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2010-2011 Recap Following many changes both in management with the appointment of newly elected president, Andrea Agnelli, followed by General manager Beppe Marotta and manager Luigi Del Neri, the trio brought no fewer than twelve new faces to the squad that had already come off from a disappointing season under former manager Ciro Ferrara, and his predecessor Alberto Zaccheroni. Prior to the start of last season there was mixed feelings amongst the fans for the season, with Juventus starting off [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Aug - 30 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

What began 31 days ago finally came to a conclusion on Sunday night with the World Cup final, with Spain making more needless passes than John Terry on a quiz show, Spain are now the new world champions following a narrow 1-0 victory over the Netherlands thanks to a late strike by Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta. The match was billed as the battle of Tika Taka passing verses the masters of total football, admittedly many were expecting a highly entertaining match, [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Jul - 14 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

“We’ve been preparing for this World Cup for two years.” Said Fabio Cannavaro, throughout the last two years Marcello Lippi has insisted the team were prepared and called for national support, now following Italy’s embarrassing group stage exit only confirms the concerns fans and critics have highlighted. Is it not ironic that the Italian national anthem contains the line ‘Do’ve la vittoria?’ – Where is victory? Surely for a team that has yet to record a win in 2010 did [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Jun - 25 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Following the disappointing draw in Italy’s World Cup opening match against Paraguay, Andy Golding analysis the lessons learnt. Throughout the week players and manager Marcello Lippi a like claimed Italy were prepared and ready for their opening match against Paraguay. With a degree of high expectation tonight’s performance was nothing short of disappointing yet again, first it was ‘Tiredness’ following the 2-1 defeat in Italy’s warm up game against Mexico last week, now what is Italy’s excuse? Simply there is [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Jun - 15 - 2010 3 Comments READ FULL POST

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic Heysel stadium disaster a day that still remains in the memories of many. Venue to the 1985 European Cup Final between Juventus and Liverpool, Heysel Stadium despite being Belgium’s national stadium at the time, was subject to reports of poor maintenance and safety issues even branded as a “dump” from Arsenal fans when the Gunners had played there a few years earlier, clear to suggest that the stadium was nowhere near adequate [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On May - 29 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Following one the most disastrous season in Juventus’ history will the rejuvenation plans being drawn up at Vinovo be the solution? It was merely a few months ago that I had written an article attacking Juventus at board room level, particularly the decisions undertaken by the out going president Jean-Claude Blanc and urged the administration to appoint the incoming Andrea Agnelli, although this is just the beginning there is still plenty of work to be done. First and foremost it [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On May - 15 - 2010 2 Comments READ FULL POST

With a little more than a month to go till the World Cup in South Africa, Andy Golding challenges the critics of Italy boss Marcello Lippi to reject an expected Ital-Juve call up. Juventus have come under great scrutiny this season, failing to meet all expectations above all else, it has raised concerns as to Lippi’s expected call up of many of the Juve-based Italians. However despite calls from Lippi’s critics to leave the likes of Grosso and Cannavaro at [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On May - 7 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Friday evening brings the return of the much anticipated Derby D’italia, billed as the biggest match of the week 34 fixtures for entirely different reasons for both sides. After Internazionale being knocked off the summit of the Serie A table last week following a disappointing draw against Fiorentina last weekend, Mourinho’s men will be seeking to get back on track by beating Juventus who continue their quest for the fourth Champions league spot on Friday evening, whilst Inter will be [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Apr - 15 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

As speculations grows as to who will take over the Juventus hot seat next season, Andy Golding analyses the possibility of current Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini taking over. Current Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is continuously linked with the managers job at Juventus this summer, whilst his work at Lazio and to an extent at Internazionale and currently with Manchester City may be deemed respectable by many, how will the Juventus tifosi react to his possible arrival? Clearly there [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Apr - 11 - 2010 3 Comments READ FULL POST

With the search of Juventus’ next manager still continuing, Andy Golding investigates why a former candidate for the job is being reconsidered? Cast your minds back to the summer of 2009, Claudio Ranieri was expected to be given his marching orders, whilst Juve risked missing out on Champions League football. Two names in particular were being touted to take up the hot seat, Ciro Ferrara, and Antonio Conte. Fast forward to the present, Ferrara has already been given the sack [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Mar - 11 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Diego Ribas da Cunha, commonly known as Diego started his footballing career at Santos’ youth system, making his first team debut in the Rio-Sao Paulo championships in 2002 at just sixteen. In the same year Diego aided Santos which also comprised of former Manchester City midfielder Elano, Alex and Robinho to win the domestic league championship. Diego was to later state his desire to move to Juventus in the near future “Playing for Juventus would be a great honour as [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Feb - 12 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Former Juventus manager Ciro Ferrara finally received his marching orders last week, following yet another defeat and elimination from the Coppa Italia, however with the recent appointment of Alberto Zaccheroni could he really be the Juventus manager beyond June? Recent reports suggests a team of Juventus representatives met with Liverpool’s manager Rafa Benitez to discuss possible avenues to allow the release from his contract in the summer. Despite this there isn’t a shred of evidence from Juventus declaring their desire [...]

Posted by Andy Golding On Feb - 3 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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