[Today] I won’t be giving you the typical Ronaldo praise, there’s million wonderful pieces/articles about him on the web, here’s one them that I really liked. However I will analyze all the things that he has brought to the game tactically.
Actually, thinking about it now, one aspect of his game stood out from all of his qualities in my 5-year-old-brain: his ability to score goals. At the end the game of Football is about scoring goals and boy did R9 score goals.
However growing up, the Seri A had plenty of prolific strikers, pure goal scorers! Oliver Bierrof and Pipo Izhagui are two big names that come to my mind. Del Piero, Totti and Baggio were also wonderful players in that period. But none of them brought the magic thatI saw when I watched Inter Milan games. What was the X factor?
A bit of Football history now…
Some have called him the best player to have ever played on a football pitch. Others called him a Phenomenon, the likes of which the world will never ever see again. No matter what you think of him, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima will always be regarded by every football fan as one of the greatest ever players in the sport’s history. Having played for our beloved Inter, Ronaldo has also cemented himself as a legend at the club that very few forwards will be able to be compared to, let alone best.
My time as an Inter fan.
My name is Mark , I’m an Inter fan and I’m addicted to the Nerazzurri. People say you only use one side of your brain, I challenge that (even though I can’t prove it) I’m sure that one half of mine is black and blue and the oxygen it needs is provided by the day-to-day life as an Inter fan, for me that’s checking the Fan sites, buying old and new Inter shirts playing on FIFA and Football Manager as our mighty Nerazzurri. I love to spend time watching Youtube videos reading the latest news and checking fan sites and buying old programmes with legends in from times as such as the 60’s. Where would I be with out the passion for our great club.
I have wondered should I have grown up out of this? Is this what my wife should be having as a husband, a guy addicted to a team that controls his moods on match day and that the purchase of the latest shirt can bring such happiness?
I recently joined Twitter, and very quickly got the impression that there are others all around the world like me maybe even more addicted than I am but equally as passionate. I am still amazed by all of our supporters around the world and everyday technology allows me to read the views of our proud Interisti and everyday read translated articles straight from Italy and share opinions with others like me.
With the ‘Derby d’Italia’ approaching this weekend I thought it would be fitting to publish and update an article I wrote a couple years back when Nerazzurri World was just a Facebook page and Don Nerazzurri was an unknown Interisti from England trying to share my passion for the mighty ‘il Biscione’! Anyone that has read my tweets or knows me will know that like the majority of Interista I have a deep seeded hatred for both Juventus and also their fans (Collectively I like to refer to them as JuveScum), though it is this depth of feeling that for me makes the Inter v Juve fixtures the highlight of the season.
So how did the rivalry start?
The animosity between Inter and Juve is by no means a recent thing, the two most successful clubs in Italy have a long history of rivalry – at least some 50 years of it, though no one knows for definite what started it, most think that the rivalry goes back to the 1960/1 campaign and the famous 9-1 Juventus win. The story goes that second-place Inter came to Turin in April of 1961 to take on first place Juventus. Inter were only four points behind and had already beaten Juve 3-1 earlier that season in Milan. Unfortunately, so many fans turned up for the game (far more than the stadium could hold), that about 5,000 fans spilled out of the stands to watch the game from the sidelines, some even making their way onto the Inter bench. Despite this, the game started as planned but half an hour into the first half, the referee ordered the game abandoned because of the Juventus supporters on the pitch. According to the rules, Inter was awarded a 2-0 win (Juventus was a awarded a win under similar circumstances a couple years previous to this ruling).