The Genius of the Day: Davide Lanzafame (April 2013)
Today we are going to speak about Davide Lanzafame, a winger and a former prospect of Italian football.
He was born in 1987 in Turin, and grew up in Juventus FC Youth sector, and he made his first appearence in the First Team at the end of 2006/07 Serie B Championship, against Bari, to whom he was loaned in the following Season, when he scored 10 goals in 27 app.
The good Season actracted the interest from Palermo, that signed him from Juventus in a co-ownership deal; but in Sicily he didn’t play very often, and in January he was loaned to Bari again, and won Serie B Championship, while in the following season he was signed on loan by Parma, with whom he had a good spell (7 goals in 27 app.).
Before 2009/10 Season he came back to Juventus, where he had very few opportunities to play, and in January was loaned to Brescia, in Serie B, and during the following Summer his co-ownership was resolved in favor Palermo, because Juventus had no interest in keeping him.
He played 2010/11 Season with Catania, who had signed him on a on a co-ownership basis from Palermo, and the following year resolved this deal in his favour, but later loaned him to Grosseto, in Serie B, and to Budapest Honvéd FC, in the Hungarian top Championship, with whom he scored 5 goals in 10 app., and finally, last October, he became a free agent.
During his spells at Bari, he was involved in a matchfixing scandal, and in June 2013 was disqualified for 1 year and 4 months, and in December 2013 was sentenced to 1 year.
But today we want to point out one episode in his career, when he was playing in Hungary: It’s April 28, 2013, when during the match against Pécsi MFC, Budapest Honvéd FC is 0-1 up at 50′ and has been awarded a penalty, and his teammate Leandro Martinez grabs the ball to kick it, but Davide doesn’t agree, and begins a long loud quarrel with the Argentinian to get the chance to score, so that the referee has to show both Martinez and him a yellow card, but it’s the second one of the match for the Italian, who is shown a red card, and leaves the pitch railing against his teammate, that now is also blamed by Davide as the cause of his sending off.
A scene like this one is not uncommon in a suburban football field during a match played by children, but can rarely been seen on TV during a game of a top tier competion !
THIS IS THE FOOTBALL WE LIKE !