Federico Dimarco began his Nerazzurri journey 24 years ago. Born in Milan to Italian parents, black and blue has coursed through his veins since birth. Coming through the academy, Dimarco was always set for the biggest stage, but a heartbreaking foot injury during his loan spell at Sion put this destiny in doubt. However, the fullback’s relentless effort and pure passion for the game set his recovery in motion.
After one season for the Swiss side, Dimarco returned to Italy’s topflight, serving in a deputy role on loan at Parma after Inter exercised their €7m buyback option. His moment in the spotlight came against his boyhood club, with Dimarco scoring a beautiful goal from 30 yards out to secure his side’s historic 1-0 victory over the Italian giants at San Siro.
The following season, Dimarco was included in Inter’s main squad for the start of the campaign. However, after multiple uninspiring displays in his limited time on the pitch, he was shipped off to Ivan Jurić’s Hellas Verona side. I Gialloblu allowed Dimarco to truly find his feet, as the Croatian manager molded the fullback’s talents to fit his 3-5-2 formation. Dimarco’s excellent technique and incredible stamina allowed him to flourish in multiple positions for an over-performing Hellas Verona side. His strong performance throughout the season sparked earned him a place at Inter the following season, reuniting the fullback with the colors he loves.
Finding his footing with Inter
Though his first season for Inter was underwhelming, he earned his first senior Italy call up for the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals, a huge step in his young career. With Ivan Perišić’s departure this summer, Dimarco finally had a chance to fight for a starting role. His biggest competition for the left-wingback role has been German International Robin Gosens. However the former Atalanta man has not lived up to expectations thus far for the Nerazzurri, allowing Dimarco to take over the starting role.
Federico Dimarco has been simply electric this season, as his incredible passing range and set-piece delivery has been a thorn for both Serie A and Champions League rivals. Additionally, his strong performances for Mancini’s Azzurri squad have further highlighted the immense potential he has to offer. Though his defensive awareness is certainly lacking at times, his offensive quality is undeniable.
As Inter looks to compete for the Scudetto, Nerazzurri supporters will be hoping Dimarco can continue to live his boyhood dream of setting San Siro alight.
photo credit: Imago
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