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Name Javier Zanetti
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
Desc Javier Zanetti wasn’t your typical South American full-back. He didn’t bomb forward with reckless abandon, nor did he rely on the fabled ‘dark arts’ to succeed. What set him apart was his supreme technical prowess and scarcely-believable consistency, as his lofty standards rarely dropped right e way up until his retirement in 2014. Despite making 144 appearances for Argentina, Zanetti only played at two World Cups, as he was inexplicably left out of the 2006 and 2010 squads, much to the bewilderment of supporters who had grown to love the Inter legend
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Affiliation

Org Argentina National Team
Club as Player Inter Milan
2014 05 10
MILAN, ITALY - MAY 10: Captain of FC Inter Milano Javier Zanetti after the last match of his career at San Siro Stadium the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and SS Lazio at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Javier Zanetti on Thierry Henry] Thierry Henry is a fantastic player and has shown it for a long time, he’s been playing at the top level in Europe for years. It’s difficult to mark him

2016 05 20 Retrieve

[Javier Zanetti said of his compatriot as Inter broke all records in 2009-10] Milito is fundamental

2017 08 10 Retrieve

[Javier Zanetti, the legendary Inter and Argentina full-back who played alongside Adriano at San Siro, believes that one tragic telephone put the player that he believed was to be the next Ronaldo on a path of self-destruction] Adriano had a father who looked after him a lot and kept him in line. But at the start of the [2004-5] season, something unimaginable happened. He got a call from Brazil and was told his father had died. I saw him cry. He threw the phone down and started shouting it was impossible. From that day on, Moratti and I decided to take him in like a brother and protect him. He kept playing, scoring and dedicating the goals to his father. But, after that call, he was never the same again. We would tell him he was a mix of Ronaldo and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and that he could be better than both. But, in spite of everything, we couldn’t do it. We did not cure his depression and that still haunts me

2017 11 28 Retrieve

[Argentina laboured on the road to Russia. What’s your take on that campaign?] It was very tricky because we changed coach midway through qualifying. Such changes are never easy. South American qualifying is always tough, and this time, Argentina had real trouble. We were on the brink: the last game against Ecuador was make-or-break in terms of reaching the World Cup

2017 11 28b Retrieve

[How did you handle the nerves?] I live in Italy, but based on what my family and friends told me, I know the country was at a standstill, because Argentinians are hugely passionate about football and the World Cup is very important to them. On the one hand, I’m really pleased [that we’ve made it], but on the other hand, we’ve got lots to improve on

2017 11 28c Retrieve

[Are you excited by [Jorge] Sampaoli’s vision?] Yes. I’m impressed because he has clear ideas, but he needs time to implement them. He knows that he has some top players at his disposal and he himself is experienced, which is very important at a World Cup

2017 11 28d Retrieve

[You mentioned the upheaval during the campaign, which is epitomised by the situation at centre-forward. Gabriel Batistuta was a nailed-on starter in attack in his day, as was Hernan Crespo later. Things are different now] There’s been a lot of change in personnel. Until recently, Pipita [Gonzalo Higuain] was the undisputed No9. Now Mauro Icardi has got his chance, which is richly deserved because of what he’s doing for Inter Milan. Mauro can be useful for the national team, but that doesn’t mean Higuain shouldn’t be in the squad. Argentina are lucky enough to have an embarrassment of riches up front, from Pipita to Icardi, [Paulo] Dybala, [Lionel] Messi and so on. They’ve got so many options. I hope they can all go to the World Cup because they’d give the squad great strength in depth.

2017 11 28e Retrieve

[What shape are Argentina in right now compared to other countries like Germany and Brazil?] We’re a step behind them. They’ve got teams who have been working together for a while and that shows on the pitch. Still, we’ve got good players, and if we do good work between now and Russia, we can have a great World Cup. It’s not going to be easy, but Argentina always have their trademark fighting spirit, which can go a long way at a World Cup.

