Inter Legend Ivan Cordoba: “My Only Regret Is Being Involved In Infamous Fight With Valencia”

Inter Legend Ivan Cordoba: “My Only Regret Is Being Involved In Infamous Fight With Valencia”
July 25, 2021 11:30
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Former Inter defender Ivan Cordoba insists that he only has one regret in his career, as he was involved in a mass brawl during a Champions League match against Valencia.

The Colombian was in the middle of the action after a vicious fight broke out following a goalless draw Estadio Mestalla in March 2007, as Inter were eliminated in the Round of 16 of the Champions League on away goals.

In an interview with Colombian television channel Win Sports TV to promote his autobiography, Cordoba reflected on the ugly scenes after Valencia’s David Navarro broke Nicolas Burdisso’s nose with a punch.

“I do not regret anything, apart from what happened in Valencia in the famous fight after the Champions League match. I reacted instinctively, as a friend,” Cordoba claimed.

The 44-year-old, who spent 13 seasons at Inter between 1999 and 2012, argued that the regular upheaval at the club always led to him being forced to prove himself, whilst reflecting on the some of the defensive partners he had played alongside.

“Every year at Inter there was a different challenge, there were 10 coaches in 12 years, too many. Each of these came with players he trusted, and they were often central defenders and therefore every year my place was questioned. Then, after three or four games, they put me in the starting line-up.

“I played with [Carlos] Gamarra, [Marco] Materazzi, [Daniele] Adani and [Lauren] Blanc.

“I remember the special words that [former President Massimo] Moratti said to me when I signed the contract. “Ivan, you can play well or badly, it’s not a problem. But the Inter fans are asking you to give everything on the pitch,”” he concluded.

By Suhayl Al-Sammari

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