The number 10

 

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

My career began in an amateur youth team where it came natural to place myself among midfielders and strikers. At 13 years old I went to Bologna and I played for every team of the youth sector as trequartista, a wonderful role because it allowed me to always be in the heart of the game, start the play, serve my team-mates or find the net. The nicest thing was being always very important for the team, in a few words the player who made a difference.

mancini-bologna

At 16 years old I made my debut in the Serie A. Unfortunately, Bologna were not a great team and so coach Burgnich decided to field me - with his and my great regret – as pure striker. There were rankings, balances and the fact that I also scored goals. I netted nine times, but Bologna were relegated and Sampdoria signed me. My wish for the following year was to finally play in my role, the trequartista.

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The season started and my dream was shattered by the new coach when I told him what my expectations were and he got up and walked away. And there ended my dream before even starting. Today that I am no longer a football player, I am very happy with my career as a striker, but I think it would have been even better if I could have played in my natural role of trequartista. I say this because unfortunately a player with these features should be lucky to find a certain type of team, but above all a coach who also knows how to change his type of game.

 

CONCLUSION

I understand, and it is right, that a team has an organized game and balance, but I think there is always need for these great players who:

  • make a difference in many games;

  • take responsibility when things do not go well on and off the field;

  • help their less technically-skilled team-mates;

  • also help the coach when the team does not go well - and during the year, this can happen;

  • entertain the fans sometimes with extraordinary pieces of skill which can also make the coach angry.

 

Roberto Mancini's 2000/01 Master's Thesis for the professional coach certification.

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