Javier Zanetti celebrated his 600th appearance for Inter in the 1-0 home victory over Lecce on 24 September 2008, showing his love for the black and blue colours and his infinite gratitude towards the Moratti family.
“Thirteen years ago Inter opened the doors to what has become my second home. They put their faith in me when I was an unknown who had come from a small club (Banfield) in Argentina. I was taking my first steps in professional football and having the faith of the Moratti family was important, especially in a team with many champions and many objectives. The Moratti family’s faith in me help me grow. I came here when I was young and it wasn’t easy to find myself in a very big city like Milan. I have followed this path with them and I am very happy to have done so by staying at this club.”
Inter’s captain can’t stop setting records, and with last night’s Champions League appearance against Werder Bremen he matched Giuseppe Bergomi’s all-time tally of 117 European games for the Nerazzurri. And after the final whistle at Bremen’s Weser Stadion, Zanetti’s first thoughts were again of the club and the president: “Inter is my second home, this club has put its faith in me ever since I arrived here. My whole footballing career has been here, I almost feel Italian.”
Zanetti had long surpassed legends of Inter’s one-hundred-year history, like Facchetti, Mazzola, Burgnich and Zenga. It seems like an eternity since that 1-1 draw between Lugano and Inter in the UEFA Cup on 12 September 1995, the Argentine’s first step to becoming a legend.
Congratulations and thank you Capitano, from Inter and all the fans.
Inter’s all-time European appearances list (top ten players):
Javier Zanetti 117, Giuseppe Bergomi 117, Ivan Ramiro Cordoba 83, Giuseppe Baresi 73, Giacinto Facchetti 73, Walter Zenga 71, Alessandro Altobelli 69, Sandro Mazzola 67, Riccardo Ferri 62, Tarcisio Burgnich 61.
100% I agree to every man predict inter to be a last team standing in champion league. Several factor as based of my prediction are
1. Inter has a champion mentality
2.Inter squad is very strong, included few fantastico player like ibrahimovic
3.Mourinho, The coach always drive her team as not number one in the beginer, but in last. So don’t be surprised if Inter draw in seri A sesion started and not number one in champion group qualification, because inter will reach the title finally.
|Arsenal´s coach Arsene Wenger speaks during a press conference in Porto on December 9, on the eve of their Champions League group G football match against FC Porto. Wenger admitted he doesn´t care if Arsenal edge out Porto in the race for pole position.|
Arsenal lead the Porto by two points and can wrap up first place with a draw against the Portuguese champions at the last match .
That would guarantee Arsenal a second round tie against one of the seven other group runners-up, with the second leg played at the Emirates Stadium, but Wenger isn’t convinced that is the advantage it is made out to be.
As it stands heading into the last round of group fixtures, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Villarreal could all finish second and go on to face the Gunners, so Wenger won’t be getting carried away if his team come first.
“It makes a difference to win the group because it makes you feel you have done your job better than to finish second,” he said.
“Does it really make a difference in the outcome of the last 16 tie? I do not know.
“Maybe there is an advantage to play the second game at home, but if you look at all the groups, there is not a big difference between some teams finishing first or second.”
While Wenger won’t lose much sleep if Arsenal don’t finish top, he knows the positive effect of a victory on his young team could be invaluable.
After their stunning triumph at Chelsea, Wenger’s side once again spluttered against lesser opposition before scraping a win over Wigan on Saturday.
The lethargic, nervous nature of Arsenal’s performance suggested Wenger’s team still aren’t comfortable in matches where they are the favourites.
Nothing summed up Arsenal’s fragile morale more than the sight of Emmanuel Eboue trooping despondently down the tunnel with howls of derision from the home fans ringing in his ears.
There were mitigating circumstances for Eboue’s woeful display as the Ivory Coast defender was playing out of position on the left wing after coming on as a substitute.
But, with injuries biting hard in the Gunners midfield, Wenger has no intention of taking Eboue out of the firing line against Porto and he plans to reassure the right-back of his importance to the team.
“I think he will play on Wednesday,” Wenger said. “Of course I will sit down with him and talk to him. I believe it could make him stronger and more determined to show how good he is.”
Eboue is needed as Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky are both sidelined with long-term injuries and Samir Nasri picked up an ankle problem against Wigan.
The absence of so many midfielders has put more responsiblity on Denilson, the 20-year-old Brazilian currently partnering Cesc Fabregas in one of the Premier League’s youngest engine rooms.
Denilson is a playmaker by inclination but he has had to subdue his creative instincts and become more industrious to complement Fabregas’s sublime passing skills.
“Cesc and I play well together, he is a fantastic player,” Denilson said. “I have always believed we could do it because we have the quality.
“Sometimes I have to be more defensive, I am learning to stay more in position now and not to go up front too much.
“I still have a strong belief in the team because now we have more focus, on the Premier League, on the Champions League, on everything.
“In my head, it is now thinking no more lose or draw – just about win, win, win.
“Arsenal have a young team, but it is one with experience and quality. When you watch our football, it fantastic, all one or two touch and I believe in this team.”