Annibale Frossi enjoyed so many lives that even trying to tell it in a book or film would not be enough. From a hidden passion for football due to his mother wanting him to be a doctor, to winning gold at the Berlin Olympics, wearing the Nerazzurri shirt, gaining experience at Alfa Romeo, being a journalist and finally instigated innovative change from the Serie A dugout. All of this linked to just one common denominator…a pair of glasses that he wore everywhere since he was a child due to his nearsightedness.
Annibale could have done anything. He had an analytical and precise eye for goal, while he then went on to become one of the greatest innovators in our football sphere, largely thanks to his passion. Furthermore, due to football and the Nerazzurri colours, he avoided a call-up to the Italo-Ethiopian War. He arrived at Inter when he was 25, having already secured an Olympic Gold medal with the National Team. Meazza, Demaria and Ferraris were there, who linked up with Frossi to form the green rectangle. An impossible dream that was played out like that of a film plot. Legs trembled and hearts thumped at a thousand beats a minute, however the chance was unique and he didn’t let the emotion get the best of him.
Annibale eventually returned to Inter as coach and was a precursor for modern times due to his precise means of match preparation. He forever stood strong in defence of his ideas, which were occasionally rejected and criticised by a hostile environment. He invented the false centre-forward, insisting that a perfect football match should finish 0-0, symbolic of the balance he liked to see out on the pitch. Well ahead of his time back then and perhaps still advanced in regard to today. However, his conviction and ideas still live on, along with his decisive glare that was forever present behind his famous spectacles.