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Friday, March 27, 2009

Marcello Lippi on Cassano and the Upcoming Games with Montenegro and Ireland

Mister Lippi has been in a swirl of controversy over his latest exclusion of Antonio Cassano. The in form striker of Sampdoria is a native of Bari, which is the location of the key tie with the Republic of Ireland next week. Some journalists have suggested that the Azzurri will face a less than welcome environment in Bari.

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"Sono arrabbiato per certi articoli che ho letto oggi che farebbero pensare ad un clima ostile che troveremmo a Bari (città natale dell'attaccante della Sampdoria) in occasione della sfida con l'Irlanda di martedì prossimo. Io le esclusioni dalle convocazioni non le devo giustificare."
"I am very mad about certain articles that I have read that would make one think that we will encounter a hostile environment against Ireland next Wednesday in Bari. I don't have to justify my exclusions from the team."
GLI AVVERSARI - "Giocheremo in un piccolo stadio (11mila posti), contro una squadra che avrà grande entusiasmo, ma dovremo essere più forti di queste condizioni. Se va bene un punto? Andiamo a Podgorica per vincere. I loro giocatori? Hanno tanti "ic", e Jovetic nella Fiorentina non ha ancora reso al meglio come in nazionale".

Mister Lippi discussed his opponents of tomorrow, Montenegro. Two players, Mirko Vucinic of AS Roma and Jovetic of ACF Fiorentina, respectively, are well known to fans of Italian calcio. Vucinic will not play tomorrow due to a suspension.
"We will play in a small stadium (11,000 seats), against a team with great enthusiasm, but we will have to be stronger than these conditions. Would one point go well? We are going to Podgorica to win. Their players? They have many 'ic', and Jovetic at Fiorentina hasn't yet reached his peak as with the national team."
Italian Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 27 March 2009.

Video of Cassano

Even if you don't understand Italian, this is a rare look at Cassano off of the pitch. He was discussing his recent autobiography, "Dico Tutto," (I Tell Everything). He seemed very genuine with a great sense of humor.

"If I get up at 0900, I offend myself. I sleep until 1 in the afternoon, go to practice, and then come home. My friends know better not to call me in the mornings because it will be a risk to them."

"I slept with five different women every month for years. You do the math."

"My first goal against Internazionale (when he was 17 with Bari) changed everything. Overnight, I became popular, rich, and respected. Everything changed."

"I played in the streets until I was 13. The sons of judges, lawyers, and supermarket owners played on the organized teams. I was without a father."

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