • 21 April to 28 April
Insigne, Zaza

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Bernd Fisa is a public relations and communications consultant based in Vienna, Austria.

Steve Amoia is a freelance writer and translator based in Washington, D.C. He is the publisher of World Football Commentaries since 2006 and published The Soccer Translator from 2008 to 2015. 

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