Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Legends of Turin's Finest (Series 3 Fabio Cannavaro)

Fabio Cannavaro was widely known as one of the best defenders of all time and easily the best defender of his generation. He didn't spend a huge amount of time at Juventus playing only 101 games in total but nevertheless he had an extremely fruitful club and International career. Fabio Cannavaro was known as the "Muro di Berlino" by Italian fans which translates to "The Berlin Wall". Unfortunately Cannavaro's career at Juventus is not renowned as one of the best parts of his career. He joined from Inter in 2004 on Deadline Day. He re united with his past teammates Lilian Thuram and Gianluigi Buffon who all played together at Parma. While at Juve Cannavaro won two Scudetto's however after the 2006 World Cup the titles were taken away for Match Fixing. Due to this Juventus were relegated to Serie B where much to the fans disappointment Cannavaro left for Madrid. However this was the last time Juventini were going to see Cannavaro play in the Black and White of Juventus as he rejoined three years later from Real Madrid. He started off well at Juventus and looked to be winning the fans over again until an Europa League tie against Fulham where he was sent off early in the second leg which led to Juve's departure in the competition. This was the beginning of his downfall and as the season went on it was becoming more and more evident that he was not the player he once was. After having the worst season in over a decade Juventus decided to not renew Cannavaro's contract.

Cannavaro is most known for his International career. He started his international career winning when he was part of the u21 team in which he won two consecutive European U21 Championships. He made his first appearance for the first team aged just 23 and impressed a lot in his early Italian career. However what he is most well known for is the 2006 World Cup. Cannavaro captained the side to their four World Cup win. Cannavaro did not miss a single minute of the competition along with Gianluigi Buffon and the team only let in two goals throughout the whole competition. Later that year Cannavaro received the Ballon D'or. Cannavaro also holds the record for most International appearances of 136.