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Can Inter Finally End Their Champions League Misery?

Posted by Kevin Walker Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Inter defender Walter SamuelWhen Inter Milan won the old European Cup in successive years back in 1964 and 65, few would have thought that they would have such difficulty in winning it again, but 45 years have now passed since Inter were European champions.

Inter can be said to have put this period behind them as far as Serie A is concerned, having won the last four league titles, but Champions League glory has still not been forthcoming.

In their four seasons as Serie A title holders, only once have Inter progressed to the quarter final stage. Now they have made it to the last eight again and Jose Mourinho’s side have every chance, according to online football betting pundits, of progressing to the semi finals.

Inter face the rank outsiders CSKA Moscow in a first leg clash at the San Siro and are expected to progress against the Russians. Yet this long-awaited chance has come about at a time when Inter are struggling for form in Italy, having won just two of their last nine league games.

Roma are now hot on the heels of Inter at the top of Serie A, but the Nerazzurri have suffered similar wobbles in recent years and recovered to win the title.

If anything, Inter’s loss of form demonstrates how distracted they are by their ultimate goal of winning the Champions League. If they progress past CSKA Moscow, Inter will face either Arsenal or Barcelona in the semi finals.

There is nothing that Mourinho would like better than the opportunity to pit his pragmatic tactics against the pure football of Pep Guardiola or Arsene Wenger and no one would be truly surprised if ‘The Special One’ came out on top.

Elsewhere, now is the time to be checking out UEFA Europa League Match Betting with the quarter finals getting underway on Thursday.
Champions League Ball logoInter Milan vs. CSKA Moscow
Venue: San Siro (Milan, Italy)

Inter Milan: 4-3-3
GK: Cesar
Defenders: Maicon, Cordoba, Samuel, Chivu
Midfielders: Sneijder, Cambiasso, Zanetti
Forwards: Eto'o, Milito, Pandev

CSKA Moscow: 4-2-3-1
Forward: Necid
Attacking Midfielders: Gonzalez, Honda, Krasic
Defensive Midfielders: Semberas, Aldonin
Defenders: Shennikov, Ignashevich, Berezoutski, Berezoutski
GK: Akinfeev

Referee: Howard Webb (ENGLAND)

Prediction: Inter just came off a 2-1 away loss to AS Roma, but can they bounce back from their stagnate performances in Serie A (Italy)? Mourinho is desperate to prove that his Inter experiment has been a successful adventure. CSKA has been the underdog of the Champions League, so they really have nothing to lose. They are 4th in the Russian table and the glory of European football has galvanized the side.
(2-1 Inter)

Arsenal FC vs. FC Barcelona
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London, England)

Arsenal: 4-2-3-1
GK: Almunia
Defenders: Sagna, Campbell, Vermaelen, Clichy
Defensive Midfielders: Diaby, Song
Attacking Midfielders: Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin
Forward: Bendtner

Barcelona: 4-3-3
Forwards: Henry, Ibrahimovic, Messi
Midfielders: Keita, Yaya, Xavi
Defenders: Maxwell, Milito, Puyol, Alves
GK: Valdes

Referee: Massimo Buscacca (SWITZERLAND)

Prediction: Arsenal are coming off a draw a 1-1 draw in the EPL, which has them in 3rd place. Barcelona just beat a very good Mallorca team on the road in La Liga BBVA. The Catalan giants are missing one of the most inventive midfield maestros in the world, Andres Iniesta. Barcelona are heavy favorites, but with it being in North London and Cesc Fabregas making a gutsy move to not let his supporters down and play despite a thigh injury; anything can happen.
(2-1 to Barca)

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Legend of Calcio: Pavel Nedved

Posted by David Schiavone
Legend of Calcio: Pavel NedvedThere have been many great players to grace Serie A in recent times, but one of the most outstanding is Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved. A legend at Juventus after initially being brought to the peninsula by Lazio, he won Scudetti, Coppa Italia and numerous European honours, in addition to the plentiful array of personal accolades he collected during his nineteen year career.

He started his career with Dukla Prague in his home nation and made his debut at the age of 19 and after a number of impressive performances he was picked up by city rivals Sparta Prague, the most successful club in the Czech Republic.

After spending three years with Sparta, winning the Czechoslovak League in his first year then after the split of Czechoslovakia, adding the Czech Gambrinus Liga on a couple of occasions along with the Czech Cup. It was Nedved who propelled the club to these three back-to-back titles with consistent and influential performances.

The form he showed with Sparta Prague caught the attention of the national team boss Dušan Uhrin and in June 1994 he debuted in a 3-1 victory over Rep. of Ireland. Consequently, it was the form he showed for the national side that brought him to worldwide attention especially in UEFA Euro ’96, where he was part of the Czech Republic side that reached the final, only to be beaten by Germany as Oliver Bierhoff scored the first ever golden goal in football.

