Monthly Archives: August 2011
So that’s it the transfer window for 2011 and what a summer it has been, unlike last season there has been a lot of movement in and out of Inter. It all started with rumours of Sneijder going to Manchester United for a record transfer fee of €35+ million and the equally amazing rumour that want away Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was linked with a move to the Nerazzurri. Then the club was thrown in to chaos as the then manager Leonardo was 1st linked with a directors job at PSG which he denied at first and then shortly afterward took it leaving Moratti without a coach, from that point on rumours started flying about possible replacements including Jose Mourinho’s protegé Andres Villas Boas but eventually after being turned down by a hand full of world class coaches Moratti decided on what was the best of the rest Gian Piero Gasperini and so Inter’s transfer window resumed, though another cloud was hovering over Inter, our huge debt and the need to resolve it in time for the FFP’s and so the massive spending of old that Moratti was famous for had to be held in check. That doesn’t mean we haven’t brought in some fantastic players though, while offloading others that weren’t part of the future plan for us or could bring in a healthy profit to help us financially…..
Andrea Poli is now an Inter player. The midfielder, with Giovanni Branchini and his agents, met with technical director Marco Branca and sporting director Piero Ausilio in the Nerazzurri headquarters in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II yesterday to complete the loan deal from Sampdoria with the option to buy in 2012. The Italian born midfielder is Inter’s 5th first team signing this summer and has been brought in to strengthen the central midfield position.
21 year old Poli was born 29 September 1989 in Vittorio Veneto in Italy, he started his career in Serie B with Treviso. In the January transfer window of 2007 he was signed in a co-ownership deal with Sampdoria but stayed on loan with Treviso until the end of the season. He made his Serie A debut with Sampdoria in a 0-3 loss against Cagliari on the 4th November 2007, he spent that season in the Sampdoria Primavera squad that won the Campionato Primavera. The following season saw him loaned out to Serie B side Sassuolo in order for him to gain a bit more first team experience. He returned to Sampdoria for the 2009/10 season that saw him become a key player in the squad that finished the season in 4th place, gaining Champions league qualification only to see the team relegated from Serie A just a year later, and now he starts a new chapter on loan again but this time returning to Serie A as part of the new look Inter squad. Time will tell how he will do with the Nerazzurri, but if he impresses there is the option of Inter making the move permanent next summer.
Inter started the night in pot 1 for the 2011/12 Champions League group stage draw and by the end of the evening we knew who our opponents would be for Group B-
CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Yet again it has come to pass that Inter must travel to Russia for a Champions league game, which is becoming something of a habit in recent years. The Draw puts us against opponents that we know with the exception of Lille who we have never faced in a competitive European match before, so the result of that should be interesting. So how did we do previously against the other two clubs?
Samuel Eto’o has completed his move to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala after passing his medical on Wednesday night and has now joined up with his new team mates at the squads base in Moscow. The reported figures for the transfer aren’t as high as have been speculated in recent days with Anzhi paying Inter 21 million Euros and paying Eto’o 10 million Euros per season
When asked about the move Eto’o said
“The project is very interesting, money is not so important for me, that’s just part of football,”
His debut with the Russian club will come on Saturday when Anzhi take on Rostov and he will be wearing the number 99 shirt. Many people in the football world think this move is a massive backwards step for Eto’o who is the most decorated African player in history, playing for not only Inter & Barcelona but also Mallorca and Real Madrid, during his career he has been named African player of the year four times and has won the European Champions league three times including two trebles back to back. He has also won both the Spanish and Italian leagues, an Olympic gold medal and the African cup of nations twice. For me he is one of the greatest strikers of all time.
The last pre season friendly of summer 2011 ended in a 2-2 draw for Gasperini’s team against Greek side Olympiacos, and even though Inter had to come back from two behind there was still many positives for the Italians, the first half for example saw Gasperini’s plans starting to take shape with excellent build up play and creation of chances, they also showed the flexibility of the squad with changes in formation from 3-4-3 to 4-3-3. The second half started badly with bad defending giving away the first goal for the 10 man Greek team from a dead ball situation then later a bad clearance from Ranocchia gifted them a second. Though the Nerazzurri fought hard and Pazzini managed to pull off a brace to save the day and finish the game as a draw.
