|Giovanni the Great Paolo Ghisoni|
it under the premises, his' seemed to be a stake almost loosen . The equivalent
to stake hundreds of liras on the coming up jade when there are lots of
purebred at the start. Giovanni Trappatoni, the most winning coach as well
as the most present in the Italian football, has chosen to get back to
his country to lead what many observers deemed the “Fiorentina powder keg”.
It is necessary a premise to explain how a coach who won everything could appear audacious choosing a Tuscany team. Trapattoni leaves behind an absolute slaughterer career, with three winning cycles standing up as many fronts. Torino and Juventus with six shields and all the European cups won. Milan and Inter with the still remembered tricolour as well as the record (58 points) and 1 UEFA Cup. Dulcis in fundo, Munich of Bavaria with 1 title, 1 national cup and a League one, leading the Bayern. Just during the German experience Trap yielded himself attempted by the return to the azzurro football, opting for the Cagliari as an intermezzo during the 95/96 season. A choice mainly dictated by familiar reasons, due to his wife and sons scarce becoming integrated into the rigid Teutonic social system. This period revealed itself as a real failure for the untimely exoneration, the only one along his more than twenty years career, carried out by the president of the Sardinian, Cellino.
It was just now the experienced man knew how to draw the better teachings from his past work, Giovanni indeed got back to Germany, where his popularity was still at the top, and along a championship not easy at all but anyway not plenty of traps as ours, he succeeded in re-building his winner fame; that's not all: Germans have learnt to love him for his genuine as well as frank Italian-Teutonic argot, which earned him also an award never assigned before to a sportsman.
The recent “golden lion” assigned by a jury, composed by show world representative and culture ones too, to the show figure of Trappattoni and to him as a leading figure of the sporting international scene, is the sign that the “elder statesman” of our football has brought his own image abroad successfully.
With these premises, a new glory and a new reliability curriculum to show to sceptics, we come to our days; at the moment of the great reentry to the most beautiful and hard championship all over the world, but the championship Trap has known how to dominate and win seven times anyway. Florence courts him for a long time till he surrenders.
But the environment situation in the Tuscan house is all but rosy. The detractors rub their hands waiting to give him the KO blow: there's the most representative man of the violas, Gabriel Batistuta, who does not want to hear of Cecchi Gori anymore and that has already reached an agreement with the Parma.
Edmundo, overpaid and capricious Brazilian talent, who leaves his
mates at the end of the season with an outward journey ticket for Rio de
Janeiro. But mainly there's a group of embittered players, disappointed
by the managing choosing to snob Malesani and let him leave, a coach
whom they have finally established with a very good relationship.
On this basis the decision to rely the leadership to Trapattoni seems to most observers a tactical suicide mainly for his preceding. Between lily and Juve fan there's an implacable hatred rivalry. Choosing a coach whose name for years has matched with the white-black glory means taking a big risk. Giovanni knows it and when Cecchi Gori performs the proposal of agreement, he cannot avoid commenting on “President, just me...”.
The viola crowd, as foreseen, does not agree. And it chooses the protest line the day the new coach is presented. It seems possible it would start a to the utmost war, between the company and the fan but mainly between the “denied juventino” and a town that does not want him.
Now Trap is enlightened the first time; he does not avoid the situation but faces his denigrators, he listen at them and tries to refute them. So it arises a constructive dialogue that seems otherwise an armed peace. Usual sarcasm will fall back on him if results would not arrive. The Great Sage comments on: “It was the same when I went to the Inter departing from Juve. If we begin the championship alright, as I am sure we will do, all will be deleted. I won't hear anymore those evil comments concerning the past”.
His work of re-establishment is going on, on the technical plan now and that is his second great intuition, Batistuta and Edmundo turn into the prodigal sons from being fugitives, called back by the Italian football most winning coach's charm. All things re-established, to the Fiorentina's sailing ship it does not remain anything but sailing toward, as it has been announced on the basis of premises, a real adventure enduring 10 months.
Ending the first sailing period it is time to make balances, dutiful considering that numbers speak clear. The viola's sprint, among cups and championship, has been enthusiastic to say the least. Leading the results in order to the peremptory sprint after the 7 victories and one ended in a tie in the first 8 official appointments. Not only that: the best attack of the championship with Batistuta already at the top of the goal scorers and the regenerated Edmundo, decisive in more than a circumstance. It is a compact group whose players are being considered for the National team. All events that bring to assert that till now the investment or, better said, the Trap stake has paid.
Winning at home over the Udinese, he has just outpaced, in terms of successes in the first division, the very great Nereo Rocco The “Patron” has hold this record for 21 years. It is curious the fact that Giovanni has been his preferred pupil, starting to try in the Milan under the supervision of the unforgettable Paduan coach.
“Nereo put me on way; he was a teacher, an educator, a man who knew what it could be expected from life and knew how to enjoy it”. The dutiful encomium of the present coach to the great predecessor.
And now raise the hand who would stake 1000 lire this summer on the new Trappattoni's winning period.
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