Bianchi, amarcord returns to Agropoli: “That choir was my championship”

Eight children arrive at the restaurant in the historic center of Agropoli. There is a little girl who is proud to play football, “as a striker and goalkeeper” she points out. They have not seen Ottavio Bianchi on the bench in Greater Naples, and now they are there, in a tense row, for a photo and an autograph. The coach of the first Scudetto and UEFA Cup, the man from the Nordics who lived the most intense phases of his career in Naples, arrived in Cilento to tell his story and talk about the future of football at a conference held in Aragonese Castle. , where the exhibition A century of blue dedicated to the National Team is underway and arranged by Antonio Ruggiero.

Bianchi, who in the latter part of his leadership career was supervisor of the youth teams, uses bitter tones about the crisis. “Italy is now the fourth row in football. When I turn on the TV, I also watch matches from other leagues because I am attracted to the technical gesture. Years ago, during a holiday in the Seychelles, I discovered that they sent a Serie A match a month and two Premier League matches a week, but are we aware of what it means to have lost two World Cup finals with such modest national teams? ” the inventor of the coaching course in Coverciano, had created another for leaders in the youth sector. “They should have created key figures for the development of football, but they were not interested in clubs.” How to go up? “Focusing on young people, “Really target them. Big clubs, from England to Argentina, are not afraid to field 18-year-olds who play and gain international experience. In Italy it does not work that way.”

In early ’85, it was Allodi who offered the Napoli bench to Bianchi. “I had been playing in Naples for five years. I had arrived almost as a child from Brescia, and in the changing rooms I was spoiled by the warehousekeeper Masturzo, who prepared zabaglione for me. First I said no to Allodi because I had been in Naples with the biggest, from Sivori to Juliano, and we had not won. And I also said it knowing that in that Naples was the biggest in the world. “Then he was convinced. And that was the Scudetto.” I put on the helmet after the elimination from Uefa Cups. There were those who wanted my head, I sent the family back to Bergamo and began the fight. My comment on TV on Scudetto Day? We did a good job: I remember it, and I would repeat it because the main characters are the players. ” Those who a year after the triumph in ’87 wrote a communiqué against him. “The greatest joy of the years in Naples was the Ottavio Ottavio Choir, which the fans dedicated to me at San Paolo on the occasion of the last match in 88 against Sampdoria: they lined up by my side. And if I think about it, I still get chills. ” That spring, there was an intervention by Federal President Matarrese, so Napoli did not ask for the referral of its four national signatories of the document against Bianchi, because otherwise they would have missed the European Championships. In Naples in the Scudetto and Uefa Cup there was Maradona and there were many Neapolitans. “An added value because they give more and convey a feeling inside the dressing room. I’m sorry the only Neapolitan, Insigne, has passed away. The regret for the Scudetto who lost last spring is strong. “Napoli played the best football, alas”. The bond to Naples has remained as strong as in the golden years. “The devotion and respect of the Neapolitans are two of the best things in my life. Winning was not easy, it took a lot of dedication to work, as the first teacher in Brescia had taught me. It was hard to go to Milan and Turin. Psychological subdit ? I told my parents that they should not make a mistake twenty meters from the goal, otherwise they would whistle a penalty kick … A great player from the opposing team once said to the referee: Beware, otherwise you will not come here anymore. judge? One of mine warned. ‘ Bianchi’s Neapolitan sentiment also emerged after a friendly match in 1987 in Brescia and shouts at the coach – from Brescia – and Diego’s team. “I said I would never bring Napoli to Brescia again and I moved with my family to Bergamo Alta. Proud of my Naples ».

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