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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fabio Cannavaro: "I was discriminated more in Italy as a Neopolitan than Abroad as an Italian."


Video from the Oscar del Calcio 2005 ceremony, where he was named defender of the year, while playing for Juventus FC.

In a brief interview today (actually excerpts from Chi Magazine) in La Gazzetta dello Sport, the great Azzurri capitan, Fabio Cannavaro, gave his opinion on three issues: Alex Del Piero v. Antonio Cassano, racism, and Ronaldo.

"Del Piero ha disputato una stagione eccezionale". Fabio Cannavaro si aggiunge alla lista degli sponsor del numero 10 bianconero. In un'intervista al settimanale 'Chi' in edicola domani, il difensore del Real Madrid si è sbilanciato: "Alex ha fatto quello che doveva per meritare la convocazione".

CASSANO NO - Dopo l'endorsement del capitano della Nazionale, per il ct Donadoni diventerà sempre più difficile rinunciare a Del Piero. Altro discorso per Antonio Cassano: "Sta giocando bene - ha detto Cannavaro a proposito dell'ex compagno - ma purtroppo ha commesso ancora qualche ingenuità a livello caratteriale. Non è un ragazzino, deve stare più attento, altrimenti perde credibilità".

RAZZISMO -
Il capitano ha voluto dire la sua anche sulla tolleranza zero annunciata dal presidente dell'Uefa Platini per gli Europei: "Sono stato più discriminato in Italia come napoletano che all'estero come italiano. Quando negli stadi mi urlavano 'Cannavaro terrone' mi davano la carica". E sullo scandalo in cui è rimasto coinvolto Ronaldo: "Mi sembra che in questa storia lo abbiano voluto incastrare, gli hanno teso una trappola. La gente può essere cattiva"."

"Del Piero had an exceptional season." Fabio Cannavaro added himself to the sponsors of the #10 of Juventus (for Euro 2008). In an interview with the Italian weekly 'Chi' that will be published tomorrow, the Real Madrid defender was not impartial: "Alex has done what he needed to do to merit the convocation."

No to Cassano. After the endorsement of the National team capitan, it will become increasingly difficult for the head coach, Roberto Donadoni, to leave him (Del Piero) out of the squad. Another discussion about Antonio Cassano. "He is playing well," added Cannavaro on his former Real Madrid teammate, "but unfortunately, he has again been ingenuous at the character level. He is not a kid, he has to be more attentive or else he will lose credibility."

Racism. The Azzurri capitan wanted to comment on the Zero Tolerance campaign of UEFA President Platini during Euro 2008. "I was more discriminated in Italy as a Neopolitan than abroad as an Italian. When they yelled at the stadium 'Cannavaro terrone' (derogatory term for a Southerner), they charged me up." And on the scandal that has happened to Ronaldo of AC Milan: "It seems to me that in this story they wanted to slaughter him (as sheep to slaughter), they set up a trap. People can be bad."

Fabio Doesn't Mince Words

The theme of Cannavaro's comment on his treatment was something that few politicians would ever state in public. Regardless of national origin. For it is a well-known fact that there is more discrimination within a group than outside of it.

Take the example of Italians who came to the United States. The word "Wop" did not really mean "With Out Papers." It was an Americanized version of "guapo," which was a term that meant handsome in Italian. But in this case, a word used (like terrone) to make fun of Southerners and Sicilians by Northern Italians. As in "dark and handsome." But the acronym was used by Americans from all groups to poke fun and discriminate against Italian immigrants.

Napule has il mare, il Vesuvio, and Fabio Cannavaro. Il grande capitano with 115 caps is rapidly approaching Paolo Maldini's all-time record of 126. From ball boy at World Cup 90 to World Cup champion in 06. From the shadows of Stadio Sao Paolo to glory in the Olympic Stadium of Munich. "The Berlin Wall." The best player at World Cup 2006: Signor Cannavaro.

Bring back the European Cup to where it belongs, caro Fabio. We have waited 40 years.

3 comments:

Jake said...

that's pretty crazy. but i get what he's saying...

Mirko said...

We all love Fabio Cannavaro :)

Mirko said...

We all love Fabio Cannavaro!
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Eyh7ZHI4mcw

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