Friday July 19 2013
Walter’s Inter mission

Walter Mazzarri faces some challenge at Inter, but Giancarlo Rinaldi thinks he has the skills to revive the Nerazzurri.

I have been thinking a lot about Walter Mazzarri lately. It must be something to do with the long weeks without a fix of football action. My mind keeps wandering to who might be facing the most daunting task in Calcio in the season to come – and it is the Tuscan Coach's name which keeps popping up again and again.

Not that he is a stranger to a tricky challenge. As a young footballer, he was once being considered a contender to replace his idol Giancarlo Antognoni in the Fiorentina midfield. That one might not have worked out so well, but he has taken on just as tall an order in trying to steer Inter back to greatness.

His coaching career has followed a very different route to his playing days. His failure to oust a Viola legend from the first team ultimately saw him ply his trade around the football provinces. On the bench, however, there has been a definite upward trend which has taken him from Acireale in C2 to a post with one of Italy's big three.

But he's probably landed at the most dysfunctional of that Serie A trinity. Juventus are back in their role as domestic top dogs while Milan have clung on to their domain – the Champions League – by the skin of their teeth. The Nerazzurri, however, have become a tritacarne (a meat grinder) for managers since their historic treble under Jose Mourinho.

Yet Mazzarri was surely at the right stage in his career to take on such a titanic task. He might not have achieved all he could in Naples – a Scudetto would surely have sealed his legend – but he came pretty close. It was time to take on a make-or-break challenge for his coaching reputation.

Make no mistake, the Inter job is the rockiest of coastlines around which to try to navigate your managerial credentials. Only a handful of Coaches have lasted more than a couple of seasons since the glory days of Helenio Herrera in the 1960s. Eugenio Bersellini, Giovanni Trapattoni and Roberto Mancini delivered more than a dozen trophies between them to enjoy such prolonged spells in charge. Your passport to a feeling of permanence has to be stamped with silverware.

Mazzarri knows this, of course, and has quickly tuned in to the club's desire to return to the upper reaches of Serie A. His enterprising brand of football would be welcome too, but not if it fails to produce results. Fans in blue and black don't want another season of being mocked by their historic rivals.

For some strange reason, I get the feeling he might just manage to deliver what they want. He strikes me as the right man in the right place at the right time. That is unlikely to mean an overnight return to the Scudetto, but at the very least it should bring a shift back up the League table. He has a squad which is capable of significant improvement and has always possessed a clear vision of how his teams should play. That ought to be sufficient to boost the Nerazzurri's fortunes significantly. Although, be warned, I have been well wide of the mark with such predictions in the past.

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Have your say...
Inter will be back
on the 8th August, 2013 at 5:22pm
All these juventus fans don't realise we embarrassed and ended your undefeated league run on your own turf 3-1 with a full strength squad, before we copped the injury plague. You'll eat your words this season boys! Forza inter
on the 29th July, 2013 at 2:08pm
@ Anonymous: Every team in Italy must be patriotic for the country they play in. Every team in Italy should make it a priority to allow italian kids to reach their soccer potential and be allowed to show their skills in their home country instead of being loaned out/sold. Every team should have a goal to have a player represent their country. When Inter is a 9th place team I don't give a damn who got injured it's a disgrace. Heads should be rolling in the Board room and they're not. that's SAD!
on the 25th July, 2013 at 1:30pm
Lots of boring comments about Inter being the laughing stock. We won 5 in a row and the treble. As an Inter fan whilst I am a stereotype of impatience and bitterness.

We are starting from scratch. That 5 in a row treble winning side was made up largely of older players. It reminds me a bit like Italy 2006 to Italy 2010. The whole thing needed rebuilt not keep trying the same old formula.

Also to note - We are Internazionale, founded by foreigners. As an Italian immigrant I'm proud of that.
on the 25th July, 2013 at 11:29am
@ Lugullo Enterprise : What's with your no Italians in Inter rant? Do you know the history of the club? Do you know why Inter was formed? The name of the club derives from the wish of its founding members to accept foreign players as well as Italians. Go and look up a dictionary for the meaning of the word "international".

