Monthly Archives: July 2011
It was the fourth pre-season summer friendly for Inter yesterday against Turkish side Galatasaray played in the neutral venue of the rewirpowerSTADION in Bochum, Dusseldorf, which is a city of the largest Turkish community in Germany. It wasn’t a surprise to see that the stadium had sold out all of it’s 20,000 seats to see the Turkish giants take on the World Champions. The weather conditions were hardly perfect, with a temperature slightly above 10 degrees, heavy rain, a slippery pitch and a bothersome wind. It also proved to be that the Turkish team & fans were hardly perfect either with some nasty tackles & an incident involving the Galatasaray throwing flares in the second half. Both their players & fans were a disgrace considering this was supposedly a friendly, there is no need for fans of any club to be throwing flares on to the pitch & the crunching tackles coming from the Galatasaray players were out of order, if I didn’t know better I would have thought this game was a UCL knock out match not a pre season friendly & I feel that the Turk club should be fined for the behaviour of their fans.
This summer has seen the end of Marco Materazzi’s time as an Inter player & as he leaves as a free agent after 10 years of service to the Nerazzurri , I felt it was fitting to look back at the 37 year old defender’s career & pay tribute to not only a great defender but a man who holds Inter in a special place in his heart like all good Interista. Due to his unpredictable personality & overly aggressive play he is known amongst fans & other players as ‘The Matrix’ & ‘The Butcher’. So where did it all begin?
After a morning training session that included recovery programmes for Ivan Cordoba, Jonathan, Thiago Motta & Nelson Rivas. After the session it was decided that three players weren’t 100% and wouldn’t be involved in the afternoon friendly against Mezzocorona, missing was Yuto Nagatomo (slight muscle strain in the left thigh which he picked up during the morning session), Giampaolo Pazzini (groin fatigue, is this down to the fact he’s still a newly wed? You decide!) & also Walter Samuel (who is still involved in a strength training program after last seasons injury)
Inter’s first pre season friendly went with a bang as Gasperini’s flexed their muscles in a 6-1 win over local side Trentino this afternoon with usual suspects Pazzini & Eto’o scoring the first two goals in the 1st half. Trentino managed to claw one back with a high curling shot over Castellazzi. New boy Alvarez slotted home the 3rd and narrowly missed a wonderful long range effort from outside the box, Pandev gave Inter their 4th showing that despite being fairly slow & clumsy he can still put them away. The final two goals came from youngsters Castaignos & Longo. I have to admit I didn’t see the match as I was working but from what I’ve seen on YouTube Ricky & Luc both are showing that they are fantastic purchases for the Nerazzurri as well as the established players showing that the ‘Grande Inter’ is still is alive & kicking. I realise that we were only playing a small fry local team but the squad seems to be connecting very well & for me this upcoming season is looking very promising.
Brand new, official Inter Milan Goalkeeper Shirt to be worn in the 2011/12 Serie A and available to buy in adult sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.This football shirt is grey in colour and is manufactured by Nike. It is the new Julio Cesar Internazionale Goalkeeper Jersey.100% polyester. Short sleeve goalkeeper jersey with turtleneck. Side inserts with contrasting color. Inter and Nike logos embroidered, printed sponsor.
Brand new, official Inter Milan Goalkeeper Shirt to be worn in the 2011/12 Serie A and available to buy in adult sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.This football shirt is red in colour and is manufactured by Nike. It is the new Julio Cesar Internazionale Goalkeeper Jersey.100% polyester. Short sleeve goalkeeper jersey with turtleneck. Side inserts with contrasting color. Inter and Nike logos embroidered, printed sponsor.