Sunday July 7 2013
The Blame Game

Antonio Cassano moves to a new club and insults his previous employers. Susy Campanale says it’s getting too predictable now.

Antonio Cassano is an immensely talented player and one who has been given more than his fair share of opportunities by clubs, Coaches and fans. Unfortunately, we must all now accept that his deep personality flaws mean he’ll never deliver on that promise. He’ll probably do well at Parma and win over the crowd with some glorious flicks and tricks, but the tantrum is now less a risk and more an inevitability.

“Everyone must be aware that when you have Antonio, it is for better or worse. Throughout my career I have achieved 30-40 per cent of what I was capable of,” he said during his presentation Press conference at the Stadio Tardini. That’s precisely the problem – after so many years it has become evident there is more ‘worse’ than there is ‘better.’ Is it worth the bother having FantAntonio in your side if he’ll cause trouble more often than he helps the team? This is after all a player who had serious health problems and several injuries on top of those. Nothing about the man is reliable: not his form, not his fitness and certainly not his mentality.

The only predictable element of Cassano’s career is that he will leave a club in controversial circumstances, slamming the door in a strop and insulting those who had previously given him a chance. Sampdoria revived his career after the Real Madrid problems and he was sold after hurling abuse at President Riccardo Garrone. Milan nursed him back to health after a stroke and he repaid them a few months later by demanding an exit with barely-concealed brattiness. A self-avowed Inter fan, Cassano still managed to burn bridges there with Andrea Stramaccioni and Walter Mazzarri. Roberto Donadoni put his neck on the line to bring Cassano to Euro 2008, but you just know in a year or two we’ll be hearing the same comments in another Press conference after moving to yet another club.

“He did a few silly things, but has matured now and at the age of 31 won’t behave the same way he did when he was 20,” insisted Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi. We’ve heard this too many times now. If you have not achieved some sense of maturity at 31 after settling down with a wife and two children, you’re never going to.

Cassano is a big brat, albeit a talented one. Let’s stop beating about the bush and pretending this time it will be different. Just accept the situation, for better or worse.

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Have your say...
Great talent but not with a great brain,over again Cassano seems to have the same problem with the employers at each club and as always we see him out of a club blaming everyone else. Still he had a decent time at Samp (by far their best player)but what he did for Milan was ethically stupid and thus again his big mouth caused the switch from Inter to Parma. Hey good luck to him at Parma
on the 25th July, 2013 at 5:27pm
@ anonymous ..The article is talking about two players lives and experience they had or are having and thus COMPARING! Whilst I agree that Luca is not making similarities as footballers the simple fact that Cassano is talked about in the same context as the great Baggio....well only if you are a true Azzurri fan and lived the '90s would understand why this is infuriating! Well if you don't get it, then to 90% of us bloggers your the IDIOT!!!
on the 12th July, 2013 at 3:41pm
Oh your so out of your depth with me Stonz-inator if you want to bring Economic or Social climate into this. And what's that got to do with it. Of course players can choose to better themself financially, a "Ferrarri" over a "BMW". Then you idiot are you not contradicting yourself and agreeing with what I blogged, that they are going where the money is. Not that this is wrong, but its not because they feel the PL is better. Yeah sure Robinho really did go to MC for the scenery and experience.
on the 12th July, 2013 at 11:14am
daniel you know as well as i do that gettign into an inter or croatian team does not make you "amazing". I use words like that for Lionel Messi.

You clearly throw that word around i don't. We differ on our definition of the word. In any event i have seen those players and i say they suck. Well see next year who is int he WC.

The cap letters depict my superiority over stupid idiots like yourself who think they know it all. Im objective your not. Your head is in italy's behind u clown
on the 11th July, 2013 at 1:18pm
danielle gimp, you woudl do well to read your own comments carefully. you basically say i am not wortharguign with yet here you are replying, do you understand what im trying to say idiot?

you described both players as amazing. Gettign into a crap team like croatia makes you amazing? Ah yes in that case Miachel Owen was world class wasnt he. Icardi got into an inter team? Inter are not even a top 4 team, and look at inter's team, is it hard to get in there for anyone?
on the 11th July, 2013 at 1:14pm
do you see the point papaberts you idiot. Your a jester. Aside from England being better off economically, wasn't milan recently high up the list for having one of the highest paid salaries and yet they are still crap.