I do agree that Branca has performed poorly specially the sale of Coutinho.

It is a rebuilding process for Inter and I am very sure we will back where we the CL.
on the 25th July, 2013 at 11:25am
Hopefully my beloved Napoli won't fall back to much after losing Mazzarri, though I am a big Rafa fan. 
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 2:26pm
Do we really need to waste two subsequent whole Blogs for FC Indonesian Milano? Come on, you never write one about Atalanta, Catania, Cagliari and the other Clubs which hope to finish Serie A's league table with a single digit placement.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 12:57pm
@ Anonymous; weren't you ashamed during the Confederations cup to watch more Inter players playing for Japan/Uruguay that for Italy ?? An italian team with no Italians? that's like going to an Italian restaurant and there's no italian food on the menu! Right now branca should be worried about constructing a team that can compete with Catania. They're on the right track 2010-treble 2011-2nd 2012-6th 2013-9thn 2014 ?? Great work Inter congratulations you're the laughing stock of Serie A!!
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 12:56pm
Yes mourinho ruins clubs, spends his way to success an empties the bank.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 3:09am
Y so much bitterness from all the haters is it remembering of ur clubs own down time is it the lose of a certain record to a bitter rival in ur own stadium( and yes I respect it is actually urs) when they were suppose to sux or is it the knowledge that they could concure all of the league, Europe, and the world in one season its ok rejoice be glad ur time has come but yes it is also the whole leagues time will be wonderfull season 4 all enjoy ur success its been earned ;)
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 11:59pm
"naples court final sentence during 2011? Yeps, Inter found guilty with a tons of prove, violation to article 6 and worth of demotion punishment BUT cant be executed due to of 5 years expiry case rule in Italy."

Every "fact" here is 100% false. There was an attempt at a case against Inter that was not strong enough. No judge proclaimed Inter guilty of anything and the Prosecutor in charge had all the evidence against all teams in Calciopoli before limitations ran out. Couldn't make a case.
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 9:47pm
By the way, my favorite comment on this page is the RuBe fan who says Inter ruined Italian football by not using Italian players and then listed why Italian football is better now... "Tevez, Gomez, Balotelli, strootman" all foreigners except for the single Italian player WHO WAS AN INTER PLAYER DURING THE TREBLE!!!!!

I love this comment! Pure RuBe Class!!
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 9:43pm
The best Inter will do this season is finish one or two places better than last season. The season after, maybe better if they sign the right people.

It's true Juventus, Milan, Napoli, Fiorentina are all currently miles ahead of Inter but they could produce the odd random shock win against either as they did last season.

It's a rebuilding period for Inter, just as Milan had not so long ago, now look at them.
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 8:01pm
Please Moratti sign Branca to a 20 year contract Extension! Please make it happen. With Branca as GM we will ensure that Inter sucks for the next 20 years and as Inter sucks Serie A gets better. Hopefully we can win back the 4th CL spot and Inter never gets close to 4th place AGAIN. Spend your $$ by overpaying for guys like SILVESTRE&SCHELOTTO who by the way cost more than Llorente-tevez-Pirlo COMBINED! Mou is no longer there to do your job & now U SUCK AT IT!!!
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 1:51pm
Inter ruined italian soccer. They are the ones that proved that you do not need any italians on your team to win. As Inter rose to triumph, Serie A Crumbled. Now inter is crumbling and Serie A is on the rise. Players like Tevez, Gomez, Balotelli, strootman are coming to Serie A to increase the quality of our game. Now we have 4 teams fighting for top 3 - juve/Napoli/Milan/Fiorentina and it is great for soccer. For all I care, inter can go to Lega Pro i win't miss them at all.
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 1:42pm
Inter are a poor side,and please spare me the "Jomo" crap,his time in Serie A was during the absence of Juve.I would love him to come back and try now the the tea order of calcio has been restored.when your best player is almost 40 you know your in will regret Strama!
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 11:15am
@ 31 Sul Campo


