Monday, 2 April 2007

Abete targets Euro 2012

Newly elected FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has confirmed that the Euro 2012 bid is one of his first objectives.

The former Vice-President replaced Commissioner Luca Pancalli at the helm of Italian football on Monday and is aware that the 2012 European Championships is important for Italy.

The decision on who will host the tournament is set to be made in Cardiff on April 17, with joint bids from Poland and Ukraine as well as Croatia and Hungary also in the running.

"Today I am very pleased, this election rewards my commitment to football, always respecting all the parties involved," Abete said immediately after the assembly in Rome.

"We will have many problems to solve, but we will work hard to face them. Cardiff is an important moment, the possibility to host the Euros would favour the entire country.

"We will do all we can to win the bid," explained Abete, who was also eager to thank his predecessor Pancalli for his work in the aftermath of the Calciopoli scandal.

"It wasn’t easy for him to guide the Federation in these past few months, but he managed to do very well. Football is a mirror of the complexity of the society we live in and we must all try to transmit positive values."

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani paid his compliments to Abete and stated that he was relieved to see that football was getting back to normal.

"This is an important day, we finally return to normality," announced the former Lega Calcio chief. "I don’t understand those who said that there have been no changes and that Abete is not a new face. We won the World Cup with these people, that must mean something," he insisted.

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