It will be the first edition without Gianluca Vialli, who passed away at the beginning of last January, and as always with a rich cast of participants, the 18th edition of the ‘Fondazione Vialli and Mauro Golf Cup’, a charity golf competition organized by the non-profit organization of the same name.
The date is May 8: professionals, celebrities and amateurs will be together on the green to raise funds for Research on ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
Gianluca Vialli, golf
The appointment is at the Barlassina Country Club in Lentate sul Seveso (Monza Brianza).
Among the expected protagonists Michel Platini, Andriy Shevchenko, Gianfranco Zola, Attilio Lombardo. Among the professionals, Campillo Jorge, Matthew Baldwin, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Stephen Gallacher. “For 18 years – underlines Massimo Mauro – we have dedicated ourselves with passion and commitment to the organization of the Vialli and Mauro Golf Cup Foundation, born thanks to an idea shared with our friends and supporters Peppo and Antonella Canonica.
When we started in 2004, we wanted to win a match that would be much better than any football match, that is to contribute to the development of a drug for ALS patients, who today have no hope, because ALS is a disease that has no cure.
today more than ever, that’s why we won’t stop. We owe it to Luca, to ourselves and to our supporters”. The funds raised will be donated to AriSLA – (Italian ALS Research Foundation). To date, the Vialli and Mauro Foundation has donated over 4 million euros to research.
Partners of the event will be the companies Celada, Erg and Norqain Italy. Gianluca Vialli (Cremona, 9 July 1964 – London, 6 January 2023) was an Italian footballer, football coach and sports manager, with a forward role. Among the best centre-forwards of the 80s and 90s of the 20th century, he belongs to the small circle of players who have won all three major UEFA club competitions, unique among forwards.
Winner of numerous national and international trophies, he was top scorer of the 1986 Under-21 European Championship, of the 1988-1989 Italian Cup — in which he established, with 13 goals, the absolute record for goals in a single edition of the tournament —, of the Cup Winners’ Cup 1989-1990 and of the Serie A 1990-1991.
Between 1985 and 1992 he totaled 59 appearances and 16 goals for the Italian national team, taking part in two World Cups (Mexico 1986 and Italy 1990) and one European (West Germany 1988); to his credit also 21 matches and 11 goals with the Under-21 team, with whom he played in two European championships (1984 and 1986).
Candidate for the Ballon d’Or several times, he finished 7th in the 1988 and 1991 editions. In 2015 he was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.