MILAN – Inter were at Milan's Marriott Hotel this evening for the annual San Siro Gentlemen Awards, now in its 18th year. The gala evening sees accolades handed out in recognition of sportsmanship, fair play and style, both on and off the pitch.
An awards ceremony for the 'gentlemen of football' couldn't not include Javier Zanetti among the winners. The Nerazzurri skipper was once again named 'Gentleman Inter' and also picked up the 'Gentleman Championship' gong.
Mateo Kovacic walked off with the 'Gentleman Revelation of the Year' prize in his first appearance at the event.
Bedy Moratti was also up on stage to receive the 'A Family for Football Special Award', in collaboration with GLGS-Ussi Lombardia, on behalf of the Moratti family.
The 'Best Inter Goal of the Season' honour, in collaboration with Inter Channel, went to Diego Milito (Juventus v Inter, 3 November 2012). Unable to collect his prize in person, El Principe made an 'appearance' in the form of a video message.
The Gentleman winners were chosen by fans on the Gentleman.it website, on Facebook and for this edition also via the free Premio Fair Play app, as well as through the event's media partners Gazzetta.it and Calciomercato.com.
NITRA – The Italy U-17 team, coach Daniele Zoratto, has reached the final of the European Championship for the first time in history. The match will be played on Friday in Zilina against Russia (kick-off at 18:00, live on Eurosport 1).
In the semi-final, the Azzurri defeated hosts Slovakia 2-0 thanks to goals from Pugliese and Capradossi, and five of the six Nerazzurri players on the squad played in the match (Sciacca, Dimarco, Palazzi and Steffè as starters, with Bonazzoli entering in the 65th minute).
APPIANO GENTILE – Representing the present and future of Inter, Mateo Kovacic
spoke in an exclusive interview with Sky Sport Italia on his first few months
with the club and those still to come in a Nerazzurri shirt.
"I’m very happy. Inter are a great club and it’s a pleasure to play here. This year we played badly, but next year will be our year. Having so many injuries played a part in our missing out on Europe, but I hope next year will be better, that new players will come and that we can build an even stronger team," stated the Croatian midfielder to Matteo Barzaghi.
On whether he feels pressure to be the new symbol of Inter, Kovacic stated his feelings clearly: "No, I don’t feel any pressure because I still don’t feel like a symbol. Zanetti are Stankovic are symbols. Was I expecting to make an impact like this in Italy? I knew I could play football well, but I hope to do even better."
On his favourite role on the pitch: "The coach explained to me where I play, but in my opinion my best role is in the centre of midfield." Andrea Stramaccioni has always had words of praise for him, and the Croat spoke about this and the possibility of beginning next season with the coach: "I thank him for what he’s said. He’s young and a good coach, but these kinds of decisions on the future aren’t up to me. Next year’s Inter will be better than this year’s. We have no choice but to do better. Do I see only Inter in my future? I’m not thinking now about my future. I’m happy here and hope to stay as long as possible."
There’s also talk on the possibility of seeing Luka Modric at Inter: "He’s a phenomenal player, but I think he’ll stay in Madrid. Could I play with him? Yes, it’s great to play with him on the national team because he’s so talented. It would be great if he came to Inter but, again, I believe he’ll stay in Spain. Vrsaljko? He’s a good friend, and very young, but Inter make these kinds of decisions."
Finally came a question on who his idols are, and whether he can be the new Boban, Mateo smiled and said: "He’s a Rossoneri, I’m a Nerazzurri. I’m Kovacic, I’m myself."
APPIANO GENTILE - Inter continued their preparations for Sunday evening’s game
against Udinese at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (kick-off at 20:45), which will
bring the 2012/13 Serie A season to a close.
In today’s workout, the Nerazzurri performed a tactical warm-up with the ball, light aerobic work with the ball in three groups, technical and tactical exercises and a final training game.
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