Does money also make the style of play better in the EPL. Your reasoning of finance is a poor excuse to try and find justification for why serie a sucks. You need to accept, the EPL is just better. Go on admit it.
on the 11th July, 2013 at 1:06pm
papaberts, im glad i can always rely on you to produce a stupid comment. You mention the commercial factor as the reason why top players pick England. Now ask yourself why it is that the premier league is commercially attractive. You can nto fault England for being an economic powerhouse and being a land of opportunity. Lets apply your logic, my neighbour has a ferrari i have a bmw, its not fair because he has more money then i do. If i worked as hard as he did i coudl also have that money?
on the 11th July, 2013 at 1:04pm
As a life long Milan fan it really would be a personal highlight for me to see Pazzini win the CL with Milan while Cassano waddles around mid table mediocrity with Parma! Don't mean to sound too harsh but it would teach him and like minded "talents" a valuable lesson!
on the 11th July, 2013 at 9:01am
@ Daniel Giambrone ....don't waist your energy on Stronz-inator. The only time he makes sense is when he's asleep under medication. What other explanation is there for his pathetic attempt to string two words together. In addition to his mental state I question (a) his age and (b) academic knowledge based on his literature.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 8:37pm
Icardi's achievements? Getting into double figures in his first season, earning a move to Inter, & having the Italian coach wanting to select him for Italy. Now you tell me why they are mediocre? What is it that you do not like about them? Have you even seen them play? Or are you just pulling things out of your backside, as usual. You are just a sad attention seeker, a keyboard coward that hides behind ridiculous names. Do the capital letters ease your inferiority complex?
on the 10th July, 2013 at 6:36pm
Dominatrix, you are indeed a simpleton! I went on to make a point so that the other readers could see my view on things, I didn't expect you to understand me as you are clearly too ignorant & obtuse. I'll doubt that you will get this but I will give it a shot: Kovacevic is a fine passer & dribbler of the ball, his composure is excellent. Achievement? How about being a regular in a strong Croatian team at the age 18? Icardi has good movement & is very cool in front of goal.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 6:21pm
Ooh woken up...Looks like the pills have worn off with someone. Now lets all think why best players don't want to play in Italy..hmmm£££££££££££££ now what can it be....hmmm£££££££££££££££££. Got it yet? Stronz-inator you haven't even grasped the commercial concept of football never mind grass root knowledge. With your comments I can't believe you call others idiot. I think the unit your in needs to increase your medication.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 4:50pm
mark, you call england bad. I can not dispute that the english national team is a joke, at least their achievements r. However, I and most people around the world would much rather tune into english football then italian. After winning 4 world cups the best players in the world still dont touch italy. There is a reason for that. I would not expect that to be agreed on an italian based website.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 12:37pm
daniel gimp, i like how you say my comment on icardi tells u all you need to know about my footy intelligence yet u then continue to try and make a point u idiot. Calm down with the different guises as well sherlock. as i said the guys you mentioned are mediocre. Tell me what they have achieved that makes them "amazing"?

The floor is your's, take it away...
on the 10th July, 2013 at 12:33pm
No matter how you may feel about Cassano, there are many things that can't be disputed, He is lazy, he wasted his best years, he has had way to many chances to deserve any more any where. Ultimately if i was a coach i would not put my job in the hands of Cassano and to honestly reflect on him being in the National squad again would be a lot like CP shooting him self in the foot. With Balo, Osvaldo and Cassano all having a reputation for making stupid decisions there is one hot head too many.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 9:00am

