In the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, the Saudi and Italian Football Associations today, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 AD, signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen sports relations between the two countries, through the development and manufacture of modern football.The signing ceremony of the bilateral agreement between the two parties took place today, at the headquarters of the Italian Football Federation in the capital, Rome, between Mr. Yasser bin Hassan Al-Mishal, President of the Saudi Football Association, and Mr. Gabriel Gravina, President of the Italian Federation, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Italian Federation, Marco Brunelli The head of the women’s football department in Italy is Mrs. Ludovica Mantovani.
The MoU is based on the principle of strengthening cooperation between the two friendly countries, by developing football as an engine for growth within and outside the sports sector, and this includes technical support to qualify coaches, referees and sport managers, and organize major tournaments.
On this occasion, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said in a press statement after the signing of this agreement between the two federations: “In light of the unlimited support the sports sector in the Kingdom finds from our wise leadership, we are happy today to witness this fruitful cooperation, God willing, between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And the friendly Republic of Italy, for the sake of joint sports programs to develop football and contribute to its transformation into a promising industry that serves the two countries, now and more than ever, countries with common aspirations need to join their efforts, and this agreement is only a nucleus for the future, which will deepen our relationship further. , And the development of a partnership based on trust, respect and hope for a bright future.
For his part, President of the Saudi Football Association Yasser bin Hassan Al-Mashal said: “In recent years, we have established a very successful working relationship with the Italian Football Federation, thanks to close cooperation and positive experience in organizing the Italian Super Cup in the Kingdom during the years 2018 and 2019, and the signing of The Memorandum of Understanding today accelerates this cooperation, in order to generate a set of new opportunities to develop football to the highest possible level for all players, of all ages and groups.
The President of the Italian Football Federation, Gabriel Gravina, said in a press statement: “Football is an ideal means for development and innovation, and this effective partnership touches every field of growth in the development process, including women’s football, and its success will exceed the limits of sport, and I would like to thank My personal to the Saudi Football Association, for their interest and support for the game in Italy, and I am confident that this cooperation will achieve great benefits for the football community in both countries.
It is noteworthy that the signing ceremony came after the conclusion of a full day of meaningful meetings and discussions, which were conducted in accordance with strict safety protocols to prevent the “Covid-19” virus, and were supervised by officials of the Italian Football Association.
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