Tuesday January 22 2013
Soccer Italia: Atonement for the Atomic Ant

Critical of Juventus during his time in Parma and criticised by fans since returning to Turin, Sebastian Giovinco has slowly begun to prove his worth - as Scott Fleming writes in the latest issue of Soccer Italia.

One thing Juventus were in no doubt of when they re-signed Sebastian Giovinco last June was his sharp shooting ability. After all, he’d spent the last two years sniping at them.

“Yeah, every now and then I said something sharp,” confessed ‘La Formica Atomica’ in an interview with Turin daily Tuttosport a few days after the move was made official. “But those words were spoken from nervousness and disappointment at not being able to play for Juventus. I have never had any bad feelings towards Juve.”

In many ways Giovinco’s return felt like a Prodigal Son moment. If anyone can ever be said to have been born to play for Juventus, it’s him. The Bianconeri’s remarkable popularity throughout Italy is often attributed to the fact that so many southern immigrants came to Turin to work for FIAT in the past, and gave their allegiance to the football club ran by their employers the Agnelli family.

Seba is a son of southern immigrants, born in Turin. He signed for the club at the age of nine, and acted as a ballboy at the old Stadio delle Alpi. When he and Claudio Marchisio – another Turin native and lifelong supporter – made their debuts during season 2006-07, it seemed like Juve had found two future flag bearers for the price of one, to help them reclaim their name after the ignominy of the Calciopoli scandal and being confined to Serie B...

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