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"Tales from the Rivera bank"

All of us know all about Paolo Maldini. Most of us remember Franco Baresi. Following is a very interesting article on a former Milan bandiera, Gianni Rivera, by Roberto Gott, posted on ESPN's soccernet site :

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature?id=287566&cc=5901

Hope you guys enjoy this little diversion from the tension of the up-coming game against Roma.


I find the following paragraph quite interesting:

"Famously, legendary late sportwriter Gianni Brera dubbed him 'Abatino', one of Brera's many ingenious expressions, a term that literally means 'young abbot' but metaphorically placed Rivera in the cadre of players whose fine touch and languid style made them look as if they were not giving their best, and would have provoked the 'get stuck in!' treatment from the less sympathetic onlookers."

Seems like Rivera didn't have the style and appearance of a "fighter". I am wondering if there is anyone around this forum old enough to remember whether he had been given stick by the Milan ultras because of his style, especially when things were not going well.

It is also unfortunate that an all time great hasn't been more prominently remembered and featured by the club he was associated with, apparently because of his political differences with the current owner. For all Berlusconi has done for Milan, Milan had been "grande" long before he came along, and Rivera stands for that far away time.


P.S. Moderators feel free to move this to the "anecdotes/Milan sotries" thread if you think this belongs there rather than be a thread of its own.
 

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"Tales from the Rivera bank"

All of us know all about Paolo Maldini. Most of us remember Franco Baresi. Following is a very interesting article on a former Milan bandiera, Gianni Rivera, by Roberto Gott, posted on ESPN's soccernet site :

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature?id=287566&cc=5901

Hope you guys enjoy this little diversion from the tension of the up-coming game against Roma.


I find the following paragraph quite interesting:

"Famously, legendary late sportwriter Gianni Brera dubbed him 'Abatino', one of Brera's many ingenious expressions, a term that literally means 'young abbot' but metaphorically placed Rivera in the cadre of players whose fine touch and languid style made them look as if they were not giving their best, and would have provoked the 'get stuck in!' treatment from the less sympathetic onlookers."

Seems like Rivera didn't have the style and appearance of a "fighter". I am wondering if there is anyone around this forum old enough to remember whether he had been given stick by the Milan ultras because of his style, especially when things were not going well.

It is also unfortunate that an all time great hasn't been more prominently remembered and featured by the club he was associated with, apparently because of his political differences with the current owner. For all Berlusconi has done for Milan, Milan had been "grande" long before he came along, and Rivera stands for that far away time.


P.S. Moderators feel free to move this to the "anecdotes/Milan sotries" thread if you think this belongs there rather than be a thread of its own.
The "political" problem between Berlusconi and Rivera is recent compared to the "Milan" problem amongst them. When Berlusconi bought Milan, "our" team was close to failure, the only real asset we had were the "past" and our wonderful "tifosi", we attrachted more people in San Siro in Serie B than Inter in serie A. Berlusconi changed everything, the old board was nearly totally removed, maybe he was wrong, but since his arrival we have won like no other team in the world. Now compare that to our beloved "cugini" were "good old Moratti" has kept Inter's "old glories" in the board.............
 
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