A Captain America In Italy

(Update: This was an April Fool’s attempt if it was unclear.)

Just six months ago, Giuseppi Rossi was reeling.

El capitan....

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.

18 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Patrick on 2011/04/01 at 12:11 AM



    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/04/01 at 12:14 AM

      Click the link.


      • Posted by Nelsonatl on 2011/04/02 at 4:33 AM

        A day late but I still got trolled. At least d’ro was a real news reel. However this is highly believable as well. I love how he plays. No regrets. Here’s to agudelo being better than Rossi by 2014.


  2. Posted by Anonymous Coward on 2011/04/01 at 4:54 AM

    I hate you.


  3. Posted by EFG on 2011/04/01 at 5:15 AM

    Is this more or less “funny” considering Rossi was the captain back in November in a friendly against Romania, I think?


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/04/01 at 5:22 AM

      Less funny. I almost didn’t put it up. Had to through in the Serie A piece to make it at least a little more “rageous”


  4. Damnit Matt, mine eyes and ears are bleeding.


  5. Posted by Wachhz on 2011/04/01 at 6:28 AM

    Ha! The rick-roll would be better if it didn’t start out with a 20 second gum commercial. YouTube has ruined interweb ambush with ads.


  6. Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/04/01 at 7:03 AM

    I read it before my coffee this morning and so it didn’t even register. Nice work though. The Serie A bit at the end was good.


  7. Posted by elizabeth on 2011/04/01 at 7:35 AM

    well played sir. well played.


  8. Posted by John on 2011/04/01 at 7:42 AM

    Absolutely wonderful article from Mr Carlisle. I invite all to read it, the way that he describes the dilemma about Mr Rossi is altogether real, human and nuanced.

    I encourage all to partake.


  9. Posted by timmer on 2011/04/01 at 7:45 AM

    Hhahaha The best music video of all time!


    • You are incorrect sir, this is the best music video of all time:

      And this is the best youtube music clip of all time:

      (If you look closely, there are three keyboards PLUS a keytaurist)


      • Posted by Crow on 2011/04/01 at 9:58 AM

        If you like music videos type in Hot Chip I feel better on Youtube. Don’t worry it is safe for work.


  10. Posted by Crow on 2011/04/01 at 9:56 AM

    Darn you to Hades Rossi! As if I couldn’t hate you enough, you just caused me to be rick rolled!!!


  11. Posted by alexalex on 2011/04/01 at 10:45 AM

    You should use tiny url or bitly to conceal that link. Caught it a mile away!


  12. Posted by Mark F on 2011/04/01 at 11:37 AM


    But… I hate that traitor Rossi


  13. Posted by Chris on 2011/04/01 at 12:07 PM

    hook, line, and sinker. Should have looked at the link.


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