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  05/09/2014: Event: Coppa della Presidenza
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Lazio's connection with Brussels is unmistakable through Luigi Bigiarelli, a founder member of S.S. Lazio who lived and died in the city. On 16 June 2013, Lazio Club Bruxelles 'Luigi Bigiarelli' paid tribute to Lugi Bigiarelli in the Brussels cemetery where his remains rest, only weeks after one of the club's greatest triumphs.

To mark the Italian Presidency of the EU Council, Lazio Club Bruxelles 'Luigi Bigiarelli' are promoting 'Coppa della Presidenza', a charity football tournament between fans of 13 Italian clubs, organised in conjunction with the Italian Embassy in Brussels.

The event - primarily involving businesses and fans of Italian origin in Brussels - will raise funds to support the initiative of Olympian Maddaloni of Scampia, seeking to tackle organised crime through sport, and remembering the sacrifice of Don Peppe Diana, who died 20 years ago.

The event will commence on September 13, 2014 with the Frecce Tricolori [Tricolour Arrows] flying over the skies of Brussels. The opening match will be held at the Ecole Royale Militaire located at the Jubilee Park, at the heart of the European quarter. There will be organised activities throughout the day, such as the showing of films, games and physical activities for kids and families, exhibitions that illustrate the history of various Italian clubs (including Lazio), food stalls etc.

The tournament will end on November 25, 2014 on the day sports ministers attend the Council of the European Union, and an award ceremony will take place for teams participating in the tournament, where the teams will also present funds raised during the tournament to the Italian government.

For more information, the official website for the event can be found here.
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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