MILAN - Inter have won the 2010 Gianni Brera award for becoming the first Italian side to win five trophies in a single season. The awards ceremony for the accolade promoted by local cultural association Navigli was held this evening at the Auditorium of the Banca Popolare in via Massaua, Milan. Representing the Nerazzurri team were Mrs Bedy Moratti, chief executive Ernesto Paolillo and defender Andrea Ranocchia.
"It is an honour for Inter to receive this beautiful and very significant award," began Mrs Bedy Moratti. "I have fond memories of Gianni Brera, who, though not an Inter fan, was a friend of our family. I can still recall him playing cards with my mother. Back then, as now and hopefully also in the future, Inter were winning things. It was a great period."
Ernesto Paolillo then took the floor and - though collecting a prize for the unforgettable success of 2010 - looked to the future, which he hopes will be equally triumphant: "We want to try to win everything again immediately. The league? It's an intriguing championship race this year and the title is very important to us: we're determined to stay in the running. Inter president Massimo Moratti sends you all his very best regards. He is grateful and honoured that Inter have received this award."
Our young defender Andrea Ranocchia was also present at the ceremony, prouder than ever to be representing the team that won everything in 2010 - a team he, too, hopes will go on winning now that he is a Nerazzurri player: "It would have been great to be here last year and win all those cups..." he said with a smile. "It's a wonderful feeling for me to train every day alongside these great champions who have won everything there is to win. They are an exceptional bunch of players and the first thing that struck me about them was their immense modesty. The league? We believe we can do it and we'll do our absolute best to catch up with the teams above us."
Gianni Brera was perhaps the most representative sports journalist of his age and the writer of countless articles - first on athletics and then as an inimitable and unforgettable reporter of Sunday's football. The Navigli cultural association in Milan set up this award nine years ago as a way of tying Brera's memory to excellence in modern-day Italian sport, by acknowledging the best achievements obtained by Italian athletes each year on a national and international level.