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Vipaman2010-05-04 17:35:41 +0000 #1
I was looking for an appropriate thread, but could not find one. At any rate, I'm sure one of the mods will have better ideas for this posting, but as it stands I wanted to give major props to Inter for this boy right here:



Balotelli and Santon are this years revelations. Who else are Inter crafting in their youth scheme that deserves mention in this thread?

Santon "moved" by Azzurri debut

Thursday 28 May, 2009

Davide Santon is “truly proud and moved” to receive his first senior Italy call-up for the friendly with Northern Ireland.

The Inter defender is still only 18 and recently got his debut for the Under-21 side, but has already progressed to the Azzurri following Marcello Lippi’s call.

“I am truly proud and moved,” he told the official Inter website. “This call for the Nazionale is a source of great pride for me and Inter.

“I thank Lippi, who has always spoken highly of me. I want to thank the entire Nerazzurri environment that helped me to grow as a player, but also as a person with pieces of advice or the odd clip round the ear.”

Santon is one of eight new faces in the squad for the June 6 test with Northern Ireland, to be played in Pisa.

He has made remarkable progress since Jose Mourinho plucked “il bambino” from the Inter youth team, making his senior Inter debut in the 2-1 Coppa Italia win over Roma on January 21 – three weeks after he turned 18.

This season he has amassed 15 Serie A appearances, two in the Champions League and two Coppa Italia games.

“If all this has happened to me in these short months, it is above all thanks to the faith Mourinho showed in me and the chance to play in many important games with the prestigious Inter jersey.

“I realise all that I have achieved in these months need to be earned again and again through hard work and professionalism, day after day.

“This is a pledge I make with myself, because I have understood that good luck must be sought out with effort.”


devious2010-05-04 17:45:39 +0000 #2
Very good idea Vipaman! Inter has been develpoing and concentrating on the young talants.. We`ve seen only 2 youngsters so far.. I have no doubt that Mouriho`s courage move to pick the young ones and make them play as much games in the Serie A will make the other young talants that we have to start working thier asses to get the attention.. Mourinho is a genious!

Here is what I predict will be the next surprise from Inter`s primavera : Antonio Esposito
Vipaman2010-05-04 17:57:05 +0000 #3
I think Inter will need to focus more on this in the next few years as Blatters 6+5 idea is likely to become a reality. With talents like Santon and Balotelli, there should be no problem getting another 4 homegrown and Esposito might just be that one. Didn't he also get a call to the upcoming training for the remaining 10 spots left on Italy's Confed Cup team?
devious2010-05-04 18:45:31 +0000 #4
Yes Exactly!

About Blatter.. I dont think it`s becoming a reality.. as much as I know the sponsors holds most of the cards regarding the kind of these critical decisions..

This decision would just cause a sudden unbalanced shock to the transfer market.. plus we will be seeing many very talanted Brazilians and Argetinians even Urugians going back home playing in thier less important leagues if yo uknow what I mean.

I just dont think it will really happen.. or I wish it wont.

btw.. did you know that Santon`s main position is a midfielder?.. it`s amazing that he can fit as a sideback.. even the left back despite being a right footed.. the kid is just amazing! he has this champions characterisitcs.. he reminds me of JZ at his first years at Inter.
Vipaman2010-05-04 19:12:17 +0000 #5
Santon is very versatile then, and no I did not know he was originally a midfielder. Much like Zambrotta then, he might be used anywhere there is a lack. About 6+5, the teams know that the earliest it might become a reality is 2012, so there is plenty of time to prepare. It just means less in buying and more in developing, but it wouldn't cause too much of a rift in Spain, Italy, France, Germany really where most/many teams already have a decent amount of home grown players. The EPL perhaps, but they're getting as much advanced notice as anyone else, so there can be no excuses
devious2010-05-04 19:12:35 +0000 #6
Yes I suppose... well, we`ve arlready have Santon, Mario and hpofully Esposito soon.. those are the sure ones for many years t ocme.. by that date you`ve mentionned I think we could really find more 4 or 5 super Italian players to rely on.
bLaCknbLuE4LiFe2010-05-04 20:30:46 +0000 #7
i thought Santon was orginally a right back not a midfielder but i guees im wrong there.... Vipaman we also have Aquafresca who is owned by Inter so thats another great striker that we can call back in a year or 2... but his a little upset at the moment that we havent called him back
Vipaman2010-05-04 19:00:37 +0000 #8
Oh right, I forgot about him. So by 2012 it won't be too much of an issue with these four already. If need be Moratti can open up the coffers for some others even though he has a hard on for Argentinians

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