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For Fantantonio

By | Posted on | November 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

“Ehhhhh ohhhhhhh Antonio Cassano” and “Ce solo un diavolo, Fantantonio!” are chants heard regularly in San Siro. I only know one other guy who has two different corri from the Curva Sud and his name is Rino Gattuso, the immense warrior and ultimate San Siro fan favorite – along with Pippo – that is also out with an eye injury, and so we’d like to take this opportunity to send him our best wishes as well.

Cassano has spent a little less than a year with Milan, but already his impact has been huge. But that’s the sort of person Cassano is, he touches people. Milanisti everywhere have such fond memories of him that one would think he had spent a decade with Milan! Topping the assist charts in Italy so far this season and his fine goals show that he’s an extraordinary player. His thumb-sucking celebration shows the father and the family man in him. His relationship with the Curva and his closeness to his team-mates in such a short time, as demonstrated by the group “rock the baby” celebration when he had his child, truly reveal how much of a lovable person he is. He also has a crazy side, famously known as Cassanata, a word created by Capello with whom he’s had a love-hate relationship. But more importantly, Fantantonio’s crazy humorous self was very present during last season’s scudetto celebrations, in which Cassano and Massimo Oddo totally stole the show.

Many have said that nothing explains Cassano better than his derby performance earlier this year. He came on in the last 10 minutes, ridiculed Inter’s defense and won a penalty, scored it, celebrated like a mad man and got a yellow card for taking his shirt off, then minutes later got sent off with a second yellow for an unnecessary foul in the dying moments. I think his playing style reveals what kind of person he is. Cassano is the most unselfish of forwards. He is such a giver, always looking to lay off an assist and play a team-mate in a better position. When Cassano gets the ball, he thinks of dribbling past his man and then passing to the most unexpected yet best scoring option for a team-mate. That’s Cassano – a genius, a team player, a giver.

Forza Cassano T-Shirts In Real Madrid - Osasuna

Real Madrid Wearing "Forza Cassano" T-Shirts

The sad and tragic news shook the football world in no time. Many have shown affection towards Cassano, but it’s impossible to list them all. Maradona sent him a letter. Totti, Del Piero and Gilardino wrote to him on their website. Udinese and Fiorentina sent their best wishes. Materazzi and Pazzini visited in the hospital, as well as Giancarlo Abate (FIGC president), Barbara Berlusconi and Illary Blasi (who did bring him doughnuts!), while Sneijder, Ronaldo, and Samir Nasri chose to send their best wishes through Twitter. Real Madrid wore pre-match “Forza Cassano” t-shirts today against Osasuna. His team-mates in Milan have had nice gestures as well. Prince Boateng wore Cassano’s shirt after Milan scored vs. BATE, and many players have already visited him in the hospital, including Barack Obama. Therefore the least we, members of The Red & Black Forums, could do is try our best to contribute as well.

Antonio Cassano Wallpaper By The Red & Black Forums

(click to download the full-sized wallpaper)

We miss you Cassano. Get well soon!

Much love,
The members of The Red & Black Forums.

 

Credit to Cristina for creating this wonderful photo. This blog post wouldn’t have been made without her. Thanks a lot for your time and effort, Cristina.

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3 Responses to “For Fantantonio”

  1. Ben, Nigeria
    November 8th, 2011 @ 21:22

    Hey Guy, thanx soooo much for this wonderful write-up. Hope that Il Talentino will get back to his feet very soooonnnnn to start from where he stopped.
    Antonio Cassano……. Please get Well Soon. Wishing the QUICKEST & FASTEST recovery. From a HEART that cares soooo much for the Rossoneri.
    Forza Cassano, Forza Milanoooooooo, Forza 9ja…………….
    Cheers Cheers Man. All the BEST.

  2. Farouk
    November 10th, 2011 @ 00:49

    No problem man, happy to. Hopefully Cassano is back up and running soon enough.

  3. Dan
    December 27th, 2011 @ 22:48

    now with tevez most likely joining us, im wondering about galliani promising cassano a spot on the squad when he returns. do you think he made a promise he couldnt keep? and should we buy back kaka for the $22 mil. after selling him for twice that?

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