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Ronaldinho to Remain at AC Milan Next Season?

Posted by Marzia Hazra Wednesday, May 5, 2021
As the seasons around the continent are coming to a close, speculations regarding the summer’s possible transfers are being fuelled in every thinkable way.

AC Milan ace, Ronaldinho, has been linked with a move to England and the Premier League over the past couple of months after having rediscovered his form earlier this season. The 30-year old has been essential to his side this campaign and played an integral part in the Rossoneri’s late - albeit temporary - title push.

After a mediocre first season in the red and black jersey where Ronnie was berated more often than not for his below par performances as well as his late party nights, the Brazilian - after weeks of speculation over a possible summer exit - was promised a more important role as his main competition Kaká was shipped off to Real Madrid with new coach and countryman, Leonardo, taking over the coaching duties.

The fantasista has gone on to showcase a more consistent play in his second year which thus far has resulted in 10 goals and 14 assists in his 34 league appearances. That the Rossonero is once again in love with the game is easy to see with the return of that famous smile.

The dribbles, slalom runs, overhead-kicks, sublime passes, wonder goals, and dummies are all back on display. The Brazilian is hardly back to his Barcelona-best where he was easily superior to his peers, but the signs are encouraging. To put it plain and simple, the Brazilian has undergone a renaissance under the guidance of Leonardo and has - somewhat unexpectedly - emerged as one of the team’s protagonists this season.

Although Ronnie has reiterated his desire to remain with the Diavolo on several occasions throughout the season - and even expressed wishes to finish his career in the fashion capital - things could come to change sooner rather than later if certain issues aren’t put to bed.

With the transfer window only weeks away from opening, the Brazilian’s future is once again rife with speculation. With reports surfacing about Ronnie having to agree to a major pay-cut in order to extend his current deal - which expires in 2011 - in order to stay with the Rossoneri as the club plan to implement a salary cap, the rumor mills are once more linking Ronnie with a move away from the Italian peninsula.

Another factor which could prove be decisive is the giant cloud of doubt hovering over Leonardo’s future. The Milan tactician’s frosty relationship with club owner Silvio Berlusconi could ultimately force the Brazilian to step aside at the end of the season despite a relatively successful campaign.

With the club and player unable to reach a consensus over the new deal in combination with the possible exit of his current mentor, it’s still uncertain where the Brazilian with the dazzling smile will play his trade next season. However, most of the signs are still pointing towards a stay with the Rossoneri where Ronnie, according to himself, is having the time of his life and is once again starting to play to his potential.

Italian Serie A RoundUp: Lazio Lay Down For Inter In Week 36

Posted by Scot Munroe Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Football lost creditability Sunday night, when in Rome on where Lazio played Inter and the whole stadium celebrated both Inter goals. It made Jose Mourinho unhappy and Lazio  player Christian Ledesma looked pig sick in the crowd watching the game with all Lazio fans cheering for him. I think the only 2 players to come out with any decency was Fernando Muslera and Mauro Zarate  for Lazio. Inter dominated the match from the start and the two goals came from ex Roma player Walter Samuel and Thiago Motta with the over. As Inter climb back to the top the Roma fans and staff will never lets this down for Lazio

Roma had the chance to take back top spot on Saturday evening against Parma  away from home. They did just that winning 2-1 and thanks to ESPN for showing this game. Francesco Totti with the opener with a brilliant lob. Rodrigo Taddei  got the 2nd  with a header from a Totti assist. Parma made it interesting with 9 minutes to go when David Lanzafame nodded in unmarked to make it 2-1. Luiz Jimenez was sent off in added time after picking up 2 yellows. Roma got the win they needed after loosing last week at home to Sampdoria.

AC Milan now look like they have secured 3rd and Champions league football for next season after picking up a 1-0 win over Fiorentina. A late Ronaldinho  penalty 12 mintues  from time gave AC Milan the lead after Koldrup fouled Borriello. Massimo Ambrosini  was sent off in late in the game after picking up his 2nd yellow card for a foul on Alberto Gilardino.

