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Rangerista
09-01-2011, 01:32
I love the indulgent confidence of the Milanistas in all their certainties.

The Scudetto is very much alive and beyond certainty and as to it's destination, please be reassured, the Mighty Nerazzurri is still prowling, ready to pounce in Serie A.

Forza Beneamata, Milano Siamo Noi!

immortalprso
09-01-2011, 01:46
Looking forward to tomorrow.

Andiamo gli elefanti.

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carino
09-01-2011, 02:21
Likely Milanese line-ups for tomorrow:

Milan v. Udinese

Milan have Abbiati, Nesta, Pirlo, Boateng, Flamini, Zambrotta and Inzaghi unavailable due to injury and could line up thus:

( 4 – 3 – 1 – 2 ) - Amelia; Abate, Bonera, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Strasser, Gattuso, Seedorf; Robinho; Pato, Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Roma, Oddo, Yepes, Beretta, Markel, Cassano.


Inter v. Catania

Inter’s injury list of Sneijder, Samuel, Coutinho and Julio Cesar means Leoanrdo’s Italian, European and World Club champions may line up like this tomorrow:

( 4 – 3 – 1 – 2 ) - Castellazzi; Maicon, Cordoba, Lucio, Chivu; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Thiago Motta; Stankovic; Eto’o, Milito.

Subs: Orlandoni, Rannocchia, Santon, Materazzi, Mariga, Biabiany, Pandev.

Both games on Sky Calcio ( Milan also on Sky Calcio HD ) at 1400 UK

ESPN has Sampdoria v. Roma ( 1130 UK ) and Napoli v. Juventus ( 1945 UK ).

Forza Lombardia!

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Rangerista
09-01-2011, 02:36
Looking forward to tomorrow.

Andiamo gli elefanti.

http://i42.tinypic.com/20svpxu.jpg

Good one!

Bring it on, the Elephant will be de-tusked and the ivory taken back to the Meazza, Inter is back on track.

Forza Serpenti, Forza Il Biscione!!!

carino
09-01-2011, 02:51
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A sight which apparently disappointed many Lazio fans - Manchester United's Federico Macheda in Sampdoria training gear after his loan deal was finalised.

Macheda will be on the bench tomorrow when his new team host Roma who are likely to start with Borriello and Vucinic up front and Menez in the trequartista role.

TheBattleFever
09-01-2011, 14:53
Sampdoria 2-1 AS Roma

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/09012011/58/serie-three-samp-edge-roma.html

foxtrot
09-01-2011, 16:07
Milan 4-4 Udinese

In before the haters:
Italian football's boring! It's too defensive! Catenaccio 'n' all that! Blah, blah, blah. :ninja:

carino
09-01-2011, 17:32
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Rino - Sky Italia MOTM at the San Siro which hosted an incredible game earlier today.

From Milan 0, Udinese 1 the goals came 1 – 1, 1 – 2, 1 – 3, 2 – 3, 3- 3, 3 – 4, 4 – 4.

It took magic from Cassano and Ibrahimovic for Milan to salvage a point against Udinese after abysmal defending almost sold the jerseys.

Allegri must surely line up 5 – 4 – 1 when his first choice central defence partnership of Nesta and Thiago Silva is not available.

Cassano and Ibrahimovic saved the day today but, excellent as they are, they can not be expected to deliver or assist in netting four goals every week.

A great second half recovery by Fiorentina with goals from Gilardino, Santana and Ljajic let them take all three points after being two down at half-time to Brescia.

Three points dropped by Lazio at home to third from bottom Lecce suggests the Scudetto challenge from the Aquile is fading.

Inter struggled at Catania and went one behind on 70 mins but two goals from Cambiasso ensured their climb up the table continues – they are now eleven points off the pace in seventh place but have played two games less than the leaders.

Bologna travelled to Bari and with new owner, coffee multi-millionaire Massimo Zanetti, watching for the first time alongside long time Bologna fan, singer Gianni Morandi, the Rossoblu took a much needed three points from the game. Our old adversary from his Parma days,Alberto Malesani, was well pleased but Bari with ex-Celtic dud Donati remain anchored at the foot of the table.

Genoa drew another blank today against Cesena which means Ballardini’s men have not scored in their last three outings since 3 December – and they have just let Luca Toni go to Juventus. They need a striker and soon!

A win for Napoli tonight against Juventus in the San Paolo would bring Mazzarri’s men within four points of the top.

Twenty-three goals in Serie A so far today with Napoli – Juve still to come.

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TheBattleFever
09-01-2011, 20:14
Napoli beating Juve 1-0 with 20 minutes gone

Cavani with the goal

TheBattleFever
09-01-2011, 20:17
Juventus goal controversially disallowed :cool:

TheBattleFever
09-01-2011, 20:20
2-0 Napoli, Cavani with another header

He looks like some player :eek:

carino
09-01-2011, 20:50
Napoli looking better than they did on Thursday against Inter when Lavezzi and cavani did not turn up but Juve are struggling.

TheBattleFever
09-01-2011, 21:05
Cavani again 3-0

Great goal

carino
09-01-2011, 21:05
Cavaaaaannnniiiii - tripleto.

Napoli 3 - 0.

carino
09-01-2011, 21:35
Cavani stratosferico!

Twenty-four goals in all games this season including three hat-tricks.

carino
09-01-2011, 21:40
Top Serie A story of the day?

Milan v. Udinese 4 - 4? Cavani's brilliant hat-trick? Fiorentina comeback from 2 - 0 down to win 3 - 2?

Take your pick.

Bonkle Bear
09-01-2011, 21:48
Napoli up to 2nd with that. Big opportunity missed for Rome clubs today.

Hope the title race stays wide open till the end.

TheBattleFever
16-01-2011, 16:14
Wins for Lazio and Juventus this afternoon, looking forward to watching Milan taking on Lecce tonight.

Jelle1880
16-01-2011, 16:20
Big win for Lazio, 3 points were very necessary to keep the dream of Champions League football alive.

Mandingo
16-01-2011, 16:23
Have Lazio or Napoli spent a lot of money?

TheBattleFever
16-01-2011, 16:23
http://english.gazzetta.it/Football/15-01-2011/inter-thrash-bologna-4-1milito-s-back-and-plenty-of-eto-o-712497471486.shtml

Leonardo is off to a great start as Inter coach, the players look like they are relieved to be rid of the fat Spanish waiter.

TheBattleFever
16-01-2011, 16:26
Have Lazio or Napoli spent a lot of money?

Lazio spent 11 million on Hernanes which is a big outlay for them these days, Napoli spent around 17 milion euros on Edinson Cavani, both deals are looking like great business for the clubs.

Earl of Leven
16-01-2011, 16:35
Rafa had Inter set up badly....they look happier now.

Against Spurs they had attackers not detailed any tracking back and full backs isolated one on one with wide players.....they seem to prefer a return to something more Mourinho-esque.

Mandingo
16-01-2011, 17:36
I seen Eto'o free kick last night. Was a peach

TPABear
16-01-2011, 18:02
****ing genoa burst ma coupon

TheBattleFever
17-01-2011, 11:58
Can anyone else see Inter coming back and winning the title? They still have the best squad in the league imo

Earl of Leven
17-01-2011, 12:02
If Inter win their games in hand there will be 7 points between top 7 clubs.....very much a title race. Bring it on.

Bonkle Bear
17-01-2011, 12:09
It's going to be a close run thing over the next few months. I tipped Roma at the start and I still think they will be involved when we go to the last few games of the season. They seem to have a few problems behind the scenes but still have enough talent to win the league especially if Ranieri can sort out the defence. Inter and Leonardo have been let off the hook by Milan who seem hellbent in throwing away the advantage they had over them when they stuggled in the first half of the season.

I would love to see Napoli win the title and they can't be ruled out but they will struggle to keep the pace over the next few months I think. Apparently they are averaging the biggest crowds in Serie A this season so far and they certainly have plenty of exciting players with the likes of Lavezzi and Cavani.

TheBattleFever
17-01-2011, 19:46
Fiorentina have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Neto on a five year deal, they must be ready to punt that fat poove Boruc.

TheBattleFever
17-01-2011, 19:53
Alexis Sanchez being linked to Chelsea, Udinese not keen to sell in this window

http://img.skysports.com/11/01/218x298/Alexis-Sanchez_2552249.jpg

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_6668713,00.html?utm_source=twitterfe ed&utm_medium=twitter

I would be delighted if this happened

TheBattleFever
18-01-2011, 18:28
Genoa sign Flores, sell Sculli

http://fourfourtwo.com/news/italy/71849/default.aspx

TheBattleFever
20-01-2011, 13:59
Reto Zeigler to Milan? Strange signing.

