Milan's icon Arrigo Sacchi to receive the UEFA President's Award
The award remarks the "outstanding achievements that transcend the sport" which was won by Milan defender Simon Kjaer and Denmark's medical team last year for their response to Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
Now, UEFA presidentAleksander Ceferin
this season's award will be handed to the Rossoneri and Italy's great,Arrigo Sacchi
for his "endless tactical innovations" that "reshaped" football. Sacchi developed a high-octane pressing style during his spell atMilan
between 1987 and 1991, winning one Serie A title before lifting back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990.
Ceferin said: "
This award recognises professional excellence and furthermore, it honours 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.”
, Gianni Rivera, andFrancesco Totti
also won the award previously, however, the UEFA president feels it will be different for
the Italian coach
"Sacchi reinvented the ethos of teamwork, which transcended to pure harmony on the pitch.
"Perfect synchronisation 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."
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