UEFA president Michel Platini and Europa League final ambassador Ciro Ferrara officially handed over the competition’s trophy to the city of Turin during this lunchtime’s prestigious ceremony at Palazzo Madama.
The final of this year’s tournament will be played at Juventus Stadium on Wednesday 14 May, when one of Juventus, Benfica, Sevilla and Valencia will lift the prestigious trophy, formerly known as the UEFA Cup.
Joining Bianconeri directors Giuseppe Marotta and Aldo Mazzia was a delegation including Turin mayor Piero Fassino, FIGC chairman Giancarlo Abete and two representatives from last year’s winners Chelsea, Paolo Ferreira and Steve Holland.
Speaking at the event, Marotta said: “We’re proud to offer our facilities for this important competition. We’re honoured to still be firmly involved and hope to be able to lift the trophy in our own home.”
Next month’s final will be a historic moment for Juventus Stadium, which will host a major European final just three years after first opening its doors on 8 September 2011.
“It’s always a pleasure to return to the city I spent five wonderful years in,” said Platini before handing over the trophy to Fassino. “It’s a nice feeling, the city is even more beautiful than it was when I was here.”
“Juventus Stadium will be the ideal setting for an event of such importance,” stated Bianconeri legend Ferrara.
“We’re particularly pleased. Turin is a city of great sporting tradition, and in 2015 will be the European capital of sport,” added Fassino.