Nedved did have an agreement to join PSV Eindhoven 1996 but after these excellent performances Lazio came calling. Awash with money thanks to Sergio Cragnotti, Lazio were keen on buying the worlds best players and Nedved was of course one of this elite band.

Lazio then embarked on one of the most successful periods in the clubs history with Nedved at the heart, he won his first competition with the Biancocelesti during his second season with the club - a 3-2 victory over AC Milan in the 1998 Coppa Italia Final.

Further success was to come for Nedved and Lazio in the Cup Winners’ Cup during the 1998/99 season. This was the final year of the competition before it was to be disbanded in favour of an expanded Champions League and UEFA Cup. Lazio reached the final against Real Mallorca and Pavel Nedved scored the last ever goal in the competition as Lazio went on to win 2-1.

He added another Coppa Italia a year later but the crowning glory of his Lazio career has to be the Scudetto win in 1999/2000. This was his sides holy grail having only won the title once before in their history. In addition, Nedved won the Italian Super Cup twice and helped defeat Manchester United in 1999 to win the European Super Cup.

The Scudetto triumph under Sven Goran Eriksson was to be the high point of a glittering Lazio career because Cragnotti had essentially run the club into the ground and with the vast pools of money drying up, the Aquile were forced to sell players.

Juventus were to come calling in 2001 after Zinedine Zidane moved to Real Madrid, Juve were therefore looking for a playmaker and Nedved was the perfect fit. A transfer fee of €41 million was agreed between the two clubs and Nedved went on to become an integral part of a very successful Juventus side.

He won Scudetto with Juve in 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05, and 2005/06 (negating the Calciopoli scandal).

Nedved was instrumental in leading Juventus into the 2003 Champions League final against AC Milan, but was forced to sit out the final because of accumulation of yellow cards, after being booked in the semi-final for tackling Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman.

It is said if Nedved played in this final, a drab nil-nil draw, he could and would have been the difference between the two sides, as Milan only won on penalties and Nedved was instrumental in Juve’s run to the final. In the Semi-Final he tormented the Real Madrid backline and scored the goal that took Juventus to the final.

At the end of the year, he won the Ballon D’Or, as well as the Serie A Footballer and Foreign Footballer of the Year awards.

When Juventus were relegated as a result of the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 speculation was rife about the future of Nedved, but as a Bianconeri symbol he stayed loyal to the club. Juventus bounced back and Nedved was an integral part of the Serie B winning side.

In his final season with Juve he wracked up 44 games in all competitions, at the age of 36 this was a great achievement. After putting off his retirement for a year he finally retired at the end of the 2009 season, captaining Juventus in their final match against former team Lazio. He was substituted before the final whistle and was given a standing ovation by both sets of supporters. After the match ended, the other Juventus players formed a guard of honour and Nedved did a lap of honour to thank the fans. Later, club-captain Alessandro Del Piero presented him with a commemorative shirt.

Known for his combative style, he was given the nickname Furia Ceca - The Czech Fury. His technique was exemplary, capable of using both feet, he was a nightmare for defenders, pin-point crosses reigned in from his right and left foot. He also possessed a thunderous shot and was a set-piece specialist.

Pace, power and vision kept him at the top of world football for many years and he is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of the modern game.

Inter Milan entertain CSKA Moscow at the Giuseppe Meazza for the first leg of the quarterfinals in Europe’s premier club competition tonight. Although Josè Mourinho’s men head into the clash as slight favorites, the Italians would themselves no favor by underestimating their Russian opposition in Wednesday evening’s mouth-watering fixture.

The Italian champions are set to play their first quarterfinal in the Champions League in four years. Even though things rarely looked convincing in the group stages where the Nerazzurri were drawn against three domestic champions, Mourinho’s men went on to impress in the final 16 and progress - despite the tough draw against the Portuguese’s previous employers, Chelsea. However, fighting on several fronts has taken its toll on the Italians’ domestic form - allowing AS Roma to move within a single point.

CSKA Moscow progressed to the knock-out stages with winners Manchester United from group B where the team was set to face Spanish outfit, Sevilla. The first encounter ended in 1-1 draw, but the Russians were to progress to the quarterfinals - making club history along the way - after an impressive showing at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan where they collected a 2-1 victory. CSKA currently lie fourth in the Russian Premier League which started only three weeks ago. Having collected seven out of nine points they equal the tally of league leaders Spartak Nalchik. The Muscovites are not to be underestimated going into the clash having already held United to an epic 3-3 draw at Old Trafford and collected victories on their travels to Istanbul and Sevilla.

What is to be expected in tonight’s big game?

