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    Zanetti: "Soon on top even in the market. Suning on a long term in Inter and with reinforced concrete bases! "
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    'Inter Milan are my life': Javier Zanetti on football, retirement and a lifetime in blue and black

    Exclusive: ‘Il Capitano’ is now the club’s vice president and as he tells The Independent it's a responsibility of which he is immensely proud

    “Inter is my life”, Javier Zanetti reflects fondly. “For me, the ties between myself and Inter remaining after my playing career was very important. I made myself available straight away.”

    Zanetti is a player synonymous with success, with football fans worldwide almost unanimous in their admiration for the Inter Milan hero. 858 games for the Serie A outfit spread across almost two decades has led ‘Il Capitano’ on a fascinating journey, which today sees him actively involved with his former club’s day-to-day operations as vice president; a responsibility of which he is immensely proud.

    Inter became the first Italian club to be taken over by Chinese owners in the form of the Suning group last year and it has become a frequent debate in the modern game whether clubs should take the risk of selling to foreign investors. Zanetti, however, is adamant that the current owners have been nothing but a positive influence since their arrival; a statement supported by their unbeaten start to the campaign ahead of their top of the table clash with Napoli on Saturday evening.

    “Suning are a group with a lot of ambition," he tells The Independent. "They are serious about their work here and respectful of the history of Inter Milan. Together, we all have the intention of returning the club to winning prestigious trophies. This club is structuring itself to make that jump and I believe collectively we have formed a very ambitious project. Suning for us are a great support.”

    On the day of this interview, the media gathered at the club’s training base to learn about ‘Inter Media House’ - an initiative driven by the owners designed to increase engagement with their growing following. A revamp at the Suning training ground, including a new press room and state of the art training facilities, will act as a hub for the club’s multimedia platforms through which they will provide closer insights into one of Europe’s most successful clubs. “Today we saw the Inter Media House presentation, which has the objective of helping to reach our wider fan-base and improving and expanding upon the key values of our brand”, Zanetti said.

    “I follow all aspects [of the project] including the social aspects. Me personally being a part of Fifa and Uefa’s international projects is very useful for Inter Milan, too. There are also big projects here in Milan which I am a part of and I believe that all involved have the capacity and the will to reach the objectives which we have in mind.”

    Zanetti’s busy schedule means that his responsibilities include acting as the face of the club, while trying to give back to the fans who have adored him since his arrival in 1995. “I have the privilege of travelling the world and meeting so many Inter Milan fans, so it’s important to us to maintain this connection between the supporters and the club.”

    What is unquestionable is that Zanetti, who could be forgiven for wanting to unwind after a long and strenuous career, is as committed as ever. He is also someone who places huge emphasis on helping others, and taking a step back in time to his childhood reveals the foundations upon which these values were developed.

    “I grew up in a humble neighbourhood in Argentina called Dock Sud. From my house, about 200 metres away was a football pitch. That’s where I spent my childhood”, he says. “It’s a neighbourhood where everybody helped each other because there was a lot of difficulties. There, I grew up happily, because I learned a lot of things.

    “My mother was a cleaner and my father a builder. I watched both of them make big sacrifices for my brother and I to study. This is where I get my work ethic from. This is also the source of my generosity and willingness to help.”

    The lessons he learned from his parents are ones Zanetti directly attributes to his eventual move to Lombardy. “I am a big fan of Independiente and I played in their youth systems before being released for being too small, so I went to work with my father as a builder. This helped me understand a lot of things about life; it made me mentally very strong and it also pushed me to go and play for another team.”

    These experiences led the Argentinian to Milan, having decided not to give up on his dream of becoming a footballer. He recalls being gifted a ball aged three by his mother, which he credits as the catalyst for his love of the game. Taking the leap of faith and switching South America for Europe was a risk which ultimately paid off.

    “It was a very big change for me to come from a smaller team and move to a huge club like Inter Milan. Inter were the most decisive with their offer and that’s why I decided to sign. When I first came, I quickly realised that it’s like a big family here. Being a young man it was a difficult time; I had to learn a new language, meet new people who have different tendencies to Argentinians.

    “When I arrived I wanted to prove myself and that was my biggest challenge.” Despite those inevitable difficulties, he says the hospitable nature of the club staff and Milanese locals alike ensured a swift transition into Italian football. “People were open to me, very helpful and they had faith in me, especially the [then] manager Ottavio Bianchi, and that’s why I ended up playing so many matches in my first season.

