Turin, the first in Europe in AlessandriaJuly 14, 2019
There is a color, gray, which when pronounced in the Alessandria area, in lower Piedmont, stops the role of simple nuance and takes on the contours of the legend. "Here Gianni Rivera was born, as well as other great champions, it is the ideal environment to talk about high level football. We are ready for the second time to welcome the turin to the Moccagatta". An event at least as important as the history and the more or less recent past of the stadium of Alexandria, who in just a few months will turn 90 and whose debut in Serie A – it was 1929 – was showered with a great victory by Alessandria against Roma, 3-1. Since then there have been 13 seasons of Alexandria in Serie A, the last in 1960 and a flood, the terrible one of 1994, which marked the city and the stadium indelibly. "The Moccagatta is a stadium that also has its architectural dignity – explained Gianfranco Cuttica, mayor of the city – so much so that it has a constraint and because of its historicity is considered a national monument".
It is no wonder, then, that Urbano Cairo, an Alexandrian by birth, chose the Moccagatta for its debut in Europa League of his Turin. "I believe there is an emotional bond between Cairo and Alexandria – Cuttica added – but, I confess, also of Alexandria with Cairo and his team". The 25 July the gates of one of the most historic stadiums in Italy will open, albeit in a reduced way, to host the grenade fans. The North Bend will be refurbished and completed with the seats required by the UEFA regulations, the renovation of two years ago has already done the rest.
The dressing room of the Alexandria will host Mazzarri and his family for the first of a long-awaited European return. With someone, like the former grenade Alessandro Gazzi, who is at home in Alessandria, particularly happy to find the Taurus: "I did these two years in Alessandria, this will be the third. I wanted to get back into the game in a different category – he explained the midfielder, now 36 years old – The Moccagatta stadium is small, but it is a nice context where you can have a lot of fun even in a preliminary match of the Europa League ". The Europe that returns to Alexandria, in the midst of the grays, the grenade hope.
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