“You have to adapt to the economic situation and the category. Let’s say it’s no longer an era to invest for big names. It’s clear when Zamparini sees someone interesting he does not hold back. Palermo are enhancing our youth sector.”
“We have seven or eight observers around Italy and also abroad. We also have social talent scouting which is done by sites and social networks. It help us to make a first screening of talent around the world,” confessed ex sport director of Palermo, Giorgio Perinetti to La Repubblica.
To do so, Zamparini deployed one of the most sporadically talented scouting team. Since he can’t help building the structure the clubs needed because of Italian bureaucracy, he funded his scouting team at his own cost. According to Tuttomercatoweb, he also paid for one of the scouts to watch Ghanaian Team The Black Satellite playing in an African Youth Championship in Novara. Mind you the distance between the two cities is more than 1500 kilometres.
This scheme often leads to snatch one of the most exciting prospects, before big European clubs has a chance to do so. Maintaining a relationship with the “supplier” has always been a number one motto at Palermo scouting team. Another ex direttore sportivo Palermo, Luca Cattani once noted to Tuttosport that he has to delay his plane back to Italy even though the negotiation for Franco Vazquez back in 2011 was completely done.
“I was at Cordoba and once I ate Patagonian sheep’s meats in a meeting with Franco’s club (Belgrano). The meat was delicious but at that meeting there was also Juan Carlos Barrera. He’s the president of Instituto which at that point had Paulo Dybala. He said to me, ‘Congratulations you bought Franco but we have another player which has more potential than him.”
“I saw four matches which Paulo took part with, but since the first match Zamparini has already impressed with La Joya,” concluded Cattani.
Zamparini might not be your ideal football president. Instead of giving a well prepared speech. Because of his remarks and views, some of us see him as the embodiment the old prototype human we used to be before being civilised because of his remarks and views.
The declining form of Palermo often be associated with his regime. Most of them because of his impulsive decisions, some of them in fact leads to a grudge of a man. Some of them benefited his decisions, the likes of Andrea Belotti, Matteo Darmian, Edinson Cavani, Amauri, Javier Pastore, Josip Iličić and Paulo Dybala himself.
Some of them have to thank Zamparini because they have gained cult status, like Simon Kjaer or Fabio Liverani. Some of them had reached the legendary status just like Fabrizio Miccoli and Fabio Simplicio. Some of his decisions brought The Eagle to the sky that Palermo fans never see it before. Until a member of Anglo-American fund took the reins in his place.
Don’t blame him, this foul-mouthed man and controversy made a sweet love story which has been craved by the media. He’s leaving a big hole that will make journalists and fans miss him.
Even though he’s a mortal, just like one of us.
Credit Source: Sbnation.com, Reuters, ESPN FC, Repubblica, Football Italia, FootballScout24, forzapalermo.
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