Tue 23 August 2022 | 13:40

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 president

Aleksander 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 at


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.”


Paolo Maldini

, Gianni Rivera, and

Francesco 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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source: UEFA.com

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