Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Soccer: Ex-Italy great Rivera to run for parliament again

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Rome, January 16 - Former Italy soccer great Gianni
Rivera has said he is going to resume his political career and
stand for parliament with the small Democratic Centre party at
next month's general election.
The Democratic Centre are part of the centre-left coalition
that is leading in the polls.
Rivera started his political career with the once-dominant
Christian Democrat party but moved to the centre left after it
collapsed following the Clean Hands corruption scandals of the
early 1990s.
He served as defence undersecretary in Romano Prodi's first
government between 1996 and 2001.
The former Milan captain has also been a member of the
European Parliament and the executive councillor for sport for
the city of Rome.
His latest political venture ended in disappointment when
he won just 20 voter 'preferences' in 2011 when he stood on the
centre-right list presented by Letizia Moratti in her
unsuccessful bid to be re-elected mayor of Milan.
"I've always been on the (political) field in one way or
another," Rivera said Wednesday when asked about his political
comeback.
Rivera, an attacking midfielder, helped Italy win the 1968
European championships and reach the final of the 1970 World
Cup, scoring the winning goal in the Azzurri's 4-3 semi-final
win over West Germany, which was nicknamed the "game of the
century".
He was also part of the Milan team that won three Serie A
titles and the 1963 and 1969 European Cups before retiring in
1979.
In 1969 he won soccer's most prestigious individual honour,
the Ballon d'Or.

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