6 posts tagged rossi
6 posts tagged rossi
Udinese v Juventus, May 1982. Paolo Rossi’s return from his ban for his part in a match-betting scandal. The boys from the Friuli - inspired by Franco Causio - had the cheek to take the lead, but it would end badly for them.
Delirio Rossi – Rossi Frenzy – the banners read when Fiorentina replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic as Coach earlier this season. It was supposed to indicate the fans’ delight at finally getting shot of their Serbian boss. Few would have forecast how aptly it would sum up the moment of madness which put paid to his successor.
The stunned looks of the players on the Viola bench said it all. Like the rest of the world, as the images flashed around the globe via satellite or social media, they could not believe what they had seen. The normally affable Delio Rossi had just launched himself at Adem Ljajic.
Half of your first choice defence and an influential midfielder are missing through suspension and injury. Many of the key players at the club no longer appear committed to the cause. The fans are in turmoil. Oh, and your next fixture is against reigning champions Milan who appear to have hit top scoring form. Welcome to Fiorentina, Delio Rossi.
I don’t have access to the former Lazio and Palermo boss’s email inbox but, if I did, I imagine it might look a bit like this.
“I dedicate the goal to my father, who died last year…
“A draw is good away from home. We have to continue like that.
“We felt we could even win the game because we were playing well, the team was running and fighting for the second goal which didn’t arrive unfortunately.”
Giuseppe Rossi, Italy’s goal hero in Germany.
There is an old picture of my cousin which, to my mind, sums up the word ‘Pride’. Aged about six or seven, he has his foot on a ball in his parents’ back garden and his chest is puffed out inside an Azzurri tracksuit. It was one of the first examples of merchandising to emanate from the peninsula and it carried the name of the man every Italian boy wanted to be in the early 1980s – Paolo Rossi.
Yet he was a hero who almost never happened. Signed up by Juventus as a teenager, the frail-framed forward from Prato in Tuscany underwent not one, not two, but three knee operations before his career got properly started. And when it did, it slammed headlong into scandal.