Orlandoni: "From an Interista to the Interisti"

"Thank you wonderful Inter!

My heart is still pounding
but I wanted to share this emotional story with all of you. I came to Milan at
14 with a suitcase full of dreams, I lived in digs and I was desperate to
become a great goalkeeper. After four years in the academy, I began to move
around a lot, to gain experience. I played at every level but my heart was
always here, at the San Siro, where as a kid I fought to become a ball boy and
watch Walter Zenga from up close, especially when he used to get the fans
behind him, in the end of the stadium where he too started out.

After various spells all over
Italy, I was called back and I almost couldn’t believe it as I packed my case
for the last time. I was coming home, to Inter. I still remember that day. I
was at a Serie B club where I was negotiating a possible deal when I received a
phone call and…"Sorry, I have to go, that’s where I need to be."

The last seven years have
been fantastic, unforgettable. An extraordinary group of players have made
footballing history. League titles, Coppa Italias, Super Cups, the Champions
League, the Club World Cup.

Thanks go to president
Moratti and his wonderful family.

I thank the directors. I’d
like to thank all the people who work with and around the squad on a daily
basis, those at Appiano Gentile, at the stadium, Inter Campus, Inter Club
headquarters and at the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti.

I thank my team-mates who
have always made me feel important, perhaps even overly so. I’d like to thank
the coaches, the backroom staff, Professor Combi, the doctors, as well as the masseurs
and physios who have…held me together.

I thank Inter fans
everywhere. My dream has come true. I won’t be the next Walter Zenga but
they’ve always sung my name at the San Siro. I hope I’ve been able to return
that affection, and show that I’m just one of you. The only difference is that
I not only love this shirt as a fan, but that I also am lucky enough to play in

Now the first chapter is
closed. In the second I’d like to realise a new dream, to become a goalkeeper
coach. The best part is that I can do it here, at home. So I’ll be able to tell
future goalkeepers that playing for Inter is a privilege, something to be
appreciated every day, it’s something which gives you strength.

Forza Inter forever!"

Paolo Orlandoni

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