The Football Museum: delving into the magical world of the best-loved sport
Take a virtual journey through the world's most popular and best-loved sport. The Football Museum is not only the temple of football fans, with Italians in the lead, but a place full of interesting facts that can be culturally educational for all ages.
It is located in Florence, in Coverciano to be precise, in the Centro Tecnico Federale Calcistico football headquarters, and it is the place to be for anyone who has their favourite team' card in their wallet. And that's not all.
Within the halls, a mixture of legendary memories
The Museum is located in Viale Palazzeschi, in the Coverciano district, and is part of the Football Museum Foundation, which is dedicated to documenting the past and present of Italy's national football team and the Italian Football Federation.
Visiting it will arouse a flood of memories and emotions in anyone who grew up watching the matches and loving the great talents of football. In these rooms, you can learn about the history of the Italian national team.
The exhibition route is packed with iconic memorabilia. It ranges from pennants to jerseys that made football history, through to World Cup mascots, trophies, cups and a rich historical multimedia collection with videos, images and sounds.
To the delight of visitors, one can also visit the area of the pitches where the national team trains. The main aim of the project is not only to present a spectacular image of the sport: there is also a vision to promote the values of football and sport among young people, from the ability to accept defeat to respect for sportsmanship on the pitch.
The idea of a permanent installation of this kind began to take shape when work began on the expansion of the Centro Tecnico Federale, at the time of Italia 90, at the initiative of Fino Fini, President of the Foundation. However, it was ten years before work began and the museum was finally inaugurated on 22 May 2000.
The exhibition is divided into 6 rooms
The building that houses the exhibition is the colonial house known as Podere Gignoro, restored in a detailed effort to restore the materials and traditional layout. Today you can see its former appearance once more, with a series of rooms and above all a three-storey central part.
A large underground hall is used for conferences and congresses. The museum tour, on the other hand, consists of 6 rooms: in the first one is a collection of memorabilia that tell all the stories of the Italian national football team, from its beginnings to its victory in the 1982 World Cup.
Among the small treasures, there is the jersey with which the Italian striker Silvio Piola made his national team debut on 24 March 1935 against Austria. Then there is the green shirt worn by Celestino Celio during the friendly match between Italy-Argentina, played in Rome in 1954.
The second room tells the story of the national team from the 1986 World Cup to the present day. In the third, the spotlight shifts to Italy's national women's football team, while the fourth is the trophy room. The trophies from the four World Cup victories are, of course, displayed here.
The fifth room is set up for temporary exhibitions, while the sixth is the cinema room, where the history of the national team can be experienced via various videos.
The Foundation often organises cultural events here, and encourages installations in favour of sport. It has close collaborative links with other cultural centres, both Italian and foreign.