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Roma 2 Inter 1, All The Highlights

Round 31 and Roma get the job done beating Inter 2-1 at the stadio Olimpico which was totally electric after Luca Toni's second half winner,... More

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Poll: Who Will Win The 2010 Champions League Final Now?

Posted by Kevin Walker Thursday, April 8, 2021
With all quarter-final action finished and both semi-final matchups decided, time to cast votes again.

Hey serieaweekly readers give us your vote on who will win this season's UEFA Champions League to be played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain on May 22,2010.

The Bernabéu Stadium has hosted three European Cup finals: in 1957, 1969 and 1980. Real Madrid themselves won the 1957 final alas no Los Blancos this year and we all know the story behind that one...





Champions League Pictures Of The Day

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Italian Serie A Player Report Wednesday April 07-2010

Posted by Kevin Walker Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nelson de Jesus Silva (AC Milan)
Dida may stay with AC Milan beyond this season if he is willing to take a big pay cut.

Christian Maggio (Napoli)
The Napoli full-back has gone under the knife this morning and will be out for three weeks.
Maggio has been complaining of a problem with the meniscus in his right knee.

Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus)
Giovinco may finally move from Juventus this summer as the club needs help in other areas and would like to sign Palermo defender Simon Kjaer.

Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus)
Sissoko has been suspended for this weekend's match against Cagliari for an accumulation of four yellow cards.

Edinson Cavani (Palermo)
Cavani has signed a contract extension that will keep him tied to the Sicilian club until 2014.

CSKA Moscow vs Inter Milan: Champions League 2nd Leg Preview

Posted by David Schiavone Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The Champions League rolls around once more and Inter travel to Moscow for the quarter-final second leg against CSKA. The Italian champions hold a 1-0 lead going into the game at the Luzhniki Stadium.

In the first leg Inter could have scored a couple more, especially in the second half when they were particularly wasteful in front of goal. Though, it must be remembered CSKA were extremely dangerous for the first 45 minutes especially through dynamic winger Milos Krasic, while centre midfielder Evgeni Aldonin was also a dominating force in the middle of the park. A tough game lies ahead for the Nerazzurri.

Going into the match Inter welcome back ‘Super’ Mario Balotelli who was also included and scored in the weekend’s 3-0 victory over Bologna. The 19 year-old striker had been in a well-publicised spat with the club and Jose Mourinho, but he has since apologised so should find a place on the bench in Moscow.

There have been concerns over Wesley Sneijder fitness as he injured a foot in training on Tuesday, though Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will play.

There have been concerns over the synthetic pitch at the Luzhniki, but Mourinho has been quick to extinguish any talk of it having a negative effect on the game, "We know how we want to play there, aware of the difficulties regarding the opposition and the artificial pitch, which will be a first for everyone," said Mourinho.

Inter, incidentally have scored in every away game, bar one, in the Champions League this season.

They will go into the game with Maicon and Lucio restored to the defence along with captain Javier Zanetti; all three missed the weekend’s match through suspension.

CSKA on the other hand are playing in their first ever Champions League quarter-final, though they will be confident they can overturn the 1 goal deficit. Though they will have to do it without the aforementioned Krasic and Aldonin, who are both suspended for the match after picking up bookings in the first leg.

Young starlet Alan Dzagoev is likely to be drafted into the first eleven and it could be his chance to shine on a global stage; he already scored one in the 3-3 draw with Manchester United earlier in the campaign.

The Russian side haven’t played since the match in the San Siro so should be fresh and well aware of the task at hand.
Jose Mourinho’s men will be under no illusions of the task that faces them, avoid defeat and the semi-final is there. They managed to win away when they schooled a Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge, thus a victory in Russia should not be a problem.

Mourinho’s number one objective is European glory and failure is not an option, Inter will thus keep it tight at the back and look to exploit a CSKA side who must score to have any chance of progressing further in the competition.

Minute+10 Podcast: All Eyes On Inter Milan

Posted by Kevin Walker Monday, April 5, 2021
minute+10 podcast at serieaweekly.comI must apologize for the late posting of this podcast, as it was recorded prior to match day 32. Although the results from Serie A are already known, the first segment with special guest Subhankar Modal from Goal.com is very fresh and relevant. We discuss all things Inter with a sprinkle of JUVE.

Give us a listen and HEY enter the Kublagear Interista t-shirt draw by visiting SerieAWeekly . The draw has been extended to midnight next Sunday April 11, 2010.



