On June 02, 2015 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin took place the “Partita del Cuore”, a traditional fundraising match in benefit in benefit of Fondazione Telethon and the Istituto per la Ricerca e la Cura del Cancro di Candiolo [Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment of Candiolo] supported by the Fondazione Piemontese per la Ricerca sul Cancro [Piedmont Foundation for Cancer Research].
The event that was broadcasted Live by RAI 1 crowded the Stadium with more than 41’000 people. And the donations via sms to 45509 can be done until today to support the research, the amazing and almost unknown work that save thousands of lives.
Bruno Pizzul and four “special guests” as Amadeus, Claudio Lippi, Max Giusti and Pupo presented and commented the match. On the sideline Red Ronnie interviewed the people that were sitting on the bleachers.
It was a great soccer match where Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca could demonstrate other talents apart from singing. Piero did his best defending on the left side of the field, although the insistent warnings from the bleachers. Some commentators said he was trying to find his position on the game, a malicious comment considering that Piero dug a foul which led to a goal.
Ignazio played in midfield and showed that all that soccer played in Marsala was not only for fun.
Gianluca put his name on the history of the “Partita del Cuore” with a beautiful goal: il Volo honoured the Nazionale Cantanti shirt.
Il Volo showed once again to Italy and to the whole world their funny and sweet personalities: they played separately (when one of them was playing the other two were watching him from the side of the field) and really put all their hearts into the game. As Ignazio and Gianluca said to Amadeus, Piero was not very good at playing football but he was doing his best and they had to support him and to scream their suggestions, that’s why Amadeus was sent to report to Piero all the suggestions of Ignazio and Gianluca.
Ignazio proved once again his kindness when he rose up Moreno after he scored to help him to hug the people on the bleachers – he then hug him and put him to the ground.
The best moment of the evening, though, was the one in which Gianluca scored the goal. Not just because all the people were expecting Il Volo to do it, but because first of all he run searching for Ignazio and Piero that were rejoicing near the field. Ignazio run towards him and Gianluca jumped on him – Ignazio rose Gianluca up and then after a few seconds Piero run in the field to hug his friends, his brothers. Even the Nazionale Cantanti said that this was a special moment because Il Volo proved their attachment and moved all the audience. Il Volo are really champions in life, friendship and music.
Nazionale Cantanti team (blue): Paolo Belli, Alex Britti, Niccolò Fabi, Max Gazzè, Marco Masini, Enrico Ruggeri, Moreno, Clementino, Rocco Hunt, Luca Barbarossa, Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto, Davide Dileo, Lorenzo Fragola, Leonardo, Raoul Bova and Neri Marcorè. Coach: Luca Argentero.
Campioni per la Ricerca team (white): Alessandro Del Piero, Andrea Agnelli, John Elkann, Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo, Gary Dourdan, Ringo, Massimo Giletti, Liam Gallagher, Marco Bocci and Eros Ramazzotti. Coach: Mario Orfeo.
Referees: Roberto Rosetti, Edoardo Papale, Simone Gauzolino and Azadeh Yeganeh Ghannati.