TheBattleFever
20-01-2011, 20:57
Milan 2-0 up at HT against Bari in the Coppa, Zlatan and Merkel with the goals.

PS

Am I the only one still bothering with this thread? :D

carino
21-01-2011, 17:29
Milan 2-0 up at HT against Bari in the Coppa, Zlatan and Merkel with the goals.

PS

Am I the only one still bothering with this thread? :D
Nope - I have away for ten days skiing in Italy. :D

Where I saw this record of ten Serie A clubs' spending since 2007 in Gazzetta dello Sport.

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TheBattleFever
22-01-2011, 11:08
There are reports that Milan have signed Urby Emanuelson on a pre contract agreement

TheBattleFever
24-01-2011, 16:13
Milan sign Urby Emanuelson from Ajax

http://www.acmilan.com/en/news/show/131760

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foxtrot
24-01-2011, 16:21
Looks like Milan are about to sign Mark van Bommel as well.

Earl of Leven
24-01-2011, 16:22
Milan plodding away nicely......Roma back on track....Napoli remain involved.

Exciting at the top....

TheBattleFever
24-01-2011, 16:27
Milan plodding away nicely......Roma back on track....Napoli remain involved.

Exciting at the top....

Inter and Lazio both defeated with Juventus drawing 0-0 at Sampdoria as well

I am looking forward to seeing Napoli in the Champions League next year (surely they can't mess it up from this position), hopefully they can hold on to Cavani, Lavezzi and Hamsik.

Earl of Leven
24-01-2011, 16:30
They should be able to hold on to players if they reach CL......

Bonkle Bear
24-01-2011, 16:32
Milan plodding away nicely......Roma back on track....Napoli remain involved.

Exciting at the top....

Inter losing was a bit of a shock and de-rails a lot of the good progress Leonardo had made since taking charge. Udinese well worth their win though. I can still see Roma sneaking this if they avoid major injuries.

I'd rule Juve out now that they are 9 points behind Milan and in poor form. Poor result for Lazio at Bologna on the back of that derby loss in the Coppa Italia as well. I wouldn't rule out Napoli but I think they will be probably end up with a CL spot.

Earl of Leven
24-01-2011, 16:34
I'd be delighted if Napoli or Roma won it.......and would be a fantastic finish.

You have to assume Milan won't f*** it up though.

Bonkle Bear
24-01-2011, 17:02
I'd be delighted if Napoli or Roma won it.......and would be a fantastic finish.

You have to assume Milan won't f*** it up though.

It's their best chance in years and Ibra and Cassano certainly give them more of a direct attacking threat now. Could have some short term problems though with Nesta reportedly ruled out for a month and Gattuso and Seedorf expected to be out for three weeks.

Maccarone linked with Samp today for €3.5m. Some suggestion yesterday he would sign with Fiorentina today.

53easy
24-01-2011, 17:16
Inter were honking on Sunday against Udinese

Without Milito and Sneijder they look pretty ordinary.

foxtrot
25-01-2011, 15:10
Looks like Milan are about to sign Mark van Bommel as well.

Confirmed today.

MVB - A promising monogram (http://www.acmilan.com/en/news/show/131808)

TheBattleFever
25-01-2011, 15:23
Inter close to the signing of Houssine Kharja

NATERFC1
26-01-2011, 03:11
Sulley Muntari should move from Inter to Sunderland tomorrow, while there are official transfers for Chievo, Bari, Juventus and Cagliari.
Nerazzurri midfielder Muntari has been increasingly pushed out of the side after his irritable reaction to being substituted.

It is reported he is sorting out the final details of his move to Sunderland and should put pen to paper tomorrow.

Cesena are in advanced negotiations with Serie B outfit Livorno for striker Francesco Tavano, who was also of interest to Brescia.

Chievo and Bari have officially exchanged players. Nico Pulzetti moves to the Bentegodi on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season, sending Simone Bentivoglio the other way.

Juventus have loaned youth academy striker Ciro Immobile to Grosseto. The 20-year-old had been on loan to Siena.

Cagliari have signed Reggina midfielder Simone Missiroli. The 24-year-old completes his loan with option to buy.

Milan also confirm signing of Van Bommel, good move for both especially picking him up for nothing.

Samp V Ac tomorrow on espn 4.30 kick off and Juve V Roma on thursday at 7.45 same channel.

jivman
26-01-2011, 03:15
Watched Sampdoria v Juventus at the weekend.

It was alright.

And that's all I have to say about that.

carino
26-01-2011, 12:51
Sampdoria v. Milan

Milan squad for the 1730 CET Coppa Italia quarter-final at the Ferraris is:

Abbiati, Roma, Di Fabio; Abate, Antonini, Ely, Jankulovski, Oddo, Papastathopoulos, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Calvano, Emanuelson, Merkel, Van Bommel; Cassano, Ibrahimovic, Oduamadi, Pato, Robinho.

The following are unavailable due to injury:

Amelia, Bonera, Nesta, Zambrotta, Ambrosini, Boateng, Flamini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf, Strasser and Inzaghi.

It will be interesting to see if Allegri continues with central defender Thiago Silva in midfield as he did against Cesena at the weekend when the Milan midfield consisted of the Brazilian, eighteen year old German/Belarus Alexander Merkel and Massimo Ambrosini. After a shaky start the experiment, if that is what it was, became effective though the eventual win was due to the two fuoriclasse, Cassano and Ibrahimovic.

Another interesting aside – Juventus striker Amauri has not netted since St. Valentine’s day 2010!

Inter continue their pursuit of Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini – strange, because he can not play in the Champions League.

Former Palermo and Azzurri central defender Andrea Barzagli now with Wolfsburg is undergoing a medical at Juventus.

The San Paolo is almost sold out for the visit of Inter tonight for the Coppa Italia quarter-final ( 2045 CET ).

Pavel Nedved, now a ‘direttore’ with Juve is inviting flak by suggesting in Corriere dello Sera that his 2005-2006 Juventus side was better than Inter’s treble winners ( Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Champions League ).

Gazzetta dello Sport suggests the sale of Roma to a US consortium fronted by Thomas Di Benedetto is imminent.

TheBattleFever
27-01-2011, 17:34
Inter have reportedly signed Giampaolo Pazzini from Sampdoria

Earl of Leven
28-01-2011, 13:07
Napoli have reached an agreement to sign Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz on a permanent deal.

Ruiz, 21, will sign a contract until June 2015 with Napoli on Friday pending a medical.

A statement from Espanyol read: "RCD Espanyol and SSC Napoli have reached an agreement for defender Victor Ruiz to join the Italian team once he completes a medical in Naples on Friday.

"Ruiz will travel this afternoon to Italy and is expected to sign a four-and-a-half year contract with Napoli."

Ruiz, who was a reported target of Manchester City last month, attracted interest from across Europe following fine performances with the Primera Liga side this season.

He will become Napoli's second reinforcement in the winter transfer market following the arrival of defender Lautaro Fernandez from Argentinian side Tigres earlier this month.

Ruiz has yet to break into the full international squad but has a handful of caps for Spain's Under-21 team and will join a Napoli side that lies second in Serie A.

carino
28-01-2011, 16:20
Giampaolo Pazzini has emerged from the Inter’s headquarters at Corso Vittoria Emanuele in Milan where it was announced he has finally signed a contract till 30 June 2015.

He has opted for the number 7 jersey and will be formally presented at a press conference in the San Siro tomorrow at 1300 CET.

If Inter offload Sully Muntari to Sunderland they will move to sign Genoa midfielder Houssine Kharja.

Accompanied by Adriano Galliani and player agent Mino Raiola Espanyol terzino Didac Vila has flown to Milan. The clubs have agreed terms and Vila is expected to be a Milan player within forty-eight hours. The fee for the twenty-one year old is said to be around €3 million.

carino
30-01-2011, 02:19
Dire stuff in Sicily last night as Milan struggled to a 2 – 0 win over Diego Simeone’s Catania ( eight Argentinean starters - plus two Italians and a Pole ).

Injury wracked Milan started badly and despite not improving, losing Van Bommel to a harsh second yellow and Ambrosini to injury eventually prevailed due to the brilliance of Ibrahimovic ( one goal, one assist ) and Robinho ( one goal, one assist ). Astonishingly the latter has somehow learned the meaning of work rate.

After the expulsion of Van Bommel and the injury to Ambrosini the Milan midfield consisted of Robinho, Emanuelson, Jankulovski and Thiago Silva - which is a striker, two wing backs ( one of whom making his debut and the other about to retire ) plus a central defender.

Salvaging three points from last night's performance suggests Scudetto luck may be on the side of the rossoneri.

Galliani's signing policy is on occasion difficult to follow because after their January signings Milan now have five left backs - Antonini, Emanuelson, Zambrotta, Jankulovski and David Vila!