I think you have a 2-inch-wide brain. And it was outmuscled by 4-inch-wide tumor of stupidity.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 7:09am
Dominator you are so full of it and for a person that says nobody in this blog knows about football is very rich coming from someone like your self that obviously does not have scooby about the game, I mean you look at our beloved England of which are shockingly bad and will never win anything because we just do not have any players that are good enough to do anything, so we should really shut up about the Italian national side and respect their achievements because remember they 4 stars us 1
on the 10th July, 2013 at 6:23am
Oh nearly for got...Happy anniversary Italia 2006! Il cielo era azurro a Berlino 7 anni fa!!!!!
on the 9th July, 2013 at 8:56pm
@ Daniel Giambrone...well said! Stronzinator Dominator must be blogging from a Mental institution. He must be sleeping now after all the pills he's been taking! Lol.
on the 9th July, 2013 at 8:04pm
Dominatrix, you are a myopic fool! Are you really this stupid or are you assuming the persona of an imbecile in a sad effort for your own amusement? Calling Kovacevic & Icardi "crap" tells me all I need to know about your footy intelligence. It's not just about Balotelli & SES; Cristante, Petagna, & Di Sciglio have made their debuts & are now part of the first team squad. Knowing your sad mentality, you will enter a response under another guise to consolidate your points against mine.
on the 9th July, 2013 at 5:12pm
Where does the time go. 7 years today. Ive never cried so much, what a night, when grosso s penalty hit the net, there are no words. What a team we had in 06. Grazie sempre ragazzi.
on the 9th July, 2013 at 5:06pm
I have never been a fan of Cassano because he's lazy and his personality does not scream intelligence. He's arrogant and relies almost exclusively on talent to counteract his laziness or should i say his lack of form. I really don't care what he is "capable" of or what his "potential" is all I want to see is a 100 % effort day in and day out and He does not take pride in his job. He's a good talent but i would not miss him if he retired today.
on the 9th July, 2013 at 4:27pm
daniel gimp, when you say those players are amazing, i assume your definition of amazing is probably what i classify as mediocre. Firstly, those players are not amazing, don't get ahead of yourself. Secondly, although i think both are equally crap, you can not say milan focus on youngsters and inter do not. Milan signed balo and SES, now they are suddenyl arsenal? Do not let the fact evaporate from your mind that it was Milan that until veyr recently who were "the retirement home". Pot/kettle
on the 9th July, 2013 at 12:57pm
papaberts, i was complimenting Cassano and he is italian. So leave your plea for sympathy from your fellow useless bloggers at home.

I was making the point that Spain are a team of turbo powered dwarves yet they out muscle italy. Brazilw ere physically stronger. I just think the italian team need to man up a little bit. The whole team is afraid of Cassano, the whole of italy is scared of Cassano. The guy can be temepramental, so could ibra right? Cassano is needed for the WC mark my words.
on the 9th July, 2013 at 12:53pm
Viktor, it is a close call between Milan & Inter's youngsters. Icardi & Kovacevic are amazing, then you have the likes of Bessa, Tassi, Longo, Bardi, & I'm sure that there are many more. Where Milan do have the edge is that they have the intelligence & courage to play them. Inter drive me nuts with their mentality towards Italian youth players. Maldini's heir, I think that Honda would be a great signing & he could play alongside Sap in behind Balotelli. He would be a bargain!
on the 9th July, 2013 at 8:41am
How long til he falls out with Donadoni?
Wasted talent in my eyes, if he had let his feet do the talking rather than his mouth he could of been remembered for positive things.
The media in Italy didn't help as they stirred it all up for him.
What he did to Milan personally I find disgusting, the Milan medics saved his life on the plane, and he left Milan in such a bad way.
on the 9th July, 2013 at 8:04am
@ stronzinator..I mean Dominator.....You are clearly bitter against Italy and Italians based on your continuous swipes....Clearly I previously said Cassano is not remotely close to Baggio. And stop making reference to Spain and their players. Italian players are wimps? ...I Remember Tassotti against a Spain game! " Salutamm' a soreta!"
on the 8th July, 2013 at 9:49pm

Pazzo scored 14 goals for us. He's our new pippo( clearly not as good but he's an great asset for Milan). We got ses and balotelli wanna compare that your your "best you cf in Italy" I think not. Now calm down whatdosbyiu end up last season was it 8th or 9th?
Clearly Milan have a lot of talents youngster way more then inter. Balotelli, ses, de scigilio, niang, cristante, the list goes loooong. Yeah we got a better deal swapping cassano for pazzo I think we can all agree on that.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 6:23pm
Well said Susy. He is such a wasted talent, it is now pretty clear his career is on a downward spiral, I expect him to be finished within the next 2 seasons and he will quickly be forgotten.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 6:19pm
Guys at least he has the balls to say what he thinks and he was foolish at real Madrid but he did score often at nightime.Ask yr self when he played at sampdoria who was there best player ,naturally it was him the onto milan where they were very weak on the offense ,at least he injected very positive play to the team and that can be said of when he went to inter remember pazzini is an out an out goal scorer nothing else but cassano is a playmaker first then a goal scorer but people are critical.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 4:49pm

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