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Not sure about the rest of the world but from my bed it's a holiday Monday and time to catch up on some reading.

On the night table I spy with my eye Jonathan Wilson's 'Inverting The Pyramid', Andy Mittens, 'Mad For It', Philippe Auclair's 'Cantona' and at least one historical fiction, 'The Best of Men' by Claire Lettemendia. Think I'll leave that monster of a novel for a rainy day.

If like me you have just stumbled down to the kitchen for a cup of java (actually it's a lemon tea, my joyous nutritionist's orders) and are looking for something to read while the morning sunshine wakes your household, may I suggest the following football folly,

Gabriele Marcotti from the London Times has Carlo Ancelotti in the spotlight with his Wall Street Journal piece on how Low-Key Ancelotti Thrives in Tough Spots

Totti still undecided about Italy comback, the AS Roma talisman left the national team after their 2006 World Cup triumph but coach Lippi has consistently said he would consider the 33-year-old for the June 11-July 11 tournament in South Africa if Totti reverses his decision.

Serafino Ingardia over at Football Italia feels Mario Balotelli still has something to learn as do I with Balo out , the air is still tense at Appiano Gentile.

Being an Argentina fan this grabbed my attention, Hand of God hits Argentina's hopes from the Irish Independent. The first paragraph reads as a who's who on Argentine scoring options for this summer's World Cup in South Africa. Messi, Tevez, Lissandro Lopez, Milito and Higuaín all scoring during the last 5 days several winners to boot!

Finally, glad to see former Lazio and England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson back in action after his Mexican experiment and short stint at English League Two side Nott's County. When recently asked by Agence France-Presse on his new gig Eriksson responded, "I leapt at Ivory Coast World Cup chance"

Legend of Calcio: Zvonimir Boban

Posted by David Schiavone
Football and politics are two entwined entities and often throughout history have influenced each other. But one man encompasses this relationship more than most, his name is Zvonimir Boban.

Born in the small town of Imotski, very near the Bosnian border, in the nationalist south of Croatia. He grew up in communist Yugoslavia, but as he neared adulthood Yugoslavia was crumbling. With communism heading for the exit door, nationalism was to rear its head, with Boban a very receptive consumer.

He probably would not have guessed the impact and place he would gain in Croat folklore for one particular incident which took place on 13th May, 1990.

At the time he was playing for Dinamo Zagreb, in the Croatian capital against Red Star Belgrade, the dominant side from the Serbian capital. The match had degenerated into hooliganism and fans had made their way onto the pitch, tensions were also high between the two ethnic groups and this manifested itself in the football hooligan culture.

Boban spotted a police officer beating a Dinamo fan, he then ran over and karate kicked the official in the face. The Red Star fans began tearing down the Maksimir Stadium while the Yugoslav police did nothing, except watch the carnage unfold. Boban can be seen pacing back and forth on the athletics track, visibly angry, muttering to himself, "Where is the police? Where is the bloody police?"

That kick was, for many Croats, the symbol of the uprising against the 70-year Serb domination in Yugoslavia. Many feel that with that kick their nation was born. The war of independence began a year later.

Boban was suspended by the Yugoslav FA for six months and criminal charges were brought against him, and as a result missed the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy.

His playing career was a little less eventful than events playing out in his homeland, but it was a magnificent career. Beginning in Zagreb where he played a total of 109 games for Dinamo, making his debut as a 16 year old and made captain of the club at only 19. He also played a big part in Yugoslavia's win in the 1987 World Youth Championships.

Following the aforementioned incident with the Yugoslav police officer, he made a move to Italy and joined AC Milan at the specific request of manager Fabio Capello. Signed in and £8 million deal he was immediately loaned to Bari, which allowed Boban time to settle in the peninsula and get himself up to speed with the Italian game. Bari were fighting relegation and the talented Croat could not stop the Galletti from dropping to Serie B. However, despite this, Boban demonstrated his qualities, excellent technical skill, vision and ability to play the killer pass.

On his return to Milanello, he was made an integral part of the Rossoneri side. Given his debut in a 6-2 victory over Ternana he quickly established himself in the AC Milan midfield, a midfield that contained Ruud Gullit, Roberto Donadoni and Demetrio Albertini. In particular, his partnership with Albertini would hold Milan in good stead for years to come and provide the platform for continued success for AC Milan.

