Portofino – A moment of discussion to talk about sport, values and the economic repercussions that all this can have on the territory. This is the focus of “Sport Lifestyle and territory”, Event organized by Genoa and by the Municipality of Portofino which took place in the historic square of the village among the symbols of Liguria in the world.
The rossoblù club was represented live by the rossoblù general manager Flavio Ricciardella, but in the video link there were Josh Wander, co-founder of 777 Partners, and president Alberto Zangrillo.
Nourished, and it could not be otherwise, the sports patrol. Not only the large rossoblù delegation led by coach Alexander Blessin and composed of Stefano Sturaro, Massimo Coda, Radu Dragusin, Mattia Bani and Pablo Galdames. Also among the testimonials of the initiative the former volleyball player Francesca Piccininithe water polo player Roberta Bianconi and the former handbiker Vittorio Podestà.
Sports world also represented at the institutional level with the president of the Lega di B Mauro Balata who, in addition to taking part in the initiative during the day, visited the Pegli sports center. “I heard about the territory and the relationship that football clubs must have with the places in which they operate, a concept that is part of our mission – he says – and then I noticed that at the center of the Genoa project are young people and it is exactly what in Lega di B we are trying to do because the boys are the future of this sport. I am also happy with the planning that the new club has for Genoa ”.
Connecting from Miami, Wander reiterated the reasons why the 777s invested in Genoa. “Portofino is my favorite place in Italy – says Wander – I am honored to feel part of the team and the territory. The club’s bond with the fans and with the territory is very special compared to that of other clubs in the world and it is what we look for in the teams when we decide to invest in football “.
The co-founder of the 777s then explained that, as a multinational, “we don’t feel like owners because we want to integrate with the company and in the territory”. President Zangrillo, on the other hand, was not in the Piazzetta in Portofino because he was stuck in the hospital. “I left the operating room ten minutes ago, I was with engineer Blazquez who had to solve a problem, everything went well – says Zangrillo – Genoa is not just a team, the history of football. It is passion, love, history, life but also a great project, a project of integration with the territory ideally represented by Portofino ”.
Among the managers who attended the event, too Gianluca Garbi, CEO of Banca Sistema. “From Covid to war, from the cost of raw materials to the energy problem, we can’t get worse than this – says Garbi – we look to the future positively because we can only improve. It will be difficult months, even for football clubs. In order to finance themselves, companies find rates above 5%, problems with raw materials and energy, but we are in a war economy and therefore everyone, even companies, must adapt. The thing that brings all these negative situations in common is the recovery that will take place when everything is over and we must be ready ”.
To do the honors of the house Matteo Viacava, mayor of Portofino. “We are here with the heart, we have decided to support Genoa in a difficult moment when the team is relegated to Serie B – he explains – there have been many problems in recent years in Liguria, but when we get together to rebuild we become I realize that important things can be done “.
Representing the Liguria Region is Simona Ferro, regional councilor for sport. “Taking care of sports is a beautiful thing, but I started in a difficult moment, 2020, when everything was at a standstill – she says – now there are still many problems, that of energy primarily. There is great difficulty, but evenings like these make it clear that difficulties can be overcome ”. Instead, you bet on institutional synergies Alessandra Bianchi, Councilor for Sport of the Municipality of Genoa. “The relationship between municipalities makes it possible to amplify the values of sport linked to tourism and the enhancement of the territory – she says – Genoa as a football club represents a union, an excellence that also through the Foundation is also able to do cultural promotion “.
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