Ciro Immobile: Speedjunk feels at home in Italy

Bundesliga, Italian Players, La Liga, SerieA

Ciro Immobile’s role model is not a striker, but a Formule-1 driver: Michael Schumacher. Once, an official from Unna , the German villige where Immobile lived, came to complain to his club Borussia Dortmund on behalf of the municipality, according to the boulevard magazineBild. Immobile raced through the streets with screeming engines. Apart from that, Immobile did not make much of an impression in Germany. Bought in 2014 for 18 million euros, could not fill the shoes of his predecessor Robert Lewandowski. He scored only seven goals in nine months and no teammate ever invited him home for dinner.

After an equally unsuccessful spell at Sevilla, Immobile joined Lazio as the successor to Miroslav Klose, the German World Cup top scorer of all time.

Standing still is literally the translation of Immobile, but a less appropriate last name is hardly conceivable. Immbobile went through eight clubs between 2010 and 2016 before finally finding peace with Lazio.

Under Simone Inzaghi Lazio Roma plays a 3-5-2 system that Immobile seems to gte the best out of Immobile . With the help of Luis Alberto as a playmaker and the extremely strong Milinkovic Savic in the penalty area. With the support of super fast wing backs, the attackers provide him and the other attackers with crosses in the box. From the striker position, he continuously searches for space. The Serie A isn’t exactly known for incompetent defenders, but they often barely managed to cover Immobile.

If his teammates play a deep pass too far ahead of him, he sprints after it anyway. Immobile is not the fastest, but uses his strength to shake off opponents.

The key to his current success is his confidence. With 36 goals for Lazio, Ciro Immobile won the Golden Shoe last season as European top scorer, the third Italian after Luca Toni and Francesco Totti that managed to do so. His 36 umber is an all-time record that he shares with Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain. He won the trophy ahead of Serie-A super strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku. And ahead of his phantom Lewandowski.

There was hardly a chance that Immobile missed in the 2019-20 season and he is not doing so bad this season either. With the entire team strategy focused on Immobile, Lazio Roma reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League this year. In it, Bayern Munich was much too strong for the Romans.

Immobile has only scored ten only goals in 42 imatches for Italy. In an interview with De Telegraaf, Immobile said, the fact that Italy missed the 2018 World Cup in France was ‘one of the most disappointing moments of my career’. Plenty of room for improvement.

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