Among the players that stand out in AC Milan’s youth sector as generating the most excitement is Francesco Camarda, who is now a part of the Primavera side.
La Gazzetta dello Sport recall how Camarda was born just after an afternoon of goals at the Stadio Castellani on 9 March 2008, when Milan scored three times against Empoli as Pato, Ambrosini and Kakà netted.
Camarda was born the following day in a hospital in San Cataldo, Sicily, a 10-minute drive from Caltanissetta. He did not experience Ancelotti’s years and did not celebrate Grosso’s goal against Germany in the 2006 World Cup final, but today he represents the Milan golden boy to come.
He was called up by Stefano Pioli for the last friendly against Trento at Milanello and seems destined to become a part of Ignazio Abate’s Primavera side, even being given the No.9.
Camarda has been described as a ‘phenomenon’, a ‘pure talent’ and of course a ‘bomber’ given the talk that he scored at least 500 goals since he started playing in the youth sector.
While this is true, Gazzetta point out that the record also includes 7v7 league matches or the seasons in the Pulcini, where if you’re strong you make the real difference, even with 5 or 6 goals per game.
Since playing at 11, however, he has already had some satisfaction. Camarda won the U15 Scudetto in 2022 with 22 goals in 25 games, bringing the ‘Scudettino’ back to the Vismara after 12 years of waiting.
He netted nine goals in the Italy youth teams and most recently bagged 22 goals in 18 games with the U17 team at Milan. In 2022, making his debut for Primavera in a friendly match, he scored two goals against Solbiatese.
From this season he will be one of Abate’s weapons, ready to try his look as a player way under age. If he plays football he owes it to the intuition of Piero Colangelo, the former manager of the youth sector of Afforese.
“That day he was on the sidelines with his mother, we were training. I could see him kicking the safety net, so I invited him in,” he said.
That was in 2014, and since then Camarda has become used to playing against those older than him: “He scored tons of goals even against players two or three years older. He was impressive.”
In addition to the technical aspect – a great shot, good dribbling etc. – he’s also one who doesn’t give up. In 2018, during a Milan-Bayern Munich match played in Vienna, he came off after a quarter of an hour with an ankle problem.
Ten minutes from the end, his team was down by two goals, Camarda asked the coach if he could come back on. “Are you sure?” the coach asked, “I’m sure” was the reply. He scored twice and got an assist.
Camarda has been talked about for several years. YouTube is full of videos and one dates back to June 2021, when a slender Camarda who dribbles past his man several times and then puts it away with his right foot with calm.
From Milanello they preach calm and aim to stave off the comparisons with top striker like Haaland. Last year Camarda reiterated that he dreams of making his debut with Milan and playing at San Siro, and he is on the right path.