Milan won the Champions League in 1994 and Boban was the star of that side which swept away all challengers before coming up against Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona dream team, a match in which AC Milan were underdogs and expected to be swept aside themselves. But this was not to be, Boban gave a master class in midfield wizardry, very much involved in the first goal as Milan went on to win 4-0. Milan’s performance is regarded as one of the finest European Cup performances in the history of the competition and Boban was a vital part in it.

More success was in the pipeline for Boban and the Rossoneri, another Scudetto in 1996 and one in 1999, his last. It was this triumph in 1999 which could be thought of as sweetest for Boban as Milan at this point were on the wane and Alberto Zaccheroni had been brought in from Udinese. Milan started the campaign in disastrous fashion and were way behind title favourites and big spenders Lazio, but Milan held firm and refused to give up as they won the championship on the last day of the season as the beat Perugia 2-1.

Boban was vital to this success, he showed incredible craft and vision, he took on more responsibility as he was an elder member of the side, and he scored a number of important goals, whilst assisting in even more as he operated behind the formidable strike force of George Weah and Oliver Bierhoff. He had everything you could want in a midfield playmaker, a true trequartista.

In 2001, Rui Costa was brought to Milan from Fiorentina and Boban found himself on the fringes of the first team, a loan move was agreed to Celta Vigo in Spain but after starting only four matches he announced his retirement from the game in October 2001. Zvonimir Boban played 251 games, scored 30 goals for AC Milan and is one of the best foreign imports ever to have plied their trade in Serie A.

In nine seasons at the San Siro he won four Scudetti, the European Cup, three Supercoppa Italiana and the European Super Cup. But he also had a distinguished international career with his beloved Croatia. Initially playing for Yugoslavia, he won seven caps before Croatia gained independence. A further 51 caps were acquired as a Croatian; he played in the 1998 World Cup and captained the side to an outstanding third place finish.

Since his retirement from the game Boban has gone on to complete a history degree at the University of Zagreb, submitting his thesis on "Christianity in the Roman Empire". Always regarded as an articulate man, he reads widely and impressed many with his eloquence and knowledge of world literature, history and political affairs. Upon completing his degree he is quoted as saying: "Only after four years of study have I understood how little it is that I know. Learning new stuff serves one solely to understand the insignificance of one's knowledge."

He also started a career in sports journalism, writing for Croatian sports newspaper Sportske novosti, as well as being a commentator for the Sky Italia and columnist for La Gazzetta dello Sport. He also owns a bar in Zagreb, imaginatively titled ‘Boban’.

Zvonimir Boban’s first love will always be his country, in the documentary The Last Yugoslavian Football Team, he states. "Croatia is the reason I live. I love my country as I love myself. I would die for Croatia."



Italian Serie A Round 32 Results

Posted by Kevin Walker Sunday, April 4, 2021
Atalanta 2 - 0 Siena
Bari 0 - 1 AS Roma
Cagliari 2 - 3 AC Milan
Chievo 1 - 2 Sampdoria
Genoa 1 - 1 Livorno
Inter Milan 3 - 0 Bologna
Lazio 1 - 1 Napoli
Parma 1 - 1 Fiorentina
Catania 2 - 0 Palermo
Udinese 3 - 0 Juventus

Happy Easter Sunday everyone!

Italian Serie A Player Report Friday 04.02.10

Posted by Kevin Walker Friday, April 2, 2021
serieaweekly.com player reportFrancesco Totti (Roma)
Totti is expected to start for Roma this weekend when it travels to play Bari.

Davide Astori (Cagliari)
The Cagliari defender who is co-owned by AC Milan is expected to return to the club he grew up with this summer.

Ricardo Quaresma (Internazionale)
Sporting Lisbon would like Quaresma to join its club and hopes Inter will accept Miguel Veloso in exchange.

Mario Balotelli (Inter Milan)
Balotelli has apologized to his club and coach for a recent rift that has seen him out of action the past month.

Rodrigo Ferrante Taddei (Roma)
Taddei has agreed to a new deal with Roma, rejecting advances from Fiorentina.

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Fan Chat With Mourinho LIVE From Inter's Training Camp

Posted by Kevin Walker Thursday, April 1, 2021
Inter manager MourinhoInter.it - José Mourinho spent over thirty minutes talking to Roberto Scarpini about Inter's improved form in Europe, the Serie A title race and the tactical preparations for last night's CSKA clash in his latest fan chat with Inter Channel.

