Saint Francesco, the miracle worker

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Michelangelo Rampulla during Inter vs. Cremonese. Massimo Taibi during Reggiana vs. Udinese. And Francesco Toldo during Inter vs. Juventus. These are the Italian goalkeepers who have up until today contradictorily managed to get themselves on the scoresheet. With Christian Vieri actually getting the last touch, it has since been recorded as his goal. At the time, Bobone was battling to become top scorer, therefore Toldo never sought to claim it. However, it is now the time to award him some deserved credit.

Bobo had the last touch, but it would have went in without it. My name appeared on the scoreboard and I raised my arm. Cordoba pointed at me to say “it was him”. That goal was mine. Every time I hear Scarpini’s commentary I can’t help but smile.

In fact, Toldo had told Hector Cuper at the half time that he would join his teammates in the penalty area for a corner kick should Inter be losing. When Juventus took the lead thanks to a penalty in the 88th minute, some fans had even left the Meazza early due to general angst. This was a significant error, as these unfortunate spectators missed the chance to see the name of their goalkeeper up on the San Siro scoreboard back on October 19th 2002. A player who had Inter in his heart and still does today.

For fans of Inter and also the National Team, Toldo has been involved in some crazy nights, whether that be in Valencia, where the Spaniards rained down on his goal 27 times, or in Rotterdam where he saved three penalties to eliminate the Netherlands from the Euro 2000 semi-final. However, his greatest satisfaction came not on the pitch, but rather thanks to his involvement in creating the Inter Forever project, including a number of Nerazzurri legends who help spread the club’s values across the world. “A one-time interista, is an interista forever”, this is the initiative’s motto, helping advance Internazionale Football Club as one of the most unique across the planet.

 

Francesco Toldo

Francesco Toldo, born in 1971, was of the best goalkeepers of his generation. After eight years with Fiorentina, where he won the Coppa Italia on two occasions, he then joined Inter where he remained for nine years. He won five Scudetti, three Supercoppa Italiana titles, three Coppa Italia trophies and one Champions League. He made 27 appearances for the National Team, taking part in two World Cups and thee European Championships. He also played a key role in Euro 2000. With the Under-21 team he won the 1994 European Championship.