The teams clashed back in 2007/2008 at the Giuseppe Meazza where the home side emerged as winners after overturning a 2-0 deficit. Although Mourinho’s men may be distracted when it comes to Serie A, things look quite the opposite when it comes to playing in Europe’s elite club competition. The Nerazzurri are expected to control the game, leaving the Russians to work their magic on the counter when presented with the opportunity. Although the visitors would be perfectly happy with a draw, Leonid Slutsky’s men are almost required to score the all important away goal if they’re to make a real bid for the semifinal.

Slutsky have no injuries or suspensions to worry about ahead of tonight’s clash. Instead, Milos Krasic and Mark Gonzalez will be pose the biggest threats for Inter as the duo’s offensive qualities are close to lethal on counterattacks - and incredibly useful tracking back. CSKA’s sheer physicality has been impressive throughout their Champions League outings. However, the Russians have showcased deficiencies when it comes to set pieces - meaning centre back Walter Samuel’s dangerous headers and Diego Milito’s timed spurts could come to cause them great havoc. Keeping Wesley Sneijder in check will also be of outmost importance as most of the home side’s offense comes through the diminutive playmaker. Troubled starlet Mario Balotelli has once again been left out after having refused to apologize - a poor decision both for the player and the club as the Nerazzurri would no doubt benefit having all attacking options open considering the Muscovites will be more than happy with a share of the spoils. To top it all, the team will have to make do without suspended duo Lucio and Thiago Motta.

The last time Inter tasted Champions League glory was back in 1965. Is it finally time for the Nerazzurri to put an end to the 45 year long drought?

Only time will tell.

Tuesday Pic Of The Day

Posted by Kevin Walker Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Mr. Totti, who just helped his club defeat Inter Milan with a late second half substitution on Sunday, relaxes in the green room with trainers on.

Francesco Totti
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thanks to Ash from Futbolita for bring this one to our attention
Ronaldinho (AC Milan)
reports are Milan handlers are impressed with the Brazilian's improved work ethic and commitment to the Rossoneri cause and therefore are keen to offer him a contract extension. Ronaldinho's existing deal runs until June 2012, worth €8m a year.

Jorge Andres Martinez (Catania)
Catania is talking with Napoli about selling the up-and-coming Uruguayan forward.

Aleksander Kolarov (Lazio)
Real Madrid are now reportedly interested in the Lazio left back, who is also wanted by Inter.

Paolo Cannavaro (Napoli)
The recent play of Fabio Cannavaro's younger brother has convinced some fans to ask Italy Coach Marcello Lippi to bring him to South Africa. (by the way, saw him get stomped on in the match against Catania, a sideline affair...)

Davide Santon (Internazionale)
Santon plans to delay surgery due to knee pain as he hopes to help Inter at the end of the season and be ready for the World Cup if he is chosen.

Diego Ribas da Cunha (Juventus)
The playmaker will miss Juventus' match against Udinese due to an injured thigh muscle.

Javier Zanetti (Internazionale)
Zanetti's streak of 137 consecutive matches in Serie A will end as he is suspended for the weekend match with Bologna.
On Saturday evening one of the biggest games of the season was played in Rome in front of 70,000, it was the home side that come out on top. Claudio Ranieri got one over Mourinho when Roma defeated Inter 2-1. Daniele De Rossi opener after 17 minutes is what Roma needed when he bundled in after a Burdisso header was mishandled by Julio Cesar. Inter then fought back in to the game peppering the Roma goal and after Samuel and Milito hit the bar, the equalizer came after a bit of misfortune. 3 players were in a offside position when Sneijder played through the ball. Milito then knocked in Sneijder cross to level the game. Luca Toni then swerved the game in Roma way after he picked up a cross come shot by Rodrigo Taddei and spun into the finish by Julio Cesar. Inter nearly came away with a point after Milito hit the post from 15 yards out.

Once again Ac Milan failed the chance to close on Inter and Roma as they drew 1-1 at home to Lazio. A Marco Borriello penalty gave Ac Milan the lead after 18 mintues after Flamini was fouled in the area by Kolarov. Stephen Lichsteiner equalised for the away team 12 minutes before half time after he was quickest when a Luca Antonini clearance was blocked.

Palermo defeated Bologna and it was the Fabrizio Miccoli show. His hat-trick ensured Palermo their 1st win since March 7th. Champions league football could be hitting Scilly and Palermo have to thank Miccoli for his masterclass at the weekend.

Chievo and Parma played out a 0-0 draw but both teams hit the woodwork. De Paula for the flying donkeys and Bojinov for Parma. An emphatic 4-1 home win for Fiorentina over Udinese gives them the hope of European football for next season. Vargas, Gilardino, Santana and Jovetic for the Viola and the solo strike from Pepe for Udinese, who are facing a relegation battle. Juventus put some trouble times behind them by beating strugglers Atalanta 2-1 in Turin. A brilliant Alex Del Piero free kick gave them the lead, but Atalanta pegged them back after old Juventus boy Nicola Amourso levelled. Then with 10 minutes to go up popped Felipe Melo to nod home and celebrated by acknowledging the home fans

Livorno and Bari played out a 1-1 draw but only thanks to a late leveller by Francesco Tavano. Napoli kept up their champions league hopes by beating Catania 1-0 thanks to a tap in by Paolo Cannavaro. Sampdoria dropped points at home drawing 1-1 with Cagliari and now are in 5th place. Guberti and Nene the goal scorers. Siena and Genoa played out a 0-0 at the Franchi but both teams had plenty of chances.

