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...
Cassano never really insulted Inter, he insulted Strama and Mazzari. I think Inter was a great team for a man with so much talent but the men who had to tame him, could not. Parma will be a good fit for him. The team will benefit and the national team will as well. WC 2014 needs Cassano, just imagine if he was at the Confeds. I don't particularly like the man but I will never deny his skill...
on the 8th July, 2013 at 12:53pm
It is just very true that talent alone doesn't win you anything. Attitude and behaviour are equally important. Cassano is a prove and also is Mauro Zarate.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 12:52pm
Prandelli needs to stuff his stupid code of ethics. Cassano needs to be at that world cup supporting balo. He behaves with italy.

If he steps out of line, one of his cowardly team mates need to give him some of that floyd mayweather treatment. That will put him in his place and hopefully concentrate his game. My only concern is the whole italian national team are wimps, when your getting physically outmuscled by iniesta who is abotu 2 foot tall, then you know u have it bad
on the 8th July, 2013 at 12:38pm
almost every1 in this blog needs to stay away from their keyboards.

so what is cassano can be an idiot he is nowhere near as bad as he used 2 b. The reality is cassano says things out aloud that other players only say in their heads. he has no filter.

But he is a damn good player and i agree with the baggio comparisons. He has flare and quality. there is no other italian that has that. he should be at the world cup supporting balo.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 12:34pm
Milan got the better deal?! Lol Yeah, ok that is why you have nothing to spend whilst Pazzini sits on your bench and we have signed the 2 best youngster CF's in Serie A using Cassano and that €7m
on the 8th July, 2013 at 12:30pm
Let's face it - the guy was FAT, he was a disgrace to professional footballers.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 12:14pm
@ Viktor I'm largely unimpressed with the rumours about Honda. What are we supposed to do with Saponara? Is he going to be just another player who could have made it but gets crowded out because Galliani feels we need to have 3 players for every position? He's bascially a free signing who had a decent game against Italy in a friendly tournament so that justifies paying him Flamini's wages and crowding out other players in the squad. We need a centre back and we are letting Ogbonna go to Juve.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 9:11am
Cesare has to take cassano to world cup. He can be the difference. Cassano has had problems at his clubs but is still a top player. Cesare s man management is great, i think the strict rules he employs are great. Cesare take balo, osvaldo, di natale, cassano, rossi and el sha to world cup as our strikers.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 9:06am
That deal looks so great now. Cassano was never anything close to Baggio and could never be. Aside from the personalty issues Baggio had a much greater range of skills. Cassano did arrive at a time when Italy were losing their No. 10. Gone our the days of Baggio, Zola, Del Piero and Totti (to name players who were playing in the same era). Cassano is our only real No. 10. But he has never got close to his potential and probably gets more headlines than is really justified.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 9:05am
Cesare has to take cassano to world cup. He can be the difference. Cassano has had problems at his clubs but is still a top player. Cesare s man management is great, i think the strict rules he employs are great. Cesare take balo, osvaldo, di natale, cassano, rossi and el sha to world cup as our strikers.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 9:03am
I think Milan showed exactly how to handle Cassano. He was an important part of our league winning season when he signed in January. Allegri (who does seem capable of managing difficult players) got the best out of him. He went to Euro 2010 and had a decent (not great) tournament. He then had a heart problem. Milan stood by him all the way. And then when the time was right they swapped him for Pazzini. That deal is looking very good now. Pazzini got 15 crucial goals last season (to Cassano's 5)
on the 8th July, 2013 at 8:57am
These are the very players who should be banished from football the min they start creating problems. These are the types of player that have ruined football, just think how much money this nut job has accumulated, he will never have to work a day in his life. You think of parmedics and nurses who get up and work 12 hr shifts and then look at players like cassano who aft like they are hard done by. Resolution for all players like this is a year of real work theyl soon change there attitude!
on the 8th July, 2013 at 7:14am
Look, at least he isn't a robot like most cliches that put on football boots.

His interviews aren't scripted, and he is honest about his feelings. I would like to see more players like him. Ofcourse his career could of been better, but so could of alot of others. its all hypothetical.
on the 8th July, 2013 at 6:10am
"Roberto Donadoni put his neck on the line to bring Cassano to Euro 2008" ?! Something related to 2014 you mean?

Cassano is one of the most enigmatic players ever, big talend and huge mouth. All genius people are considered "crazy" by some. My only regret is that INTER didn't sign him sooner. Thank you Antonio and good luck!
on the 8th July, 2013 at 6:04am
Cassano never lived to reach his potential, but he was not the only one. Miccoli had his crazy way too of wasting his talent. Despite not getting the chance he deserves, he had his shenanigans. In my view, he had more potential than Cassano.

