Called up for Italy for Euro 2020: the surprise is Raspadori. Who is the Sassuolo player?

Called up for Italy for Euro 2020: the surprise is Raspadori. Who is the Sassuolo player?
Called up for Italy for Euro 2020: the surprise is Raspadori. Who is the Sassuolo player?

Roberto Mancini has chosen the freshness of the young Sassuolo striker in the list of 26 squads. Excluding Politano. Raspadori will be the only one on the blue list to participate in the European Championship without ever having played a minute with the senior national team. Eto’o as an idol, owes his first steps in Serie A to De Zerbi’s trust. As a child he supported Inter, in Neroverde he scored a decisive double at Milan

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Eventually the Ct Roberto Mancini has focused on its freshness to complete the list of 26 called up for the European Championship, resulting in a “cut” by Matteo Politano. Giacomo Raspadori is the main change in the list of players chosen by the blue coach. The Sassuolo 2000-born striker will be the only one in the group to play his cards for the European Championship without ever having played a minute with the senior national team. Face like a good boy, Raspadori transforms on the pitch. Get bad, focused. Just enough for a boy of 21 years, just over one meter and 70 high, to be respected among the giants. And that after the whole process in the Under blue, with 38 overall appearances and 10 goals, is now preparing to play the maximum continental competition for national teams.

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From the farewell to the Under 21 European Championships to the quarter-finals at the hands of Portugal to the call of Roberto Mancini. In 24 hours Raspadori went through the whole range of emotions that football knows how to reserve. The disappointment was immediately followed by great joy. That of those who have been able to answer “present” since the first call between the owners in Sassuolo by De Zerbi. 11 July 2020, his team plays on the Lazio field. Raspadori, 33 minutes in four A appearances so far, is thrown from 1 ‘. Acerbi – today with him in the national team – and his team mates also understand that the fabric is there. Eight minutes, fortuitous touch, the ball heading towards his feet and Strakosha passed with pure attacking instinct. All useless because the Var cancels the network. Does it end here? No, because at 52 ‘ Caputo snatches the ball from Luis Alberto to serve him alone in front of Strakosha. He beats it again. And this time everything is fine. That joy was replicated once, against Genoa, last season, and well six occasions this year, when Raspadori also spiced up his 27 league appearances with three assists. And there are many illustrious victims: the Roma, punctured in 2-2 at the beginning of April with a captain’s armband on his arm, the Juventus in the 1-3 of May 12. Above all, the Milan: April 21, the Rossoneri are ahead 1-0 at San Siro. De Zerbi in the second half relies on Raspadori. That Donnarumma holes twice in seven minutes and overturns the result. Precisely against the rival of that Inter that Raspadori followed with interest as a child. “At 10 I was sick of Inter, with Eto’o idol. After the treble I chose black-green “he told the Gazzetta dello Sport in the summer of 2020. That day in Milan, the 2000-born striker saw his status change from “promising youngster” to “reality”. But Mancini already knew this.

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He loves being in the center of the game, Raspadori. He looks for the ball all the time, he touches it well with his right – natural foot – but he doesn’t mind the left. It is inspired by Aguero but many see him again Christmas, especially for the musculature and the ability to protect the ball. Those who have followed him since the Sassuolo youth teams say of him that they like the burning ball and the pressure is an unknown. The neroverde has known him since 2009, when he arrived at Sassuolo at the age of nine Progress, a company close to his home. Bentivoglio, 5 thousand souls 60 kilometers from Bologna. Mom and dad memorize that journey for five years, as many as those spent shuttling between home and Sassuolo. Giacomo continues to grow, in a club where the philosophy of the head of the youth sector, Francesco Palmieri, is: “We need to have more courage, to give the boys the chance to make mistakes”. It comes up to Caps, where in the 2018 contributes goals and assists to the victory of one scudetto historical, the first ever in the history of the club. The year before he had dragged the Under 17 team with 16 goals to the quarter-finals of the championship. The rest is recent history. TO May 2019 Roberto De Zerbi rewards him and throws him in for a few minutes in place of Lirola on the last day of Serie A against Atalanta. Too many goals with Primavera to remain indifferent. 15 in 26 league matches, decisive for the salvation of the neroverdi.

Little social, so much study

At the first goal in Serie A, the dedications were those of a 20-year-old boy: “Thanks to the coach, the club, the family and my girlfriend. They have always supported me.” Football and affections. The only two worlds that also find space on the profile Instagram by Raspadori. Used to realize dreams on the field, without forgetting the study: the books of the scientific high school kept him company in this climb. Now he is ready to enjoy the European Championship. he can make the first striker, the second striker and also the attacking outside. How Eto’o, his model as a child.

Called up for Italy, Mancini’s list of 26 and the numbers

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They were three cuts communicated by the coach at midnight on 1 June, deadline to define the list of 26 called. Gianluca Mancini e Matteo Politano they left the blue retreat in the morning of June 2 to return to their club. Matteo Pessina, the third of the excluded, remains instead aggregated to the group. The list of those called, in the event of serious injuries or Covid positive, it can still be modified up to Italy-Turkey, first match of the European Championship scheduled for Friday 11 June. From the start of the competition onwards, in the presence of defections, it will be possible to replace only the goalkeepers. Here are the 26 players called up with their respective jersey numbers:

Goalkeepers

  • 21 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan);
  • 26 Alex Meret (Napoli):
  • 1 Salvatore Sirigu (Turin)

Defenders

  • 15 Francesco Acerbi (Lazio);
  • 23 Alessandro Bastoni (Inter);
  • 19 Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus);
  • 3 Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus);
  • 2 Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Naples);
  • 13 Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea);
  • 24 Alessandro Florenzi (Paris Saint Germain);
  • 4 Leonardo Spinazzola (Rome);
  • 25 Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)

Midfielders

  • 18 Nicolò Barella (Inter);
  • 16 Bryan Cristante (Rome);
  • 8 Frello Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea);
  • 5 Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo);
  • 7 Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome);
  • 12 Stefano Sensi (Inter);
  • 6 Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain)

Forwards

  • 9 Andrea Belotti (Turin);
  • 11 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo);
  • 20 Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus);
  • 14 Federico Chiesa (Juventus);
  • 17 Ciro Immobile (Lazio);
  • 10 Lorenzo Insigne (Naples);
  • 22 Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)

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