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Spain eased past Uruguay in their first match in Group B of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The 2-1 score line fails to reflect Spain’s dominance of the game as they were comfortable throughout and went 2-0 up in the first half with a deflected Pedro strike and another goal from Valencia striker Roberto Soldado before Liverpool striker Luis Suarez pulled a goal back for Uruguay a few minutes from full time. Spain of course qualified for the tournament as reigning […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On Jun - 18 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Sampdoria completed the double over Juventus with an incredible 3-2 win at Marassi with goals from Eder, Lorenzo De Silvestri and Mauro Icardi. Juventus travelled to Genoa to face Sampdoria in their final Serie A fixture of the season with seemingly little to play for on both sides with the Doria safe from relegation and the Bianconeri having successfully retained their title. However there was a motivation for Juve to win this game as Sampdoria won the previous meeting between […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On May - 19 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

For three seasons, Napoli fans have witnessed the emergence of one of football’s potentially legend strikers. Playing for a club defined by its owner’s outrageous personality and cult-like dedication to the Maradona days, Edinson Cavani has been a name but not THE NAME in Italian and world soccer. He has, however, been the subject of rampant transfer speculation for many years and this past season may have been the last Napoli can hold off the money being thrown at them. […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On May - 14 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Juventus missed the chance to set a new record points total as a great solo goal from Victor Ibarbo held the Champions to a 1-1 draw in Turin. Juve had already clinched the Scudetto title last week with a win against Palermo but were now targeting the 91 points record set by Fabio Capello’s Juventus team in the 2005/06 season, despite this title later being stripped from the club during the Calciopoli scandal. Cagliari meanwhile had little to play for […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On May - 13 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Napoli defeated Inter 3-1 at the Stadio San Paolo thanks to a hat-trick from the prolific Edinson Cavani who extended his tally to 101 goals in just three seasons for Napoli. Going into the game Inter would be without a whole host of players as their injury crisis got even worse last week with captain Javier Zanetti’s injury meaning he joined the likes of Antonio Cassano, Diego Milito, Rodrigo Palacio, and Yuto Nagatomo on the side-lines. Napoli meanwhile had Cavani […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On May - 6 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Juventus wrapped up a late win over Torino in the Derby della Mole with goals from Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio. Victory over their city rivals means Juventus only need one more point to clinch their second consecutive Scudetto next Serie A matchday. Besides local bragging rights both sides went into the game with a lot to play for as Torino looked to further pull away from the relegation zone and Juventus continuing their relentless march towards the title. Had […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On Apr - 29 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Contrasting fortunes between the Turin sides see hosts Torino looking for valuable points to help their chances of survival while Juventus could possibly wrap up the Serie A title with a win if other results go their way this weekend. Torino came so close to a valuable point last weekend at Fiorentina when they made a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down to draw level only to then lose 4-3 as La Viola grabbed a later winner. The hosts have a […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On Apr - 28 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

With a 4-0 win in their first semi-final leg, against a club many claim the best of the modern era, Bayern Munich, aside from a complete meltdown in the second leg, have booked their place in this year’s UEFA Champions League final. Bayern came so close to lifting the trophy last May in their home stadium against Chelsea which many believe they should have won, only to lose in a penalty shoot-out. That night in Bayern’s Allianz Arena was a […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On Apr - 24 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Udinese beat Lazio 1-0 at the Stadio Friuli with a sensational goal from captain Antonio Di Natale as the hosts moved level on points with their opponents in the Serie A table. Going into the game both sides had players returning from suspension with Di Natale and Mehdi Benatia returning to Udinese’s starting line up while Giuseppe Biava came back into a three man defence for the visitors who also dropped Brazilian playmaker Hernanes to the bench. The two teams […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On Apr - 21 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

A brace from midfielder Arturo Vidal gave Juventus a 2-0 victory over Lazio in Rome to move another step closer to a second successive Serie A title for the Bianconeri. Juve came into the game knowing a win would put them 11 points clear at the top of the table while Lazio were looking to keep their slim chances of a Champions League place for next season alive. The home squad welcomed Juventus to the capital’s Stadio Olimpico and also […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On Apr - 16 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Barcelona advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League after another draw with PSG meaning they progressed on the away goals rule. They join Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Friday’s draw. The big news before the game was that despite training with the squad the day before the match Lionel Messi was not fit enough to start so he was on the bench with Cesc Fabregas starting in his place. In a lively start to the game […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On Apr - 11 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Roma and Lazio played out a 1-1 draw in the Derby della Capitale with goals from Hernanes and Francesco Totti ensuring the city rivals had to settle for a share of the spoils. In an eventful game Lazio also had Guiseppe Biava sent off while there were two penalties, one for each side with Totti scoring for Roma and Hernanes missing for Lazio. The big news for Lazio was that striker Miroslav Klose would be starting for the first time […]

Posted by John O'Donnell On Apr - 10 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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