Sampdoria  won their 5th  game in a row and kept up the dream of champions league football by beating Livorno  2-0 thanks to goal by Antonio Cassano and a wonder goal by Spurs reject Rieto Ziegler. It does now look like that Atalanta have thrown it away now and after a 1-1 draw with Bologna Serie A safety is now in there own hands. Also a Jamie Valdes  missed penalty early in the game made it all a bad day for Atalanta. Bari thrashed Genoa 3-0 at home thanks to goals from Meggiorini, Castillio and Barretto. The 3 goals came late on in the game and Bari totally deserved the victory. Cagliari  and Udinese  played out a 4 goal thriller and fought back to make it 2-2. Lazzari then Di Natale and Sanchez with the goals in the 1st half and then Jeda got the equaliser for the home side.



Juventus champions league dreams are now over after 2 points dropped away at Catania. I think the Europa league is now looking the final call for the old lady. A 1-1 draw and it was Matias Silvestre gave Catania the lead and early in the 2nd half Claudio Marchisio equalised for the old lady. A straight shoot out for 6th between Napoli and Juventus is on the cards and Napoli are winning the battle thanks to a crucial 2-1 away win at Chievo thanks to German Denis and Lavezzi goal 5 minutes from time gave the team from Naples a crucial 3 points. Palermo away win at Siena has relegated the home team to Serie B and has entitled Palermo European football for next season. The 2 main strikers for Palermo got the goals Cavani and Miccoli with the goals. Calaio goal 10 minutes from time for Siena gave them little hope.


Week 36 Results

Atalanta 1-1 Bologna
Bari 3-0 Genoa 
Cagliari 2-2 Udinese 
Catania 1-1 Juventus 
Chievo 1-2 Napoli 
Lazio 0-2 Inter 
AC Milan 1-0 Fiorentina 
Parma 1-2 Roma 
Sampdoria 2-0 Livorno 
Siena 1-2 Palermo
Guest Writer/Jay Scardina - Coppa Italia final hurrah as this may be Roma's only chance at some silverware this season, unless Inter lose or tie a game in the next two weeks.

What does Roma need to do to win? The Nerazzurri squad is a tough team, no doubt about it, they are in the Champions League final for a good reason. Roma will need to keep first half momentum going after the interval, because It seems the second half becomes their worst enemy.

Not sure if is fatigue or tactics causing them to make mistakes in the back but the defense needs to stay tight and in formation as players like Riise can't be caught out of position. Inter take advantage of those situations and it was evident this past weekend that Roma needed help with their defense.

Ranieri subbed Menez for Mexes, putting an extra player in the back and taking the other off the front. The move seemed to work as Roma won the game. However, Roma has given up at least one goal in their last 4 league fixtures. Even when they are ahead, the defense slips and concedes a goal. The defense needs to be tight in the back. Inter has strong attackers, Milito E'tto and Sneijder. These are the players that the Roma defense needs to shut down.

There is the question of making Totti, Vucinic, and Toni into a strike force up front. Totti has missed most of the second half of the season. The team had to learn how to play with out him. However, he has shown signs of returning to good form lately, scoring a goal each in the last two games. Totti breaks the ice by getting the first goal, but seems to have problems finishing any other time he gets the ball. It seems that Totti and Vucinic need to work on their playing relationship, because Vucinic doesn't seem to be same player since Totti has returned. Don't get me wrong, Vucinic makes some great passes to Totti, but it seems that Vucinic and Toni made a better attack up front.

Whether Ranieri starts Totti or Toni with Vucinic the squad need to work on finishing. There have been too many missed chances in the past few games. With a shot at beating Inter and taking home the Coppa Italia trophy, Roma needs to convert those chances into goals. Missed goals will give Inter an edge.

