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Melbourne Victory - Juventus Highlights

Posted by Walker Saturday, May 31, 2021


The Old Lady seduced Australian footy fans with her gala performance against Melbourne Victory yesterday. The match ended Juventus 4 - 1 over Melbourne. For match highlights see attached video








Melbourne Victory 1 (Carlos Hernandez 57’)
Juventus 4 (Nicola Legrottaglie 7’, Raffaele Palladino 65’ pen/90+4’, Marco Marchionni 90’)
Referee: Ben Williams
Stadium Telstra Dome, Crowd: 43,357


JUVENTUS FACT FILE

Founded: 1897
Current ground: Olympic Stadium, Turin
Capacity: 27,128
Coach: Claudio Ranieri
Captain: Alex Del Piero
Colours: Black and white striped shirts, white shorts
Website:
www.juventus.it
Honours: UEFA Champions League - (2) 1985, 1996.
Intercontinental Cup - (2) 1985, 1996.
Cup Winners’ Cup - (1) 1984.
UEFA Cup - (3) 1987, 1990, 1993.
European Super Cup - (2) 1985, 1996.
Italian Championship - (27) 1905, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1933,1934, 1935, 1950, 1952, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1967, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 (last two titles rescinded).
Italian Cup - (9) 1938, 1942, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1979, 1983, 1990, 1995.

Juventus Sign Amauri from Palermo

Posted by Walker Friday, May 30, 2021


The Old Lady have finalized the transfer of Amauri from Palermo with a £9.8million transfer fee. Amauri agreed to a four-year contract with the Bianconeri which will net him £2.8 to 3million.[1] The original transfer also includes the sale of midfielder Antonio Nocerino for €7.5million paid by three yearly instalments and co-ownership of striker Davide Lanzafame.[2] Juventus have been looking at the Brazilian for some time and negotiations in his transfer was slow and painstaking.


In 52 starts at Palermo the Brazilian forward scored 23 goals. Amauri, has never appeared at the international level for the Brazilian team, and was recently asked to acquire an Italian passport, as he has lived and played in Italy for five years and would be eligible to play for the Italian national team.




[1] Channel4 Football Italia - Amauri delighted by ‘dream move’
[2] Goal.com - Amauri to Juventus confirmed

AC Milan Sign Borriello

Posted by Walker


Marco Borriello's agent, Tiberio Cavalleri, has confirmed his client will be wearing Rossoneri colours on a permanent basis again after Genoa and Milan finalized his transfer.

The Serie A hit-man was involved in a co-ownership deal with both the Rossoneri and the Grifoni. Borriello scored 19 goals in Serie A this term and is on international duty this summer with the Azzurri at Euro 2008. After his impressive performances this season, Milan have been keen on getting him back.


"Milan have made an important investment, it's around €10million and they have included young midfielder Di Gennaro in the deal, said Cavalleri, continuing, "I believe that Milan will have every intention of playing him as a first team striker following their heavy investment."

Moving in the opposite direction will be Alberto Gilardino who left the Rossoneri for Fiorentina on Wednesday in a deal worth €13million (£10.4million). Clearly Milan have wasted little time in finding his replacement for the new season.




Has the Mourinho Rollercoaster Ended?

Posted by Walker Wednesday, May 28, 2021


Next stop Internazionale Milano, at least this is what current rumours would have you believe.

I've been following this situation closely and discussion amongst the various chatboards at one point even supported a return to Chelsea for "the Special One". However, the picture is becoming clearer by the moment a return to England is not in the cards and with the addition of News media supporting the move to Serie A, it appears Mourinho is poised to wear Nerazzurri colours next season.


Here is the cover from Monday's May 26 edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola with an image of "the Special One," saying that he will make 9 million Euro yearly and sign a contract for 3 years.

Current rumours from Football Italia indicate Roberto Mancini has parted company with Inter. Mancini's agent, Giorgio De Giorgis, quoted days earlier affirming all was well between Mancio and Inter President Massimo Moratti, “Roberto is fully in sync with President Massimo Moratti,” [1]
now states he was left out of the loop on any departure.







[1] Channel 4 Football Italia - Mancini 'needs Inter meeting'

Official Azzurri Photo Release

Posted by Walker Tuesday, May 27, 2021


Here is the official photo of the Italian national team released to the public by the Coverciano, the central training ground and technical headquarter of the FIGC, the Italian Football Association.




from left to right,

seated: Quagliarella, Di Natale, Pirlo, Cannavaro, Amelia, Buffon, De Santis, Del Piero, Gattuso, De Rossi, Cassano
second row: Camoranesi, Perrotta, Andreini, Buso, Riva, Donadoni, Bortolazzi, Bordon, Zambrotta, Montolivo
back row: Aquilani, Borriello,Ambrosini, Materazzi, Toni, Grossi, Panucci, Barzagli, Chiellini



and the Milan tailored version, nice suits guys: Photo 2

Latest Headlines from Italy - Bikini in campo

Posted by Walker Monday, May 26, 2021



La Gazzetta dello Sport - Bikini in campo E gli azzurri si distraggono

translation: Bikini in the field and the Azzurri are distracted, well wouldn't you be?

