“ Me and Arcuri, fatal attraction”
He speaks slowly, every now and then interrupted, and maybe that’s not just because
he has a sore throat. Francesco Coco, football player at Inter, who is now injured seems to follow his instincts. Recently
been spotted with Manuela Arcuri, who defined her relationship with Mario Monti as “just friendship”. Coco and Arcuri had a love story together for over a year, it ended in 2004. Maybe Francesco prefers
not to talk about her, but he responds to our questions kindly. “I think I’m a person with depth” he says,
“ someone who values feelings” he explains. And so he starts talking, a bit shyly.
How are things going at Quelli che il calico? How did Simona Ventura convince you to participate?
“Simona is a friend of mine, I gladly accepted her offer to come to the show. I can’t
play football for a while, so I’m free on Sunday and I can talk about football, my work.”
Do you have ambitions to become a TV presenter?
“No, I don’t want to be a TV star. A good-looking football player to compete
with Stefano Bettarini (who apparently presents some kind of show on Canale 5)”
What do you think of the Luciano Moggi’s interruption at Quelli che il calico.. and
“It could have been prevented. Simona did the right thing by inviting him on TV.”
(I think something happened with Moggi in some kind of TV show, but I’m not sure
what it is..)
Who is Moggi to you?
“I’ve never met him in person. But he surely was a powerful man in the world
What are your thoughts about “Calciopoli” ?
“ It’s all a bit confusing, they’ve only paid a few of them. ( here he
quotes Moggi but I have no idea what he is referring to) I think other truths are yet to come out.”
How is your knee?
“I need another month to recover, then I’ll be ok.”
How do you see your place at Inter?
“ It all depends. I’m doing my work as best as I can. The most important thing
is for me to regain my form.”
And how is your relationship with Mancini? They say you 2 don’t get along..?
“There are some general conflicts between me and Inter, but there are no major problems.
We have different points of view. Mancini prefers other football players on my position, he is just doing his job..”
Where do you see yourself playing in the future?
“I was hoping to be playing at Inter… Now there are all the injuries, my back,
my knee.. I can’t make any predictions now that I’m not playing.”
But you shouldn’t get all depressed, like Vieri!
“ No, no.”
How is Vieri doing?
“It’s been a while since I last saw him. He didn’t know to quit or not.”
You’ve been seen with Manuela Arcuri, the story continues?
“ We’ve gotten a bit closer since our break-up. After 2 years we are finally
So what are you then..?
“We’re just friends. We had a great love, but it’s not like that anymore.”
And in the future?
“I don’t know. Never say never, you need to keep all doors open.”
When we see you together there is always a great attraction between the 2 of you
“We really loved each other, and then we didn’t see each other for a while.
Today there is a great affection between the 2 of us, you always carry the people you used to love in your heart.”
Is she your ideal woman?
“I don’t know, but I guess so.”
You confessed to someone that you wanted children with her
“When you’re really in love you want it to last forever, and of course you
talk about children.”
Do you see yourself married with children?
“Yes I do, but I don’t know when, that depends on a lot of things.”
When did you see Manuela the last time and when will you see her again?
“ I saw her last week, but I don’t know when I’ll see her again.”
Sorry if we’re insisting, but what happened between the 2 of you since you broke-up?
“We were in love in 2003, then we broke-up and didn’t see each other for 2
years. Now we’re speaking again.”
What was going on with Aldo Montano when he was in “La Fattoria” and you were said to be speaking with Manuela again?
“It was nonsense, we hadn’t spoken till now. We had a terrible break-up, it
all went very fast..”
“That’s between the 2 of us, I don’t want to talk about it.”
Was Montano jealous of you?
“no I don’t think so.”
Were you jealous of him?
The person who brought it all up was your ex-girlfriend Francesca Lodo, did she do it out
“I don’t know. We’re not on speaking terms.”
And your story with Federica Ridolfi?
“No, no.. that was in the prehistory!”
You’re always surrounded by beautiful women, are you a playboy?
“I don’t feel like a playboy.”
Do you think you’ve made mistakes in your football career?
“I always follow my instincts, I do what feels right to me. I don’t have any
regrets. I would do everything the way I did it if I could do it all over again. Even if sometimes I was punished for my instinctivity.
I would be better if I thought before I spoke.”
Also with Manuela it’s better to think before you talk?
“No, not with her.”
They say you party too often
“I like to party, but they’ve put this label of “party animal”
Do you consider yourself unlucky when it comes to football?
“These last 2 injuries on my back and knee, yes.”
How did you watch the WC?
“I was very happy because of the victories, but I would’ve wanted to be there
What do you do on a daily basis now?
“physiotherapy and exercises to recover.”
Is it true that you don’t even have a shirt number this year?
“I do have a shirt number, even if some magazines say I don’t.”
Have the showgirls done the football players any good?
“They’ve done nor good, nor bad.”
How is your sore throat?
“It’s all right.”
Manuela must’ve comforted you, sending you a sweet text message…
“She doesn’t even know I’m ill.”
Did you see her on TV in “L’onore e il rispetto” and “Regina dei fiori”?
“No, I hardly ever watch TV, just movies.”