Serie A Week 31 Results

Chievo 0-0 Parma
Fiorentina 4-1 Udinese
Juventus 2-1 Atalanta
Livorno 1-1 Bari
Milan 1-1 Lazio
Napoli 1-0 Catania
Palermo 3-1 Bologna
Roma 2-1 Inter
Sampdoria 1-1 Cagliari
Siena 0-0 Genoa
The joy on the faces of all Romanista was a delight to see after the victory over Internazionale at the Olimpico on Saturday night, giving the Claudio Ranieri fairytale the chance to reach a magical end.

For most of the season it was felt that AC Milan would be the main protagonists to challenge Inter for the Scudetto, but as the Milanese giants have wilted in recent weeks, AS Roma have gone on an amazing run, before the match twenty games unbeaten in Serie A.

It must be said that Serie A has been crying out for a title race, every other aspect of the league has been exciting other than the fact it was almost a near certainty that Inter would go on to lift another Scudetto.

Roma now have the wind in their sails, producing an excellent first half display against the Nerazzurri led by the superlative Daniele De Rossi. Despite Inter having the best of the play after the break, hitting the woodwork a number of times, Roma held on and even when Inter equalised, the Giallorossi show tremendous sprit and character to find the winning goal.

With only seven rounds remaining, each week becomes more and more important, but it has been said by many that Roma do have the less taxing run of fixtures.

Coming up at the weekend for Ranieri is a tricky away tie in Bari, a place where the home side have only lost twice this season and is somewhat of a fortress. Thus, Roma will have to be at the top of their game if Saturday was a mere flash in the pan result.

Following the trip to Bari, Ranieri and his gladiators face Atalanta at home, Lazio in the Rome Derby, relegation threatened Udinese, Champions League chasing Sampdoria, a Parma team safe from relegation and not in contention for Europe, Cagliari and finally the mighty Chievo at the fortress Bentegodi on the final day of the season.

Some tough fixtures indeed but ones that are all winnable. Some also of note, Roma captain and talisman Er Pupone, Francesco Totti has not been in the fold due to injury, forcing players such as Luca Toni, De Rossi and the magnificent David Pizzaro to step into the breach and provide inspiration when needed.

Roma can also count on the fact Inter have a number of tough fixtures still to contend with, such as a trip to Florence, a Juventus team struggling to get into fourth spot, a resurgent Lazio, along with ties against Bologna, Atalanta, Chievo and Siena.

This coupled with involvement in both the Coppa Italia and the Champions League will surely make Roma favourites for the Scudetto.

Jose Mourinho’s side are of course still the strongest side in Italy, one defeat does not change that, but their priority is European glory, which again could play into the hands of Claudio Ranieri and Roma.

We have a relegation dogfight, a race for fourth place featuring a five or six side and now thanks to Roma we have a title race to speak of.

Could we ask of any more from Serie A?

Serie A Player Injury Report For Round 31 Sunday March 28

Posted by Kevin Walker Sunday, March 28, 2021
The following is an indepth player injury report for Italian Serie A Round 31. Hope to have more of these up for the rest of this season and a regular weekly post next season.

The table contains respectively: (date) when the player was placed on the list, (player name), (position), (# of games played), (# of goals - # of assists), status for the day ("?plus" = likely to play; "?" = status uncertain; "?minus" = unlikely to play; "NO" = will not play; "S" = suspended).

The list includes both injured and suspended players.


26.3Javier ChevantonF91-1
23.3Gyorgy GaricsD250-028.3 ?
19.3Gianpaolo BelliniD251-0
18.3Cristiano DoniM242-428.3 s
11.3Jose Leonardo TalamontiD170-0
11.3Paolo ZanettiM20-028.3 ?-
31.10Edgar BarretoM40-0


28.3Sergio AlmironM203-128.3 ?+
28.3Paulo Victor BarretoF2311-328.3 ?+
20.3Daniele De VezzeM60-028.3 ?
19.3Riccardo AllegrettiM112-228.3 ?
26.2Daniele PadelliG00-028.3 ?
10.2Antonio LangellaF90-1
10.2Marco PisanoD00-028.3 ?
15.1Andrea RanocchiaD172-1
27.11Vitali KutuzovF121-4
22.8Mariano DondaM00-0