    “I was motivated [for so long at Inter] because of my desire to leave an imprint on the club. In the first decade here I only won one Uefa Cup and we endured some difficult times”, a fact which it is not often realised due to the plethora of honours won in eventuality. “In the second decade, we won everything we could win and along with my teammates, we wrote some very important pages in the history of the club.”

    15 of the 16 trophies Zanetti won there were achieved under his captaincy. “I was captain during some hard times for the club and it’s in those moments you find out who is a good captain. A leader always put himself in front of the cameras in those situations, but the successes are the moments you look forward to. Having won all of these trophies is an unforgettable thing and they will always be in the club’s history. Most of all, we have made a lot of fans happy.”

    It is not to say, however, that Zanetti’s dedication was never tested. Famously, a chance meeting at with then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson turned into an attempt at persuasion by the Scotsman to acquire the Inter Milan captain’s services. “When I met Sir Alex Ferguson at the airport with my wife it was a really special moment because I have so much respect and admiration for him. A club of Manchester United’s stature looking at me is something I am very proud of.

    “The same goes for Barcelona and Real Madrid [who also showed interest], all are rich historically. I was grateful to them for their interest but my intention was always to remain at Inter. I wanted to stay here and help the club win important trophies.”

    He also acknowledges that the days of building success upon ‘one club players’ like himself have passed. “I think it’s different because times have changed. I hope those times return, because feeling ‘part’ of a club is an extraordinary feeling” he enthuses. Myself, Paolo Maldini, Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero, Ryan Giggs; these are all careers which are very similar. We all share a special feeling, because we have all been a real part of our respective clubs.”

    The span of Zanetti’s career also means that he has ties to a number of figures in the English game, some more obvious than others. The first to come to mind is Jose Mourinho, with whom Inter Milan enjoyed winning 5 trophies in 2010, including the domestic treble. “Mourinho is very well prepared; he takes care of every detail, has a big personality and obviously a great passion for football.

    “All of these components combine and with us, within two years he built something quite amazing. That is why we won all that we did.” He also speaks highly of his former international teammate Mauricio Pochettino, who he says is a “meticulous” coach who “transmits his passion for the game in his work at Tottenham.” Interestingly, Zanetti also has an indirect link to the managerial situation at Crystal Palace. As Vice President, he watched Frank de Boer’s reign at Inter last just 85 days, with the Dutchman facing an even harsher fate at Palace earlier this season, where he was sacked after four games in charge.

    “Results were not produced [under de Boer at Inter] and the first thing that happens is that the manager is held accountable” he admits. “Frank was very professional right up until his last day here, but unfortunately the results during his time were negative. Most of all, I remember that he joined us just one week before the start of the season, so perhaps he simply didn’t have enough time to prepare. In football, success is measured in results and he suffered a difficult start. This does not take away from the fact that Frank is a great person and a great professional.”

    Ironically, the man to replace De Boer was another of Zanetti’s former managers, Roy Hodgson. ”I have great respect for Roy. I saw him at a game last year and we hugged. I learned a lot from him so I hope that his new adventure at Crystal Palace will be a positive one because we are talking about a person who understands football and who is a great manager. He will bring a lot of experience and knowledge from managing many different teams and his wisdom will translate to the players and give them more belief”. This effect was seemingly the case last weekend at Selhurst Park, when The Eagles beat champions Chelsea 2-1.

    Beyond football, Zanetti is a multi-faceted man, who confessed: “I have always wanted to be known as a person first and a player after.” He splits his spare time between his family, restaurants and charitable foundations. He does keep in touch with his playing-side, training regularly through the ‘InterForever’ programme with other club legends. Retiring, he says, has been like “the start of a new life” to him.

    “I have two restaurants in Milan, one with just Argentinian cuisine, and the other is a mix. There’s also my Foundation - ‘Fundaciˇn PUPI’, which seeks to help disadvantaged children in Argentina, as well as the football schools established by myself and [former teammate] Esteban Cambiasso. I try to dedicate a lot of time to these, along with the social projects we have at Inter, which I feel very strongly about and are extremely rewarding.”

    The incredible emphasis placed on helping others stems also from Zanetti’s religion, which has guided him throughout his life. “I have always been a believer in God and this has helped me throughout my career. Especially during moments of hardship I am someone who goes to church to thank god, rather than to ask for anything. Religion to me is so important.

