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FIFA honors veteran sports journalists

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 30th November, 2022 09:06:16 PM
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FIFA honors veteran sports journalists

FIFA honored 82 sports journalists from different region of the globe who have reached that milestone, bringing dedication, knowledge and insight to both their profession and football, and relaying the emotions of the tournament to fans around the world.

The governing body of world football hosted a special ceremony was held in conjunction with International Sports Press Association (AIPS) at Virtual Stadium 1 in Doha on November 29.

The journalists included Argentina's legendary sports journalist and radio commentator Enrique Macaya Marquez, Germany’s Hartmut Scherzer and Uruguay’s Jorge Da Silveira.

Marquez has covered every FIFA World Cup since 1958 edition held in Sweden and is now working at a record 17th FIFA World Cup and Scherzer is covering 16th FIFA World Cup and Da Silveira is at his 15th.

The journalists received mini-replica of the FIFA World Cup trophies as their awards from two-time Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldo.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino greeted journalists through a video message. He further congratulated all the men and women that have covered, broadcast and written about the FIFA World Cup over the years.

"I am, as FIFA President, eternally grateful to all of you. I would like to compliment and congratulate you. It’s a very special day because you recognise, we recognise, we praise, we reward some of you who have a very, very special track record,” he said.

The full list of journalists that were commemorated is as follows:

Enrique Macaya Marquez (Argentina), Hartmut Scherzer (Germany), Jorge Da Silveira (Uruguay), Jacques Vendroux, (France), Jesus Velez Vanegas (Honduras), Keir Radnedge (United Kingdom), Osumi Yoshiyuki (Japan), Alfonso Arevalo Aranibar (Bolivia), Pedro Ernesto Gravida, (Brazil), Galvao Bueno (Brazil), Carlos Antonio Velez Naranjo (Colombia), Kazuyoshi Shimizu (Japan), Enrique Bermudez de la Serna (Mexico), Jaap de Groot (Netherlands), Dariusz Szpakowski (Poland), Sergio Gorzyczanski (Uruguay), Alberto Kesman (Uruguay), Jorge Barraza (Argentina), Sergio Renato Dovio (Argentina), Jose Antonio Fernando Nürnberg (Bolivia), Osires Batista Nadal (Brazil), Juca Kfouri (Brazil), Liu Zhankun (China), Henry Jimenez Astudillo (Colombia), Henri Szwarc (France), Gregor Derichs (Germany), Norio Rokukawa (Japan), Shigeki Sugiyama (Japan), Kyoji Imai (Japan), Sergio Levinsky (Argentina), Daniel Arcucci (Argentina), Eder Luiz (Brazil), Eraldo Leite (Brazil), Oscar Munevar Forero (Colombia), Cesar Augusto Londono (Colombia), Jose Luis Alarcon Rojas (Colombia), Pier Giorgio Giavelli (Italy), Emanuela Audisio (Italy), Shinji Akagi (Japan), Etsuo Hara (Japan), Youssef Berjaoui (Lebanon), Fernando Schwartz (Mexico), Horacio Pagani (Argentina), Carlos Munoz (Uruguay), Fernando Gonzalez Roth(Spain /Uruguay), Juan Jose Panno, (Argentina), Jorge Rodriges (Brazil), Joao Estevan Ramalho Neto (Brazil), Luis Roberlo de Mucio (Brazil), Wellington Campos (Brazil), Rumen Paytashev (Bulgaria), Paolo Nucci (Italy), Donatella Scarnati (Italy), Claudio Vill  (Italy), Kazuhito Yamada (Japan), Ibikunle O. Solaja (Nigeria), Mark Gleeson (South Africa), Jose Antonio Pascual Alvaro (Spain), Mitch Phillips (United Kingdom), Shaun Botterill (United Kingdom), Javier De Leon, (Uruguay), Antonio Carrasco Candelas, (Venezuela/Spain), Ezequiel Fernández Moores (Argentina), Ricardo Capriotti (Brazil), Leandro Cordero (Costa Rica), Vincent Amalvy (France), Gunter Klein (Germany), Karlheinz Wild (Germany), Tsutomu Kishimoto (Japan), Kumi Kinohara (Japan), Yukinori Takechi (Japan), Satoshi Ushio (Japan), Bozena Szmel-Gowarzewska (Poland), Joaquin Maroto (Spain), Orfeo Suarez (Spain), Cristina Cubero (Spain), Juan C. Scelza (Uruguay), Javier M. Goni (Uruguay), Grant Wahl (USA), Daniel Chapela Iglesias, (Venezuela), Daniel Wainstein, (Argentina).