SHANGHAI - Nerazzurri ambassador Francesco Toldo spent
forty-five minutes chatting to Chinese fans, live on Sina Sports from the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai. It was the first of his numerous appointments to help promote the opening of
the new Interstore in China's most cosmopolitan city.
Toldo answered the many questions put to him by fans curious to
find out more about his new role at Inter and some of the most important
moments in his long career.
The ex-Inter No.1 spoke enthusiastically about the Inter Campus
project: "I'm trying to put the experience and exposure I had during
my playing career to good use to help the children of Inter Campus."
Replying to other questions, he commented on the
historic Euro 2000 semi-final against the Netherlands ("everybody
remembers that feat"), the goal he scored against Juventus ("an
incredible satisfaction for a goalkeeper to score in such a huge game at the Meazza") and his friends in football ("Luis Figo, the
goalkeepers I have played with, Rui Costa, Batistuta and, more recently,
Ibra and Eto'o").
He also said he was confident the current team could turn things
around in the Champions League by beating Bayern Munich in the return
At the end of the web chat, the ex-Inter keeper thanked the many Chinese
fans and invited them to visit the new Interstore, which will be
officially opened tomorrow at 15:00 local time, at the 353 Plaza in
Nanjing East Road.
In the meantime, Toldo will spend his first evening in the company
of Mr Song Weimi, the local Inter Campus representative, having dinner in Qingdao - typical Chinese fare of course.
The web chat was followed by over 250,000 Inter fans.