Wednesday May 29 2013
Lunatic Osvaldo in hot water again

Pablo Osvaldo once more hit the headlines for the wrong reasons during the Coppa Italia Final on Sunday. Luca Cetta wonders what now for the striker.

Olimpia the eagle was firmly part of Lazio’s Coppa Italia Final celebrations. Following their 1-0 victory over city rivals Roma, the feathered one was allowed to spread its wings around the Stadio Olimpico. One person who would not see the bird in flight was Pablo Osvaldo, the Roma striker’s feathers already ruffled. As Lazio commenced their celebrations, Osvaldo was headed for the exits.

The Italo-Argentine looked a forlorn customer on the bench as the Giallorossi struggled to get a foothold in the game. He was introduced in the final 15 minutes but did little as La Magica failed to find an equaliser. Osvaldo reportedly insulted Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli at full-time then marched down the tunnel immediately, failing to collect his runners-up medal with his teammates.

The war continued on Monday when the interim boss took a dig at the player: “Osvaldo? Causing a scene when the TV cameras are running is nothing new from him. But then in private he just moans and whines. That’s his problem though, not mine. For a player that represents the national team, he should have better ethics. But again, that’s his problem.”

Not to be outdone, Osvaldo took to Twitter with less than complimentary words towards Andreazzoli: “You would do more good if you admit to being an incompetent…go and celebrate with those of Lazio…”

Mattia Destro was chosen to start the final ahead of Osvaldo, the former Siena attacker a Coppa mainstay this term. He had scored five in the four matches on the road to the finale. Yet Osvaldo handsomely outscored Destro in Serie A and with 16 goals ended equal third on the Capocannoniere list alongside Stephan El Shaarawy. To say he was bitter at missing the Derby della Capitale showdown is an understatement.

The blowout is the latest incident to have befallen the striker during his two-season tenure at Trigoria. Last season infamously saw Osvaldo and Erik Lamela engage in fisticuffs in Udine. He and Francesco Totti were said to have fallen out. Zdenek Zeman had to deal with a supposed lack of effort put forth in training, while at Sampdoria he took a penalty from Er Pupone but missed. Furthermore, Osvaldo didn’t even watch April’s Derby. He was suspended and so went to London with his girlfriend. Fans have whistled him. And now comes this latest incident.

With 17 goals in all competitions, Osvaldo was Roma’s leading scorer and appeared to back up the petulance. Yet on Tuesday it was believed Roma had enough and put Osvaldo on the market. The incident was one too many for the Lupi. He has been linked with former club Fiorentina, plus Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham.

In the meantime, Osvaldo has lost his place in the Italy squad. Initially named as part of the 31-man Confederations Cup preliminary squad, he will not make the trip to Brazil nor form part of the side to face the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier just before the Azzurri fly out.

Before the final decision was cast, captain Nazionale Gianluigi Buffon defended Osvaldo, insisting it was a ‘heat of the moment’ instance, while adding: “I cannot say what our Coach will decide, I can only say that Osvaldo has always done his best with us, he has been flawless, for his commitment and in his relationships with his peers.”

That was not enough. Once Cesare Prandelli had heard the full story, FIGC President Giancarlo Abete outlined the verdict: “I spoke to Cesare Prandelli about the situation and you know the spirit of the code of ethics, which safeguards respectful behaviour. Before making the formal decision, we wanted to check with Roma whether the player had authorisation to miss the Coppa Italia ceremony. Seeing as he did not, our Coach made the final decision based on the information.”

Osvaldo has admitted he is a ‘bit of a lunatic’. Here is a player with an eye for goal and natural flair, but one whose character faults, outspoken attitude and bust-ups have taken their toll. The Azzurri have closed the door for the foreseeable future. His time at Trigoria appears over. It is clear Osvaldo must curb his blunt approach, one which has landed him in hot water on too many occasions. But just who will take a chance on the brash striker?

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Have your say...
Well it looks like Stek is off. £4million for a Dutch international who is in the prime years of his career represents a terrible bit of business, especially selling to the most overpriced league in the world. Wonder what would happen happen if we called Spurs, Bayern, Real or Man City and offered them £4mill for their top ranked European international keepers?
on the 4th June, 2013 at 11:51am
I'm really heart broken about this guy. I was so excited when I first learned we had acquired him and I've been cheering him on ever since. However it's frustrating to see him continue to shoot himself in the foot as he has. He has the talent and skill to be a true world class striker, but his temper continues to limit him from reaching that level...
on the 3rd June, 2013 at 9:01pm
can someone please tell me who Roma is looking to bring in the can help bring serious changes in results...! each day there is more and more speculation about who juve, milan, napoli, inter, etc. are looking to swoop up to strengthen their squads. Palotta has promised this revolution (this big global project) but two years later, we are still looking to begin. we were better broke under Rosella. at least there was some sort of cohesiveness.
on the 2nd June, 2013 at 1:56pm
If Osvaldo was even half the player that he seems to think he is he would be the best player in the world by a mile. However, he is not the only player to have worn the Roma jersey without a shred of humility. The squad is full of them.

