Massimiliano Allegri has been awarded the prestigious Enzo Bearzot recognition, the fifth edition of a prize named in honour of Italy’s 1982 World Cup winning coach.
Handed out by the Italian Christian Workers' Association, under the patronage of FIGC, the achievement sees Allegri follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Carlo Ancelotti.
In revealing their reasons for the choice, the panel said: “Just like the great Enzo Bearzot, Massimiliano Allegri has always placed himself a step behind his players, giving them maximum responsibility but guiding them, as well as with tactical knowledge, with balance, resolve and tranquility. It’s a method of working that appears to have become the trademark of one of the best Italian coaches.”
He will receive his trophy in person on Monday 25 May during a presentation ceremony at CONI’s headquarters in Rome.