Earlier Lazio got back to winning ways with a 2 – 0 win over Fiorentina with both goals coming from Czech Republic striker Libor Kozak – one a penalty.

The result takes Lazio to third place, seven off the pace though, Napoli and Roma have played a game less and Inter two less.

TheBattleFever
30-01-2011, 15:00
Napoli 2-0 up on Sampdoria at HT, Cavani with both the goals which makes him current top scorer in Serie A

Davie_1873
30-01-2011, 15:15
Inter 2-0 down at home to Palermo!:eek:

2nd half

Mandingo
30-01-2011, 15:16
Cavani is a fu(king player!

Mandingo
30-01-2011, 15:26
Hat trick Cavani

whos_the_dado
30-01-2011, 15:27
Inter 2-0 down at home to Palermo!:eek:

2nd half

2-1 now

Pazinni

TheBattleFever
30-01-2011, 15:33
Hat trick Cavani

I would consider swapping him for Beattie :ninja::D

TheBattleFever
30-01-2011, 15:41
3-2 now to Inter

whos_the_dado
30-01-2011, 15:47
3-2 now to Inter

As long as it stays that, breathing life back in my coupons :ninja:

Twente got a last minute winner to make another a winner, but with them losing and Inter 2 nil down i thought they were dead, all back in the good

Mon the Inter


Great result for Napoli too

TheBattleFever
30-01-2011, 20:38
Stunning Inter debut for Pazzini, hopefully now that he is at a top club he can live up to his potential.

53easy
30-01-2011, 20:40
Stunning Inter debut for Pazzini, hopefully now that he is at a top club he can live up to his potential.

His second goal was a great header.

carino
31-01-2011, 10:37
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Snow at Bologna ended proceedings with Roma prematurely after sixteen minutes. When the replay takes place the game will restart on the seventeenth minute.

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Fellow Romans Marco Di Vaio and Francesco Totti toss the coin. ( The latter in snood, tights and gloves ).

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Roma in white shirts for snow – bad idea!

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I have yet to see Pazzini’s fairy tale introduction to the San Siro due to suffering at Hampden but will rectify that later as I am told it is worth a look. Inter, nine off the pace with a game in hand, seem to be on the right track and the Scudetto race is hotting up nicely.

Unless they make a major signing before the 1900 CET deadline tonight Juventus will struggle to make a Champions League slot this season. Del Neri’s position must be in doubt unless results improve.

Juve’s Nicola Legrottaglie has told Sky Calcio he will travel to via Turati later today for signing talks with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani. Given the Milan injury crisis Galliani is expected to offer him terms.

Spearheaded by capocanoniere Edinson Cavani the Napoli Scudetto challenge remains on course. How long De Laurentis can keep the Uruguayan hot shot is another matter – his seventeen goals have not gone un-noticed.

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Jelle1880
31-01-2011, 10:45
Cavani, what a player.

carino
31-01-2011, 12:42
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has confirmed Juventus central defender Nicola Legrottaglie has signed a short term contract till 30 June 2011.

The signing was motivated by the current injury crisis at Milanello.

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Jelle1880
31-01-2011, 12:59
Lazio and Napoli have agreed a switch between Flocari and Blasi.

carino
31-01-2011, 13:37
Transfer word from Hotel Principe de Savoia and the ATA Hotel Executive, Milano:

Inter to offer Davide Santon in exchange for Genoa terzino Domenico Criscito in a co-ownership deal.

Juventus ‘interested’ in Drenthe and Nagatomo. Given the pasting handed out to them in Tuttosport this morning they need to do something:

“Juve ora un fallimento”. “Juve now a failure” – Criticism is merited but Tuttosport is way over the top.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentis is close to paying €7 million to bring Tim Matavz to the San Paolo. The Slovenian has netted twelve times for Gronigen this season.

Brass neck on display from Palermo’s Zamparini: “ I will take Amauri on loan and he will be a champion here – but Juve have to pay his wages"!

Amauri has left Vinovo and could be a Parma player later today.

Juventus homing in on a loan deal with Valencia to bring Argentinean centrocampista Alejandre Dominguez to Vinovo.

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carino
31-01-2011, 14:08
From ATA Hotel: Manchester City in late negotiations to sign twenty-seven year old Cagliari 'keeper Federico Marchetti.

carino
31-01-2011, 17:17
Juventus have abandoned the deal to sign Alejandre Dominguez from Valencia.

Instead they have signed Cagliari striker Alessandro Matri on a loan deal till the end of the season with a right to buy price of €15 million.

carino
04-02-2011, 13:58
News of the week is probably the imminent sale of Roma to a US consortium headed by Thomas Di Benedetto. Negotiations have a bit to go but already the would be new owners have plans:

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"New Roma, this is the plan.
Ancelotti and Baldini on the way.

The US staff have already hypothesised on the future, the first step will be renewals for Mexes and DeRossi. In the interest of stability they are talking about a renewal for Ranieri but the dream remains the Chelsea manager".

Aided by midweek draws for Milan, Lazio and Roma coupled with Napoli’s surprise defeat at Verona Inter’s 3 – 0 triumph at Verona propelled them to third place and within seven points of Milan with a game less played. The Scudetto is warming up nicely and it may be a tad early to wish but there is the mouthwatering potential for a Scudetto Milan Derby on 2 or 3 April.

Still leading the capocanoniere table is Napoli’s Edinson Cavani with seventeen followed by Antonio Di Natale (15) and Marco DiVaio (14). Sammy Eto’o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic share fourth place on thirteen.

Referees have come under criticism for performances at the San Siro where Antono Damato missed a Kozak knee to Legrottaglie’s head and his elbow assault on Ypes and Bonera. Ypes was also fortunate to not be booked for a foul on Hernanes.

At Verona Andrea Romeo missed a wild Cristian Chivu punch on Bari’s Marco Rossi but TV evidence has resulted in a four game ban for Inter’s Romanaina defender.

Worst referee performance of the week came from Emidio Morganti at the Palermo – Juventus encounter. Amongst many weird decisions the most blatant Morganti error was a Juventus penalty claim which subsequent moviola proved to be of the stonewall variety. Morganti has been suspended for two weeks and will not be allowed to officiate at games involving Juventus for the rest of the season.

Weekend Fixtures.

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TheBattleFever
06-02-2011, 16:07
Napoli close the gap on Milan :eek:

http://www.football-italia.net/alatest.html

carino
09-02-2011, 10:21
In the Under-21 international at Empoli yesterday Ciro Ferrara’s Italy beat England 1 – 0.

Kiko Macheda, currently on loan at Sampdoria from Manchester United, hit the winner from the penalty spot in the eighty-ninth minute after England’s Mee was red carded for a last man foul in the box.

Italy line-up for the friendly with Germany in Dortmund tonight:

Buffon;

Cassani
Ranocchia
Bonucci
Chiellini

Montolivo
Thiago Motta
De Rossi

Mauri

Pazzini
Cassano

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Earl of Leven
09-02-2011, 10:27
Carino

Are Napoli genuine title contenders? Or is the usual - peaks and troughs leading to over emotional scenes of chaos?

Jelle1880
09-02-2011, 10:58
They seem ready for it, they have a great team and a chairman who isn't afraid to throw some extra millions in the mix to strengthen where needed.

Great coach as well imo.

carino
09-02-2011, 11:08
Carino

Are Napoli genuine title contenders? Or is the usual - peaks and troughs leading to over emotional scenes of chaos?
Inconsistency is Mazzari’s problem at the San Paolo - a two nil reverse against Chievo at home, for example, is not Scudetto material. Get that sorted and having taken ten points from a possible fifteen since Epiphany they could well challenge but IMO will not in the end prevail. Close but no cigar perhaps.

Milan lead the field but do so due to others at the top dropping points to teams further down the league rather than by their own efforts. Allegri has been impacted by a big injury list but has yet to prove he can win against top teams. So far this season he has dropped points to Juventus, Roma and Lazio but strangely took three from the Maddonina.

Inter are the form team at the moment having taken twelve points from the fifteen available since the holidays but even they are prone to leaking goals – most recently three against Roma though they did net five.

Inter’s current form makes them favourites at the moment but it could be close. A Scudetto Maddonina on 2 or 3 April would be nice!

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carino
09-02-2011, 11:40
Interesting and mature response from Palermo’s in demand Argentinean midfielder Javier Pastore.

Asked who he would rather join: Juventus or Barcelona?..He replied: “My priority will always be to play, so I’d say the first of the two options.”