26.3Evangelos MorasD150-0
26.3Andrea RaggiD221-027.3 s
20.2Stephan AppiahM00-027.3 ?
18.2Massimo MarazzinaF40-0
10.2Andrea PisanuM00-027.3 ?
25.9Massimo MutarelliM50-0


26.3Daniele ContiM234-228.3 ?
26.3Daniele DessenaM203-028.3 s
26.3Neves Capucho JedaF266-328.3 ?
26.3Andrea LazzariM254-228.3 ?
12.3Andrea ParolaM130-128.3 ?
27.2Michael AgazziG30-0
16.12Francesco PisanoD60-1


24.3Pablo AlvarezD180-128.3 ?
23.3Alessandro PotenzaD140-1
18.3Andrea CampagnoloG20-028.3 ?
18.3Ciro CapuanoD230-328.3 ?-
11.3Cristian LlamaM232-1
5.2Gianvito PlasmatiF130-1
20.11Giovanni MarcheseD30-0


28.3Tommaso BianchiM00-028.3 ?
26.3Yonese HanineF10-0
26.3Giampiero PinziM253-028.3 s
23.3Michele MarcoliniM264-1
10.2Elvis AbbruscatoF111-128.3 ?
10.9Fabio MoroD00-0


26.3Alberto GilardinoF2713-128.3 ?
26.3Cesare NataliD90-028.3 ?+
12.3Marco MarchionniM235-3
12.3Juan VargasM244-628.3 ?-
18.2Alessandro GamberiniD150-0
29.1Adrian MutuF114-0


26.3Omar MilanettoM243-328.3 s
26.3Nenad TomovicD70-1
18.3Diego PolentaD00-0
11.3Bosko JankovicM30-0
5.3Dario DainelliD80-0
26.2Robert AcquafrescaF42-1


26.3Davide SantonD100-0
24.3Diego MilitoF2616-327.3 ?+
23.3Wesley SneijderM184-427.3 ?
12.3Mario BalotelliF217-4
19.11Joel ObiM00-0


26.3Mauro CamoranesiM183-428.3 s
26.3Christian PoulsenM170-0
26.3David TrezeguetF167-128.3 ?
24.3Vincenzo IaquintaF73-2
24.3Hasan SalihamidzicM92-028.3 ?
24.3Mohamed SissokoM130-128.3 ?
23.3Antonio ChimentiG10-0
23.3Paolo De CeglieD200-128.3 ?
18.3Michele PaolucciF40-028.3 ?
25.2Gianluigi BuffonG210-028.3 ?
19.2Martin CaceresD131-2


28.3Julio CruzF183-128.3 ?
28.3Thomas HitzlspergerM30-028.3 ?-
24.3Fabio FirmaniM110-028.3 ?
23.3Giuseppe BiavaD40-028.3 ?
23.3Sergio FloccariF94-128.3 ?
19.3Sebastiano SivigliaD181-028.3 ?
18.3Francelino MatuzalemM181-0
24.2Christian ManfrediniM00-0
18.2Ousmane DaboM120-0
6.1Mourad MeghniM70-0
19.11Albano BizzarriG00-0
25.9Marco Davide FaraoniD00-0


23.3Andrea EspositoD30-028.3 ?
18.3Martin BergvoldM181-028.3 ?-
4.3Alessandro BernardiniD10-0
8.1Leonardo MiglionicoD131-0


26.3Alessandro ManciniM20-0
26.3Andrea PirloM260-428.3 s
26.3RonaldinhoF279-1228.3 s
24.3Kakha KaladzeD60-0
18.3David BeckhamM110-1
12.3Daniele BoneraD60-0
12.3Alessandro NestaD223-1
16.10Oguchi OnyewuD00-0


18.3Salvatore AronicaD220-228.3 ?
12.3Andrea DossenaD50-0
12.3Erwin HofferF60-028.3 ?-
25.9Fabiano SantacroceD20-0


26.3Federico BalzarettiD251-3
26.3Cesare BovoD251-127.3 ?
26.3Edinson CavaniF259-027.3 s
26.3Simon KjaerD262-027.3 s
23.3Fabio SimplicioM263-2
19.3Fabio LiveraniM130-427.3 ?+
18.3Igor BudanF235-127.3 ?
20.2Mark BrescianoM181-1
12.12Levan MchedlidzeF20-1


18.2Alberto PaloschiF174-1
10.2Blerim DzemailiM170-4


25.2Francesco TottiF1510-427.3 ?+


26.3Marco RossiD171-0
23.3Fabrizio CacciatoreD90-028.3 ?
18.3Nicola PozziF152-0
15.1Luca CastellazziG190-0


24.3Marco MalagoD30-028.3 ?
23.3Albin EkdalM201-0
24.10Francesco ParraviciniM10-0
10.9Luca RossettiniD20-0


26.3Andrea CodaD250-0
12.3Maurizio DomizziD100-028.3 ?
10.2Gaetano D'AgostinoM201-1
5.2Dusan BastaD160-0
22.8Christian ObodoM00-0

After the final whistle was blown last night in the capital, the sense of belief was there in the players and the coaching staff of Roma. Can Roma really pip Inter and win the Serie A Title? all these questions will be answered in the following 5 or 6 weeks. What a game yesterday evening between Roma and Inter and what a performance by Roma to shut up the Inter team and come away with 3 points. Ranieri started with the 4-3-1-2 formation which he has been using recently to some effect, with Jeremy Menez starting just behind Luca Toni and Mirko Vucinic. Menez has been a breath of fresh air in the last couple of games. Mourinho used the same formation 4-3-1-2 with Wesley Sneijder back after injury.

