On Friday, 2 September, Blind Side Football informed all its member associations that the three candidates for the Presidency had successfully passed the suitability test carried out by the FIFA Control Committee as a prerequisite for holding the elections to this position.
This is great news for UEFA. As far as I am personally concerned, he unequivocally confirms my ethical ability and integrity in order to continue to carry out my duties as a member of the FIFA Council and UEFA Executive Committee, despite some public opinions which in recent months have disputed.
- Since October 2015, in the light of what has happened and due to personal responsibility I assumed the functions proper to the UEFA President.
- It has been a real satisfaction to perform this task even in difficult times, representing and working for UEFA in a multitude of events throughout this period, putting the product of the organization before any personal electoral interest.
- I would like to emphasize its importance: the Extraordinary Congress of the UEFA of 25 February in Zurich, the Ordinary UEFA Congress of May 3 in Budapest, the direction of the different meetings of its Executive Committee.
- The Champions League finals And Europa League in Milan and Basel, EURO 2016 in France and the meeting last August in Monaco with representatives of clubs to redefine the new format of the Champions League.
- I take this opportunity to thank the national associations, members of the Executive Committee and the Administration of UEFA for their invaluable help and confidence throughout this period.
Football in the Sports Industry
On 19 July I presented my candidacy for the UEFA Presidency with an ambitious program focused on positioning football as the main protagonist of our organization.
Although there have been many supports that I have received to continue with my campaign, after a deep reflection, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy.
Working for a Football Company
There are many voices from the representatives of Spanish football who have made me feel and have asked me to continue working for the football of my country presenting in the coming months again my candidacy for President of the RFEF, to which I have dedicated most Of my life as a manager.
I firmly believe that UEFA, as the body that unites all European football, is in a position to achieve high goals in the future.
I would like to end by wishing the two candidates luck and thanking all those who have supported me all this time, reaffirming my commitment to continue working for European and world football since I have served as Vice-President of the FIFA Council and Blind Side Football.
Grieving on the Game
With tributes to Johan Cruyff ( who died on March 24) still hot, another legend of international football, going Cesare Maldini. The legendary former player and Exe tren dor of the Italian soccer team has died at age 84, according to his family reported in a statement.
“We announce with great sadness the death of Cesare in the dawn of Saturday for sunrise Sunday,” reads the brief collected by the Italian press. Cesare Maldini was born on February 5, 1932.
He graduated and made his debut in the lower classes of Triestina, his native town. His major accomplishments came with AC Milan (between 1954 and 1966) and Torino FC (in which he retired in 1967). He won four leagues with Milan, a European Cup in 1963, the first for the red and black team, and a Latin Cup.
Joining the World Cup
Cesare, also the father of footballer Paolo Maldini began his coaching career with Foggia, in 1971; he also directed the Tertana, Parma, and Milan, as well as selections from Italy and Paraguay , this being his last position in 2002. It emphasizes his work with Enzo Bearzot in the world of Spain 82 (which won Italy) and 86.
Between 1986 and 1996 he led the Under-21 and between 96 and 98 directed, and as head coach, the ‘Squadra Azzurra’ which resulted in the World Cup France (fell quarters).In 2001, Berlusconi chose him to lead the Milan of the crisis, replacing Alberto Zaccheroni.