When I look a little bit back, I realize how grateful it was for me to see Del Piero and Totti play.
on the 7th July, 2013 at 10:32pm
On the pitch Cassano is amazing. Watch his Euro performance, and particulary when he turned and got past 2 german defenders and crossed it in to balotelli for header. And his seasons with ibra for milan were amazing,and they scored some amazing goals. He had so many assists despite have a stroke!!

He makes a few sulky comments here and there but is what he does really that bad. he doesn't racially abuse players, bite players, go back and cry in agentina for 3 month
on the 7th July, 2013 at 9:07pm

is that how you lot see it

only at milan i guess
on the 7th July, 2013 at 8:58pm
Baggio is my all-time favourite player, but I honestly believe if Cassano possessed a professional mind-set, he would have been one of the best players in the world, & possibly our best player since the divine ponytail. Cassano's raw talent is phenomenal, you only have to look at his highlight reels, & then ask yourself how many players can do those things. It is a footballing tragedy that we have never seen him reach his true potential.
on the 7th July, 2013 at 8:40pm
He is 31 now.. His time is up. Talent alone doesn't win you anything. Temperament is more important.. Football has seen far too many people like Antonio. Look at Guti.. Supremely talented, on his day, could do pretty much anything he wanted including making the ball dance. But disciplinary issues always plagued him..
on the 7th July, 2013 at 8:38pm
Have to agree this guy is demented.He is the epitome of controversy even though he has won nothing in his life.Always stirring up controversy like some kid at high school.As a Juve fan I'll never forget his comment about Juve players being little soldiers.All this talk about him being talented is all crap.He has always been outclassed by his team mates everywhere he has played all the way from Roma to Inter.I wonder why all these teams ever took the risk of buying him anyway.I mean for someone reported to have said "Sorry?I don't know what that means.I've never used the word in my life",when Capello asked him to apologise.I hope he retires soon so we don't have to go through his shenanigans...
on the 7th July, 2013 at 8:22pm
I suffered when Casanno came to Milan and I suffered when he left. In between was some magic. But, in the end an itch that never got scratched.
on the 7th July, 2013 at 8:17pm

The name you're looking for is Francesco Totti.
on the 7th July, 2013 at 7:58pm
Cassano had the potential to be like him, when Cassano was in his prime he was almost untouchable. Him and Totti used to create magic together.
on the 7th July, 2013 at 7:41pm

Lol we're stoked bout he's departure. Apparently we at Milan did a lot better deal getting pazzo then keeping the nut case cassano. So no neither Suzy nor milanistas are bitter about cassano leaving. Next season hopefully we'll have Honda. Balo and ses and Honda. Should be interesting
on the 7th July, 2013 at 7:23pm
Cassano is talented no doubt.but his behaviour has destroyed his career.had rows wit numerous coaches,tossed continuously from 1 club to me this isn't his last club either
on the 7th July, 2013 at 6:25pm
Please don't compare cassano to baggio that is an insult. Stupid overatted player.Sure some great players are mad but Cassano takes it to another level.
on the 7th July, 2013 at 6:24pm
Cassano nearest player to Baggio??? Not even fit to clean his boots now! Baggio has won best player in the world, Cassano would win the wingiest player of all time. Please, there are a few world players close to Baggio never mind Italian players! Cassano " si' pesante!"
on the 7th July, 2013 at 6:18pm
Cassano was one of the closest players Italy ever had to the next Baggio. Inter should've signed him 10 years ago. Coaches didnt know how to deal with him, all genius' are crazy. Di Canio and Beccalossi were examples of crazy players who deserved more from their careers but they also had a temper. I would've signed Cassano in a heartbeat after Roma, so what if he had a temper issue. It was his way of expressing his passion.
on the 7th July, 2013 at 6:02pm
i dont think susy campanale has got over the way cassano left her milan he did insult them i cant see how he has insult inter in anyway?
on the 7th July, 2013 at 5:14pm
Imo, Cassano has matured. He didn't aim a swideswipe at Mazzarri, the media has just twisted what he said. He said in a normal fashion that he went to Parma because Mazzarri said that he is no longer part of the squad, thats it. He didn't accuse him or anything.
He's matured alot after his first baby and his only incident in the last year was that argument with Strama. He didn't leave ac milan because of an argument, he wasn't satisfied with their transfer activity thats it
on the 7th July, 2013 at 5:13pm

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