If Roma are ever to build the team and reputation that the owners desire for them then the club needs a complete culture change. It must get rid of the people who propagate this culture both in the squad and behind the scenes.
on the 31st May, 2013 at 1:01pm
I think he is very good attacker. But like many others he is a moody player who needs a coach who would know how to handle him. He has definitely been an excellent asset to Roma this season, heck he is their top scorer in all competitions. And al though I don't agree with his latest bust up, the question that should be on every ones mind is: why the hell didn't Andreazzolli start him in the coppa final!?!?
on the 31st May, 2013 at 9:36am

What does ses and balotelli have to do with this article lol
on the 30th May, 2013 at 4:23pm
This guys ego is to high he thinks he is bigger than the team thats why he was left out. Giovinco wearing the 10 shirt, words cant describe how pathetic that is. The worst striker wearing the most prolific number there is. I just don't get it!
on the 30th May, 2013 at 3:58pm
This prima donna should not, ought not, must not represent the Azzurri nor wear Roma colours.

His attitude is atrocious and he doesn't learn from his past mistakes.

Being an oriundi and taking up a squad number should count him very very privileged but while his skills are above average, his arrogance is atrocious.

I rate Destro over him for both club and country.

Mr Prandelli, please discard this guy permanently and let Destro be Balotell's back up Prima Punta.
on the 30th May, 2013 at 12:46pm
Roma have blown it big style. Nothing we are doing this summer looks like the work of a "big" club - selling our top scorer (probably to one of our rivals, although we're kidding ourselves that Juve would regard us as such), begging for managerial scraps from Milan's table, getting rid of a Dutch international keeper and maybe replacing him with Bogdan from Bolton(!). Now De Rossi and even Totti seem to be talking about moving on, and its getting to the stage that I don't blame them.
on the 30th May, 2013 at 11:00am
@ must be very angry to have said that..Osvaldo is a good player and he stil has age..he needs a no-nonsense manager..he is cassanoII..they enjoy being in the media for the wrong reasons,but they've got talent which they end up destroying..@ peter,I believe a move to florence will do him good(as I'm a viola fan)Montella has that strong hand,after all he only left the game yesterday and he knows how to treat the cassano lookalike
on the 30th May, 2013 at 10:46am
we cant blame osvaldo
he scores we hate him
he gets sent off we hate him
he assists we hate him
he misses we hate him
he scores a 'hattrick'... he gets booed?!?!
my point is whatever he does he gets negative reactions, so he might aswell be the lunatic he is and enjoy himself
on the 30th May, 2013 at 9:17am
Sell him now at discount or keep him in hope of improvement? Doesn't matter. Fire Baldini and let the new GM and Coach decide. Maybe the new management can get the best out of this talented but trouble striker.
on the 30th May, 2013 at 7:06am
Osvaldo provides an aerial threat but not much else. He was poor in the friendly against Brazil but the system didn't suit him.

His attitude lets him down too and he deserves to be dropped. I hope this gives a chance for an Italian-born player to get into the team. The Azzurri doesn't need oriundi. Appreciate the locals more.
on the 29th May, 2013 at 10:47pm
He is a player with great possibilities but he needs to keep working, keep improving, be more consistent and talk and complain less. To act like a superstar and get away with it you need to be indispensable on the pitch and osvaldo isn't yet at that level . He has run his race at Roma and needs a fresh start. I think Fiorentina would be a good fit for him. The calm, clear headed style of Montella might just suit this talented but at present erratic and angry player.
on the 29th May, 2013 at 7:01pm
The man should not play for Italy. He drives around in a car painted in Argentina's colours. He makes a mockery of what it means to play for the Azzurri. It tells you about the lack of Italian striking talent the likes of Del Piero, Inzaghi, Totti, Vieri, Baggio Zola, Chiesa etc. Di Natale doesn't count he does nothing for the Azzurri. Balotelli and El Sharawy are nowhere close to the list above at the current time nor comparatively btw.
on the 29th May, 2013 at 5:19pm
osvaldo should of known better, and he can only blame himself for being left out. he MUST work on his temperament. he is a professional for god sakes. making a big salary, in the spot light with many admirers. after many incidents, he just doesn't learn i guess. the team and other players shouldn't have to pay a price or consequence for osvaldo non sense. it's about time osvaldo grows up and starts acting like a real professional (because he gets paid to play).
on the 29th May, 2013 at 2:40pm
Osvaldo reminds me of the crazy Edmundo!! I think his best options are 3...... Juventus (Conte can look after him) Fiorentina (were he can be the main man)or Atletico Madrid (Simone can look after him) I can understand him being annoyed at being on the bench in the final...
on the 29th May, 2013 at 12:47pm
While I think he is brash and needs to learn to control himself, lunatic is a little harsh. Way to be sensational.
on the 29th May, 2013 at 12:34pm
I am sure he won't have any problems finding a new home. But just how long will it take him to destroy that as well is up in the air. He reminds me too much of Cassano. A player with lots of potential yet constantly manages to sabotage himself.

Hope he resolves his demons before the World Cup and CP gives him another chance with the Azzurri.
on the 29th May, 2013 at 11:30am
All brawn but no brain.

I don't know who the hell he think he is. I'm glad his out of the Azzurri.

I don't know what Prandelli sees in him. Pick Matri, Quaglia, Di Natale. Heck, pick Toni and leave this jerk out.
on the 29th May, 2013 at 11:27am

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