Club Focus – Inter – Grazie Marco

With the January transfer window opening soon, the world of Calcio will soon be enveloped by transfer rumours. The difficulty is sorting the rumours that could possibly be true from the absolute rubbish that will no doubt be presented as fact for the best part of the next month. Fortunately, Inter have a squad that does not appear to lacking a great deal and consequently Massimo Moratti will not be forced into parting with his money unless a player of very high quality becomes available.

As Christmas presents go, Inter may well be getting a lovely – if late – one in the form of Macedonian striker Goran Pandev. If rumours are to be believed, Pandev has a medical with the Nerazzurri this week and will then sign with the club. Getting a player of Pandev’s quality would be a boost for the team, and especially as he would be free after he rescinds his contract with Lazio. As well as the striker, Inter are also rumoured to be interested in Lazio’s full-back Aleksandar Kolarov. The Serbian left-back would reportedly cost €8m, but his signing would raise big questions over the future of Davide Santon, who will doubtless be unimpressed by the club’s apparent lack of faith in him. Adding another quality player to the squad is never a bad idea, but why do la Beneamata not give Santon the chance that his talent deserves? Last season he proved his quality and with a consistent run in the first-team he may well establish himself as first choice for the club.

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The best player to be linked with the Nerazzurri over the Christmas period is Napoli’s wonderful midfielder Marek Hamšik. Inter director Gabriele Oriali has marked the Slovakian star as a player that Inter would love to sign, but the club realise that Napoli are reluctant to sell. “Napoli don’t want to sell him,”Oriali stated, “we will be waiting for now, but it’s clear that it all depends on the Azzurri if Inter are to sign him.”

In a positive piece of news – depending on your opinion of the man – José Mourinho has vowed to honour his contract with Inter until 2012. The recent turmoil with the media has apparently not quelled his desire to coach the Nerazzurri and Mourinho seems as determined as ever to continue his tradition of success. This also calms the recent rumours that the ‘Special One’ wants to take over as Manchester United Coach when Sir Alex Ferguson retires. He may well do one day, but it seems not until his contract has finished.

Serie A football is only a week away, and on January 6 Inter will make the trip to Verona to face Chievo. This should be a comparatively tame match with which to resume the season, especially considering that Juventus have to face Parma away and Milan has the difficult task of hosting Genoa. After the break, the players should be fit and ready to continue their domination of Serie A, starting with grounding the Flying Donkeys.

The very best news that has come out of the Christmas period is that Marco Materazzi has launched his own app for the iPod Touch and iPhone. The app will provide fans with news, photos and all the information about ‘Matrix’ that they could possibly want. This comes just weeks after our Inter Club Focus called for Materazzi to talk more, and now there is a way for Football Italiano to not only find out about what Marco is doing, but get a selection of wallpapers and games involving everybody’s favourite ex-Everton misfit. On this note we end, and Football Italiano is scrabbling around to find its iPhone in order to download this greatest of all Christmas presents.

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Inter Club Focus 2009/10

Pre-season


Another Scudetto for the Nerazzurri?
– August 18, 2009

Week 1


A stuttering start, and a Portuguese explosion
– August 25, 2009

Week 2


It’s derby time
– August 28, 2009


A wonderful derby but the champions of Europe are waiting
– September 1, 2009


All is well for la Beneamata
– September 4, 2009

International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)


Friendlies, injuries and stolen boots…
– September 7, 2009

Week 3


Nerazzurri look to the future as Ibra looks back
– September 11, 2009


Inter get a point, but that’s not the point
– September 18, 2009

Week 4


They never had a problem with ugly wins
– September 22, 2009

Week 5


Partenopei are beaten Black and Blue
– September 25, 2009

Week 6


Blucerchiati run rings round Inter
– September 29, 2009


Champions League? You’re having a laugh
– October 2, 2009

Week 7


I’d rather be lucky than good
– October 6, 2009


The international break
– October 6, 2009

International Week (Republic of Ireland-Italy, Italy-Cyprus)


Transfer Talk
– October 13, 2009


Back to Genova
– October 16, 2009

Week 8


The Puzzle continues
– October 20, 2009

Week 9


What next?
– October 23, 2009


Papering over the cracks
– October 27, 2009

Week 10


The pressure is on as Inter almost throw it away against Palermo
– October 30, 2009

Week 11


Judgement day awaits
– November 3, 2009


Just in time
– November 6, 2009

Week 12


A draw with Roma, but things look good
– November 10, 2009

Week 13


Back to the day job
– November 20, 2009


A Messi situation
– November 24, 2009


It was embarrassing
– November 27, 2009

Week 14


José gets ruffled
– December 1, 2009

Week 15


Derby d’Italia
– December 4, 2009


It could be worse
– December 8, 2009

Week 16


Disaster averted
– December 11, 2009


A missed opportunity? More for them than us
– December 11, 2009

Week 17


Resolutions
– December 18, 2009


How do you solve a problem like Mourinho [does]?
– December 22, 2009

Winter break


Grazie Marco
– December 29, 2009

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