Italian football is mourning Fino Fini, the former national team doctor and long-standing director of the Italian Football Association’s (FIGC) Coverciano technical centre.
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Fini, who also created the Italian Football Museum, has passed away at the age of 92. “It’s a sad day for Coverciano, Italy’s national team and Italian football,” said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina, who spoke of the “passion, enthusiasm and expertise that he brought to the table."
Team doctor for Italy’s youth teams (1958-79) and the Italian national team (1962-82), Fini was a key figure at the Coverciano technical centre, working as its director for almost thirty years (1967-95). He also managed the FIGC’s coaching school and served as secretary of the association’s technical sector.
“A charismatic, unique person”
At international level, he was a member of UEFA’s Technical Development Committee from 1976 to 1992. “With Dr Fini’s passing,” the FIGC said, “we have lost a charismatic, unique person, who was internationally renowned.”
Gravina also recalled Fini’s role in the launch of the Italian Football Museum ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and his “great knowledge” of the items and stories housed in the museum. “The only way to forge a glorious path in the future is to have a good understanding of our history, and to conserve it,” the FIGC president added.