Fifa Awards Club World Champion Badge To AC Milan
At a ceremony on 7 February at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke officially presented a badge to AC Milan’s CEO Adriano Galliani and Director Umberto Gandini to honour their club’s victory at the FIFA Club World Cup 2007. This new badge will also be provided to the winning club of all future editions of the competition. Milan will wear the badge on their jerseys throughout 2008 until the new FIFA club world champion is crowned in December this year.
With the club world champion badge, FIFA intends to honour the titleholder and the future winners of its prestigious club event. “The new badge is taking up and extending the existing tradition of displaying stars above team crests that, albeit not official, have become part and parcel of the history of the game,” said Valcke. “FIFA will also honour the three previous winners of the FIFA Club World Cup from Brazil – Corinthians, Sao Paulo FC and Sport Club Internacional – with a similar distinction.”
“AC Milan are very proud to be the first club to display this badge on their jerseys,” commented Galliani. “The history of our club is closely linked to international club competitions such as the former Intercontinental Cup and now the FIFA Club World Cup. Our triumph in Japan is considered to be a special milestone by our club and our fans.”
The new badge acknowledges the achievement of winning the FIFA Club World Cup, a competition that brings together the top club team from each confederation. The winning club may display the badge on their jerseys for one year, right up until the final whistle of the next FIFA Club World Cup. The badge features an image of the trophy and the text “AC Milan Champions 2007″.
In association football, some national and club sides include one or more stars as part of (or beside) the crest on their shirt to represent important trophies that the team has previously won.