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Earl of Leven
09-02-2011, 11:44
I am so sh** at football but I can certainly imagine I'd prefer first team footall to being a huge club's 7th choice striker etc. Money is not the point when you're already minted.

carino
09-02-2011, 12:04
I am so sh** at football but I can certainly imagine I'd prefer first team footall to being a huge club's 7th choice striker etc. Money is not the point when you're already minted.
Pastore will not be on the breadline or even close but he is only twenty-one, was a youth player with Talleres, had a season on loan at Huracan before joining Palermo in 2009 so I suspect he is not yet ‘minted’.

If however he continues to play as he is doing he eventually will be. :D

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carino
10-02-2011, 01:05
In the same Dortmund stadium where they prevailed in the 2006 World Cup semi-final a Giuseppe Rossi goal late in the second half cancelled out a Miroslav Klose first half strike allowing Italy to salvage a draw with Germany.

Prandelli started with a strike force of Antonio Cassano and Giampiero Pazzini which threatened but failed to penetrate the German defence – though Cassano had a solid penalty claim denied.

The former Sampdoria pair were replaced by Marco Borriello and Rossi at the start of the second period and the latter justified the manager’s decision by latching on to a brilliant Criscito through ball and netted at the second attempt.

This was a competent display from the Azzurri which should have pleased Prandelli.

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Earl of Leven
11-02-2011, 11:05
Roma's likely new owners want fresh air, and they are ready to open the window on Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Il Corriere dello Sport reports the American consortium led by Thomas R DiBenedetto, who on Thursday were confirmed as being in pole to take over, are considering the Chelsea boss.

President Rosella Sensi had made gestures for the renewal of Claudio Ranieri's deal, but with a takeover imminent, the ball will pass into American hands.

They want a new start and feel the former Roma Scudetto winner will be the right man to trigger proficient standards and pursue success.

Ancelotti has maintained allegiance to Chelsea, but he has never excluded a Serie A return in the future.

Franco Baldini, the current England general manager who worked alongside Fabio Cappello at Roma previously, would flank Ancelotti as a director.

Part of the plans will also be to keep Daniele De Rossi within the confines of Trigoria.

The Italian midfielder has long been linked with Real Madrid, but Roma hope to tie him down to a long-term deal.

De Rossi's current deal expires in 2012, but plans are already underway to renew it once the takeover deal is finalised.

TheBattleFever
12-02-2011, 23:03
Napoli keep up the pressure on Milan with a 2-0 win away to Roma, Cavani (again) with both goals

http://www.football-italia.net/sa1011/rom-nap.html

20 goals already this season for the big Uruguayan

NATERFC1
12-02-2011, 23:35
Cavani is something special and Napoli's first win against Roma in Rome since 1993, should be a cracker tomorrow Juve V Inter.

TheBattleFever
12-02-2011, 23:40
Milan thump Parma 4-0 with Cassano scoring his first goal for the Rossoneri and setting up two more

http://www.football-italia.net/sa1011/mil-par.html

carino
13-02-2011, 01:32
Just in and watched the Milan – Parma highlights. Gattuso looking Pirlo like when he set up Cassano!:D

Sky Calcio Show highlighting Ezequiel Lavezzi spitting in the face of Roma defender Aleandro Rosi. Missed by the referee who took no action despite heated protests from Roma players – especially Cassetti.

EZEQUIEL – ROSI INCIDENT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt8Nt40kJRQ)

Stills sequence of the incident from CORRIERE DELLO SPORT (http://www.corrieredellosport.it/foto/calcio/serie_a/roma/2011/02/12-29275_0/Fotosequenza%3A+Rosi-Lavezzi%2C+scintille+a+centrocampo)

There is a great Sky Italia tape sequence of Roma’s Cassetti berating the referee and demanding action – complete with sound from the ref’s mic! Sadly that clip is apparently not yet on YouTube.

Ezequiel and Cassetti were booked in the ensuing protests and there is now a debate about whether Napoli’s Argentinean can be suspended on TV evidence or will the yellow card be the end of it?

Tomorrow night Juventus – Inter. Can Juve halt Inter’s current run of results?

Getting fed up with Milan playing on Saturday before I am back from the Rangers game or on Saturday evening when I am not at home.:(

And someone always texts me the result thus ruining the recording.:(

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carino
14-02-2011, 12:22
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Outstanding game in Turin’s Olimpico last night. The 1 – 0 reverse may not mean ‘Addio Scudetto' for Inter but it certainly dented their hopes.

Great defensive work from Juve with a special mention to Giorgio Chiellini who had a discreet number 200 on the front of his shirt to signal his two hundredth appearance for Juventus. Complimenti Giorgio.

Alessandro Matri became an instant hero with the Juve tifosi when he eluded his marker to head what proved to be the winner. With three goals in three outings Matri is looking to be an astute loan signing and if he keeps it up Juve might just find the €15.5 million which will be required to prise him from Cagliari when the loan expires at the end of the season.

Sammy Eto’o could have altered matters late on but demonstrated his big match frailty by cracking the crossbar from three metres and then inexplicably falling over when attempting a volley.

Milan stayed top of the pile with an emphatic 4 – 0 win over Parma at the San Siro. Goals came from Seedorf, Cassano (his first in rossonero) and Robinho (2). The highlight of the evening was however a one two between Cassano and Gattuso which led to the former's goal and made the latter look like Pirlo – I did not know you had it in you Rino!

Napoli kept the pressure on Milan with a deserved 2 – 0 win over Roma at the Olimpico. Sadly a spitting incident between Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi and Roma’s Aleandro Rosi tainted the evening. Both players appear to be guilty and can expect three match bans for their indiscretion.

Both Napoli goals ( one a penalty ) came from Edinson Cavani which makes twenty seven goals in thirty five appearances for the striker – and it is only February. DeLaurentis is going to have to be brave to resist the offers which will surely arrive in the summer.

The Milan v. Napoli encounter in the San Siro on Monday 28 February is now of massive Scudetto importance. I think I will go watch that!

Roma’s performance did not please their fans and a wall at Trigoria has been daubed with a huge ‘Unworthy’ message for the players and management. The uncertainty surrounding DeBenedetti takeover negotiations is not helping matters and a resolution to that drawn out issue is required.

Two goals from Di Natale and one from Inler ensured all three points for Udinese at struggling Cesena. Di Natale keeps second place to Cavani in the capocanoniere stakes.

Francesco Lodi with two excellent free kicks was the hero at Catania where Argentinean coach Diego Simeone saw his side win for the first time in his tenure with a 3 – 2 win over Lecce.

A tweet from Lazio’s Cristian Ledesma sums up playing football in Rome: ‘If you draw Lazio should have won, if you win Lazio should have played better. if you lose it is a disaster’.

Finally – the happiest man in Milano is probably rossoneri right back Ignazio Abate who must be delighted after hearing he will not face Gareth Bale tomorrow night. Bale will apparently not travel with the Tottenham squad.

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53easy
14-02-2011, 12:36
Sammy Eto’o could have altered matters late on but demonstrated his big match frailty by cracking the crossbar from three metres and then inexplicably falling over when attempting a volley.

We can't be talking about the same player that scored in two champions league finals

foxtrot
14-02-2011, 15:14
Sammy Eto’o could have altered matters late on but demonstrated his big match frailty by cracking the crossbar from three metres and then inexplicably falling over when attempting a volley.

This was gold. :clap:

carino
14-02-2011, 17:46
The Guidice Sportivo has handed out three match suspensions to Roma’s Aleandro Rosi and Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi for the spitting incident in last Saturday’s evening game.

Big blow for Napoli as Lavezzi will now have to sit out the top of the table clash with Milan at the San Siro on Monday 28 February.

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carino
15-02-2011, 02:22
Milan coach Allegri has named the following squad for tonight’s last sixteen Champions League game against Tottenham:

Abbiati, Amelia, Abate; Antonini, Jankulovski, Legrottaglie, Nesta, Oddo, Papastathopoulos, Thiago Silva, Yepes; Flamini, Gattuso, Seedorf, Merkel, Strasser; Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho.

Tottenham trained at the San Siro last night after which William Gallas and Harry Redknapp attended the pre-match press conference where the manager acknowledged the absence of Gareth Bale is disappointing and expressed doubts about Modric starting.

He also acknowledged Milan were under-strength and had World Cup and Champions League winners like Pirlo, Zambrotta and Ambrosini missing.

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clubdeckg
15-02-2011, 03:14
I think Tottenham Will beat Milan, home and away

making_a_stand
15-02-2011, 03:58
I just watched the Juve - Inter game. Any word on what (if any) kind of injury Matri picked up and if it'll keep him out?

He looks the part and the effort that went just wide a couple of minutes from the end would have been special had it gone in.

carino
15-02-2011, 10:24
I just watched the Juve - Inter game. Any word on what (if any) kind of injury Matri picked up and if it'll keep him out?

