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Sunday September 2 2012
From Pippo to Pazzo

With a hat-trick on his full debut, it seems as if Milan have found the new Pippo Inzaghi in the form of Giampaolo Pazzini, argues Susy Campanale.

Many wondered what Milan were getting out of the deal when they handed Antonio Cassano plus €7.5m cash to Inter in exchange for Giampaolo Pazzini. He had scored only five times throughout all of last season, beaten only by Diego Forlan in the number of open goals missed, and only ever really shone at Sampdoria. The 3-1 win at Bologna showed precisely what the Rossoneri were getting – a Pippo Inzaghi style poacher.

SuperPippo was beloved by Milan fans and mocked by everyone else for his lack of technique, style, ability to stay on his feet, grace or understanding of the offside trap. The reason the supporters adored him was that if they needed a scrappy goal to turn the tide of a difficult game, then he was your man.

Pazzini’s hat-trick at the Dall’Ara was pure Inzaghi from start to finish. He earned and converted a ludicrous penalty in which he was clearly the one pulling Niccolò Cherubin’s jersey, falling only when he let go. Pazzo was then at the right place at the right time, firing in when goalkeeper Federico Agliardi fumbled a simple cross. Finally, he did the classic Pippo trick of turning someone else’s shot into his moment of glory, redirecting Antonio Nocerino’s effort with his heel. It wasn’t pretty, but my word it was effective.

Perhaps this is what Milan needed after a year of Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempting to score from every inconceivable angle and Robinho running into some sort of anti-goal forcefield in the six-yard box. Like Inzaghi, Pazzini will at times be frustrating and even annoying, but if he can stay in love with the goal, then it'll pay off. Nigel De Jong also reinforces the midfield, but let us not get ahead of ourselves and think this team is worthy of a Scudetto challenge. The weaknesses in defence remain and by the looks of it the injury crisis has not been solved either. I agree with Massimiliano Allegri that the best he can do with the side at his disposal is aim for the top three in Serie A and progress to the Champions League knockouts.

My only worry is that one day a teammate will go to hug Pazzini during his trademark goal celebration and he’ll accidentally poke his eyes out. 

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Have your say...
"Inzaghi cant head trap or shoot well but boy can he score and thats what makes him great" is a the sort of stupidty i read anytime someone tries to praise inzaghi. Inzaghi had a perfect first touch, incredible awareness of the goal, an uncanny ability to make perfect runs, was one of the better headers of the ball, could shoot with both feet, tireless, always pressed..
It seems these so called sports journalists are too lazy to analyse a legend and prefer to spew cliched insulting stupidity.
on the 6th September, 2012 at 4:11am
@ Milan4ever, i can't speak for others and you are entitled to your opinion but Ibra will always be loved by me. He is the man, one of the most decisive players in the history of Italian football. He is a fantastic pro who gave his all for Milan every time and showed passion and more importantly quality throughout his 2 years there. You've no right to say Ibra lacks class, it's totally out of order. It is not his fault Milan wanted to sell him for economic reasons. That's football.
on the 5th September, 2012 at 11:28pm
@Viktor

There was a foul made by Pazzini before he was tripped, if he even was tripped.

Pazzini was the one who pulled the defender causing himself to be tripped.

Everybody saw and said that but, not surprisingly, you did not see or say. Or, you just gracing us by your "educated" comments.

Grow up, and educate yourself.

FANATIC !
on the 4th September, 2012 at 9:31pm
@Mustafa

Mate, that doesnt make senae what you just wrote. You cant make up your own rules. Pazzini had sneaky run aroubd he def while he gets tripped, as last man. Penalty and sent is inevitable. Just as what happend in the Udinese gam. Educate yourself..
on the 4th September, 2012 at 4:12pm
@Viktor

Ha,

Yes poor penalty. In fact, no penalty at all. It should have been a foul for the defender. You SHOULD know the rules.
on the 4th September, 2012 at 9:42am
FORZA MILAN!!!!

I don't care who's wearing the kit, WIN THE GAMES!
on the 4th September, 2012 at 2:21am
Suzy, his 11 goals in 15 games for Inter the previous season was irrelevant?
on the 3rd September, 2012 at 7:52pm
@Anonymous


"Well if you take out the non existant penalty awarded to Milan and Gillet's awful goalkeeping which gave handed Milan a second goal it was a poor display by Milan in all. I wonder if Susy will start a topic on Milan's dubious penalty???"

Poor penalty? Dude, Pazzo went around the defender and got tripped, he made it look worse but if anything the defender should have been sent off as last man. You know the rules right? Poor display? Too way 1-3 is never poor display. Stop hating.
on the 3rd September, 2012 at 5:38pm
@Rosario

I'm upset reading what u said mate + if someone got a love for ur football u should be grateful!!!

