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Juventus 2011-12 has etched its place in history. Just like Antonio Conte wanted, his side can only be matched but never surpassed. The Bianconeri completed a remarkable 38-game unbeaten season by conquering Atalanta 3-1 and then watched as outgoing captain Alessandro Del Piero lifted the Serie A trophy high into the Turin sky Having secured the Scudetto and record, Antonio Conte’s mind is now focused on completing the entire season unbeaten in the upcoming Coppa Italia final versus Napoli. However [...]

Posted by Luca Cetta On May - 18 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Tears were shed from grown men on the weekend as we bid farewell to some fantastic players who have graced Serie A. Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Di Vaio, Kaka Kaladze, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Pippo Inzaghi, Rino Gattuso and Gianluca Zambrotta played their last games for Juventus, Bologna, Genoa and AC Milan. Lecce were relegated, Udinese clinched third after a 2-0 away win at Catania. Here are the top five goals from week 38 5. Pippo Inzaghi AC Milan vs. [...]

Posted by Scot Munroe On May - 15 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Genoa home win over Palermo on Sunday night in the final round of matches in Serie A meant relegation for Lecce. Earlier in the day we said some emotional farewells in both of the Juventus and AC Milan matches. Alessandro Del Piero, Clarence Seedorf, Rino Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta and Pippo Inzaghi said the farewells and we saw a goal each from Alessandro Del Piero and Pippo Inzaghi in their last appearance in Serie A. Marco Di Vaio and [...]

Posted by Scot Munroe On May - 15 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Not winning a game since early February Genoa are finding themselves in a battle to survive the drop after their third defeat in seven days. On Sunday they lost away at Bologna and with Lecce losing as well, Genoa are one point above the relegation zone. A squad that was bought for European football could be playing Serie B football next season. Saturday 28th April There were three games on Saturday evening; there was a Sicilian derby on which Palermo [...]

Posted by Scot Munroe On Apr - 30 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

On loan Roma striker Marco Borriello scored the only goal to give Juventus a deserved 1-0 away win at Cesena. Cesena with this result have now been relegated to Serie B. Both Milan clubs won their games, AC Milan had to thank Kevin Prince Boateng for a late goal. Inter won away at Udinese to give their push for Champions League Football a reality. Both capital sides were beaten by teams in the lower half of the table in Novara [...]

Posted by Scot Munroe On Apr - 27 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The headline is not a typo. It indeed occurred: Marco Borriello scored the only goal as Juventus defeated Cesena at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi on Wednesday to remain three points clear at the top of Serie A. Days after their demolition of Roma in which Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio were superb and found all found the target, they - as well as their teammates – looked flat in Cesena. On the anniversary of Andrea Fortunato’s passing it [...]

Posted by Luca Cetta On Apr - 27 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

As Juventus helped secure a piece of their long-term future during the week by extending the contracts of Leonardo Bonucci and Alessandro Matri until 2017, the immediate future of another player has once again been called into focus after yet another less than impressive display on the weekend. Marco Borriello led the two man attack alongside Mirko Vucinic in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system against Napoli, yet did little to endear himself to the Juventus Stadium faithful. Beside one half chance [...]

Posted by Luca Cetta On Apr - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Three matches and three rivals vanquished (even if Adriano Galliani does not completely agree) – Juventus enjoyed a successful week which rejuvenated their Scudetto bid and saw them reach the Coppa Italia final. The week-capping victory over Inter made Juve forget the provincial struggles which has threatened to ensure a potentially unbeaten season likened more to Perugia 1978/79 than Milan 1991/92. It had appeared the January yips which were prevalent in recent campaigns made the shift to February following a [...]

Posted by Luca Cetta On Mar - 29 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Juventus missed the chance to join Milan at the top of Serie A after being held to a 1-1 draw by Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Wednesday. Juve went in to this rescheduled clash having drawn the past two matches and Antonio Conte surprisingly started Marco Borriello in a trident attack with Mirko Vucinic and the returning Simone Pepe. However, it was Bologna who took the lead in the 17th minute when Marco Di Vaio beat the offside [...]

Posted by Luca Cetta On Mar - 8 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Wednesday’s friendly between the United States and Italy sees Parma’s pint-sized playmaker Sebastian Giovinco partner up with Juventus striker Alessandro Matri in what could be a preview of great things to come. Giovinco, who is currently co-owned by Juve and Parma, is always a focus of transfer speculation and his return to Juventus continues to be talked about. If the two show an instant chemistry it may end all speculation about Giovinco’s future. There have been few players in recent [...]

Posted by Matthew Coccoluto On Feb - 28 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Juventus took an important step towards reaching the Coppa Italia final as a returning Martin Caceres scored a brace to ensure a 2-1 semi-final first leg win over Milan at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Antonio Conte made changes as noted in the pre-match press conference, with Marco Storari, Caceres, Simone Padoin, Alessandro Del Piero and Marco Borriello all starting in the 3-5-2 formation. Each goal arrived after the interval, as Caceres tapped home the opener after fellow new signings Padoin [...]

Posted by Luca Cetta On Feb - 9 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Palermo Swedish striker Agon Mehmeti was one of Palermo’s marquee signings in this window. The striker has been hailed as both the new Cavani and Ibrahimovic before signing from Malmo. Mehmeti was quick to quash such hyperbole insisting he isn’t Ibrahimovic and emphasised that his versatility by suggesting he could play anywhere along the front line. (+ve) Franco Vazquez is a signing that has excited the Palermo fans. Parallels have been drawn with Javier Pastore, and Vazquez has admitted his best position is [...]

Posted by Rocco Cammisola On Feb - 8 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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