Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Sports & Opinions: Nagatomo Should Be Made Inter Milan's Captain!

Nagatomo should be the next Inter Milan captain
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Have been pretty busy these days and I wanted to spend a good deal of time writing an decent article to pay my tribute to the Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti, so for now, I just want to write a quick one to spread a message in response to an article I have read from, titled Ranocchia considered for Inter Milan captaincy.

The bow to Javier Zanetti after every Nagatomo's goal
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Here's what I wrote on the ESPN Inter Milan blog,

I think this match's result can be forgiven, since the scores doesn't matter to the overall ranking anyway. It is good to give the backup a chance. Mazzarri should have even gone further to test the youngsters, oh well. Wait till the pre-season friendlies maybe.

Other than who to sign/stay/sell, the next interesting question is who will be the next captain. I read an article from and heard that Ranocchia is a "strong candidate". I totally disagree, simply because he lacks the mentality and he gives up too easily. If you want a captain like Zanetti or Cambiasso, you need someone who doesn't get tired, doesn't give up his runs, doesn't lose his cool, have great respects on the rest of the team, has to be a true professional with sportsmanship... so there is only one choice in Inter, Nagatomo!!!

Yuto-kun ga Iku
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Those of you who knows the Japanese know what I am talking about. It's not because he has an animated film based on him, called Yuto-kun ga Iku at the Japanese Film Festival in Milan,

it's not because he is short yet can run tirelessly to cross, to assist and to score goals, not because he has played 105 matches for Inter and scored 9 goals, more than Ranocchia has played and scored during the same period,

A bow to his 先輩(sempai)
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it's not because he is Asian, because Inter Milan already means, "brothers of the world",

"This wonderful night will give us the colours for our crest: black and blue against a backdrop of gold stars. It will be called Internazionale [International], because we are brothers of the world."
—9 March 1908, Milan

Javier Zanetti's endorsement of Nagatomo as the new captain
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and not because he has already captained once in February 2014 and was endorsed by Javier Zanetti himself,

Nagatomo should be the next Inter Milan captain
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it's just because he has the Internazionale spirit -- Forza Inter! Never say die!

Inter end season with whimper by David Wilson @ ESPN FC

Ranocchia considered for Inter Milan captaincy | Serie A News @ Tribal Football

Inter Milan fullback Yuto Nagatomo thrilled to be movie star | Serie A News @ Tribal Football

Ranocchia @ Wikipedia

Yuto Nagatomo @ Wikipedia

Inter Milan @ Wikipedia

Video: Yuto Nagatomo Honoured To Have Worn Inter Milan Armband @ BallBall

長友佑都プレー集 2013-2014 Yuto Nagatomo Goals & Skills First half @ YouTube

長友佑都キャプテン、サネッティとお辞儀&インタビューで突っ込まれる(笑) / ミラノダービー Captain Yuto Nagatomo  @ YouTube

Video: Yuto Nagatomo, Andrea Ranocchia, Or Samir Handanovic? Who Will Become Inter Milan Captain? @ BallBall

NAGATOMO: "HONOURED TO HAVE WORN THE CAPTAIN'S ARMBAND"@  F.C. Internazionale Milano Official Website