A few hours before the UEFA Europa League play-off first leg between Grasshopper Club Zurich and AC Fiorentina on 22 August 2013, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter welcomed senior representatives of the Italian Serie A club to the Home of FIFA.
"It is a great honour for us to be here in Zurich and to get to know the FIFA President personally," Fiorentina owner and presient Andrea Della Valle said. "It's a wonderful moment for me and the club as a whole."
Della Valle presented the FIFA President with a Fiorentina replica shirt bearing the No10 and his name, and also the Tuscan club’s Golden Lion.
"This is the highest honour we award," De Valle explained. "We wanted to demonstrate our deep appreciation for the FIFA President and express our special thanks for the sympathy Mr Blatter has for us."
"I was delighted at the opportunity to greet my Italian guests," commented FIFA President Blatter. "I’ve maintained a special relationship with this club and the city of Florence for more than 50 years."