Are you going to the Norwich City Legends v Inter Forever game today?
I’ve got my tickets and I’m very much looking forward to rolling back the years and enjoying a grand day out, hopefully with a little sunshine although that of course, is not a given.
What is a given is that we are going to see some very good former players on display.
They will have lost a yard or three or pace, naturally, and some may have put on a bit of timber since we last saw them play professionally. Ahem, Bryan, I’m looking at you.
If you are a Norwich fan then I am sure you will know all about the Norwich City legends squad and if you’re as old as I am, you will have seen them all play in their prime.
You may not know so much about the opposition though, so I thought I’d give you a little idea of who to look out for in the famous blue and black stripes.
Jurgen Klinsmann is now 53 and has won both the World Cup with West Germany in 1990 and also Euro 96 with the then unified Germany side. He was a prolific striker and had two spells with Tottenham in the Premier League in the 90’s before leaving for Bayern Munich. He was at Inter between 1989 – 1992 and made 95 appearances, scoring 34 goals. He managed the German national team 2004 – 2006 and was widely acknowledged in that time as putting down the foundations to bring Germany back to its international powerhouse status.
Marco Materazzi is now 44 years old and is probably most famous for being on the end of a headbutt from Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup Final. He was a centre-back by trade and made 219 appearances for Inter between 2001 – 2011 and won four league titles, the Champions League and won the World Cup in 2006.
Giuseppe Baresi is now 60 years old, so Darren Huckerby should beat him for pace. He was a defender or defensive midfielder and is the younger brother of a defensive role model of mine, the great “General” Franco Baresi who played for AC Milan. Giuseppe spent 16 seasons with Inter, winning two league titles, two Italian cups, a UEFA cup and the Supercoppa Italia. He is currently a technical assistant at Inter.
David Suazo is a Honduran striker and only 38 years old and spent four seasons with Inter, winning two Serie A titles and the Champions League between 2007 -11.
Francesco Toldo is now 46 and was voted Serie A goalkeeper of the year in 2000. He won 11 major honours with Inter, including 4 league titles.
Mikael Silvestre will be a familiar name to many, having won four Premier League titles with Manchester United and the Champions League. He is, of course, a defender and is now aged 40. He made 18 appearances for Inter before joining United.
Nicola Berti was a midfielder and is now aged 51. He won the Serie A title with Inter in 1989, three UEFA cups and finished third at the 1990 World Cup and as a runner-up in the 1994 World Cup with Italy. He made 229 appearances for Inter between 1988 – 98.
Javier Zanetti was a very special footballer. Playing as a defender/midfielder, he made an astonishing 860 appearances for Inter between 1995 – 2014 and also made 143 appearances for Argentina. With a career total of 1,114 appearances, Zanetti is fifth in the all-time list of player appearances. He won five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia, four Supercoppa Italiana, one UEFA Cup, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. When he retired, Inter retired the number 4 jersey and named him as vice president of the club – a true Inter legend.
If you’re going, have a great day.