Thiago Motta gets green signal from FIFA

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Brendon Ayanbadejo

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Thiago Motta gets green signal from FIFA

Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli has confirmed that Brazilian born Thiago Motta has been given clearance to play for Italy against Germany in the upcoming international friendly by FIFA. Questions about his eligibility to play for Italy rose when speculation in Brazil suggested that the Inter Milan player was not eligible to play for the Azzurri after he represented Brazil at the under-23 level in 2003.

Prandelli added that he recently received an ‘ok’ from FIFA and will be looking to hand out the man from Inter his first cap for the Italian senior side.  Prandelli also admitted his surprise of seeing so many players in Italy who are born outside the country but still want to play for the Azzurri.

"I call up those who deserve it and I look beyond the multi-ethnic national team because football unites."

Recently many players who were of South American origins have played for the Italian national team. Former Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi was an Argentine born player but chose to play for Italy at the international stage. The former Juventus man is arguably the most successful non-Italian player for the Azzurri after he won the FIFA World Cup in 2006 for Italy.  Another former Juventus player Amauri who now plays at Palermo was also a Brazilian born but chose to play for the Azzurri and Cesare Prandelli gave him his first game for Italy against Ivory Coast in an international friendly.

Thiago Motta started his football career in Spain with Barcelona B and in 2001, Barcelona’s senior side bought him and he spent 6 years with the side before moving to Madrid to play for Atletico Madrid. At Madrid, the Brazilian found first team opportunities hard to come by and he went to try his luck in Italy where he signed with Genoa in 2008. Just one good season with Genoa prompted the Inter management to sign the player and Motta along with Diego Milito signed for the Milan giants in 2009.

His call-up to the Italian national side has been a long journey indeed. In the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he made his debut for Brazil after previously representing Selecao in the 1999 South American Under-17 football championship.  Last year, reports around Italy suggested that the midfielder wanted to represent Italy at the World Cup in South Africa as he possessed dual nationality owing to the fact that his grandfather was an Italian national. However, he never made the plane for Africa. Now, he has received his first call-up for the Italian national side and after FIFA’s approval, he will be looking to cement his place in the national side.


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