Mario Balotelli & Antonio Cassano Are Italy Phenomena - FIGC President Giancarlo Abete

Posted by admin on Tuesday, 25 January 2011

President of the FIGC Giancarlo Abete believes Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano will buck the Italy trend.
Italy duo Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano have the future hopes of a nation riding on their shoulders.

And Italian FA president Giancarlo Abete claims they are the key elements in leading future change and break the boundaries following a failed World Cup campaign last year.

Marcello Lippi had tended to stick with the established players, but Cesare Prandelli has showed an explosion against the system as he focuses on young talent.

"I think the generational change with Italy can start from Cassano and Balotelli," Abete told

"They are phenomena from a techincal point of view and we hope they become so behaviour-wise too."

Paolo Maldini enjoyed a successful legacy with La Nazionale, and Abete was keen to remind him of future opportunities.

"The doors of the FIGC are always open for Paolo," he said.