Florence, the celebration for the 100th anniversary and the “Giacinto Zoli” Award assigned to the Vice President of the AIA Duccio Baglioni – Italian Referees Association
Section of Florence
One hundred years. A century of history that has characterized the world of refereeing and Italian football. The Florence Section, on a hot day in early July, finally blew out its first 100 candles after a one-year wait due to the Covid emergency.
Many guests attended the celebrations, from those belonging to the world of football and refereeing, such as the President of the AIA Alfredo Trentalange, the Vice President Duccio Baglioni and the whole National Committee, to those belonging to the world of institutions such as the parliamentarian Luca Lotti and the Carabinieri General Riccardo Galletta.
The emotion of the whole section of Florence in celebrating such an important milestone was embodied entirely in the words and excited eyes of President Matteini during his speech.
It was a wonderful afternoon and evening, none of the organizers could have expected such a result. First, in front of a large audience, the presentation of the publication that recounts these first glorious hundred years of the Florence Section. Many were present, many were the facts narrated and left to memory. Many managers, referees and assistants told or touched on their experiences firsthand.
Afterwards, an aperitif and dinner on the ramparts of Forte di Belvedere, a unique terrace with a breathtaking view, from which to enjoy all the beauty of Florence.
During the Gala, the sectional prizes were awarded, including the “Giacinto Zoli” prize, assigned to the AIA National Manager who mainly distinguished himself. On this occasion, Duccio Baglioni was assigned to the Vice President of the AIA and associate of the Florence Section.
This birthday, however, must not be a point of arrival but of departure. From these celebrations, the Section wants to start again with new and more vigorous momentum and demonstrates once again what precious contribution it can make to the world of Italian refereeing and football.
Who knows what the Florence Section will be able to tell about itself at the next birthday for its 150th anniversary.