Go on Blues take a peak!

Two girls have invaded the field of the Azzurri in bikinis. One has been identified as Marianne Puglia, the Miss Venezuelan Hot Strip Tease.


The model and dancer made the mad dash across the training grounds of the national-side disrupting their Euro 2008 preparation but was quickly ushered off the pitch.

What a shame I'm sure that got the testosterone boiling for more pictures of these Latin beauties see: la Reppublica


At the Coppa...

Posted by Walker Saturday, May 24, 2021
Roma vs. Inter (game in progress)


Ray Hudson speaks into the mic, "Cool as Father Christmas" watching Philippe Mexes score on the volley for Roma, in the 36th minute of the Coppa Italia.

Mexes, once courted by Sir Alex Ferguson, turned down the mighty Manchester United Gaffer to join the Latin fury of Roma. Roma are a team with a future calling and today we should see the purpose of a squad full of winning desire especially with a defender like Mexes scoring only his seventh ever goal in Italian football.





Half-time at Stadio Olimpico, and the Roman Gladiators are headed to repeat as Coppa Italian champions, stay tuned folks with more goals surely to come.
Meanwhile, the podium of Glory awaits a winner but looking at Inter manager Roberto Mancini, his casual manner suggests a man moving on.
Is the double still possible?
Perhaps but Simone Perrotta has just given Roma a 2-goal lead early in the second.

Euro Cup 2008 Approaches

Posted by Walker Tuesday, May 20, 2021


the second team promo video I've been working on

Team Italy on their way to Euro 2008, Go Azzurri!






Final Roster













Italy (Group C)- Head Coach: Roberto Donadoni

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Livorno), Morgan De Sanctis (Sevilla).

DEF: Christian Panucci (Roma), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan), Fabio Grosso (Olympique Lyon), Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).

MID: Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini (all AC Milan), Daniele De Rossi, Simone Perrotta, Alberto Aquilani (all AS Roma), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina).

FWD: Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Marco Borriello (Genoa), Antonio Di Natale, Fabio Quagliarella (both Udinese), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria).



Will the Chelsea exodus to Inter happen if Jose Mourinho replaces Mancini in the weeks to come?

(from left to right are Claude Makelele, Mickael Essien, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba combined the four players are responsible for 24 of Chelsea's league goals this season)

Lampard has become increasingly unsettled at Chelsea this term since the departure of Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho and is expected to quit Stamford Bridge after refusing to renew his contract, which expires in 2009.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Moratti met Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last week and the pair made significant steps towards an agreement that would bring Lampard to San Siro. [2]


[1] Timesonline - Frank Lampard transfer claims stun Chelsea, 20 May 2021

[2] Channel4 - Inter to lure Lampard, 20 May 2021

Inter Win!!!

Posted by Walker Sunday, May 18, 2021


I think a congratulations is in order as Inter with the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a 2 - 0 win over Parma on Sunday becoming Scudetto champions for the third year in a row.





For all the highlights of Inter's win please see Marco Pantanella's review, Parma 0-2 Inter: Saved by Zlatan, Scudetto Goes To Internazionale


Also on match day 38 Alessandro del Piero after netting two goals against Sampdoria became top goalscorer of Serie A this season with 21 goals. For a video review of all of del Piero's goals see del Piero's season tally


Match day 38 Results
Saturday May 17th
Sampdoria 3 - 3 Juventus

Sunday May 18th
AC Milan 4 - 1 Udinese
Atalanta 2 - 0 Genoa
Cagliari 2 -2 Reggina
Catania 1 - 1 AS Roma
Empoli 2 - 1 Livorno
Lazio 2 - 1
Napoli
Parma 0 - 2
Inter Milan
Siena 2 - 2
Palermo
Torino 0 - 1
Fiorentina



Match day 38, Will Inter be Crowned Scudetto Champions?

Posted by Walker Saturday, May 17, 2021


After failure to be crowned champions last week with a missed penalty can Marco Materazzi win the crowd? Not likely as there will be no visiting fans allow on the final match day when Inter travel to Parma. It is surely to be a tense battle as both clubs need all 3-points, Inter attempting to claim their third scudetto in a row and Parma hoping to avoid relegation. Mancini could not count on Cambiasso, Chivu, Cordoba, Figo, Samuel and Zanetti in today's practice however Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to make his return in tomorrow's grand finale.