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It was Inter’s treble winning hero Diego Milito that showed he was ready for the upcoming season by hitting the crossbar and also scoring the winning goal against Milan to secure the trophy in the second match for Inter in the pre season triangular tournament. The trophy itself doesn’t really mean anything but if your one of the clubs that doesn’t win it you can be sure of some serious criticism. The competition consists of three 45 minute games and the winner is the team with the most points at the end of the night, Inter claimed the trophy with 5 points: 2 for the win against Juventus on penalties and 3 for our 1-0 win against Allegri’s AC Milan. It was by no means a perfect night for the Nerazzurri but it was clear that the team is starting to find it’s shape with the return of south American players that have missed out on the previous pre season games, and even with our new formations and tactics our old character still stood out giving us Interista hope that things are going to come together as the start of the season approaches.
The evening started with the mini derby d’Italia against Juve which ended 1-1 and was decided on penalties
Why is Massimo Moratti looking to sell our star players? Well it all boils down to money, with the FFPR’s fast approaching Moratti is looking for the best way to cut the club’s huge debts, it is reported that in the last three years Moratti, who is not only the major shareholder/ President of Inter but also the C.E.O of Saras S.p.A oil company, has injected 100 million Euros to cover the losses that the club is making. So how is one of the world’s elite clubs that is worth an estimated 441 million Euros and has increased it’s revenues by 28.3 million Euros (14%) to nearly 225 million Euros losing money? In this article I will look in to the financial situation compared to some of the other big European clubs and discuss how I think Moratti plans on combatting the debt problem.
Today (10th August) is our great captain’s 38th Birthday, he was born in 1973 in Dock Sud, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. ‘Pupi’ is one of the most respected players in world football with over 1000 appearances for club and country, he is known for his strength, resilience, stamina, and his ability to run past opposing defenders when joining the attack. He is also one of the most versatile players around too with the ability to play in several positions from LB/ LWB, RB/ RWB, LM, RM and DMC. He is primarily a defensive player but he has been known to run the wings joining the attack and has scored 34 goals across all competitions.
He made his Inter debut on the 27th August 1995 aged 22 years old in a Serie A match against Vicenza, and who would have thought on that day that 16 years later he’d still be here as one of our greatest ever players and Captains. It is well known in the football world that Zanetti is a devout Interisti with a love for the club very rarely seen in players of any club, he was quoted as saying-
“Inter means a lot to me, it was the first team to open the doors of European football. I was very young when I came here and I think not many teams could have had so much faith and patience with a boy in his early 20s from the very first day like Inter did with me. I will always be grateful for that. For some reason I have always felt at home here at Inter and this is why I have never thought of leaving.”
This years Italian Supercup was one of the most anticipated of recent years with Inter taking on city rivals AC Milan, and like all Milan derbies it promised to be a great match, and to be honest it didn’t disappoint, though i’m starting to think that the Birds nest stadium is cursed for Inter as history repeated itself and just as we did two years ago we lost the Supercup 2-1. Inter came out fighting and played fantastically for the first 30 – 35 minutes showing a fluidity and vision that meant Milan hardly got a look in on the action, but towards the end of that half the Rossoneri started to get in to their stride which continued in to the second half which started a bit scrappy and it didn’t take long for Milan to get the equaliser going on to score again and win the match. I’m not going to pretend i’m not gutted that they beat us but i have to admit on the overall run of play they deserved the win. Personally I think the main cause of this defeat was down to bad decisions made by Gasperini, the first of these was changing the formation for the second half which meant Milan managed to do what they couldn’t for the majority of the first 45 minutes and take control of the midfield, his other mistakes were in his substitutions where twice he removed a player that was being very influential, which brings me to the positives today Obi and Alvarez were brilliant especially in the first half where they both showed great vision with intelligent passing and pacey runs that were leaving the Milan players standing which i thought was something exciting to look forward to seeing more of in the upcoming season, it also proved the italian press wrong when a few days ago they said ‘Ricky’ doesn’t have any pace. Of course one other point worth considering is the fact that Milan were playing with all their south American players, where as ours are still on holiday after the Coppa America with the only exceptions being Julio Cesar and Juavier Zanetti who returned early to cover the injured Viviano and Nagatomo who were both were ruled out in the pre-season.
Here we are just days before Inter take on AC Milan in the 2011 Italian Super Cup at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. The match, which will be shown live on RaiUno in Italy, kicks off at 20:00 local time (14:00 CET) on Saturday 6 August or for those like me that live outside of Italy you can find live streams of the match online at FreeFootball.org or at Free Live Sports TV. With the Derby della Madonnina in Serie A not coming till the 18th week (Jan 15th 2012), i’m thankful for this years Supercup being against our cross town rivals, even though it won’t be played at the Meazza, as that is a long time to have to wait for one of the highlights of the Calcio calender.