    “I have had the fortune to meet the last three Popes; most recently Pope Francis. He is my compatriot and the first encounter I had with him was very emotional for me. I found myself with someone who is very close to the people. This is why we decided to organise the interfaith ‘match for peace’ in 2014 to help bring people of different religions together through football, and I was very excited when Pope Francis suggested it.”

    What next, you might ask, for a man who has experienced so much? Simply, Zanetti says he will carry on. He is “at the disposal” of the club he loves so dearly and the ambition he once harboured as a player he continues to translate into his current role. “I want to further my work with this club and its growth, to support our Suning owners. Like I said, Inter is like family, and to transmit all of its values through our projects is very important to me.”
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    Il Capitano !!!! You have got to love this. He's just itching to stand up and jump. He's a greater Interista than all of us combined here really.
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    Zanetti praises Spalletti

    Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti says “the players are aware of their own strength” now and “it’s thanks to the great work of Luciano Spalletti”.

    The Nerazzurri are undefeated so far this season, having struggled to a seventh place finish last season.

    “Thanks of the great work of Luciano Spalletti and his staff, the players are aware of their own strength,” Zanetti told SikaSports while in China for a legends match.

    “They’re putting in very positive performances and we hope to finish as high as possible come the end of the season.

    “The club’s objective is the Champions League and we hope we can achieve that goal.”

    Zanetti also discussed captain Mauro Icardi, who is a fellow Argentinian.

    “Maurito is an extraordinary striker, he’s showing that, he’s our captain and he’s important for the group, the fans and the club. I hope he can stay for a long time.”

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    Does Zanetti have 2 restaurants? El Gaucho and Botinero? Has someone here visited them and can advice about them?


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    Botinero was very good broke a wine glass on my way in haha.
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    Didn't like both of them if I'm honest. Plenty of better restos in Milan.

    But if you haven't been, then you gotta go. Just for the heck of it man.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Handoyo View Post
    Didn't like both of them if I'm honest. Plenty of better restos in Milan.

    But if you haven't been, then you gotta go. Just for the heck of it man.
    Really? What did you have? Had the argie steak at Botinero which was very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toninu View Post
    Really? What did you have? Had the argie steak at Botinero which was very good.
    Steaks of course.

    PM me if you're in Milan, I'll tell u many other better places. (or DM my Instagram @handoyosudarga)
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    I liked Botinero as well. Went there twice.

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    Zanetti: Icardi very happy, Spalletti…

    Javier Zanetti insists Mauro Icardi is “very happy” at Inter and that Luciano Spalletti has similarities with Jose Mourinho.

    Icardi leads the scoring charts in Serie A with 16 goals, despite ongoing speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid, while Spalletti has taken the Nerazzurri top in his first half-season at San Siro.

    “I’m very happy for Mauro,” the club legend told Tiki Taka.

    “I’ve known him for a long time, he joined Inter at very young age but has always behaved like a great professional.

    “Now he’s showing his value, both on and off the pitch, the fans are happy and we hope he can stay with us for as long as possible.

    “Madrid? Mauro and his family are very happy here in Milan. He cares a lot about his armband and wants to embark on a beautiful journey with us. I hope he stays for a long time.

    “Spalletti like Mourinho? The things they have in common is that they’re two great Coaches and two hard-workers.

    “They work on details and convey great confidence to their teams, but comparisons are difficult to make. Everyone sees football differently.”

    /IL CAPITANO has spoken

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    With our recent woes in the full back positions, i miss this guy so so much.
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    With our recent woes in the full back positions, i miss this guy so so much.
    I m also pretty sure that he d still be better than all our current lbs!!!
    Which matches do you feel more, those with Juventus or Milan?
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    Il Capitano, please come back from your retirement, this priks of players need someone to kick them in their arses.

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    ZANETTI: "I'M PROUD OF INTER'S HISTORY"
    A guest at Volvo Studio for Vision 2020 Talks, the Vice-President was interviewed by Beppe Severgnini


    MILAN - At the club’s Official Car Partner’s Volvo Studio in the centre of Milan, Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti was interviewed by Beppe Severgnini.

    His career with its greatest and toughest moments along with special anecdotes and pieces of trivia were all touched upon in the chat that lasted just over an hour.

