Figc arranges minute of silence for death of Juliano

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has announced that there will be a minute’s silence in all games over the weekend to respect the recent passing of Antonio Juliano.

Juliano, a renowned footballer, passed away at the age of 80, having left an indelible mark on SSC Napoli, where he served as both a player and an administrator. His playing career with the club stretched over 17 seasons, adding his touch from 1961 through to 1978. Post his playing career, he also had an administrative role with Napoli after a brief stint with Bologna.

In an official statement, FIGC, alongside its president Gabriele Gravina, expressed condolences, “Antonio Juliano wrote the history of Napoli, dressing in its shirt for 17 seasons, and working in the club even as an executive after he finished with Bologna. He was also one of the key players of the national team in the 1968 European Championships.”

Valued for his skills and commitment, ‘Totonno’ Juliano was selected by coach Ferruccio Valcareggi to start in the first of two finals against Yugoslavia in the 1968 European Championships. That game ended in a draw, leading to a replay two days later. Two years later, he was called up again for the 1970 World Cup. The Italian team placed second after losing the final against Brazil, with Juliano coming in 15 minutes before the end of the match. Juliano was also part of the squad for the 1974 World Cup but didn’t get the chance to grace the field in any game.

As part of remembrances for Juliano, a minute’s silence will be observed at all matches, including those postponed to Monday, before the weekend games.

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