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Raspadori, CdS: “Giacomo refused Inter, but he enchanted the San Siro”

RASPADORI, CDS- As the CdS reports today, as a child Raspadori had really refused Inter to grow in Sassuolo.

Raspadori, CdS: “Giacomo refused Inter, but he enchanted the San Siro”

Qhen you score a brace at Milan, at San Siro, it can never be a coincidence. The seven minutes that change Giacomo Raspadori’s life are staged and they convince Roberto Mancini that one must take him to the European Championships. It is April 21, 2021. Sassuolo are losing 1-0. At 64  , De Zerbi removes Defrel and throws in Raspa, who has just turned 21. Twelve minutes later, he scored the first goal, in the robbery area, to Paolo Rossi: on the fly, with his left foot. The second is one of those goals that have nothing to do with chance. He receives the ball from the right from Berardi, low shot. He is in the box, he checks to follow as if he were a compass, short touch forward, like Gerd Muller in the final of the  74, he drinks Tomori in three meters and a sharp right to cross at the far post.

In goal there is a certain Donnarumma. That evening there, Mancini  Bolognese by adoption – circle his surname on the notepad. And when he sees him go into the goal with Juventus, with a left foot at the near post, after having asked Locatelli for a triangle heel, he has no more doubts: this one comes with us ”.

“And in fact Giacomo will be champion of Europe. He will play little, a quarter of an hour against Wales, but his call-up has the scent of the predestined. After all, if on 20 goals in Serie A 3 you scored some at San Siro, helping to beat Milan and Inter with a team called Sassuolo, it will mean something. At 22 he has 13 appearances in the national team e 3 goals scored. His debut with the Italy shirt in Bologna, his first goal in his Mapei Stadium: to Lithuania. The Bolognese are keen to let it be known that before Raspa the last to score with the national team was a certain Christian Vieri but back in 2005.

Raspadori, CdS: “Giacomo refused Inter, but he enchanted the San Siro”

“Jack was five. Raspadori is an atypical. On and off the pitch. He ended up at Sassuolo because the club wanted his older brother, Enrico: they played together in the Progresso, a team from Castel Maggiore, the town of Alex Zanardi, just outside Bologna. In Progresso his father Michele played and his mother Roberta organizes summer camps. Sassuolo took them both. Grandfather took care of them every day. Enrico played in Serie D and in Excellence. With the Sassuolo shirt, on the other hand, Jack made the whole process of the youth team, category by category, up to the first team. At ten he could have gone to Inter, to his he Inter “.

“But he said no. He would not have had the same space that Sassuolo guaranteed him to grow and improve. Solid foundations are needed to face the future and the world of adults. And Raspadori got structured. Even outside of football, taking the diploma. On this the family has been uncompromising: there is not only football. On the pitch he had Francesco Turrini as coach , wing of the legendary Piacenza di Cagni and in truth also of Naples in the late nineties. A master of dribbling, Turrini, old style winger. And young Giacomo is a sponge, he absorbs everything. Him without ever mounting his head. He is so balanced that at 21 De Zerbi lets him wear the captain’s armband. Someone wrinkled their nose. Er a on April 3, 2021, he thought it best to celebrate the event with a classic from the repertoire: control and shooting in the small area, obviously goals. It’s more of a nine than a ten ”.

Christian Marangio

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