    "I grew up with football," said Zanetti to start. "The first present that I ever received was a ball. Inside of myself, I’ve always felt the passion for football even if I worked with my dad who was a bricklayer. Once, he asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up and I said that I wanted to be a footballer. He said: ‘Go, you’ll make it’. From that moment on, I had great motivation and my father played a key role. From then, I started to play in a team and I got to know Paula who was really young when we met, she was the daughter of the club President so we were going out in secret."

    "A person who changed my life? I’d say the two coaches I had at Banfield. They had lots of faith in me when I was young, they told me: ‘You have the character to play in Serie A’. They could have bought a more experienced player but they decided to keep me because they had faith in me."

    "The first time against Boca, I had an extraordinary match. It was one of those games where you get everything out of yourself. The match finished and Julio Cruz who would later come to Inter also played. After the match, I took the coach to go home with my father and my best friend. People recognised me and I was invited on TV for the first time. The next day, I saw all these cameras outside my house. That match was the showcase that opened many doors for me."

    "The Inter directors had come to Argentina to buy Rambert. Moratti and his son then called to sign me as well. ‘Ok we’ll get Rambert but we want the number 4.’ For me, it was strange to move from Banfield to Inter and when the call came I couldn’t believe it. I spoke to Paula, this decision would change our lives. To leave Argentina was a challenge for both of us. I thought that it was my big chance, that I’d do what I always dreamed of. To move country wasn’t simple, not for my parents either. Without my parents, I would have struggled, they were very important to me. The best thing that happened is when I could say to them: ‘Relax, stop working.’ There’s nothing better for a son."

    "Me and Paula grew up together, we faced and overcame many obstacles together. She’s always been at my side. She’s a humble woman and this was a key value for me. To come home after a defeat and find a woman who makes you calm and relaxed was important. She was vital in all the key stages of my career. She gave me three wonderful children. The youngest could be a footballer? If that’s what he wants I’ll support him at any moment. All three of my children do the thing that makes them happy and this is the most important thing."

    "My first match against Vicenza was unforgettable. The 1998 UEFA Cup win was a magical night. Madrid? I’d never seen the Inter fans so happy. Two moments stick in my mind. During the warm-up we saw the full stands and we all thought ‘we can’t let these people down’. After the match during the celebrations, I saw the images of the Duomo packed with people like San Siro was a few hours later. To see the Interisti happy was the best thing. To win the Treble meant leaving our mark on an unforgettable achievement for all of us and it will always remain that way. The difficulties that we faced made us stronger to prepare for everything that came later. Even in the most difficult moments for the Interisti, I was more proud of being an Interista because I knew that our moment was on its way. Real Madrid looked at me but me and Paula weighed it up wondering whether to stay or go without having left a mark at Inter."

    "The best player that I played with? Ronaldo and Messi, both are phenomenal. Against? Giggs, Maldini and KakÓ were hard players to mark. In training, Quaresma was devastating but he wasn’t able to show it all in matches but he since recovered well. A played we could have kept? Perhaps Simeone at that time had to leave but maybe we could have kept him."

    "Brozovic? He’s recovered like a great player after having some difficulties and it’s not easy to get back to the level he is at now. We’re happy that he can express himself, it’s benefitting the team."

    "The impression of Moratti? A father. He was the first to welcome me into his family because Inter is his family. He was with me in many different moments, I’ll always thank him for not thinking about the footballer but about the person first."

    "Our change started with Cuper and then we won with Mancini. Cuper did great work with us, we really fought hard in every match. I got on with everyone, I respected the decisions made by all. For me, the team has always been the most important thing."

    "Spalletti? He’s been able to create a united group with functional players. He, his staff and the guys deserved to make the Champions League. They’re doing an excellent job despite the tough moment that we went through."

    "The nicest guys? Taribo West and Maicon. Once, Taribo invited me, Zamorano and Cordoba to a mass. He then disappeared and we didn't hear from him. He then turned up one day at Pinetina with his tunic and we asked him where he had been. ‘I got married,’ he replied. ‘But we’ve played four games in the meantime’ we replied. ‘Brother, in my country you take a month of holiday when you get married.’

    "Inter vs. Juventus? We played a great game against a great team. Unfortunately, again there were individual episodes which hurt us. Football moves on, we can’t do anything. It’s pointless to get hung up on it if everything moves on."

    What did you think when you retired? "I thought that a really important part of my life came to an end, I gave everything. Now, another equally important stage has started where I’m looking to learn how to do a new role. Even at this time, I’m looking to fly the Inter values flag high."
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