Alessio Cerci, Manolo Gabbiadini, Domenico Berardi: 'Italianization' At Juventus Continues

By Riccardo Di Julio
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Juventus is the ‘Mother Team’ of every Nazionale that is world champion.” This quote, once said by the famous journalist Lino Cascioli, perfectly summarizes the great history shared by Juventus and the Italian national team ever since the Azzurri were founded.

As testified by many professionals, this strong bonding goes beyond the simple high amount of players provided by the Old Lady to the national team. As a matter of fact, it involves an authentic cultural tie, in which the players, even when they are playing for the Bianconeri, feel a unique attachment toward the Azzurri in a way that is hardly ever seen in other teams.

Moreover, it is only enough to consider that even Inter legendary symbol Marco Materazzi once admitted, to the Signori Del Calcio of Sky Sport, that Italy’s victory in the 2006 World Cup was achieved thanks to the Juventus-based team, both in the roster and coaching staff. According the 40-year-old, the strength of the Azzurri was precisely the great sense of attachment felt by the Juventini during the tournament, which represented an advantage because they were numerous.

In this occasion, it is very hard not to agree to Materazzi’s words, considering that also former AC Milan player Andrea Pirlo confessed that he rapidly felt this high sense of attachment of the Juventini for the Nazionale right after he signed with the Old Lady.

For these reasons, it is not a surprise to realize that Juventus is the team that has provided the most players in the history of the Azzurri, including 22 that ended up being world champions, which make of it the club team with most World Cup winners in history. Precisely, they are 24 as also the Frenchmen Zinadine Zidane and Didier Deschamps were provided by the entity for the World Cup victory in 1998.

Furthermore, also the Italy of boss Cesare Prandelli has consistently been Juventus-based, with a regular block of at least seven players that make up for the base of the team, such as the already-mentioned Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea BarzagliClaudio Marchisio and now also Angelo Ogbonna. In addition, this number has sporadically increased every now and then with the inclusion of other Bianconeri, such as Sebastian Giovinco, other than the regular Emanuele Giaccherini, who left the Old Lady in the past summer.

Even more, this set of players could even considerably get bigger as the club is now interested in several players that are part, or will probably be in the future, of the Nazionale, including Torino‘s revelation Alessio Cerci, in addition to the starlets of Sampdoria and Sassuolo, Manolo Gabbiadini and Domenico Berardi.

Considering that Gabbiadini is on a co-ownership with the Blucerchiati and Juventus and that Berardi is at Sassuolo only on a loan by the Bianconeri, the real news is the interest in Cerci, who is also wanted by many other clubs. These names, moreover, only represent a small section of the big list of Italian players Juventus has shown interest in. As a matter of fact, there are many other names, including Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia and Milan’s Ignazio Abate.

Hopefully for Nazionale fans, Juventus will continue its usual process of “Italianization” that has always been very beneficial for the Nazionale, despite the fact the team is currently starred by more foreigners than usual. Furthermore, the hope is also for the other Serie A giants to follow the example of Juventus, like greatly done by Roma and Milan.

Riccardo Di Julio is a Soccer Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Italcatenaccio and add him to your network on Google.

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