The experienced right winger has not enjoyed the best of seasons at Juventus during which he struggled with a thigh injury, and has been told he does not figure in the club’s long-term plans - but he remains a favourite of national team coach Marcello Lippi.
Born and raised in Argentina, Camoranesi instead opted to represent Italy, though he does not sing the national anthem. He qualifies through his grandparents, who emigrated from the Marche region of central Italy.
He received a good luck call from Diego Maradona on the eve of the 2006 final and afterwards dedicated Italy’s victory to his hometown in Argentina. Camoranesi promised to cut his hair should Italy win and was held to his word by Massimo Oddo, who cut the winger’s ponytail on the Olympiastadion pitch.
Camoranesi is by no means the first 'Oriundo' (a foreigner of Italian ancestry) to represent the Azzurri. The 1934 World Cup-winning side included Raimundo Orsi, Luis Monti and Enrique Guaita – all Argentines of Italian descent - and. Juventus legend Omar Sivori also briefly represented Italy in the 1960s despite having already won the Copa America with Argentina.
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