On the first anniversary of Paolo Rossi’s passing, team-mates, friends and family gathered at the FIFA Museum in Zurich to celebrate his memory. Museum director Marco Fazzone announced that in 2023 the FIFA Museum will present the guest exhibition "Paolo Rossi, un ragazzo d'oro" about the world champion, marking its international debut.
On Thursday, one year after the death of Paolo Rossi, his family, eight of his team-mates from Italy’s 1982 World Cup-winning side and Gabriele Gravina, President of the Italian Football Federation, arrived in Zurich to pay tribute to the ‘Golden Boy’ (Ragazzo d’oro). In a moving ceremony at the FIFA Museum, the guests reminisced about Rossi’s time as a footballer, but especially about what he was like as a person. In his opening speech, FIFA President Gianni Infantino shared his memories of the 1982 World Cup, where Rossi’s six goals played a significant role in helping Italy win the title for the third time after the triumphs of 1934 and 1938.
Rossi’s widow Federica Cappelletti-Rossi travelled to Zurich with her two daughters and Rossi’s son from his first marriage. In addition to carrying the memories of her husband, “who always managed to give the people in his presence a positive feeling”, she also brought the jersey worn by Rossi in the 1982 World Cup semi-final against Poland with her, and handed it over to Marco Fazzone, the director of the FIFA Museum. The shirt is now on display for all visitors in the 1982 World Cup museum showcase.
Rossi exhibition to be held in Zurich
Fazzone had previously emphasised how great an honour it was for him to dedicate the museum to Rossi that evening. After the presentation of the jersey, he took the opportunity to announce, together with Rossi’s widow, that the exhibition “Paolo Rossi, un ragazzo d'oro” will be shown at the FIFA Museum. The exhibition, which includes Rossi’s Golden Ball as the best player at the 1982 World Cup and his Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, was first shown in October this year at the Festival dello Sport in Trento. It will be opened to visitors at the FIFA Museum in spring 2023.