If Totti, Vucinic, and Toni can get it to together I think that they can be a great force up front. I don't think that it has been the same problem that teams like Real Madrid have had with too many star strikers on the team, I think that Totti, Toni, and Vucinic have not have enough time on the field together. When Totti was injured the choice was simple, but now he is back and wants to lead the team. I have faith in Ranieri as I believe that he wants to win the Coppa Italia, because the team has worked very hard this year. To not take something away this season would be a shame. Can lightning strike twice in the same place? We will see at the Stadio Olimpico this Wednesday. Daje Roma!

Goal Highlights: Lazio 0-2 Inter Italian Serie A Round 36

Posted by Kevin Walker Monday, May 3, 2021
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Gazzetta dello Sport
Inter put their house on the Scudetto
Mourinho side remain two points ahead of Roma
Sensi: “It's shameful to win in this way”
Editorial: Surreal game
Only Benitez can console Juve
Van Basten could also replace Leo
Samp and Palerm set for Champions League playoff




Corriere dello Sport
Inter on velvet, Roma launch accusations
Sensi: “I would be ashamed to win like this”
Juve's future is Benitez
Palermo launch assault on the Champions League








 
 Tuttosport
Inter practically win the Scudetto, Roma are furious
Buffon: “Agnelli, it's up to you”
Editorial: Andrea knows it
Leonardo: “Few people really understand football”
Samp are almost in the Champions League







Italy begin the defense of their World Cup title as they face Paraguay on June 14th. They will then play Slovakia and finish off group play against Oceania champs New Zealand.

Major absentees are, Roma's Francesco Totti, Palermo's Fabrizio Miccoli as well as Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano.

Two additional question marks, JUVE's Amauri and young Inter attacker Mario Balotelli

Marcello Lippi will have to decide which six players he will leave off the roster prior to the team trip to South Africa in June.

The Italian tactician has clearly excluded players from Inter Milan and AS Roma as they are currently in a dogged race to the finish for both the scudetto and Coppa Italia trophy.


Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo)

Defenders: Salvatore Bocchetti and Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Leonardo Bonucci (Bari), Fabio Cannavaro, Giorgio Chiellini, Fabio Grosso and Nicola Legrottaglie (all Juventus), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gianluca Zambrotta (Milan)

Midfielders: Mauro German Camoranesi, Antonio Candreva and Claudio Marchisio (all Juventus), Andrea Cossu (Cagliari), Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Simone Pepe (Udinese)

Forwards: Marco Borriello (AC Milan), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli)


Oh if only Atalanta had won against Bologna the Biancocelesti would know the error of their ways in lying down for Inter. In the end Atalanta had to accept the draw in their relegation battle against Bologna Sunday evening. After gaining an early lead with a goal from midfielder Tibero Guarente in the 23rd minute, the Bergamo side would go down to 10-men with the sending off of defender Max Pellegrino right before the interval.

With relegation looming for the club, and the greatest desire to stay up this season, remaining Atalanta players tried their darnedest to complete the task by pulling to within 2 points of Bologna but were only able to hold 17th place Bologna off the scoring charts until the 82nd minute when an own goal from Federico Peluso would equalize for the visitors.

As it stands Bologna are even on points with Lazio sitting 16th after the draw while Atalanta sit on 35 points with 2 matches remaining in the Italian Serie A season.

If Atalanta had won their encounter it would have left them only 3 points behind Lazio (2 behind Bologna) requiring only one slip up by either to drag them into potential relegation. For any chance of survival La Dea need to win both their final matches while either Lazio or Bologna lose both of theirs.

In my opinion Lazio should be the ones relegated this season and it would be justified after yesterday's display at the stadio Olimpico with their Inter loving fans cheering on.

Roma President Rosella Sensi is furious after Lazio's performance Sunday evening which practically handed Internazionale this season's Scudetto.

