Milan Channel Interview Report
The Milan Channel featured a Special News
interview with Francesco Coco on Friday, 9 February 2001. In this interview,
Coco answered some questions from the fans and was given a couple of
"surprises". For those of you who didn't watch the show... don't
despair! Here is a report of the show from the people who watch it!
You can also catch a glimpse of it here!
The show started with the news of Stock Market
and in particular news about Nasdaq. This is a nickname Milan journalist Pellegatti
gave to Francesco Coco because his game performances have gone up and down like
the Nasdaq. This is, of course, a form of compliment for Coco and he likes it.
Then Coco was shown and given the questions from
his fans, which were sent through e-mail, fax and telephone.
Anna from Torino: You have a marvelous
nephew who resembles you a lot and you have a wonderful smile. Can you give me
an autographed jersey of yours?
Elisa: What do you do on Mondays when
there isn't training? What is your favorite song by Jim Morison? What does a
woman have to do to win you over?
COCO'S ANSWER: On Mondays, I spend the
morning sleeping because it's the only day I can sleep a lot. I eat with my
family, my nephew, my sister and everyone else. My favorite song by Jim Morrison
is "Riders on the Storm". To get me, a woman must have
simplicity. I think simplicity in a person is fundamental and the woman, or my
girlfriend in the future, must be simple.
A surprise for Coco comes from the his ex-high
school mathematics teacher, Professor Letizia Luzzi, whom Coco recognizes
immediately upon answering the call. The exchange greeting and then the dialogue
with the teacher continues.
Interviewer: How was Francesco as a
Letizia Luzzi: He is, above all an
intelligent person and he knew how to make the most of his qualities.
Interviewer: Why is Professor Luzzi
important for you (i.e. to Francesco)?
Coco: She was close to me in difficult
moments. We passed a year together in school and even outside school we saw each
other a lot. She was a great support. She taught me like every great people with
many experience who can give you something positive. She has given me that.
this call, they return to the fans' questions.
do you have the number 77?
Because 1977 was the year of my birth so...
you want to have it again for the following seasons?"
it has its significances for me. It signifies my turning point, it brings me
fortune and if possible it will be my number for a long time.
year I want to look after myself more of Coco and less of Francesco' strikes
me. What does it mean?"
Because actually I am always being told to be Paolo Maldini's heir. This year I
want to be myself as Francesco Coco and not as anyone's heir even though it is a
compliment to be regarded as Maldini's heir. For me it's important to express
myself as Francesco Coco rather than someone else.
from Messina: Thanks
for being the first Sicilian to play with Milan in the Champions League. You are
the pride of all Sicilians.
am bound to my land, Sicily. I go there every year in the summer and sometimes
for Christmas vacation. All of my relatives are there and I am surely strongly
connected there. I regard Sicily as my land.
I injured my ankle after playing volleyball and now I am scared of playing.
What do you do to get rid of the fear after an injury?
needs a lot of will to forget about it even though it's difficult. To forget the
fear you need love for your sport, then the day will come when you can forget
about it for real.
there is another phone call for Coco from Giuliano Rusca, his first ever
coach. At first he didn't remember him but then he does... with great
was Coco as your student?
He was a humble boy who listened to all of my teachings and a boy with a lot of
will to succeed.
are you thrilled?
course! He was my first coach. He taught me a lot. He made things enjoyable for
what do you have to say to Francesco?
good is possible in his life. He will succeed keeping everything he has because
he deserves it. He is serious and intelligent. He has all the characteristics to
the phone call from Rusca, Coco returns to answering his fans' message. Many
people seem to regard him as a great and successful Sicilian man. For this, once
again, Coco replies that he loves his land Sicily, very much. At the end of the
interview, this is what he said about Sicily.
national (team) and sport in the South are most significant. There are people
who are warmer (i.e. more appreciative) about it. The North and the South are
different for this. I am happy to have admirers from the South, from my land. I
hope to make them happy by making great achievements.
by Marilena and Liz.
Translation by Nadia Aimar.