@ Suzy, About Pazzini being the new Inzaghi I'm not so sure mate but having said that I think he is a good player & hope he does well for us this season

Have a gd day To u all who love Italian football
on the 3rd September, 2012 at 1:32pm
@Rosario Excuse me ! Am I sensing some kind of discrimination here? How about I tell you this: Stai zitto. Respect yourself before ignoramus like you makes comments. And by the way, I'm more Italian than you ever thought. So, I'm saying it again: chiudi la bocca.
on the 3rd September, 2012 at 12:59pm
I sometime didn't really get your analysis Suze, not that I'm doubting you or anything but it seems that you never really grabs several important things in football such as getting a good chemistry. Milan are a new and young team they need to gel, don't think their squad is as bad as you think. Not disagreeing about the Scudetto shot it's just about your persistence in saying Milan have a bad squad, which is not true at all.
on the 3rd September, 2012 at 2:58am
Well if you take out the non existant penalty awarded to Milan and Gillet's awful goalkeeping which gave handed Milan a second goal it was a poor display by Milan in all. I wonder if Susy will start a topic on Milan's dubious penalty???
on the 3rd September, 2012 at 1:31am
The reason Pippo was so loved is/was the passion. Never before nor will milan ever have a player with greater passion. And the fact that he has no ball skills. Hardly can shoot and is a fair header at best makes him all the greater.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 11:31pm
wanna know why people think referees favor juve??

remember the muntari ghost goal v. juve?

yep, that's it. now stop complaining, if milan fans could move over that awful piece of refereeing, you can get over this penalty which was pretty legit imo.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 9:55pm
@Mustafa.

you are nothing but a typically ignorant and clueless gloryhunting pay tv armchair fanatic. you aren't from italy let alone piemonte or anywhere near europe. go and support your local team. calcio does not need fake armchair fanatics like you or any of your kind. NO AL CALCIO MODERNO. NO AL TIFOSO OCCASIONALE.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 9:53pm
@ Mustafa

No worries. I wasn't having a go. I just really mean it when I say I hope soft penalties don't become a recurring theme for Milan this season!
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 8:12pm
read anti juve's post about killing Serie A...couldn't agree more, as Italians we always have to plot against one another....sometimes penalities are given because they are penalties....it doesn't always have to be a big scheme against someone...it is friggin brutal and if fans of the league feel this way, what hope does the Serie A have in attracting new fans....the solution is simple.....shut up and move on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 7:43pm
HaHa Susy keep dreaming, I know you are trying your best to be as positive as possible but Pazzo also scored a hattrick on his Inter debut followed by another 10 goals in 10 games but fact is once the 'new club motivation' passed as with Sulley Muntari the true colours came out, he is nothing like Inzaghi and not all teams will hand him 3 goals as easy as Bologna did! Forza Inter Forza Cassano! ; )
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 7:15pm
@Milan Fan

dude,
I was trying to play down the exaggeration here of Pazzini, especially made by this bigoted writer.

I was just stating the incident for the record so some stupid fans will start making remarks that Juve were helped by referees and their teams, especially Milan, were not.

@Calcio

Yes, that's good.

Juve last season started a match with 11 Italians, but I don't recall what the match was.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 7:09pm
Susy. I have been reading your articles since 1997 and even called the hotline a couple of times when football italia had a update hotline. I respect your insight and knowledge but I do feel it to be a bit hasty and rather ill informed to even dare to liken pazzini to pippo mio. without a doubt, he was the saviour of milan yesterday during what was a really disappointing all round performance. he as well as milan needed and in some ways deserved some fortune and a shot of confidence.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 6:55pm
@Mustafa

Hey Mustafa,

dont get get so pumped up. You have only won one title in 7 years.
Forza Milan
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 6:29pm
@Voice of Logic

Yes, cause all hat tricks are based on luck.. Jesus, you havent been watching football for long have you? You DONT score a hat trick and then claim it to be luck.
Thats just pure nonsense. Weak penalty? It was a CRYSTAL pen even tho Pazzo made it look even worse. If anything the def should have been sent off as he was last man.. You know the rules right??
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 6:28pm
@Mustafa

Clear pen and second goal takes a good box player to immediately it in. Stop hating . Forza Milan
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 6:20pm
@ Mustafa

When I read about the bad penalty call in Football Italia's match report, I groaned inwardly because I foresaw someone making that remark. I don't know first-hand how dubious the decisions were last season, but I hope they don't become a frequent thing in 12-13.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 5:31pm
Milan doesn't have the team to beat Juventus, but I can see them challenging for second or third. And if Acerbi plays like he did yesterday, Milan has at least one good defender. Zapata looked very promising in preseason so I'd like to see him with Acerbi. With De Jong replacing Ambrosini and Bojan replacing SES Milan has a strong team. Not bad for a transition period.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 4:32pm
Hey guys

don't get so pumped up.

First goal was because of the referee, the second was because of the keeper.

I'll give him credit for the third though.

What's interesting is that Milan keeps getting incorrect penalties, better yet evreybody still accusing Juve of being the referee's favourite.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 3:35pm
Do me a favour Suzy, they needed Pazzini after Ibra? Pazzini not even a quarter of the player ibra is even though he is a good player. While we are at it Inzaghi wasn't in Ibra's class either. How many years are you going to try to put the big man down, he's the most complete centre forward in the game, end of story. Milan put in their only 2 serie a challenges in last 7 years because ibra carried them on his back. They'll be lucky to get top 3 this time.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 3:31pm
Its worth to note that that milan started the game with 10 italian players. That will never happen in inter, shame of italy
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 2:49pm
Imagine if JUVE had scored from a penalty like that scored by Pazzo. Even if they end up winning with other goals scored thereafter, all hell would have broken loose. No mentioned was made about bias refree; not a single word. We are killing Seria A thinking we are fighting Juve. Stupid Italia media.
on the 2nd September, 2012 at 2:48pm

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