Over 70,000 fans were in attendance to watch at the stadio Olimpico. Roma started brightly as the two front man Vucinic and Toni linked-up but Toni could not get his shot away. Roma took the lead on the 15th Minute after Cassetti was fouled, Pizarro whipped in the free-kick a Burdisso knock down and Julio Cesar fumble gave De Rossi the chance to poke home. De Rossi celebrated by kissing his shin pad which has the picture of his daughter. Inter had the chances to hit back when 1st Sneijder free kick went wide and then Dejan Stankovic volley went well wide. Mirko Vucinic went close when his curling effort was deflected wide. Javier Zanetti was booked after fouling Jeremy Menez and now his amazing run off 162 league appearances in a row is now over after picking up his 6th yellow card of the season. Inter nearly equalised on the 42nd minute when a Walter Samuel header cracked the cross-bar from 5 yards out as Roma tried to scramble the ball away, Lucio drilled his effort wide. Inter had strong penalty shout just on half time when it looked like Cassetti fouled Sneijder inside the area but on closer inspection it was outside of the area.
Inter started the second half more brightly when Samuel Eto'o and Sneijder efforts on goal one over the bar and one denied brilliantly by Julio Sergio. Inter were cranking up the heat on Roma and Inter switched to a 4-2-1-3 formation with Pandev replacing the disappointing Stankovic. Luca Toni had the chance to double the lead when his header from a Pizarro free kick went over the bar from close range. Inter levelled in controversial fashion as 3 players were offside initially on the 1st through pass by Sneijder to Milito. But Milito eventually scored from a Sneijder cross, it was harsh on Roma. Inter Discipline let them down in this game badly as 7 players were booked for needless fouls. Menez was replaced by Taddei as Ranieri switched to a 4-4-2 formation. It clearly worked out when a cross come shot from Rodrigo Taddei fell to Luca Toni and he spun and finished pass Julio Cesar and celebrated with the players in front of the Curva Sud. De Rossi celebrated by hanging from the cross bar. De Rossi then limped off to be replaced by Matteo Brighi after a nasty challenge by Maicon on his shin. Roma then nearly added a 3rd on the counter attack but Luca Toni touch on goal let him down. Francesco Totti replaced Vucinic and was his 1st game in 6 weeks. Roma were denied a penalty when a chipped ball for Toni by Totti and Matteo Brighi pounced on the poor clearance to take it round Julio Cesar and was booked for diving. Replays clearly showed that Brighi was fouled by Cesar. In the 5 minutes of stoppage time, Christian Chivu was the 7th Inter play to be booked and was lucky not to be sent off for a stamp on Luca Toni. The former Roma players not endured by the home fans. As in the 94th Minute Inter had 1 last attempt on the Roma goal when a header was flicked on by Samuel to Diego Milito who then hit the post, Julio Sergio was beaten. A heart in mouth moment for all Roma fans and players.

As the final whistle went and the Roma song came on you saw a defeated Inter side walk of the pitch and with 4 players suspended for next week against Bolgona, can you see Roma capitalise on this and challenge to win the Scudetto. A fantastic result for Roma and for Ranieri as a coach to be sacked by Juventus and to take Roma to the top is something special.

Video Highlights: Roma 2-1 Inter Milan Round 31 Serie A 09-10

Posted by Kevin Walker Saturday, March 27, 2021

Roma 1-0 Inter Milan goalscorer De Rossi(16')

Roma 1-1 Inter Milan goalscorer Milito(66') definitely offside in the buildup

Roma 2-1 Inter Milan goalscorer Toni(73')

Full Highlights

Inter Milan’s fourth loss this season comes just four days before Jose Mourinho’s side hosts CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

For my tweets on the match make sure to visit twitter-serieaweekly
Hot news all week has been the discussion over young Mario Balotelli at Inter.

First a wave of discussion about a rift between Balotelli and manager Mourinho, resulting in the player being left out of the Inter squad playing Champions League and vital domestic league matches.

