It’s already 10.30 p.m. when the Cup heroes’ bus pulls up in Lugano. The first to leave the bus to thunderous applause is Mijat Maric. The veteran, who gave everything to be on the pitch but had to sit out injured, shows the trophy to the waiting fans. Maric: «Incredible! Indescribable! We gave everything for Lugano, for Ticino.” It should be a great career ending for the 38-year-old, but his resignation is not yet official.
Bottani: “I’m already drunk”
Mattia Bottani, on the other hand, doesn’t feel like talking. Goal scorer to 3:1, identification figure, “figlio della città” (son of the city). “I don’t want to say anything,” he says into the “RSI” microphone. And why not? “Because I’m already drunk.” He’s grinning from ear to ear. In the approximately four-hour bus ride from Bern to Lugano, he had enough time, enough thirst and probably enough beer…
Emotions at Papa Bottani
Bottani’s father takes over for his son, speaks of a very emotional day and says: “It’s a huge satisfaction for everyone. But above all for my son, of course. According to the well-known history of the 2016 Cup…» At that time, Bottani had missed a penalty in the (lost) final against FCZ. When he saw his son shortly after the game, no words were needed, he says. “The hug said it all.”
Daprelà and the cigars
Defender Fabio Daprelà relies more on cigars. With two, he appears shortly after the end of the game for the SRF winner interview. When asked who he wanted to smoke it with, the 31-year-old said coolly: “With nobody. They’re both for me.” They shouldn’t be the only ones. Daprelà to Blick on Monday morning: “In the end there were probably five cigars.”
Custodio laughs at his goal
2-1 goal scorer Olivier Custodio laughs and says: “That wasn’t my best goal. But definitely the most important thing in my career.”
“Are you proud of this cup?” the speaker with a microphone shouts down from the balcony of the government building after 11 p.m. “Si!!!!”, hooted the 6,000 or so fans on the Piazza della Riforma. Fireworks. Then the cup heroes show up on the balcony with the trophy and let themselves be celebrated. 29 years ago, the last cup heroes, coach Karl Engel, defender Pierluigi Tami and Antonio Esposito, celebrated in the same place. “After 29 years, the cup is coming back home!” shouts the speaker.
President hurts himself while cheering
Before that, coach Mattia Croci-Torti and his boys will be honored by Lugano’s mayor Michele Foletti in the government hall. There is solid food for the cup heroes. Pizza. By the way, the mayor wears his right arm in a sling. Foletti injured his shoulder while celebrating after Bottani made it 3-1. He had to be cared for by Bernese doctors for 40 minutes. Joy and pride outweigh the pain.
Celebrate until the sun comes up
Afterwards, the cup-winning boys celebrate with their families and friends in the “Seven Club”. Some until the sun comes up. Others like Fabio Daprelà a little less long. “I went home at about two-thirty. I was just too tired. It was a great day. First this game, then this party. Great. Compliments to our fans. But also to the St. Gallen, the atmosphere during the game was great. »