This weeks match preview




Match day 38 fixtures
Saturday May 17th
FT Sampdoria 3 - 3 Juventus

Sunday May 18th
15:00 AC Milan vs. Udinese
15:00 Atalanta vs. Genoa
15:00 Cagliari vs. Reggina
15:00 Catania vs. AS Roma

15:00 Empoli vs. Livorno
15:00 Lazio vs. Napoli
15:00 Parma vs. Inter Milan
15:00 Siena vs. Palermo
15:00 Torino vs. Fiorentina

the following is a post-match interview with Massismo Maccarone, keeper Alex Manninger, and Seina Coach Mario Beretta after their amazing 2 - 2 draw against Inter - Milan on match day 37 at the Guisppe Meazza stadium


Soccerway.com has a very good post-match article you can read at, siena-hold-inter-as-title-goes-to-the-wire

Siena coach Mario Beretta paid tribute to his battling players "We know that our players play with calm and control, this team never gets worried and that helped us when Materazzi hit the bar early on," he said. "It's a big result for us but I feel sorry for Inter."






original feed by, La Gazzetta dello Sport and can be found @ gazzetta.it English readers please encourage La Gazzetta to release translations for all their web content on their English language site, http://english.gazzetta.it/english

Post Milan Derby - Interviews

Posted by Walker Thursday, May 15, 2021






the following video contains post-derby interviews with Pippo Inzaghi and Kaka of AC Milan






Euro Cup 2008 Approaches

Posted by Walker
here is a short promo video I've been working on

Team Sweden on their way to Euro 2008







Final Roster













Sweden (Group D)- Head Coach: Lars Lagerbäck

GK: Andreas Isaksson (Manchester City), Rami Shaaban (Hammarby), Johan Wiland (Elfsborg)


DEF: Mikael Nilsson (Panathinaikos), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa), Petter Hansson (Stade Rennais), Fredrik Stoor (Rosenborg), Daniel Majstorovic (Basel), Andreas Granqvist (Wigan), Mikael Dorsin (CFR Cluj)


MID: Tobias Linderoth** (Galatasaray), Niclas Alexandersson (IFK Göteborg), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Fredrik Ljungberg* (West Ham), Kim Källström (Lyon), Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham City), Daniel Andersson (Malmö FF), Christian Wilhelmsson (Deportivo de La Coruña)


FWD: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), Johan Elmander (Toulouse), Henrik Larsson (Helsingborg
), Marcus Allbäck (FC Copenhagen), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen)

Promotion, who will make the final cut?

Posted by Walker Friday, May 2, 2021

Several articles back I covered relegation targets so perhaps it's time to talk on promotion, how it works in Italy and who in Serie B is positioned to make it happen.

Basically this is how it plays out the top two teams from Serie B are automatically promoted. If the difference between third and fourth place is less than ten points, the next four teams play off with the winner gaining the third promotion spot, otherwise the third placed team is promoted.
The following table lists the current standings for the top six in Serie B and if nothing changes from now until end of season, we will see a play off for that third place promotion.






The Top Three

With five match days remaining leaders Chievo face off in four of those against clubs from the bottom half of the table. Leading all comers Chievo are in the favored position of having the most favorable schedule for promotion success.
In second place are Albinoleffe having come literally from nowhere in the last decade but before talking on that miracle lets discuss third place Lecce.

Lecce haven't lost a match in their last 12, only 4-points off leaders Chievo and Serie B glory. The southerners, relegation victims two years ago, were joined in their decent from Serie A by Tresvio and the mighty Juventus caught in the Calciopoli scandal. Lecce has waged a dogged campaign, losing only once at home on October 20th against fifth place Brescia. The club have three home matches remaining and maintaining that fortress record surely will position them for promotion. I do get the feeling Lecce travels downward are a mere blip on calcio radar but protecting their one point lead over Bologna does them little good for automatic promotion. Lecce must overtake new boys Albinoleffe who they play on May 10 if they hope to avoid a play off and they must throw everything into that match.




Onto the star of the show, the David and Goliath story, Albinoleffe. The club is a mere 10-years old formed from the merger of former Serie C2 teams Albinese Calcio and S.C. Leffe. After being promoted to Italian Serie C1, in 2003 AlbinoLeffe, under coach Elio Gustinetti
, gained a surprising triumph in the division play-off final, beating Pisa, giving them the right to play in Serie B. For two seasons the club treaded water in B, and then lost their favorite son Gustinetti who went in search of new pastures. Vincenzo Esposito stepped into his shoes, but after a disastrous start was replaced by Emiliano Mondonico, who staved off relegation that year before engineering last season's impressive 10th-place finish. [1]





(video, one highlight of the 2006-2007 season was of course the 1 - 1 home draw against Juventus when Albinoleffe took an early lead over the giants with Joelson converting the penalty awarded after Gigi Buffon tripped striker Ruben Garlini in the box.)


Mondonico's success however was quickly forgotten with the return of Gustinetti to lead the club yet again with "fluid, effervescent, two-touch" football observed by Corriere dello Sport writer Fabio Monti [2]


Albinoleffe now on the cusp of their greatest triumph, promotion to Serie A, have several difficult matches remaining. Mentioned already is the May 10th winner take all match against Lecce, but they also face visitors Rimini Calcio, a team they've not been able to beat in their last five meetings and finally they play away to eleventh place Ascoli. Ascoli have also been difficult for Albinoleffe to overcome, with the little guys winning only once in the last five head-to-head.




references
[1]Guardian - Can AlbinoLeffe write the greatest fairytale of all?

[2]Corriere dello Sport - Il calcio più bello? In provincia di Bergamo

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