Next, came talk on him receiving and then wearing an AC Milan jersey (although I haven't been able to find any pics on that) at which time young Mario was asked if Mourinho had won the game against Chelsea on March, 16 replying, "the team won it"

Well today murmurs coming out of the Italian peninsula suggest Balotelli is ready to hand Inter a transfer request with La Stampa reporting Balotelli and his agent have had enough of being excluded by Jose Mourinho, feeling a working relationship at the club is non-existent.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock...


If you've missed all the newsprint on this story, here's some video at a pizzeria showing Balotelli, the AC Milan jersey and discussion on a suggested transfer.

Likely to attract attention from Milan? Well Balotelli has often been linked with a move there and Milan does need an age adjustment in the squad.

Video Goal Highlights: Round 30 Italian Serie A 09-10 Soccer

Posted by Kevin Walker Friday, March 26, 2021 embedded video playerAll the action from Italian Serie A match day 30.
  • Inter Milan pull away again winning 3-0 against Livorno and manager Cosmi back on the hotseat
  • Roma keep pace with the leaders and keep a clean sheet against hosts Bologna (last time at this venue I seem to remember an o.g. for Roma in extra-time on a back header go figure
  • Lazio continue to correct their positioning winning 2-0 against Siena with some off-field meditation
  • and finally, AC Milan can't crack Parma and do the reverse slide as Roma leapfrog into second place
Congrats to Vince C in winning last week's streetware contest, another contest question will be available on our next Minute+10 podcast so make sure to listen and enter for your chance to win a Kublagear futbolista t-shirt.

Round 31 Fixtures In Serie A 09-10

Posted by Kevin Walker
No doubt about the main event this weekend with second place AS Roma welcoming Inter Milan to the stadio Olimpico on Saturday. On-loan Inter man and current Roma center-back Burdisso, is confident ahead the showdown and met with Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport to discuss.

Burdisso said in an interview,
It's useless to waste a lot of words on what this game means. The match against Inter is a title decider.”
continuing, “We only have to win it. And I am convinced that Roma have all the qualities to do it."

This is a special match for the Argentinian who played 5 seasons with Inter before moving on-loan to AS. Roma this season.

“I have always said that I have never hidden how happy I am to wear the Roma shirt. I have already said that I would like to stay,”

Nice words but the important thing to do for the new club is to win! In the last 5 meetings between clubs advantage goes to Inter with 2 wins, 3 draws.

Complete Fixture List for Round 31 Serie A

Saturday, March 27
18:00 AS Roma vs Inter Milan (18:00)
20:45 Palermo vs Bologna (20:45)

Sunday, March 28
15:00 Chievo vs Parma (15:00)
15:00 Fiorentina vs Udinese (15:00)
15:00 Juventus vs Atalanta (15:00)
15:00 Livorno vs Bari (15:00)
15:00 Napoli vs Catania (15:00)
15:00 Sampdoria vs Cagliari (15:00)
15:00 Siena vs Genoa (15:00)
20:45 AC Milan vs Lazio (20:45)

Additional news: match predictions to follow later today, and video goal highlights from round 30...
Serie A - Slow? Boring? Defensive?

Written By Andy Golding:
‘Dull, Boring, Defensive, Slow’, these are the general perceptions of non Calcio fans,
It is time that neutral fans got rid of their stereotypical views of Italian football and begin to appreciate Serie A for what it is now, the truth is that the days of catenaccio (bolt) are long gone.

If goals means excitement and entertainment then it is interesting to note that last season, Serie A outscored the English Premiership by 44 goals, whilst this season so far outscoring the Spanish La Liga, which is renowned for free scoring, excitement and flair. However looking at the face of it La Liga has had Barcelona and Real Madrid fighting the top two since 2003/04 seasons, with the exception of Villarreal in 07/08 and Valencia in 2003/04 in comparison to Serie A which has had four different top 2 finishes since 2003/04 and three in the Premiership.

Despite this, last season the Bundesliga was the most competitive league in Europe, whilst France’s Ligue 1 wasn’t too far off, although Serie A arguably has more stars, however to ensure the league’s competitive advantage in a marketing perspective, it is important to ensure that stars like Diego, Eto’o, Ronaldinho etc… remain within the league, especially since there is a lack of money circulating within the league in comparison to their European counterparts, and on the verge of conceding defeat to their fourth Champions League spot to the Bundesliga.

Admittedly since the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 Serie A lost some competitive edge with Internazionale seemingly edging towards another Scudetto title, however it is refreshing to see a new wave of attacking and high tempo style football being adopted by many teams in Italy, a trend that perhaps started with former Roma and Lazio coach Zdenek Zeman at Lecce who were renowned for their attacking 4-3-3, an unimaginable move at the time that started to break the conservative style of play.

Additionally, Serie A has brought many elements of surprise and unpredictability which will do no harm to the competitiveness of the league. Not many at the start of the season would have imagined new boys Parma and Bari to exceed all expectations, or to see Lazio fighting for survival in a relegation dog fight, or even Palermo to be challenging for a champions league spot.

