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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Christian "Bobo" Vieri on Trial with Blackburn Rovers

Atalanta v Siena

On 23 October 2009, Christian announced his retirement from professional football.

According to
Football Italia, former Azzurri star, Christian Vieri, will go on trial this week with Blackburn Rovers of the EPL.

Big Sam Believes in Vieri
"There is no questioning his ability, it is just about whether he can get himself at the level that is needed to compete in the Premier League,” (Sam) Allardyce told the official Blackburn website.

"He's got a goal that perhaps if he can play somewhere this year he might even get in the World Cup squad next year, so that is a great incentive for anybody."
Source: Football Italia, 8 July 2009.

Born in Italy, Raised in Australia, Soccer in the Blood

Christian is the son of Roberto Vieri, a former Juventus player in the 1970s who moved his family to Sydney, Australia at the end of his career. Christian grew up playing cricket, and didn't play organized soccer until he was about 12 or 13. He was exposed to soccer via his father, who played for Sydney Marconi.

During a summer trip to visit his grandfather in Italy, Azzurri legend, Paolo Rossi, took a look at the young boy as a favor to Vieri Sr.

His brother, Max, has been in the Australian National Team pool, and presently plays for AC Prato of the Italian Third Division.

A Much-Traveled Player of Few Words

Vieri has worn many shirts during his career, and played for famous clubs. He began with Prato, a Tuscan club, as a teenager, and made his Serie A debut with Torino. He also played for Atalanta of Bergamo, Fiorentina, Juventus, Lazio, Inter Milan, and AC Milan, respectively, in the Serie A, and AS Monaco in France. In Spain, he was the leading scorer (Pichichi) in La Liga for Atletico Madrid during his only season.
For the Azzurri, he made 49 appearances with 23 goals (10 scored during two World Cups which is the Italian record.) He competed at World Cup 1998 and 2002, along with Euro 2004.
He is not known for verbosity; however, famously walked out on a Euro 2004 press conference by saying, "I am more a man than any of you." During his time with Fiorentina, he lived with his mother on a farm, and took public transportation to daily training sessions.

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He also owns a restaurant in Sydney called "Vieri's."

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