This is what he had to say:

Did you explain your recent Serie A touchline ban to your children?
"I didn't explain it to my kids because at ten years old I don't want to ruin their passion for football."

Inter's progress in Europe has improved this season...
"Yesterday I tried to explain it to the players, and I don't think it's difficult to understand. Obviously our objective is to reach the semi-finals, and obviously if we reach the semi-finals our objective will then be to reach the final. But even if we don't succeed, Inter will already have won something important this season in Europe, which is no longer being scared of playing. It's a team that plays and wins. It's a team that beat a team like Chelsea. A team that has played under great stress. This is a team that is suited to playing in the Champions League now. We are having a very positive Champions League now. Inter will go into next season's Champions League as a seeded team. I think Inter's future in the Champions League will be completely different from its past in the last four or five seasons, and this is the merit of a group that knows how to live with this almost obsessive pressure of the press and the fans. We have won our three knockout games so far, and four consecutive Champions League games if we include the Rubin game at home. The team is having a very good Champions League but for now we want to get into the semi-finals."

Who will reach the semi-finals?
"It's always difficult. Lyon won 3-1 but it seems more like a French championship match. Manchester lost 2-1, we won, Barcelona obviously seem favourites after their 2-2 draw and we look favourites, but it's not enough. It's a real pity because we could have finished off the game yesterday and gone to Moscow with a completely different attitude, but unfortunately it wasn't possible. Nevertheless, we are 1-0 up at the halfway stage and we know how we want to play there. It will be on a synthetic pitch and the goalkeepers have practiced on one but the other players did light training. First we have to think about Saturday's match and then we travel to Moscow. But it won't be a problem. If our players played in the streets when they were little, they can certainly play on a synthetic pitch."

You once kissed the Inter badge during a press conference...
"I'm very proud to coach Inter and work for a club that I like, with a culture that I like, with fans who have lived some difficult years. I will always be very happy to say that I was once coach of Inter."

Your tactical preparations for yesterday's game against CSKA?
"Yesterday was my 78th, 79th Champions League match. I have a big experience in the Champions League and I really like this competition, in which you study your opponents and analyse their strengths and weaknesses. But it's the players who have to win on the pitch. Yesterday the players came out of the dressing room knowing they could have won 2-0 or 3-0. The team went on the pitch knowing that drawing 0-0 a Champions League match at home isn't a drama. How long does it take to prepare for a match? It depends on the team. Chelsea, for example, were a team I knew perfectly. But I saw the match at San Siro seven times because there were things I wanted to understand. We have people here who work very well. They provide me with the material required to analyse everything about our opponents. You have to be ready for everything. Yesterday, for example, we were expecting Gonzalez to start, but he was on the bench and Mamaev was on the pitch."

How will CSKA play in Moscow?
"I'm not expecting them to push and dominate from the first minute. They know they are 1-0 down, so I am expecting a balanced team. They have a young but balanced coach who is not emotional. I like his way of preparing his teams."

Can Roma catch up with you in Serie A?
"We're top of the table, we're in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, and we have won 1-0 the first match of our Champions League quarter-final. We're at the start of April and we can talk of a season that has been absolutely positive, fantastic. We aren't out of anything. But, there is still a month and a half to go and everything is still to be won or lost."

Is it a three-horse race in Serie A?
"I don't want to talk about the championship. It's not a three-horse race. It's a fight between one team and many other things."

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An Ibra double, then Arsenal take Barca
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Milito and a lot of Inter
Champions quarters: 1-0 against CSKA, but the Nerazzurri could have had more
Milan, Tassotti is the post Leonardo
Blanc stalls, Juve go for Benitez
Ibra double, then Arsenal comeback against Barca







Tuttosport
Milito launches EuroInter
“Here is why Moratti should give back the Scudetto”
Bastos in the sights of Bettega
Baby Rodriguez ready to sign for Juve
Amauri eager, against Udinese with Camoranesi
Managerial merry-go-round. It all depends on Benitez and Mou
Kaka Oh Africa, Pepsi AdThe second installment of our World Cup advert series and this time Pepsi enters the contest to entertain with a crew of marquee footballers along for the ride.

This episode Kaka, Messi, Frank Lampard, Henry, and others must adapt to football in the African savanna and the natives aren't helping any. Come on Drogba give the boys some advise but maybe he is playing for the other side watch and see.

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