INTER PRIMAVERA 2003/04: MIDFIELDERS

MILAN - Australian player Carl Valeri did the running in midfield for Inter Primavera this season. Lombardo, Adeshokan (pictured) and Bengtsson patrolled the wings, while Laribi, Bonacina and Marino showed their technique in the middle of the park.

Saidi Adeshokan is an Inter Primavera veteran. Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1984 he can play on either wing. He joined Inter from Reggiana in the summer of 2001 together with his friend Martins, and was one of the most used players this season, with 35 appearances to his credit (20 in the championship, 10 in the Coppa Italia and 5 in Viareggio). Adeshokan scored four goals in 2003/04 (2 in the championship and 2 in the Italian Cup).

Inter Primavera's latest signing is Swedish midfielder Martin Bengtsson. Born in Orebro on 14 March 1986, the versatile Scandinavian with South American feet and vision made 7 appearances for Bernazzani's side (5 in the championship and 2 in the Carnival Cup) and scored once in Viareggio.

Midfield engine Manuel Bonacina is always ready when called into action and was a valid alternative for coach Bernazzani this season. Born in Lecco on 3 April 1985, Bonacina joined Inter from Calcio Lecco in 1999/00 and initially played for the Giovanissimi team. For the Primavera this season he made 12 appearances (9 in the championship and 3 in the Tim Cup).

Omar Laribi is one of Inter Primavera's youngest players. A central midfielder, he was born in Milan on 4 October 1986 and transferred to Inter from Pro Sesto in 2000/01. Laribi played 19 times in 2003/04 (12 in the championship, 4 in the Tim Cup and 3 at Viareggio) and scored 3 goals (1 in the championship and 2 crucial goals in the domestic cup competition).

Matteo Lombardo is a naturally left-footed player and showed his skills on the left wing for the Nerazzurrini this season. Born in Milan on 6 March 1985, Lombardo joined Inter from Pro Sesto two seasons ago. In 2003/04 he made 36 appearances for Inter Primavera (22 in the championship, 9 in the Coppa Italia and 5 at the Viareggio Tournament). He also scored 4 goals (2 in the championship and 2 in the Carnival Cup).

Dino Marino is the creative element of the Inter Primavera squad and wears the number ten shirt. Born in Naples on 23 May 1985, Marino played for Lecce before joining Inter in 2002/03. This season he played 39 matches (25 in the championship, 9 in the Coppa Italia and 5 in the Carnival Cup) and scored 4 goals (3 in the championship and 1 in the Tim Cup).

Midfield general Carl Valeri was born in Canberra, Australia on 14 August 1984. Inter discovered him during Under-17 World Championship in 2002 and he arrived in Milan in the summer of that year. In 2003/04 Valeri notched 26 appearances (15 in the championship, 6 in the Coppa Italia and 5 at the Viareggio Tournament) and scored once in the domestic cup group phase.


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