He looks the part and the effort that went just wide a couple of minutes from the end would have been special had it gone in.
Matri has a slight muscle strain which requires a few days rest.

He will be available for Sunday’s early kick-off game at Lecce where he will be hoping to add to the fourteen goals he has netted already this season.

He has to be careful because he is only one booking away from suspension.

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carino
15-02-2011, 15:14
Roma will be without Julio Sergio and David Pizarro against Shaktar in the Olimpico tomorrow night – Doni will be in goal.

The referee in the San Siro tonight will be Frenchman Stephane Lannoy who is officiating at a Milan game for the first time.

Juve’s sixty year old boss Gigi Delneri is becoming something of a specialist at beating Inter.

In the last three seasons he has beaten Moratti’s outfit with Atalanta, Sampdoria and most recently Juventus - in the last four games Inter have failed to score against his sides.

The bold Gigi has also beaten Inter with Chievo and Verona.

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carino
15-02-2011, 17:46
Gates are already open at the San Siro where Milan will line up like this against Tottenham who have brought 4,600 supporters with them.

Abbiati

Abate
Nesta
Ypes
Antonini

Gattuso
Thiago Silva
Flamini

Seedorf

Ibrahimovic
Robinho

If Rafael van der Waart plays it will be interesting to see if the feud between him and Ibrahimovic, which started in a Sweden – Netherlands game several years back and which led to Ibra moving to Juventus, is really over.

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foxtrot
16-02-2011, 00:48
The first half was terrible, but glad I seen out the second half. You must be gutted, carino. Gomes played a blinder! :blink:

carino
16-02-2011, 01:37
The first half was terrible, but glad I seen out the second half. You must be gutted, carino. Gomes played a blinder! :blink:
The first half was a disaster for Allegri’s re-shuffled side which could not get on terms with Spurs fielding an extra defensive midfielder.

Robinho and Ibra lost touch with the midfield and Seedorf did not turn up in his trequartista role.

Abate and Antonini could not get forward due to the industry of Lennon and the other wide player whose name escapes me.

Moving Robinho to Seedorf’s role in the second half improved matters and the change really should have delivered more than it did.

Ypes got unlucky ( or Gomes is better than I thought ) but it is not good enough when a team’s best chances come from a Colombian central defender who would not have been in the team had Thiago Silva not had to move to midfield due to injuries to Pirlo and Ambrosini and the unavailability of the cup-tied Cassano.

When the chips are down Allegri badly needs goals from Ibrahimovic, Pato or Robinho and they did not deliver last night.

There is much discussion on Sky Italia about the Ibra goal being disallowed ( correctly in my opinion after watching countless replays ) and Spurs could easily have had a penalty when the ball struck Nesta on the arm very early on.

In the end the clock wound back five months to when by relying too much on wing backs getting forward Milan lost a goal on a counter-attack just as they did at Catania and Cesena earlier in the season.

Sky Italia is reporting Flamini went to the Spurs’ dressing room to apologise for the tackle on Corluka and Gattuso admits to losing it when he confronted Joe Jordan.

I suspect a suspension longer than the one match due for the yellow card he got awaits Rino and if it transpires it will be correct.

A very disappointing evening. :(

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foxtrot
16-02-2011, 02:14
The first half was a disaster for Allegri’s re-shuffled side which could not get on terms with Spurs fielding an extra defensive midfielder.

Robinho and Ibra lost touch with the midfield and Seedorf did not turn up in his trequartista role.

Abate and Antonini could not get forward due to the industry of Lennon and the other wide player whose name escapes me.

Moving Robinho to Seedorf’s role in the second half improved matters and the change really should have delivered more than it did.

Ypes got unlucky ( or Gomes is better than I thought ) but it is not good enough when a team’s best chances come from a Colombian central defender who would not have been in the team had Thiago Silva not had to move to midfield due to injuries to Pirlo and Ambrosini and the unavailability of the cup-tied Cassano.

Thiago Silva in midfield was a weird one. He never really looked comfortable in that position. I know Cassano and van Bommel are both inelligible, but surely there're others that could step into midfield instead of Silva? What's wrong with Strasser?


When the chips are down Allegri badly needs goals from Ibrahimovic, Pato or Robinho and they did not deliver last night.

There is much discussion on Sky Italia about the Ibra goal being disallowed ( correctly in my opinion after watching countless replays ) and Spurs could easily have had a penalty when the ball struck Nesta on the arm very early on.

Ibra was pants overall. He was unlucky not to get that free-kick right on the edge of the box in the first half. Sandro was all over the back of him! So are Sky Italia saying the goal should've stood? I thought he was both offside to start with, and then he had a push on Dawson (who made a complete meal of it, flailing his arms about).


Sky Italia is reporting Flamini went to the Spurs’ dressing room to apologise for the tackle on Corluka and Gattuso admits to losing it when he confronted Joe Jordan.

I suspect a suspension longer than the one match due for the yellow card he got awaits Rino and if it transpires it will be correct.

Flamini should've been straight off. And I think the ref probably decided to let the UEFA disciplinary committee deal with the brawl rather than give him a red card after the whistle.

foxtrot
16-02-2011, 02:16
This is a great picture:
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carino
16-02-2011, 02:46
Thiago Silva in midfield was a weird one. He never really looked comfortable in that position. I know Cassano and van Bommel are both inelligible, but surely there're others that could step into midfield instead of Silva? What's wrong with Strasser?Thiago Silva in midfield is not a first. He has been used in that role recently and has done rather well - when Boateng, Flamini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Strasser and Ambrosini were all injured. Rodney Strasser has only just come back from injury - as has Flamini.



Ibra was pants overall. He was unlucky not to get that free-kick right on the edge of the box in the first half. Sandro was all over the back of him! So are Sky Italia saying the goal should've stood? I thought he was both offside to start with, and then he had a push on Dawson (who made a complete meal of it, flailing his arms about).Sky Italia analysed the Ibra goal to death but came to the same conclusion as you - and me.

What has gone almost without comment is the massive gash Gattuso has on his knee sustained in the incident for which he picked up the yellow card.

Allegri was bullish in the post-match interview with Sky Italia - acknowledging an uphill task awaited Milan in the second leg but the tie was not beyond them.

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NATERFC1
16-02-2011, 03:13
Rino lost the plot big time but i must say Tottenham deserved the win i thought they were excellent, Major improvement needed by Milan to beat Spurs in London, 3rd time in 3 seasons being knocked out at that stage it will be if they don't must be a massive dissapointment for them considering their History with the European cup.

What hope is their for Roma against Shaktar tomorrow? Watched them on Saturday and was not too impressed but seem to up their game in the European games last year. Also Napoli on Thursday have a very tough game against Villarreal, I wouldn't imagine the Europa is a priority for them right now.

carino
16-02-2011, 11:49
Roma players Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and director of football Bruno Conti were amongst club representatives who attended the funeral of well known Ultra Fabrizio Carroccia aka Er Mortadella.

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Earl of Leven
16-02-2011, 12:47
Milan seemed very pedestrian...no pace in midfield.

What surprised me was their complete inability to deal with Spurs pressing them....how long now have Italian teams known how EPL sides play? In what sense can Milan have thought they'd have time and space to play? It was like winding the clock back to early 00s when EPL teams first started high tempo pressing and surprised everyone.

Milan have to play quicker, get more movement from their fowards or buy some fitter and faster players.

carino
16-02-2011, 17:20
Derby della Lanterna kicks-off in about twenty minutes.

The Lanterna is on Sky Calcio as ESPN has opted for Fiorentina v. Inter ( Mihajlovic v. Leonardo ).

Inter, eight points off the pace with a game less played, really have to win this or it will be looking like ‘addio Scudetto’ for them.

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Flawed_Genius
16-02-2011, 17:30
Derby della Lanterna kicks-off in about twenty minutes.

The Lanterna is on Sky Calcio as ESPN has opted for Fiorentina v. Inter ( Mihajlovic v. Leonardo ).

Inter, eight points off the pace with a game less played, really have to win this or it will be looking like ‘addio Scudetto’ for them.

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Why such early kick off times?

foxtrot
16-02-2011, 17:39
Why such early kick off times?

I think UEFA rules means league matches can't clash with Champions League games. Roma play Shakhtar later.

NATERFC1
16-02-2011, 23:23
Any news on Abbiati? seemed a wierd injury last night not much contact, Paul walsh on ssn called him a drama queen.

Bad night for Roma, Ranieri must be close to the sack.

Bonkle Bear
16-02-2011, 23:24
Sampdoria were awful in the derby tonight, utterly rubbish. Cricketers well worthy of their win and leap-frog Samp in the table to add insult to injury.

