With their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying match in Belgrade a week away, delegations from the national associations of Italy (FIGC) and Serbia (FSS) have met at the Serbian association's federal technical centre at Stara Pazova to sign a cooperation agreement.
FIGC president Giancarlo Abete and head of international relations Sergio Di Cesare were welcomed by FSS president Tomislav Karadžić, vice-president Ivan Ćurković, general secretary Zoran Laković and Bojana Zec from the FSS international department to visit the excellent infrastructures of the FSS federal technical centre, inaugurated on 14 May on the eve of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final.
At a press conference afterwards, presidents Abete and Karadžić signed the cooperation agreement, which provides for a series of technical exchanges between the two associations, involving coaches at every level from the professional sector to the grassroots, referees, medical experts and administrators. The cooperation activities will foster the exchange of mutual expertise and professional skills which will be of particular benefit to the Stara Pazova technical centre and the FIGC technical centre at Coverciano – in essence the home of Italian football.
The meeting strengthened the already excellent relations between the two national associations, and served to nurture a friendly atmosphere in relation to the forthcoming match. On 12 October 2010, the EURO qualifier between the two countries was abandoned after just six minutes, which led to disciplinary measures against the FIGC and the FSS by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body.
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