Dens great Canig­gia back in the city to meet fans.

More than 400 turn out at White­hall Theatre to hear from Dens Park leg­end

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NA­DIA VIDINOVA nvidi­[email protected]­

Foot­ball leg­end Clau­dio Canig­gia was on the verge of quit­ting the sport when he was asked to play for Dundee, he has re­vealed.

The 50-times capped Ar­gen­tinian for­mer striker re­counted the story to more than 400 Dark Blues fans who turned out to hear him rem­i­nisce about his time with the team at a spe­cial event in the city last night.

Canig­gia made an ap­pear­ance at the White­hall Theatre, where he was in con­ver­sa­tion with ex-Sky Sports pre­sen­ter David Tan­ner, vet­eran foot­ball writer Pa­trick Bar­clay and Scots­man foot­ball writer Alan Pat­tullo.

Canig­gia re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion and loud cheers from the au­di­ence, which in­cluded fans of all ages.

Speak­ing of how he be­gan his brief stint in Dundee in the 2000-01 sea­son, Canig­gia said: “I was think­ing of stop­ping play­ing foot­ball at the time.

“I was still train­ing on my own, stay­ing fit, and then the Bonet­tis called me – I knew them from Italy – and asked if I would come to Dundee?

“I said why not? I de­cided to come to Scot­land and it was great at Dundee.

“Trust me, with my heart, I re­ally en­joyed my time in Dundee.

“I could not un­der­stand any of the ac­cents but it was a great team.”

Canig­gia was also joined on stage by for­mer team-mate Wil­lie Fal­coner.

De­scrib­ing their time to­gether at Dens, Fal­coner said: “We were the old­est play­ers there so we bounced off each other. He was a down-to-earth guy and he trained as he played.

“Ev­ery day he trained giv­ing 100%.”

Pic­tures: Steven Brown.

Clau­dio Canig­gia on stage last night with for­mer Dens Park team-mate Wil­lie Fal­coner. And, right, Canig­gia an­swers a ques­tion from the au­di­ence.

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