In 2005 they were sparks in Juve-Inter, then they found themselves under the same Nerazzurri roof. Up to touch in Bologna. Story of a true relationship between two men with intense lives
Maybe next time there will be a director who will place them together in the same film. Because if it is true that Ibrahimovic’s life is undoubtedly worth a film to be distributed in cinemas, the same is true for Mihajlovic. Lives full, lived, painful, of redemption and tears, of triumphs and fighting. In all meanings of the term. Zlatan and Sinisa will meet again tomorrow and once again they will embrace. They became friends for the skin, because after they really smelled each other they realized that they have a lot of scars in common on the skin, and partly the same temperament. So many friends to share a part of the summer holidays, so many friends as to get close to working together again, so many friends to share the stage in Sanremo.
Jokes and sparks
And then, who would have thought. Yes, because it all started in a turbulent way, as Sinisa recalled a few days ago from the stage of the Trento Sport Festival: “Once we hit each other on the pitch, then I went to look for him in the locker room, but he wasn’t there. Then I found him at Inter and we became like brothers. But in Sanremo I sang well, he didn’t … “. Spoken in a serious tone, which amplifies the comic effect. As did Ibra at the Ariston. They also have the same way of joking. Anyway yes, in the beginning they were sparks. Indeed, barrel. April 2005, Juve-Inter, obviously Zlatan in the Nerazzurri shirt. The two gladiators fight by running, waving, hindering each other and ending up on the ground. The Swede puts a provocative leg in front of the opponent, who approaches threateningly with his face, and at that point Ibra hits him with the head: three days of disqualification with the TV test. Raiola said: “Once, many years ago, Ibra wanted to drive away at night to beat him, now they are great friends”.
Strong characters, impossible to subdue, which are then found under the same roof, the Nerazzurri one of Appiano Gentile. Ibra plays again, Sinisa is Mancini’s second. Their relationship is cemented there, because Mihajlovic can observe him with different eyes and roles, and obviously recognizes himself in him. Sinisa said: “In a derby he wanted to get out at all costs at the end of the first half due to a physical problem, but I took him aside and told him: ‘You come from the Balkans, you have balls, you can’t go out like this. Now get back on the pitch and score! ‘. He entered the second half, scored and played the whole game ”. The roads separate when Miha goes to train for the first time in Bologna, but the bond has now been created and the wickedness on the pitch closed in the drawer of anecdotes. Over the years, the two send each other public messages of esteem and friendship. Ibra: “I have always said that in the war I would have wanted him by my side. And I was sorry not to have played with him ”. The illness of the rossoblù coach brings them closer: “Come on friend and brother, I knew you were the strongest of all,” says Zlatan. In the middle there is also Sinisa’s forbidden dream of having him in Bologna, with the Swede speaking about him like this: “If I had accepted I would have done it for free, only for Mihajlovic. I chose Milan because I wanted to play in Europe ”.
Curtains and curtains
There are vacation days spent together in Sardinia in the summer of last year, as evidenced by the photos on social media. Hugs, chatter and laughter. There are the curtains like the one of Milan-Bologna last January, with Ibra who had to take a penalty and Mihajlovic who a few moments before said to his goalkeeper “don’t worry, he doesn’t know how to shoot them”. Ibra was wrong. Curtains but also big curtains, like that of the Sanremo Festival. A singing duet with Zlatan and Sinisa singing “Io vagabondo” (not a casual title of course) with the audience skyrocketing. Because put together they are the show at that moment, and not Sanremo. Until Miha’s letter written to Journal for the 40th anniversary of the great friend: “The first time we tested each other on the field. Insults and beatings to the point of being expelled. The last we found ourselves singing together, but it would be better to say out of tune, on the stage of Sanremo by destroying the song “Io vagabondo”. Between that April 20, 2005 in which I came to look for you in the locker room to beat you without finding you, but thinking ‘this boy has balls’, and last year’s Festival, 16 years have passed and a lot of life ”. And then the curtain once again. Anyway, tomorrow night it’s time to get it up again.
October 22, 2021 (change October 22, 2021 | 12:31)
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