Cannavaro between Galatasaray and Poland: the situation

The Istanbul club must vote in favor of the new corporate structure, but a global challenge for the Neapolitan is also approaching

Browse the daisy, Fabio Cannavaro: Poland or Turkey? On the horizon these are the destinations proposed for the 2006 Golden Ball, which has been standing for almost a year – after the experience in China – and hoping that a European bench of a certain thickness can build something interesting. At the moment the proposed options are the Galatasaray of Istanbul and the Polish team that seem ready to return to the office, after having tried hard last January, before the world play-off, where the Poles arrived directly in the final and then they won. (classification) Sweden 2-0.

New balance in Istanbul

But let’s go in order, with the last offer received by the former captain of the Azzurri. From Istanbul he contacted Galatasaray, or at least a part of the club that is currently going to the polls to appoint a new president after Burak Elmas’ “discouraged” in a nightmare season for the historic club, which he even had to fight to save his participation in the top Turkish category. There are two different groups of entrepreneurs underway. One of them aims to choose a Western sporting director and Fabio Cannavaro as coach for an immediate relaunch in the League and then in the Champions League, as is tradition. The Italian coach has been interested in the project, but in the meantime it remains to be seen what the new leadership in power will be.

After several no …

His long experience in China – between Guangzhou and Tianjin, almost seven years – had led him to decide to go for Europe, for a stimulating project. But so far he has preferred to say no to several offers. Starting with the Polish team in January, then even Zurich in Switzerland and Espanyol in Spain did not convince him, while the speech of being able to finish at the Salernitana was barely touched, before the confirmation of Nicola. “It’s not about money, it’s about perspective. I want to work on a project that maybe focuses on young people and not necessarily in the first category, ”he said in an interview he gave us a week ago. That is why Galatasaray’s approach, the ambitions of a club that today has an international tradition tempt him and he hopes to understand which direction the Istanbul club will lead and whether this can be the right bench for the relaunch in the old continent.

Surprise call

Instead, he came from Poland. Which Cannavaro definitely didn’t expect. It is true that after the January visit to the new federal president Cezary Kulesza, relations had remained excellent, although the coach had rejected the possibility of signing for two and a half years with the selection of Lewandowski and Zielinski. But this flashback was also unexpected for the Neapolitan coach. Obviously there is something wrong between the team and current coach Czeslaw Michniewicz, who nevertheless reached the world rankings in March. But obviously the heavy defeat suffered against Belgium in the League of Nations (6-1!) Has left several questions within the Polish federation. Questions that were unanswered even last night in the Rotterdam match against the Netherlands. Yes, because even though the Poles were ahead 2-0 (goals from Cash and Zielinski), Michniewicz’s team reunited and in the end they didn’t lose just because Depay missed the decisive penalty by hitting the post in the recovery. What will be the idea of ​​the Polish federations at the moment: will they really want to change their technical leadership five months before the World Cup in Qatar? That flashback to Cannavaro would say yes. At this point, it will also depend a lot on next Tuesday’s match, where Poland are expected at home for a redemption test against Belgium that mortified them a few days ago. But if Fabio had quietly decided in January that the “no” would lead the white-and-red team, now his position would be different. Because in the meantime the offer he was waiting for has not arrived, not even in Italy, and returning as the protagonist in a World Cup would be something especially stimulating for him. Meanwhile, Cannavaro will fly to Cluji today. No, no contact in Romania, just the presence on the pitch for Adrian Mutu’s football farewell. Then who knows: one flight to Istanbul or another to Warsaw will decide the future of the ambitious Neapolitan coach.

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