Italy coach Roberto Mancini lost ” a brother “ with death friday of his ex-teammate and friend Gianluca Vialli, who died at 58 after pancreatic cancer, according to remarks reported on Saturday by the Corriere dello Sport. ” A few days later Sinisa’s farewell (Mihajlovic, December 16), I lost another brother. And even a little brother, as I liked to call him, because we met at 16 and never left each other.comments Mancini.
“All this way together: the youth teams of Italy, the national team, Sampdoria, the joys, the sorrows, the victories and the defeats. And then the two nights at Wembley”, first the Champions League final lost with Samp in 1992 as players then the Euro final won in 2021 at the head of the Italian team, adds the Nazionale coach. Gianluca Vialli joined the Italian team as head of delegation in 2019, when he was already battling pancreatic cancer.
“He played a decisive role in the conquest of the European title. The players loved him. Gianluca brought us a courage that we did not know and that he used to fight the disease”adds Mancini, for whom “Gianluca was the best of us all, a complete centre-forward, a perfect and brave man. » A minute’s silence will be observed before all Serie A Matchday 17 matches this weekend. According to Italian media, the funeral will take place at the beginning of the week in London where Vialli lived since the end of his playing career.