(Update: This was an April Fool’s attempt if it was unclear.)
Just six months ago, Giuseppi Rossi was reeling.
Picked by many to represent his adopted nation of Italy at World Cup 2010 in South Africa, Rossi was one of the final cuts of then coach Marcelo Lippi’s squad that ultimately disappointed in Italy.
ESPN was so sure that Rossi would not only make the squad but thrill, that his mug shot ran ran as their pre-World Cup cover with the quote, “Meet America’s Best Hope at The World Cup.”
No sooner had the issue hit the dormitory bathroom, than it belonged in the toilet. Rossi was not going.
Fast forward nine months and Rossi is having a dream season, up the near top of the goal scorer’s table in La Liga for Villarreal and already bucketing 26 rips in all competitions. That form has carried over to the Azzurri, two goals and two appearances for coach Cesare Prandelli.
And it gets a little better today.
Prandelli has handed the big “C.” The captain’s armband to the man from New Jersey permanently.
One minor contingency, Prandelli wants to the see the silky striker in Serie A next year; quite a conundrum.
Jeff Bradley has the story.