Appiano: 77 minutes, 8 goals, brace for Milito

APPIANO GENTILE – It was an
evenly balanced first half, with Inter’s Juniores Berretti team
coached by Sergio Zanetti (captain Javier’s brother) keeping things
tight at the back and breaking forward, before the first team increased the
tempo and their running, upping their game, creating chances and finally scoring through Diego
Milito (on 39 minutes) and Esteban Cambiasso. After the break the
Nerazzurri Under-18s – missing 8 players who are in Germany with the Primavera team – tired and the score line began to increase, to the
joy of Inter fans who had crammed in around the ‘Tribunetta’ pitch at the
Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti.

The final result was of
little importance of course, but for the record it finished 8-0, with second-half
goals by Primavera player Samuele Longo (a hat-trick), another for
Milito (making it a brace for him), Walter Samuel and Ricardo
Alvarez. The in-house affair, which Gian Piero Gasperini opened up to the public (42 minutes played in the first half, 35
in the second),
was the first match for the South Americans who recently returned to
Appiano following the Copa America and a late holiday: as well as Milito and Cambiasso, Lucio (first half only) and Maicon (the whole
77 minutes) were in action too. It was also the first game for
Jonathan, who has now recovered from the muscle injury he carried
with him from Brazil. He was tried out mostly on the right of midfield,
with a brief spell on the left at the start of the second half.

Before the practice match
against the Juniores Berretti, the team warmed up with some muscle
exercises in the gym. The training session concluded with some
stretching work.

Raffaele Di Gennaro, Ivan
Ramiro Cordoba, Yuto Nagatomo, Paolo Orlandoni and Emiliano Viviano
all trained separately continuing their individual rehabilitation programmes.
Nelson Rivas was given the day off.

Training will resume in
the afternoon of Monday 15 August, when all the players who were away
with their national sides last week will return, with the exception
of Julio Cesar, who will be back in Milan on Thursday 18 August.

Appiano: first goals for Milito and Cambiasso

APPIANO GENTILE – Lots of fans, lots of running, a good display by Inter’s Juniores Berretti team, a few moves worthy of applause and two goals struck by Diego Milito and Esteban Cambiasso. The first half of today’s in-house match against the Nerazzurri Under-18s, which Gian Piero Gasperini opened up to the public, has just finished on the ‘Tribunetta’ pitch at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti. The South Americans who recently joined up with the squad were all involved (besides Cambiasso and Milito, also Lucio and Maicon), while Jonathan was fielded on the right of midfield.

In the name of Angelo Moratti

MILAN – On 12 August 1981 Angelo Moratti passed away in Viareggio. Thirty years later his memory is still incredibly vivid and not just for people involved in Inter. He was a man who was capable of leaving his indelible mark both in the professional and in the sporting world.

That summer’s day thirty years ago he was survived by a family who still today take inspiration from him and millions of Inter fans who, with the success of that Great Inter team, learned to believe in dreams and see those dreams come true. Other things that we learned from Angelo Moratti, were the value of work, the meaning of challenge, loyalty and generosity. All of these elements are indispensible to create a dream and do so with intelligence and with honesty.

His Inter team won everything, but Angelo Moratti is not only remembered for the trophies. His memory is still so limpid on account of his great personality and what he was able to communicate, and not just to those closest to him. This is why those who loved him saw in him a role model and those who knew him or worked alongside him have not forgotten him, and along with those who never met him, all join together to remember a man who really was an Angel for so many people, today, just as much as then.

Inter Channel, Cordoba: "Inter, I value it all"

APPIANO GENTILE – They gave him so many books, "we were at dinner and
people were watching. They must have thought ‘My, how much this guy
reads…’
". Ivan Ramiro Cordoba spoke about his 35th birthday, the 12th
with Inter. An interview with Inter Channel, airing on the news broadcast, took
place under the channel’s new direction on the first floor of the Centro
Sportivo Angelo Moratti. The defender stated: "Last night I celebrated
with my family at the sea, this morning we all had breakfast together and then
I came to Appiano for training. And here was, as always, a new party,"

because this is his second home.

"If I could give a gift to Inter it would be victories. Many of
them,"
which have marked the career path of Ivan, vice-captain, always
ready to pitch in and help the group. "When I arrived in Milan I never
thought I would be able to celebrate my 35th birthday wearing the Nerazzurri
shirt. So it’s also nice for this,"
he realised for having made history,
and having written indelibly in pages, both his and ours. "I don’t have
just one image in particular to remember. I remember it all with pleasure, even
the bad things, because I lived it all with great commitment, intensity and
pride." A true example of someone who might not make the front pages or
the news, but someone who makes the difference. By example. "Before the
trip to China, I asked the coach if I could make the trip. I knew I couldn’t
make an active contribution to the team, but I wanted to be with the team for
the first stage of a new season. It’s a shame it went badly, but the Beijing
experience was an important one, because we were a group, and that will help
us."

It will also help, according to Cordoba, because "in the first half, which
was almost perfect, we saw everything that Gasperini wants from the team. Then,
of course, at the beginning of the season it’s not easy to have consistency
over 90 minutes, but that first half showed that the group is working well and
a lot."

The defender is completing his recovery after the knee operation he had on 15
April (a ‘revision’ to the lateral meniscus). Even if he doesn’t say so, he’s
raring to go and working day after day with maximum commitment:
"Everything is going according to plan. Without a hitch. I still have some
routine checks, but that’s okay. I’m stepping up the work, and I can’t wait to
help out the team."
Buena suerte, Ivan!