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    21.05.2014 15:21 - in: S

    Pessotto: “UNESCO Cup, a must-see for football lovers"

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    The Bianconeri legend, who will be in the dugout for next month’s game with Real Madrid, previews the charity fundraiser at Juventus Stadium

    Gianluca Pessotto has called on football lovers to pack Juventus Stadium and produce an atmosphere befitting of the occasion when Real Madrid Leyendas travel to Turin to face their Bianconeri counterparts in the UNESCO Cup 2014.

    Following last year’s ‘Corazon Classic Match Veracruz’ encounter at the Bernabeu, Real will make the return trip for another important charity raiser, with all proceeds this time going to support child soldiers involved in conflicts in Mali and the Central African Republic.

    It is Pessotto himself who will be tasked with steering an illustrious roll-call of black and white legends to victory from the dugout, and he began this afternoon’s Jtv interview by encouraging supporters to turn up in their numbers for an unforgettable night’s entertainment.  

    He began: “It’s always a game that brings plenty of excitement. It will be a wonderful evening and all gate receipts will be donated to charity. We truly hope that football lovers will come along to the stadium. There were 70,000 supporters in Madrid, we’re expecting a full house and supporters to show their enthusiasm."

    The academy director, who made over 350 appearances over the course of 11 playing campaigns at Juventus, then went on to reflect on a “positive” campaign for the youth sector, discussing the fortunes of each team as the season enters its mouth-watering climax.  

    “The Primavera have managed to seal direct qualification for the final eight with great credit and determination. Now we’ll prepare as best we can for the last stages.

    “The Allievi have won the league and booked their place in the final eight with plenty of games to spare: a 40-day break is a fair while to be out of action, but we’ll look to approach the final stages in the best shape, where we’ll be in the same round as Inter, Genoa and another team that is yet to be drawn. Doing well is something that matters to the lads.

    “The Allievi B are involved in plenty of tournaments which will prove useful in enabling us to make final decisions on next year’s squad.

    “After the Giovanissimi Nazionali’s fine 3-0 first leg performance, there’s now the return clash to play. The next round will see the winner face one of Inter and Vicenza with a place in the Chianciano Terme finals up for grabs.”

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