A two-time European Cup winner, Arrigo Sacchi is the fourth Italian recipient of the UEFA President’s Award.
Among the great managers of all time, he stands as one of the greatest managers of all time, and his Milan side (1987–1991) stands as one of the greatest teams in football history and is regarded by some as the golden era in football history.
Italian legend Arrigo Sacchi will receive the UEFA president’s Award at Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw.
In the first match of each season, the award goes to mark “outstanding achievements that transcend sport” by AC Milan defender.
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin praised Sacchi, the latest in a long line of Italian players to have won this award, including Paolo Maldini, Gianni Rivera, and Francesco Totti, for his “endless tactical innovations” that “reshaped” football.
During four years as Milan coach between 1987 and 1991, Sacchi implemented a high-speed style of pressing during his period as a coach, taking home back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990.
The tactician later came dangerously close to winning the World Cup as Italy’s boss but lost the 1994 World Cup final to Brazil by a penalty shootout.
As Ceferin stated: “This award recognizes professional excellence, and it honors the legacy left by exceptional individuals in the game of football.”
“Very few people have reshaped the philosophy of the game in the way that Arrigo Sacchi has managed so that the sport itself can be observed in two eras – pre- and post-Sacchi.”
“The endless tactical innovations he introduced are today the foundations of any footballing playbook, mirrored by generations of coaches who have followed.”
“Sacchi reinvented the ethos of teamwork, which transcended to pure harmony on the pitch.”
“Perfect synchronization and a winning mindset, irrespective of whether they were playing at home or away, felt almost supernatural back in the 1980s. That is precisely what divides excellence from greatness.”
UEFA Award goes to Arrigo sacchi.