Wembley lit with Italian Tricolore to celebrate 10-year anniversary

Wembley lit with Italian Tricolore to celebrate 10-year anniversary

A total of 10 years have passed since the inauguration of the new Wembley Stadium. Home of the Football Association and the England National Team, the dominant footballing arena was built on the very same patch of land that previously stood the Old Wembley, which was previously knocked down after 80 years of significant service. To celebrate this latest landmark, the FA have decided to involve the entire footballing family, paying respect to all of the 160 countries that have featured on the hallowed Wembley turf by lighting up the arch with their respective colours. Back on 24th March 2007, Italy were the first opposition side to take part in an official game at the new 90,000 seater stadium, with Pierluigi Casiraghi’s Under-21 team taking on their English counterparts in a dramatic friendly. The first goal at the new ground was scored by a young Giampaolo Pazzini, who hit the back of the net just 25 seconds after Dutch referee Vink had blew his whistle for the start of the match. A memorable hat-trick soon followed for the striker, as the Hellas Verona attacker played his part in securing a historic 3-3 draw. In terms of cooperation between the two footballing nations, the FIGC are enthusiastic supporters of the FA’s ‘For All’ initiative, which has is aimed at ensuring that everyone who plays football has a great experience.

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