2017 11 28f Retrieve

[Is Messi alone enough to win it?] Messi is an extraordinary player, but your squad is pivotal: at a World Cup, the 11 players on the pitch and everyone else in the group can all play an important role. We know that he’s the guy who can produce something special out of nothing, who can make things happen and be the match-winner, but Sampaoli has to come up with alternatives

2017 12 02 Retrieve

[Javier Zanetti speaks about La Albiceleste’s embarrassment of riches going into next year’s World Cup] There’s been a lot of change in personnel. Until recently, Pipita [Gonzalo Higuain] was the undisputed No 9. Now Mauro Icardi has got his chance, which is richly deserved because of what he’s doing for Inter Milan. Mauro can be useful for the national team, but that doesn’t mean Higuain shouldn’t be in the squad. Argentina are lucky enough to have an embarrassment of riches up front, from Pipita to Icardi, Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi and so on. They’ve got so many options. I hope they can all go to the World Cup because they’d give the squad great strength in depth

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[Inter finished third behind group winners Barca last term, but Nerazzurri vice-president Javier Zanetti feels they can thrive under new head coach Antonio Conte] Barcelona have been protagonists in the Champions League for a very long time, they have players of extraordinary value but there are also two other strong opponents in the group. We will have to play our cards and see what happens on the field. We are a well-built team, we have purchased experienced players and we must aim for a good group stage to make the round of 16. There are the conditions to do well, we face great teams but we are Inter. Against Lecce [a 4-0 win] I saw a team that will always try to make the match theirs. It is an important point: the coach is very happy with the work of the boys, he knows that a demanding season is waiting for us, but he has brought the right mentality. You know how Conte lives football. He transmitted to the team all his enthusiasm and his desire to win

2019 12 30 Retrieve

[Zanetti says Arturo Vidal would take Inter up a level] We’ll see how the transfer window goes, as we have a month to get things done. Vidal is a player with great character and experience, so we’ll see what happens. We are talking about a player who can certainly take us up a level, and we are already at a good level

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Club legend and current vice-president Javier Zanetti says Alexis Sanchez has been backed to become a fundamental element for Intermilan] Unfortunately, he got hurt just as he had settled in well physically. He played very well against Barcelona and he was important against Sampdoria. We’re waiting for him, we expect him to recover in the best way possible. Once he is back, he can be the fundamental element that we expect. Alexis is a very important player, of great experience and great personality. He is also very fast and can be decisive at any time

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[Javier Zanetti says Lautaro is happy with Inter & has future in Italy] We are happy with Lautaro and Lautaro is happy with Inter. What he is doing here with us is fantastic. He also demonstrates that with the national side in Argentina. I see him continuing in Italian football. He is the joy of the last generation of Argentine footballers. He is only 22 years old and has a great future ahead of him

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti has repeated his call for Lautaro Martinez to ignore the interest from Barcelona] I am enormously pleased to be talking about Lautaro. We signed him when he was the most promising player in Argentine football. Speaking to [former Inter player and Racing director of football] Diego Milito we saw that he could become a great player. Now he is only 22 and a fixture in the Argentina team. I watch him train every week in Appiano with his team-mates. He looks happy to me and I hope he stays a long time. As well as the other lads who have grown a lot, he represents a great asset for our club

[When asked who were the very best] Henry had lots of power and a lot of speed, he was difficult to mark. My best team-mate? Ronaldo. O Fenomeno had great talent, huge quality. I was also lucky enough to play alongside Messi in the national team and I think they were the best

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Zanetti sees Lautaro Martinez staying despite Barca interest but doesn’t feel Mauro Icardi has a future at Inter] At Inter I see him happy, he identifies with the club. We believed in him. I see his future at Inter

[Icardi is currently on loan in Ligue 1] I don’t know, I don’t think so. But right now we’re not talking about the transfer market, the most important thing is health. Then we’ll have time to think about it

[Zanetti recalled the 2-0 win over Bayern Munich which saw Inter win the Champions League in 2010 as part of a historic double under Jose Mourinho] Triumphing at the Bernabeu was the realisation of a dream, winning meant crowning a great year. Three minutes from the end, Julio Cesar takes the ball in hand, looks at Samuel and says: ‘Walter, we are champions’. A wonderful moment, the most beautiful of my life. [Mourinho is] a special person, a great coach and a great person. Let’s talk about a motivator, someone who conveys a lot of passion. He helps you to bring out the best in yourself

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Javier Zanetti gives Inter’s view on Lautaro Martinez as Barca interest grows] Lautaro is 22 and has a lot to give. Honestly, until now we haven’t thought about what he will do. I see Lautaro happy with the guys

2020 04 24b Retrieve

[Javier Zanetti: Barcelona? I see Lautaro very happy at Inter] I will be sincere. When we took him, we knew he was one of Argentina’s most promising young men. Now with the work of [head coach Antonio] Conte, at just 22 years old, he can give a lot. Right now here, with everything that is happening, we are not thinking about what he will do. Then we’ll see, but now I see him very happy here at Inter. And with Lukaku he is great