“There is all the desire to make an official protest, but contingency - that is the fact that on Wednesday we play a very delicate match from a public order point of view against Inter - invites us to be prudent”

 






 FTParma1 - 2AS Roma
 FTAC Milan1 - 0Fiorentina
May 2 
 FTAtalanta1 - 1Bologna
 FTBari3 - 0Genoa
 FTCagliari2 - 2Udinese
 FTCatania1 - 1Juventus
 FTChievo1 - 2Napoli
 FTSampdoria2 - 0Livorno
 FTSiena1 - 2Palermo
 FTLazio0 - 2Inter Milan
Udinese’s aspiration for the season of 2009/2010 was a top six finish. Instead the north-east Italian club has spent most of the campaign in the second half of the table - hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Despite the team’s below par performances, one player has risen above the rest - and has with his goalscoring abilities almost single-handedly kept the side from an otherwise certain drop to Italy’s second tier.

Antonio Di Natale has found the back of the net on 25 occasions this season - hitting five more than Inter Milan’s Argentinean hitman, Diego Milito.

Considering the team’s poor performances, it’s a testament to the player’s abilities that he’s able to score the goals - not only the vital ones, but also the beautiful ones. Two hattricks, a handful of braces and numerous singles have resulted in countless of crucial points and is the reason that the club is currently sitting on 14th place - a good eight points from the relegation zone.

Enjoying his best season to date, Di Natale looks certain to collect the desirable Capocannoniere crown at the end of the season. The Udinese forward was also contender to the trophy last season, but a horrible injury in the latter stages of the campaign put an end to those aspirations.

Few believed that the Napoli-born striker would return to his former level - or to the game at all - after suffering that terrible knee injury while on international duty last March - forcing the forward to watch the remainder of the season from the sidelines as one Zlatan Ibrahimovic ultimately finished as the league’s top scorer.

A dedicated and ultimately successful rehabilitation saw Di Natale ready to start the current season with Udinese. Despite amid interest from Spanish and German clubs along with the top Italian sides over the years, Di Natale opted to stay in Udine and ended speculation by putting pen to paper on a five-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2013.

With Udinese currently having nothing left to play for - expecting that nothing of the unexpected occurs in the final three rounds - Di Natale is still sure to add a couple goals to his tally before he wraps up the Capocannoniere crown - something that seemed like a real possibility only a few short weeks into the current campaign.

With seven goals in his first five outings, the player showcased that he had returned to his former level - once again attracting the attention of Italy coach, Marcello Lippi. Although the former Juventus tactician is yet to select his squad, the Udinese forward is highly likely to feature and could be leading the frontline in South Africa as Italy look to defend their World Cup title this summer.

You Know the FIFA World Cup Is Approaching When,.. Part III

Posted by Kevin Walker Saturday, May 1, 2021
The third installment of our World Cup advertising series and this time PUMA the soccer and casual-wear supplier makes a play.

Current kit sponsor for Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and of course the Italian national football team, PUMA steps up to provide us with 'Journey of Football'.

Travel through time with Ghana's Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and others.




At the interval it's nil-nil

AC Milan's Ronaldinho received a yellow card right before the end of the first 45 minutes for diving.

The Brazilian floated in on the left side of the area cutting away from Kroldrup and Di Silvestri and Natali and he goes down and a dive. Yellow card. Great refereeing. No need for that son.


Today's lineups are:

AC Milan:

Keeper: Dida
Defenders: Zambrotta, Tiago Silva, Favelli, Antonini
Midfielders:Ambrosini, Pirlo, Seedorf
Strikers:Huntelaar, Ronaldinho, Borriello

Fiorentina:

Keeper: Frey
Defenders: Silverstri, Kroldrup Natali, Gobbi
Midfielders:Bolatti, Zanetti, Montolivo
Strikers: Marchionni, Jovetic, Gilardino

UPDATE: FT Milan 1-0 Fiorentina goalscorer 78' Ronaldinho (pen) 


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