Enough said
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 8:37am
Mazzari is a great coach but will probably get the sack by Moratti by christmas because he has no patience with coaches!
on the 21st July, 2013 at 6:15pm
Inter acted like vultures through Farsopoli and happily and unashamedly capitalised on the decimation of their rivals...claiming to be victims when they were not. Inter's period of domination (and collection of cardboard scudetti) did nothing to raise the quality of the Italian game. Italy suffered hugely in that period as the team was mostly foreign. 7 yrs on and the situation is the same at Inter. The difference is that other teams have caught and overtaken them. Normality restored.
on the 21st July, 2013 at 5:44pm
Zoli, i can't help but feel your comment is a sideswipe at me.

Without mourinho, eto, sneijder and milito probably would never have been inter players. Ask yourself who the key players were in the treble season. All the key players bar maicon were sought by jomo. The treble was won by jomo. Without him there pulling the strings and leaving it to morrati, well you've seen what has happened since, the club has declined rapidly. Napoli have replaced inter as the third spot team in Italy.
on the 21st July, 2013 at 1:01pm
Keep living in your bubbles.You don't stand a chance of making it to Europe even if your lives depended on it.Sick bunch of deluded fans you all are.
on the 21st July, 2013 at 12:34pm
Talking about calciopoli scandal, I can devide the involved clubs into 3 categories. First, the nasty one but smart and cunning club like inter. The second, foolish club with good negotiation skills like milan, fiorentina and Lazio. The worst of the worst, an idiot, stupid, and dirty club like juventus.
I am not a fans of those clubs, but I can tell that juventus fans need to move on from their idiot state. Your club got the last 2 scudetti, and still thinking that dirty scandal?
on the 21st July, 2013 at 10:41am
Aahh still there a delusion inter fan talked about calciopoli. Remember what naples court final sentence during 2011? Yeps, Inter found guilty with a tons of prove, violation to article 6 and worth of demotion punishment BUT cant be executed due to of 5 years expiry case rule in Italy. Hey dont tell me you didnt know about this :D
on the 21st July, 2013 at 6:12am
Mourinho had better and worse teams at his disposal and didn't manage anything close to a treble.
I can't stand his personality but he is a top-notch coach regardless, but to give him all the credit for Inter's history making 2010 shows massive disrespect or unawareness to all other elements in the fine balance we call a football team.

With enough time Mazzarri will lift Inter back up to where they belong. I hope he gets it.
on the 21st July, 2013 at 1:25am
Also inter main problem last season was the loss of concentration from the defense a problem which I believe will be fixed by mazzari who will instill discipline not to mention inter had a huge injury problem last season which most ppl seem to want to ignore before this they were in the top places challenging juve whom decided not to show up to play against one of there biggest rivals that match was surely not won on the pitch the pitch
on the 21st July, 2013 at 12:26am
Serie a will be very interesting this season I honestly feel that with the current squad inter have they should at least make EL with maybe a couple of key signings maybe CL as far as the other sides go what are they doing juve- have had good transfer campaign and rightly so will be team to beat, fiorentina are next, ? What have milan done as well as lazio, roma will be interesting and idk about napoli there minus cavani and mazzari and will have to learn new style under benitez
on the 21st July, 2013 at 12:18am
aah look at milan and juve fans getting happy about there corrupt little clubs rmember calciopoli?
on the 20th July, 2013 at 6:00pm
If Juve "was a joke in Europe" last season,then Inter is a hopeless team for this season as they always were except Mour's season.You can sell 70% or 99% of your shares,BUT you can never buy a REPUTATION that JUVENTUS had,has and will always have all over the world!!! Your player's knees will be shaking again before entering the pitch for a game with JUVE.
on the 20th July, 2013 at 3:57pm
Mazzarri is going to build a powerhouse at Inter. I love his coaching style because he knows how to fire up the players, I expect good things to come.
on the 20th July, 2013 at 3:53pm
I want Strama back! He did well in the first half of the season before an avalache of injuries killed him.
on the 20th July, 2013 at 2:26pm

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