A phone call extends life, said a famous commercial, or it can turn it upside down. “Forget the holidays, you are called up with Italy”. Federico Gattiused to climbing on the roofs and not just tearing up the center-forward, as he demonstrated at his blue debut with Abraham and Kane, was in a Turin agency to collect the documents. Suitcase ready. She was giving herself a trip to the United States, aborted and postponed for the second time in a few days. One dream, it can be said, has surpassed the other. Yes, because on Friday 20 May he didn’t even suspect he was being called by Mancini for it stage of Coverciano. He was at Chieri, at the foot of the Turin hills, where the family lives, and did not even have the tools of the trade. The bag left in the locker room of Frosinone and the locker with about fifteen shoes opened by Rolandoa friend of his, to choose six pairs (via video call) and have them brought to Florence. Color? Strictly blue. A sign of fate. Saturday evening, at Molineux in Wolverhamptonbegan in National and the last chapter of a crazy, almost unbelievable story has been added.
Chiellini and Gatti
If cats, contemptuous of danger, have seven lives, Federico Gatti (24 to be on June 24) has already lived as many. He played in Excellence and in Promotion with Pavarolo and Saluzzo. In 2019/20 it was in D with Verbania. In 2020/21 in C with the Pro Patria and a month ago he finished his first championship of B with Frosinone. The ds Angelozzi he discovered it last summer and resold it in January for 8.5 million and a bonus to Juve. Lambswith a phone call to Breedblew it in a few hours to the Turin. Cairo he would have wanted it in grenade without waiting for the end of the championship. Here’s the difference. Pope Ludovicogrenade fan, with shining eyes. «Al Toro would have been immediately protagonist, but the history of Juve is unattainable. They were two fantastic options, Frosinone chose the most convenient solution “. It’s better that way. He continued to play in B and Mancini prepared the ground for Merry. Chiellini and Bonucci they had met him at the end of January, the day of the signing, but it was another thing to find themselves in the blue retreat. “They traveled together on the train to Florence. She said to me “Dad, I’m fine, they are very simple people”. Of course, if Chiellini had stayed at Juve for another year as a tutor, as had happened in Barzagli, it would have been nice. In black and white he will have other tutors, starting with Leo ». Giorgione is his myth, he had confessed in an interview with Guerin Sportsman. At Molineux he took the number 3. The former blue captain, after three days of training in Coverciano, was already bewitched by Federico’s ferocity in marking. He approached it to Barzagli for the physicality and the predisposition to go out with the ball from the defensive line.
Juve, Gatti and the phone call to dad
Gatti phoned dad Ludovico yesterday morning, former Sciolze striker and coach in the amateur categories of the Piedmont. San Giacomo Chieri, Trofarello, Santenese and Pavarolo its benches. “I was at home watching the game with my old collaborators. Federico absorbed the tension in a couple of minutes, then started playing like in Frosinone, with confidence. Here’s what we said. Incredible. At each category jump, introducing himself as a stranger, it took him very little time to put himself on the same level as the others. When the Pro Patria took him, I thought: “Now it will be four months before I can see him play”. And the same happened in Frosinone. But no. He was very good at taking advantage of certain occasions. It takes luck. I say this with sincerity: if Italy had qualified for the World Cup, Federico would now be on vacation. A sports drama for 50 million Italians has turned into a dream for my son, for Salvatore Esposito, for Gnonto and the other guys tried by Mancini. Lots of enthusiasm and little pressure. In the club will increase responsibilities, different difficulties. I hope they fall in love with him at Juve too “. A lot of effort, not just emotions, to follow him. “I’ve never missed a match of his. When it ends, I’m more tired than him … “.
The story of Federico Gatti
Federico at the age of 8 begins to play in Chieri and is noticed by Torino observers. Five years, from Pulcini to Giovanissimi, in the grenade nursery. Wean it Demaria, old-school technician, used to teaching the fundamentals. Role? Center forward. «He scored in bursts, up to 70 goals per championship. He was a big kid. If he couldn’t score or they didn’t let him play, he went home and didn’t eat “. At 14, still unsigned in June, he separated from Bull. Decision made by the father. “It seemed to me they didn’t believe it. I took it away “. Two seasons to Alexandria before reuniting with dad al Pavarolo. In 2014/15 he moved to midfield. «I coached the first team in the promotion, he played in the juniores. Vailatti, formerly of Turin, used to say to me: “Mister, bring up his son, he’s good”. I replied: “No, he thinks about playing”. He embarrassed me, I didn’t want anyone to think that I preferred him to other guys. We are second two points behind the first, in December the president decided to sack me. Calamita replaces me and joins Federico. The following year, with Ballario, he enters from over the top in Excellence ». Dad Ludovico, after thirty-two years as an employee in a supermarket chain, loses his job. Federico begins to work at the general markets, works at the counter, unloads the boxes. He leaves school (he misses the last two years of Accounting) and is employed in Pavarolo, as a window maker. He sets up doors and windows from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm. In the evening he trains.
Gatti, the turning point
The second turning, back to Pavarolo after passing through the Saluzzo, when the company stops paying reimbursements and the team goes on strike. The youngest, including Federico, continue to play. «We stay with the Juniores plus a few owners. I was the ds. Andrea Truffo, the coach, is worried. We risk bad impressions. So we decide to put the strongest behind. Federico, from midfield, goes into defense due to force majeure. We lose them all, but he brings out a huge character. He is tempted by the idea of defending the indefensible and falls in love with the role “. He moved to the Verbania. Two seasons between Excellence and Serie D, the climb starts in 2019/20. She gets engaged to Greta, pharmacist. He rounds up the reimbursement by working as a bricklayer. He walks on the roofs and gutters before running to train. In full pandemic, summer 2020the Pro Patria takes him on trial. Javorcic he doesn’t know whether to confirm it or not. In Vicenza, in Italian Cupit hurts Molinari. Gatti enters and enchants, becoming the owner: 34 appearances in C. Last summer the jump to Frosinone by Fabio Grosso, former world champion. Another blue signal. Irresistible progression up to debut in front of the Three Lions and the thought confessed to dad. “I don’t like England. It’s raining and everyone is sulking here, she told me on the phone. Yet I believe he would have the characteristics of a Premier ». There is no danger. Now Allegri will enjoy it. He talked about it in January …
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