Samp are in serious danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight if they continue in this form of late.

carino
17-02-2011, 01:47
Any news on Abbiati? seemed a wierd injury last night not much contact, Paul walsh on ssn called him a drama queen.

Bad night for Roma, Ranieri must be close to the sack.
Abbiati was taken to hospital with concussion, dizziness and a balance problem.

He was detained overnight for observation and reported to Milanello yesterday morning but did not train with the group. He will not be available for Sunday afternoon’s game against Chievo.

Roma are way out of sorts at the moment and the uncertainty will continue till the thirty day exclusive negotiating period for the sale of the club to a consortium headed by Boston Red Sox holding company partner Thomas DiBenedetto expires in twenty-five days.

Last night was a nightmare for Roma and a rumour that Claudio Ranieri is to be replaced by Vincenza Montella is gathering momentum.

Fiorentina were a tad unfortunate at the Franchi especially left back Michele Camporese. The nineteen year old who has been capped at every level from Under 16 to Under 21 deflected a shot past the helpless Artur Boruc ( remember him ) and then gave Samuel Eto’o way too much space allowing him athe easiest of cut backs to Pazzini who netted from very close range.

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foxtrot
17-02-2011, 04:33
Last night was a nightmare for Roma and a rumour that Claudio Ranieri is to be replaced by Vincenza Montella is gathering momentum.

Boriello was caught on camera saying, "He put me on the bench. I've made twenty-five thousand goals!" When asked about it, Ranieri responded sarcastically, "For me it showed in the half hour in which he played...".

:D

carino
18-02-2011, 13:50
Milan will wear a special autographed shirt on Sunday against Chievo to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Silvio Berlusconi’s ownership.

Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta on Palermo owner entrepreneur Maurizio Zamparini: “He is a great talent scout but runs a very expensive shop” - which really means Juve can not afford Palermo’s Javier Pastore. :D

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Earl of Leven
18-02-2011, 14:03
Juve need fans and not more players....well they need both I guess!!

I thought they all hated della Alpi and would flood back when the team moved closer to city centre?

carino
18-02-2011, 14:32
Juve need fans and not more players....well they need both I guess!!

I thought they all hated della Alpi and would flood back when the team moved closer to city centre?Juve need to start climbing up the league. :D
It remains to be seen if the new stadium makes a difference to Juventus’ gates - we will soon find out as it will be ready for season 2011 – 2012.

We almost always top Milan, Juventus and Inter for match day revenue so IMO the new stadium ( capacity 41,000 ) which is in the same location as the Alpi will not, after initial interest fades, make a huge difference to attendances.

Though I am told there is good take up Premium Club ‘abbonamenti’ for the new stadium.

Some fixtures, like the Juventus v. Inter game last weekend or when Milan come calling, will mostly be a sell out.

Earl of Leven
18-02-2011, 14:46
I wonder if Roma's new owners will build a stadium....superb fans in Rome but both teams lose atmosphere in a 85,000 bowl.

Same would go for Udinese, and perhaps others.....great fans, far too large a stadium.

Did Milan ever finish (or start) the plans to install loads more new exec boxes and improve the facilites at San Siro?

foxtrot
18-02-2011, 14:51
Same would go for Udinese, and perhaps others.....great fans, far too large a stadium.

Funny you say that: Udinese announced their intentions to build a new stadium in time for the 2013-14 season.

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^This one has a hint of Ibrox about it. :)

Earl of Leven
18-02-2011, 14:52
Udinese fans make a great wee racket but current home holds almost 50,000 and is far too big....the new stadium will trap the noise. Looks great....

Jelle1880
18-02-2011, 15:12
Same for Verona, they too have announced a new ground.
However, they are in Serie C now and still average gates of 10.000, so they definitely have the potential to fill it (Promotion is a must though, the chairman said).

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carino
18-02-2011, 15:56
I wonder if Roma's new owners will build a stadium....superb fans in Rome but both teams lose atmosphere in a 85,000 bowl.

Same would go for Udinese, and perhaps others.....great fans, far too large a stadium.

Did Milan ever finish (or start) the plans to install loads more new exec boxes and improve the facilites at San Siro?
DiBenedetti has not bought Roma yet so talk of a new stadium is perhaps a tad previous though there is no doubt one is required for the capital!

San Siro still has a long way to go as far as general facilities are concerned but many additional Sky Boxes have been added.

The tribune opposite the players tunnel has been substantially upgraded and the Club Ambassador on the opposite side is first class but there is scope for overall improvement to the stadium.

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Earl of Leven
18-02-2011, 16:07
Will they do it or do they want to own it outright first? Aren't Inter talking about moving out?

carino
18-02-2011, 16:24
Will they do it or do they want to own it outright first? Aren't Inter talking about moving out?Milan and Inter have both have made noises about moving out and both have even identified sites for the new stadiums.

A personal view is it has all been to pressurise the Commune di Milano to upgrade the place.

That view has been reinforced by the costs recently incurred installing a huge external fence on three sides of the ground with pre-filter turnstyles which encloses the zone where fans are searched before being allowed to enter the actual stadium.

All to comply with the Pisanu regulations on football stadiums and fans.

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Earl of Leven
18-02-2011, 16:30
Pisanu thing is nonsensical eh?

But I suppose the battle for the curva has to be fought by both sides....

carino
18-02-2011, 16:43
Pisanu thing is nonsensical eh?

But I suppose the battle for the curva has to be fought by both sides....
The Pisanu Decree has its shortcomings but also good points.

Did you see post #352 in this thread about Totti, DeRossi and Conti representing the club at the funeral of Fabrizio Carroccia ( Er Mortadella ) a leading Roma ultra?

Something had to be done to stop the protection rackets and other scams ultras were, and in some cases still are, inflicting on clubs

Except at Milan where the Ultras face the biggest gamgster of all! :D

foxtrot
19-02-2011, 17:10
Except at Milan where the Ultras face the biggest gamgster of all! :D

:D

It's been 25 years of Berlusconi's ownership of AC Milan. A nice time to pimp my blog which has a wee piece on it:

Click here (http://theitalianfootballblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/25-years-of-ac-milan-and-silvio.html)

TheBattleFever
20-02-2011, 20:33
Ranieri resigns as Roma manager

http://www.football-italia.net/index.html

making_a_stand
20-02-2011, 21:05
Ranieri resigns as Roma manager

http://www.football-italia.net/index.html

Not at all surprising especially after the last 2 results.

3-0 up, **** me.

NATERFC1
21-02-2011, 16:00
Serie A side Roma have appointed 36-year-old Vincenzo Montella as coach until the end of the season 24 hours after Claudio Ranieri resigned.

Montella, who was already employed by the club as youth-team coach, will begin his tenure with an away fixture at Bologna on Wednesday night.

Ranieri's resignation followed a fourth consecutive loss that left the team lying eighth in the table.

Roma are nine points off the final Champions League qualification place.

Montella scored 118 goals in 267 appearances for the club during a 10-year spell from 1999 and also made 14 appearances for Fulham during a loan spell in 2007, scoring five times.

However his promotion at the Stadio Olimpico has handed him a first major managerial position, his only previous experience coming as coach of Roma's under-15 team.

Ranieri's resignation followed a poor run of form in which they conceded 14 goals in their last four games, including a 3-2 home loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The nadir came on Sunday as Roma squandered a 3-0 lead in going down 4-3 to Genoa, the subsequent fan protests easing Ranieri's decision to step down.

foxtrot
23-02-2011, 01:22
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BARI - Tensions are high in Bari, where about 200 supporters challenged Mutti's men when training finished today. In the eyes of the supporters, Donati, Almiron, Rossi, Rivas, and Castillo are considered among those most responsible for the difficult situation of the biancorossi. After training, and despite the police presence and DIGOS agents, someone in the crowd struck Marco Rossi with a kick to the hip. There was even worse for Massimo Donati, met with a spit to the face, while the Argentinian, Rivas, had his ear pulled violently. On the other side of the coin, there was applause for Andrea Masiello, Gazzi, Galasso and Strambelli.

http://www.repubblica.it/sport/calcio/serie-a/bari/2011/02/22/news/bari_contestato_calci_sputi-12785925/

carino
23-02-2011, 02:34
:D

It's been 25 years of Berlusconi's ownership of AC Milan. A nice time to pimp my blog which has a wee piece on it:

Click here (http://theitalianfootballblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/25-years-of-ac-milan-and-silvio.html)I liked the pic in the blog - tends to stand up the Milan website 'Most decorated club in the world' claim. :D

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“I cut a sorry figure but for me respect is important. They gave me a five game ban, all that is missing is a month in jail”. Said Rino Gattuso returning to the subject of his head butt on Joe Jordan at the end of Champions League encounter with Tottenham.

