FIFA has announced that it will sponsor the youth tournament of Stefano Borgonovo, the former European Cup winner and Italy international who now suffers from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
In a joint venture with the Italian Football Association (FIGC), world football’s governing body will lend a helping hand to the competition, which will take place on 2 and 3 June.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, who has previously spoken of his sympathy for Borgonovo and support for his Stefano Borgonovo Foundation, revealed the news in a letter to his wife Chantal.
“I am pleased to inform you that I have agreed with the FIGC that we will take over the joint sponsorship of this event,” wrote Blatter.
“My office will give you every possible assistance to make this tournament a great success and an unforgettable experience for all the children involved.”
As well as sending his best wishes to the whole Borgonovo family and the Foundation, Blatter pledged to 'do his best' to attend the event.
The competition is played in Stefano‘s hometown Giussano not far from Milan. As a player, the striker played for, among others, Fiorentina (with the Italian legend Roberto Baggio) and AC Milan, winning the European Cup in 1990. He was capped three times for Italy.