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Saturday February 7 2015
Giovinco perfect fit for Toronto

Sebastian Giovinco’s arrival is just as important for the player as it is for TFC, argues Marco D’Onofrio, our man in Toronto.

If we’ve learned anything since Sebastian Giovinco’s plane touched down in Toronto on Thursday, it is that the move is about much more than just a team with a plethora of money to spend and a player eager to cash in. Rather, it’s a tale of a city desperate for a winner and a player longing to feel relevant again.

Over 500 fans welcomed the 28-year-old upon his landing at Pearson International Airport. They chanted his name, sang club anthems, and banged on drums as they awaited a man who wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but would soon be amazed but with what he saw.

In their eight years of existence, Toronto FC have never qualified for the playoffs in Major League Soccer and the city has failed to produce a successful team in any significant sport since the Toronto Blue Jays won Major League Baseball’s World Series back in 1993.

Whether it was through the grand reception at the airport, the Spider-Man graphics being used by fans, or the fact that the club have made the striker the highest paid Italian player on the planet, Toronto has shown that it believes Giovinco will be the man who will save them from all their sporting woes.

While it was never a secret how hungry the club and city were to sign a player of Giovinco’scalibre, it became abundantly clear over the past couple of days just how much the striker needed Toronto as well.

“I left Italy because I had many problems there, in the sense that I was always spoken of as a player who couldn't play at the highest levels," Giovinco proclaimed to the media during his first Press conference with his new club.

“I wanted to find a city and a team that welcomed me from the beginning as this city has done. In the end, my decision is a correct one.”

The city and the club have instantly made Giovinco feel important again, something he was undoubtedly searching for. Money was obviously a big motivation in the Italian’s decision to make the move across the pond, but for a player who has largely gone unused the past three seasons, Toronto presents a unique opportunity to be a legitimate star again.

Unlike Jermain Defoe last year, Giovinco has already looked quite comfortable in front of the North American press. On Friday, the striker was happy to do a number of interviews and smile in front of cameras for as long as they asked him to, something that could never be said about the English international during his time with the club.

Indeed, Giovinco and Toronto seems to be a good fit, although it is still early days in the relationship. Only time will tell whether Giovinco can ultimately be the hero that the city is yearning for, but the club and its fans have already demonstrated to the world that they believe in the Atomic Ant.

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Have your say...
So continues the downward spiral of Italian club football, which in turn destroys our National team, as evidenced by our recent performances. Immobile, Verratti, Pelle', & Giovinco, et al, all playing in foreign, inferior leagues.

Now Mr. Conte, who should not have been hired. The dreams cotinue of what could have been: a victory in Euro 2012, perhaps the Confed Cup 2013. But, alas.

Shattered hopes.

How are we going to go anywhere in Russia 2018 ???
We won't! Even with Ancellotti!
on the 9th February, 2015 at 7:37pm
I am a big Juventus fan and have watched Gio through his Juve career. I wish him the best in TO, but lets be honest here. What the MLS lacks in skill players it makes up for with physical players.... I have a feeling that Gio will be manhandled, and his effect will be minimal. Gio belongs in a league that focuses more on skill, and that definitely isn't the MLS.
on the 9th February, 2015 at 3:27pm
I really hope Gio will do well.He was under rated by Juve.He should have remained at Parma or Empoli where he did very well.For some reasons big Italian clubs do not have the patience towards their own kind but do on foreign players.Doesn't make sense.I hope he will not be forgotten because every time he plays for Italy he has always done the best he can.He also needs to believe in himself.I hope he proves all the doubters what a great player he is.Forza Gio e Forza Italia.
on the 9th February, 2015 at 1:28pm
Anonymous, either your hope is SG will languish in Toronto or you're not very informed on the team's makeup. SG will no doubt be relied upon to set up with most of the finishing duties falling on TFCs second newest signing, Altidore. Rey and the Brazilian Jackson will provide the runs and crosses from the flanks and Miichael Bradley should provide the necessary balance in the mid. Anyone who knows TFC doesn't doubt goals will be in abundance. It's the D that's worrying
on the 9th February, 2015 at 4:53am
Gio is a good pick up but it he alone will not do it for Toronto. If he plays up front Toronto has no set up man. If Gio plays more of midfield role, there is no finisher up front. Still too many pieces missing from the TFC squad. With out those other pieces Gio will languish.
on the 8th February, 2015 at 7:06pm
There is no doubting Gio's talents i have watched him play since he started in the youth academy. However the one problem that Gio has & many coaches have confirmed it, is his hight & lack of strength. He is short and easily get's pushed off the ball which has happened constantly he get's free kicks but a lot of times he doesn't get the call & that leaves his teammates in difficulty. Coaches don't trust him and when he has been given the chance he didn't deliver. I wish him good luck in Toronto.
on the 8th February, 2015 at 11:24am
Welcome to Toronto Seba. Prove those doubters wrong...
on the 8th February, 2015 at 8:19am
NEVER given a real opportunity to shine in turin there is no doubting his talent, Toronto is getting a player in the prime of his career, this in itself is a great move!
Giovo will bring heart and spirit to a team that desperately needs it! I hope he plays well enough for Conte to keep choosing him as I believe what he has not provided in Seria A he can deliver to the national team, take your money Sebastian they are going to love you in Toronto...Forza Italia!!!!!
on the 8th February, 2015 at 4:14am
Another talent wasted by short-sighted Serie A clubs.
on the 8th February, 2015 at 3:30am
@MLS_BALLER: I think your biggest trouble is expecting an "Italian" perspective from this site. You won't get it here. Aside from that, once an Italian player is gone from Italy, especially gone into a bush-league like the MLS, he's forgotten. Even "hero" English players in the MLS are forgotten, unless they make the entertainment news, like Beckham did. But then Beckham was worth remembering. Gio is not. You're welcome to Gio and good luck. Italy has already forgotten him.
on the 7th February, 2015 at 10:53pm
Welcome to Canada GIO !!!
on the 7th February, 2015 at 7:53pm
Some real hack editing. Don't visit your site often, but this doesn't keep me on it. Not sure if this is your guest blogger or the editor on staff ... Not cool either way. Big MLS fan and want to read about Italians playing in the league for a Italian perspective but not when I'm making edits in your work. Great background info tho on the history of Toronto sports and TFC.
on the 7th February, 2015 at 5:46pm
The Atomic Ant is Toronto's newest superhero! I really hope he can deliver for all the Italians and soccer fans across Toronto. Solid read!
on the 7th February, 2015 at 5:08pm

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