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carino
27-02-2011, 11:42
Juve boss Luigi Del Neri is coming under pressure after this side’s 2 – 0 reverse at home to Bologna last night. Veteran striker Marco Di Vaio, former team mate of Rino Gattuso at Salernitana, struck twice to take his goal tally for the season to a highly respectable sixteen.

It was a great result at the Turin Olimpico for Bologna and our old adversary Alberto Malesani who bossed Parma when we knocked them out of the Champions League in 1999 – last night’s goalscorer Di Vaio also played in those games. ( Remember “Malesani give us the sash” and Tony Vidmar cracking the post in the second leg at the Tardini? ).:D

Juventus are now in seventh place in Serie A and thus out of Champions League and Europa League slots. This moved the club's AD Beppe Marotta to tell the media: " If the situation worsens the manager's position will come under review".

The Old Lady has launched a campaign to sell Premium packages priced at €2000 for their new stadium which opens for 2011 - 2012 and must improve if she is to be in European competition next season.

Inter travel to Genoa tonight to take on seventh from bottom Sampdoria where a win will see them overtake Napoli to go within two points of leaders Milan.

Game of the weekend and potentially crucial to the Scudetto is the Milan v. Napoli encounter at the San Siro tomorrow night at 2045 CET.

Milan go in to the game without Pirlo, Inzaghi, Ambrosini and Bonera while Napoli will be missing Lavezzi who is suspended and the injured Grava.

A win for Milan will take them six points clear of Napoli and five clear of Inter if, as expected, Leonardo’s men win at the Ferraris tonight.

A great game is in prospect at La Scala di Calcio tomorrow evening and, having decided to miss the St. Johnstone affair at Ibrox this afternoon, I am about to pack a small bag to go see it. :D

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Bonkle Bear
27-02-2011, 11:57
Milan could struggle if Dossena and Maggio get licence to have a go at the Milan full backs. Napoli's style seems quite strange for a Serie A side given they have real emphasis on width this season. Milan seem very narrow and could struggle in the same manner they did against Spurs if Allegri doesn't react to this. Cavani will obviously be the main threat for them but Lavezzi will be a miss for them and I'm not sure if Napoli's defence will cope with Ibra if he's on top form. A point would be a good result for them.

Looking forward to this one on Monday. Monday night seems a good time to have the big Serie A matches. Just read that the last time Napoli beat Milan in the San Siro El Diego scored for them.

Can't see Samp geting anything from Inter and I'd bet the house on Pazzo getting a goal at the Marassi tonight. Big game for Inter though given they lost the same fixture last year. Samp's attack isn't anywhere near good enought to fire them back up the table.

Terrible result for Juve last night after losing by the same score at Lecce the week before. I honestly thought that Del Neri was the right man for the job given his relatively successful spell at Sampdoria. He seemed like a very astute tactican and a good organiser but I'm not sure if it was a strong man-manger Juve needed to get the best out of what still is a talented squad rather than a tactician. Juve have Milan on the horizon so it may get worse for them before it gets better. Their results against the clubs in the bottom half have been pretty awful this year and this has been a huge part of their problem.

TheBattleFever
27-02-2011, 14:55
Udinese are currently destroying Palermo 5-0

Allez
27-02-2011, 15:15
Now 6-0 to Udinese (the away side) in that game :eek:

TheBattleFever
27-02-2011, 15:24
Sanchez is taken off. 4 goals for the Chilean. Palermo fans even giving him an ovation.

Bigbluebeard
27-02-2011, 15:26
Thats mad, Teams often struggle at Palermo.

Ryan1981
27-02-2011, 15:30
7-0 now, gutted i only had over 2.5 goals now :D

Bonkle Bear
27-02-2011, 15:32
Roma beat Catania 7-0 in 2006 which is the record in Serie A I think

edit not true - Milan beat Genoa 8-0 in 1955 and Padova won 8-0 at Venezia in 1949

TheBattleFever
27-02-2011, 15:38
Looks like a two horse race between Di Natale and Cavani to be top scorer in Serie A

making_a_stand
27-02-2011, 15:43
So Di Natale gets his hat-trick. Will he and Sanchez get a ball each or as it stands as Sanchez scored 4 will he take it home?

Virgil Hilts
28-02-2011, 23:00
Just saw the highlights of the Catania/Genoa match on the weekend. Looked like a cracker of a game. it had everything, goals, near misses, controversy

Anyone luck enough to see the full game?

carino
02-03-2011, 13:04
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Milan’s triumph over Napoli in the rain on Monday saw them move five points ahead of Inter in the Scudetto race.

The first half of the game was a drab affair but Allegri’s men came alive after the interval and were eventually comfortable winners.

Napoli missed the running of the suspended Lavezzi but the game did tend to confirm that Mazzarri’s men have punched above their weight this season with much of their success attributable to the brilliant form to date of their Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

On Monday’s showing they are short of a commanding regista but I expect their film director owner Aurelio De Laurentis to rectify that in the summer.

The continued absence of Andrea Pirlo highlights Milan have a similar problem which needs to be addressed in the summer window.

Milan can now only lose the Scudetto but with Pirlo not anticipated to return before until early April ( thus making him likely to be short of match fitness for the Milan derby on 3 April ) they are far from being short odds favourites.

Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport both carry speculation this morning that Philippe Mexes will join Milan when his contract expires at the end of the season. The deal is likely to be worth €4.5 million per annum to the player.

Good relations between Via Turati and Roma owners, the Sensi family, have limited player movement north form the capital ( Marcus Cafu was the last high profile player to do so ) but with new owners in the wings at Roma that restraint has gone.

On a gossipy note:

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Speculation continues that Milan’s twenty-one year old striker Alexandre Pato ( 47 goals in 91 Serie A outings, 54 /112 in all competitions ) and club owner Silvio Berlusconi’s daughter Barbara are an item.

The lad could do worse. :D

The weekend fixtures:

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immortalprso
02-03-2011, 13:37
Just saw the highlights of the Catania/Genoa match on the weekend. Looked like a cracker of a game. it had everything, goals, near misses, controversy

Anyone luck enough to see the full game?

A vital win, but then I suppose any win at this point is vital, the two new signings will hopefully help and bring something new and fresh.

The highlights for anyone who is interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh7fhRjs904

immortalprso
02-03-2011, 13:39
I missed the AC - Napoli game, was it as clear as has been said that they were found out or rather found a bit short?

Earl of Leven
02-03-2011, 13:52
Any post-mortem on Italian clubs in Europe?

Chatting a bit on Sunday at game....our view was that the game was too insular, in terms of coaches and ideas. They cannot seriously play at that pace and hope to compete with clubs from England and Germany etc. The football of 2011 is much faster....but the Italian league seems hell-bent on keeping out foreigners.

53easy
02-03-2011, 13:56
Any post-mortem on Italian clubs in Europe?

Chatting a bit on Sunday at game....our view was that the game was too insular, in terms of coaches and ideas. They cannot seriously play at that pace and hope to compete with clubs from England and Germany etc. The football of 2011 is much faster....but the Italian league seems hell-bent on keeping out foreigners.

3 teams losing at home in the last 16 CL isn't good

I don't think Juve won a match in their Uefa cup group

Watching Inter beat Sampdoria on Sunday they look a shadow of the side that beat Barca and Bayern back in May.

carino
02-03-2011, 15:00
I missed the AC - Napoli game, was it as clear as has been said that they were found out or rather found a bit short?
Napoli did not turn up and my overall impression on Monday evening was of a club who have over-achieved this season so mega congrats are in order to owner Aurelio De Laurentis, manager Walter Mazzari and the players.

A drab first half was followed by a better second half especially after Boateng replaced Robinho but the end result did flatter Milan.


Any post-mortem on Italian clubs in Europe?

Chatting a bit on Sunday at game....our view was that the game was too insular, in terms of coaches and ideas. They cannot seriously play at that pace and hope to compete with clubs from England and Germany etc. The football of 2011 is much faster....but the Italian league seems hell-bent on keeping out foreigners.
Endless post-mortems Scotbear.

Many reasons are offered - Milan’s Galliani offers the opinion the Champions League now mirrors domestic competitions in that success largely follows turnover.

Other factors are stadium sharing which discourages sponsors from entering exclusive deals when a stadium “changes colour” every second week making assembling and dismantling ad hoardings expensive.

Revenue also impacts player retention. When Real Madrid wanted Marco Van Basten in 1990 Galliani found it easy to match their terms but when they wanted Kaka he was unable to stop the player leaving.

The more favourable tax situation for players in Spain and the salaries on offer at even lower echelon English clubs are also having an impact on attracting and, more importantly, retaining quality non-Italians in Serie A.

