After having covered the 1990s’ Derby spirit during the previous sketch, we move to the 2000s’, a time during which both teams fought to qualify for European Competitions.
In the Sketch, Antonio Cassano nutmegs Diego Milito. Both a villain and a hero, Cassano’s love-hate relationship with Samp began with three successful campaigns, characterised by his deadly attacking partnership with Giampaolo Pazzini. With his verve, countless assists and touch of madness, Cassano led the Blucerchiati to a historic Champion’s League Qualifier. After leaving Liguria, Cassano never shone at the same level and, since re-joining Samp last year, his excess-weight has caught the eye more than his performances. He is currently without a team.
Diego Milito, on the other hand, will forever remain in the hearts of the Genoani, as well as Interisti, of course. After playing for Il Grifone during their dire Serie B days, Milito left for Real Zaragoza. However, upon the team’s return to Serie A, El Principe returned as a saviour in 2008, spearheading the club’s outstanding Serie A campaign, which culminated in a memorable 5th place finish and consequent UEFA Cup spot. He retired last year amidst a standing ovation in Argentina from Racing Club supporters, the club where he began his career.
Design by Federico Manasse: @FedericoManasse
‘When Federico isn’t sketching, he is a columnist and editor for Italian Football Daily. He also writes for the Football Pink and his own website, Fede’s Calcio.’