WHIDBEY ISLAND, SEATTLE – Once upon a time they said that America was a long way away, whereas it never really has been, and in these mid-August days in Italy, with the team on vacation (until tomorrow afternoon at Appiano Gentile) and the transfer market ticking away, photos are coming in from the United States of what Inter can and is doing there, as we spread the word of our much loved sport throughout the world.
Whidbey Island is 30 miles north of Seattle, King County, home of Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam and great rock music; but it is also home to Bill Gates, literature and the Boeing industry. Yesterday the first week of the camp Inter set up and ran along with Crossfire ended. Seven days with around 300 participants – boys and girls aged 8-18 – under the supervision of the Nerazzurri technical team (made up of director Marco Monti, Andrea Ratti and Fabio Massimo) and with perfect organisation by 15 members of the Crossfire staff, coordinated by the director of coaching, Bernie James, and by the technical director, Peter Hattrup.
Next week it will be repeated (the camp closes on 19 August) and this will be the third training session in the first year of this collaboration between Inter and Crossfire. This collaboration has generated great interest in the basics of soccer which is being promoted throughout the world by the Nerazzurri Youth Sector based in the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti in Milan. The models for preparation and behaviour have been appreciated for their quality, approach and suitability for the modern game. Over the next months Inter Academy U.S.A will be announcing new developments involving coaches at the biggest clubs on the West Coast.
The photos from Whidbey Island – which are exclusive to inter.it and may be seen in the photo section of the site – say more than words can to describe professional qualities and passion, mingled together with nature and the joy of growing up through soccer. All under a sky of blue and black stars.
APPIANO GENTILE – In an
hour and a half’s time you can see an exclusive interview with Gian Piero Gasperini on the 19:30 edition of Inter Channel’s news programme (Sky Italia, channel 232), which the coach gave
after this morning’s practice match against Inter’s Under-18 team at the Centro
Sportivo Angelo Moratti.
You can read a sneak preview of the interview here on inter.it.
Gasperini, who picked up
his whistle to referee the match, kept his watch running for 77
minutes (42 in the first half, 35 in the second), after the first part of the training session was dedicated to warming up in the gym. "It was an excellent work-out played at
a good pace and the right level of intensity, especially in the
first half. Credit must go to the Juniores kids for their effort: they did
very well today and it just goes to show how much quality there is in Inter’s
youth academy," said the Turin-born coach. He went on: "The players that have
only been back a few days are already in pretty good shape. They
aren’t too far behind the lads we’ve been working with since the
start of pre-season in Pinzolo, and that means they kept themselves fit
during the holidays. That’s great because they always bring hard work and character to the pitch, besides their obvious technical ability which we all know is the
basis of this group."
Gasperini was referring to
Esteban Cambiasso, Lucio, Maicon, Diego Milito and also Jonathan,
who was involved in a practice match with his new
team-mates for the first time having completed his recovery and the specific preparation
designed by Inter’s medical staff for him, the Brazilian having arrived in
Italy carrying a muscle injury that he picked up at the end of his time with
Santos. The coach made the most of today’s session to take a good look at the South Americans in particular because from
Monday 15 August (in the afternoon) the whole squad will be back together apart from Julio Cesar, who is on leave till Thursday 18.
There are just two pre-season tests left for Gian Piero Gasperini and the Nerazzurri (2011 TIM Trophy in Bari on Thursday
18 and against Olympiakos in Geneva on Sunday 21) before the Serie A
2011/12 campaign kicks off on Sunday 28 against Lecce).
You can follow Gasperini’s Inter exclusively on Inter Channel and inter.it.
MILAN – There is another international friendly on the horizon for Gian Piero Gasperini’s Nerazzurri. After Galatasaray, Glasgow Celtic and Manchester City, Inter now face Greek side Olympiakos: the friendly match will take place on Sunday 21 August 2011 at the Stade de Genève – the home ground of Servette – in Geneva, Switzerland. Kick-off is at 18:00.
Tickets can be bought at the stadium from 12:00 on the day or before then from Swiss Post Offices, Swiss train stations, Ticketcorner sales points. Inter fans living in Canton Ticino can also purchase tickets from Manor.
Main stand: 70 CHF
Opposite stand: 50 CHF
Stand for Inter fans: 25 CHF (North stand, sectors H/ I/ J/ K/ L)
Corners of the pitch: 40 CHF (North stand, sectors G / M)
Children under the age of 10 may enter the stadium free of charge (a valid identity document is recommended).
Stadium gates open at 16:45.
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
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 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.