Pitch invader Mario Ferri arrived at the Spain-Germany semifinal on Wednesday in a wheelchair, hoping to go unnoticed before launching his plot. In the early minutes of the match, he jumped out of the chair and bolted onto the pitch, evading security for his moment of attention. The reason he wanted that attention was to show off his shirt — a modified Superman T-shirt with the words "peace in the world" across the top, a couple mentions of a cafe in his hometown of Pescara, Italy, and his main point: "Cassano in Nazionale — Lippi I told you so".
This wasn't a one-off stunt for Ferri, though. It was actually the grand finale in a trilogy of pitch invasions all based around his desire to see Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano on Italy's national team. Throughout World Cup qualifying, Italy manager Marcello Lippi stubbornly ignored the many calls to include the mouthy and temperamental goal-scorer in his squad, which is what prompted Ferri's first pitch invasion.
During a friendly between Italy and the Netherlands in Pescara back in November, Ferri jogged unobstructed through the match with the first iteration of his "Cassano in Nazionale" shirt.