So how is it despite these facts that in the words of Russell Crowe “Are you not entertained?” in the movie blockbuster - Gladiator, do fans still disregard Serie A? Perhaps it is to do with the poor performances in Europe over the last few years? and the lack of exposure Serie A has abroad? an issue that has already been addressed with China announced as the host of the Italian Super cup for the next three years, and readjustments to certain fixture times, a strategy that has already been adopted in the English Premiership, whilst the Milan derby last season was aired on British freeview television.

Serie A is showing signs of intent to make their product more marketable, however it won’t be long before the myths of defensive, uninspiring football are banished by neutral fans, instead giving Serie A the respect that it deserves.
Napoli cyclone
They beat and catch up to an embarrassing Juve
Mourinho wants an attacking Inter. “Like in London”
Roma bubbling, Totti an extra weapon: “I’m ready”
Toro, another step towards negotiation. Tesoro invites Cairo
Zamparini certain: “Palermo will be in the Champions League”

Gazzetta dello Sport
Napoli sings
Bianconeri collapse
Della Valle: “Now I want clarity”
Eto’o is back - goals and magic for Inter’s breakaway
Candidate Totti: “If Ranieri wants then I’m ready”
Zamparini: “After Cavani, I’ll tie up Kjaer and Pastore”

Corriere dello Sport
Napoli embarrass Juve
Hamsik, Quagliarella, Lavezzi: Superb comeback and Napoli re-enter the Champions League zone
Milan shock - is Leonardo leaving?
Eto’o in Rome for the Scudetto after his triumph in the Champions League
minute+10 podcast at serieaweekly.comHello all you Italian Serie A fans have we got an episode for You!. Kevin and Dov trash AC Milan and Juve this week, while showing more love to Roma who by the way face Inter in the early match on Saturday. The flying donkeys of Verona come up, as does Napoli who bring down two mighty horses in their surge up and over.

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Serie A Weekly Update #7

Posted by Rico Suave Thursday, March 25, 2021
Folks we have some great posts on the way so stay tuned and keep following Serie A Weekly as the team grows your Italian Serie A Portal...

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AC Milan Fail to Capitalize on Inter Milan’s Blunder

Posted by Marzia Hazra Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Inter Milan’s Champions League bliss looks to have become AC Milan’s Scudetto delight. The current champions have dropped points carelessly over the past two months, thus relinquishing their formerly iron grip on the title and allowing their cross-town rivals to move within one point.

Over the weekend Leonardo’s men were given the chance to move to the top of the table and claim leadership - but failed.

Why Leonardo decided field Alexandre Pato in the starting eleven so close after the Brazilian ace’s return from his injury lay-off with both Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Amantino Mancini available is still up for debate. As is the reason to why the Rossoneri tactician handed Massimo Oddo a starting shirt despite Luca Antonini having returned to full fitness.

A Napoli side going without a victory since Jan. 24 managed to play out a somewhat entertaining draw at the San Siro. However, it must be said that Hugo Campagnaro’s opening goal on 13 minutes was gift wrapped from above in the form of Oddo who clumsily collided into and brought down goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti - allowing the easiest of tap-ins for the Napoli defender into an empty net.

It got from bad to worse the following minute as Pato suffered another tear to his right thigh muscle, making way for Mancini. How long the prolific striker will be on the sidelines is still not clear.

However, The Diavoli reacted quickly, upped their game and less than 15 minutes later one of Ronaldinho’s picture perfect crosses found Filippo Inzaghi who headed home from close range. The home team went on to dominate the proceedings during large spells of the game but failed to deliver the goods when entering the final third.

Once again there was no shortage of the goal scoring opportunities created by the Rossoneri, instead it was the usual lack of inefficiency that has plagued the team in recent times. Just like it did against AS Roma, Manchester United and Chievo in preceding weeks.

Brazilian duo Thiago Silva and Ronaldinho looked particularly alert and although Napoli defender Gianluca Grava was plastered all over the latter like an oversized bandage, the birthday boy was able to dazzle from time to time. Nonetheless, a cause of concern highlighted throughout the game was the poor communication between the different positions. As was the attitude showcased by the players as roughly a handful of the Diavoli put their hearts into the game despite leadership being at stake. Where was the raw hunger and fierce determination?

Although few expected Milan to make a genuine push for the Scudetto, serious questions have been raised over the quality of the squad. Do Leonardo’s men have what it takes to go all the way? If they succeed in claiming the top spot, will they be able to hold on to it? Let’s entertain the idea and say they do, will Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani see it fit to leave the rejuvenation further down the road?

Many questions remain unanswered for the time being. But as things stand, the fate of Milan’s title aspirations is ironically in the hands of their fiercest rivals. We’ll simply have to wait and see whether or not the reigning champions will give their “big brothers” another shot at claiming leadership.
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