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Tuesday December 11 2012
Miccoli has Azzurri regrets

Fabrizio Miccoli has reflected that through his career, the way his spell playing for the national team ended is likely to be his only regret.

The diminutive striker is currently in his sixth season in Sicily, playing for Palermo, but previous to that enjoyed a nomadic spell in the game, with spells at Perugia, Fiorentina, Benfica and Juventus.

During his time at Perugia in 2002-03, Miccoli earned a call-up to the Italy squad, eventually making 10 appearances and scoring twice for La Nazionale.

Whilst harbouring regrets on how his Azzurri spell ended, the 33-year-old maintains gratitude for the man he sees as helping him reach that height.

“The most important Coach for me, no doubt it is Cosmi [whilst at Perugia] - he is why I have played my best football and beyond his coaching, there are few men like Serse,” he reflected in an interview with Mediaset.

“For the national team perhaps I could have done more, but I am convinced that everyone gets what they deserve.

“The only thing I regret is that the last time I was called up I scored, but was then not called up again, without knowing why.”

Miccoli was asked of his club career and what he has taken from each of his clubs.

“Of my time at Juve I have a wonderful memory, it was a special year, I played with some champions and, even though we have parted ways, the memory I keep is nice.

“Benfica is the team that, along with Palermo, have given me the most satisfaction, allowing me to play in the Champions League.

“Then, of course, there is Palermo - after Lecce this is my second home, I give everything to this shirt and the city has always supported me.”

The striker was then asked to turn his attention to the top of the table this term and if he would be supporting his former Bianconeri for a second successive title.

“The Scudetto? Inter have not impressed me much, while Juventus look different - I do not know if they can kill the championship, but they are certainly the favourites.

“I think the Bianconeri will win it, but I am cheering for Napoli, as a team from the south, it would be nice to see the fans celebrate, for the whole environment.”

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