14 years after winning the title at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Italian visited the FIFA World Football Museum and celebrated a reunion with the trophy.
Daniele De Rossi, champion with Italy at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, was in Zurich this week for the drawing of the European groups for the World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022. The Italian used his stay to visit an old friend: the original FIFA World Cup Trophy.
During a tour of the FIFA Museum and before lifting the trophy again 14 years after winning the title, De Rossi reminisced about the first World Cup he remembers. For the now 37-year-old, it was the 1990 FIFA World Cup, appropriately enough in his native Italy. The heartbreaking elimination of the Azzurri in the semi-final against Argentina came instantly to mind.
In the 2006 showcase in the World Cup gallery, De Rossi immediately recognised the shoes of his teammate Andrea Pirlo and the jersey of goalkeeper Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon, who, according to De Rossi, played a major part in winning the World Cup.