On the playing side a consensus is emerging that tactical mastery, ball retention and slow build up is losing out to movement off the ball and a faster more aggressive approach.

Over the past few years match fixing and drug abuse scandals have also impacted revenue. World Cup success in 2006 was wonderful but it also served to mask the rapidly emerging shortcomings in the Italian game.

Concentrating on gaining a high level slot in Serie A and until recently playing weakened teams in the UEFA Cup / Europa League is another example of Italian football being short sighted – so much so that failure in the secondary Euro competition is soon likely to impact the number of direct entry slots to the Champions league if it has not already done so for 2012.

There are multiple reasons which need to be addressed in Calcio but whether there is an appetite to do so is another matter.

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foxtrot
02-03-2011, 15:45
They need a Henry McLeish report which won't be acted upon. ;)

immortalprso
05-03-2011, 17:45
What you expecting tonight Carino? Thinking a 2-0 AC myself.

What are they saying if anything with regards to Fiorentina being dragged into the relegation battle? Especially if they lose tomorrow.

NATERFC1
09-03-2011, 01:46
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http://www.football-italia.net/eurogames/sha-rom.html

Shakhtar 3-0 Roma (6-2 on agg)
Hubschman 18 (S), Willian 58 (S), Eduardo 88 (S)

Disaster of a night for Roma but not unexpected, any chance for Milan tomorrow against Spurs? They have a few injuries, i hope they win but i fear a bad night ahead.

NATERFC1
09-03-2011, 19:14
Attacking team from Milan. Should be a cracker, hope they can restore some pride to Italian football on the european front.

Abbiati; Abate, Silva, Nesta, Jankulovski; Flamini, Seedorf, Boateng; Robinho, Pato; Ibrahimovic.

NATERFC1
12-03-2011, 00:59
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http://www.101greatgoals.com/videodisplay/brescia-inter-milan-serie-march-2011-8737816/ - Highlights.

Internazionale paid for missing a series of chances as Andrea Caracciolo netted five minutes from time for hosts Brescia in a pulsating 1-1 draw in Serie A.

Julio Cesar also saved a injury time penalty.

Great night for AC, they can take a big step towards the title against Bari, Also Roma v Lazio on sunday live on ESPN, should be a good weekend.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
19:45 GMT Cesena v Juventus Dino Manuzzi - ESPN
Sunday, March 13, 2011
11:30 GMT AC Milan v Bari Giuseppe Meazza - ESPN
14:00 GMT AS Roma v Lazio Olimpico - ESPN
14:00 GMT Cagliari v Udinese Sant'Elia
14:00 GMT Catania v Sampdoria Angelo Massimino
14:00 GMT Chievo Verona v Fiorentina Marc'Antonio Bentegodi
14:00 GMT Genoa v Palermo Luigi Ferraris
14:00 GMT Lecce v Bologna Via del Mare
19:45 GMT Parma v Napoli Ennio Tardini - ESPN

carino
12-03-2011, 12:01
Bottom club Bari provide the opposition at the San Siro tomorrow at 1230 CET as Milan try to stretch their lead over city rivals Inter to seven points with nine Serie A games remaining.

Despite the photogenic Leonardo having surpassed Capello’s record of initial success ( prior to last night’s draw Leo had taken thirty-three points from a possible thirty-six ) Inter are running out of games to make up the deficit and the Scudetto is now Milan’s to lose.

Having been dumped from the Champions League by Tottenham the Scudetto is now a must for Allegri.

Remaining fixtures for the top two are:

Inter

Lecce (a)
Milan
Chievo (a)
Parma
Lazio (a)
Cesena
Fiorentina (a)
Napoli
Catania (a)

Milan

Bari (a)
Palermo
Inter
Fiorentina
Sampdoria (a)
Brescia
Bologna (a)
Roma
Cagliari (a)
Udinese.

The 3 April derby has now become a must win for Inter while a draw will do Milan nicely.

Napoli, Lazio and Udinese are contesting third spot and the latter should not be dismissed as their current form is excellent.

Manager Guidolin who moved from Parma at the start of the season must be wondering and seriously regretting the disastrous start to the season when Udinese lost their first four games and drew the fifth. Now with Antonio D Natale leading the capocanoniere list on twenty two goals they are serious contenders for a Champions League slot.

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carino
13-03-2011, 03:28
Juventus dropped two more points last night in a 2 - 2 draw with fourth from bottom Cesena.

Having now watched the recording Juve were fortunate not to return to Turin empty handed.

The game was unremarkable but a banner directed at Juve’s striker Alessandro Matri who has done much talking and complaining since arriving on loan from Cagliari appears to have been effective – the banner read: “Matri fa qualcosa” ( “Matri do something” ).

Alessandro responded by netting twice.

Juventus were this miss by Emanuele Giaccherini away from defeat:

YOUTUBE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVRwsx-7Lxs&feature=youtu.be).

Expected line-ups for the Milan v Bari ( top v. bottom ) early kick-off ( 1130 UK ) game today:

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Allez
13-03-2011, 12:35
Bari 1-0 up at half-time thanks to a clever set piece goal, scored by Rudolf.

I don't know if this has been a feature all season, but Pato and Ibrahimovic seem on very different wavelengths at times.

Bonkle Bear
13-03-2011, 12:51
Massive day for Sampdoria who are in freefall. If they lose against Catania in Sicily they will be in real danger of being sucked into a relegation dogfight. If Parma get a result at home to Napoli and Lecce were to beat Bologna at home they will have massive problems going into the last stretch.

Alberto Cavasin's first match in charge since the sacking of Di Carlo. Don't hold out much hope of him turning things around given the squad. Palombo ruled out for Samp also.

immortalprso
13-03-2011, 16:10
Massive win for the Etnei, beginning to look as if the new man in charge is turning things positive.

Maybe the elephants can stay up after all.

carino
14-03-2011, 13:59
Game of the weekend was the Rome derby where an outstanding two goal performance from the darling of the Curva Sud Francesco Totti saw Roma take their consecutive derby wins over Lazio to five. Watching and looking very pleased was outgoing owner Rosella Sensi to whom Totti dedicated his performance. The new owners-in-waiting must be relatively happy but how to replace the outstanding Totti must be a concern.

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Totti celebrates after the win with a: “Sei sempre unica” ( “You are still the only one” ). Was it for his wife who was in the tribune, the Sensi family or the Curva Sud Ultras?...Questioned about it by Sky Italia in the MOTM interview the great man said unconvincingly it was for the former.

Roma and Calcio will miss Francesco Totti when he eventually hangs up the Diadora LX K-Pros.

The defeat dented Lazio’s Champions League slot aspirations but at five points off the third place slot they have to improve their work rate and discipline if they hope to close the gap. Having both Radu and Ledesma straight red carded in one game like today is not the way to go.

Lazio owner Claudio Lotito was furious when he told Sky Italia the referee ignored his goalkeeper Fernando Muslera when he complained about being targeted by a Roma fan or fans with laser pens – this pic confirms he was not wrong:

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Earlier this week Silvio Berlusconi celebrated twenty-five years as owner of Milan by telling an all star gathering at the Teatro Manzoni he hoped the next quarter century would be equally successful.

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Repeating those years will not be easy as they brought him 7 Scudetti, 5 Champions Leagues, 5 Supercoppa Italia, 5 UEFA Super Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 1 Coppa Italia and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.

The first game of the Berlusconi family’s second twenty-five years in charge did not however go well.

After a ceremony to wish Italia a happy 150th birthday ( even the goal nets were green, white and red ) Milan struggled to draw with table proppers Bari. Despite having a massive advantage in possession Milan struggled to find the net ( not for the first time this season ) and in one of their rare forays in to Milan territory Bari took advantage of Van Bommel going to sleep at a free kick to take the lead.

It took till the 85th minute for sub Cassano to level matters and be nominated Milan’s MOTM despite only having played for 34 minutes. To round off a miserable early afternoon at the San Siro Zlatan Ibrahimovic was shown a red card.

If there was an upside to the day it was the fact that Inter’s draw on Friday evening allowed Milan to stay five points clear at the top of the table.

Udinese continued their superb run of form with a four goal away demolition of Cagliari. Two goals each from Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Di Natale without reply saw them take their goal tally in the last seven games to seventeen and they have not conceded in any of them.

The twenty-three year old Chilean Alexis Sanchez, signed as a seventeen year old by Udinese for around £2 million and loaned first to Colo-Colo then River Plate, is sure to move in a summer telephone number deal – sadly it will not be to Ibrox!

Udinese’s win took them level with Napoli which meant Mazzari’s men had to win at Parma to restore their three point margin. Parma took the lead through Palladino but Napoli strengthened by the return of Lavezzi after suspension soon took command and eventually won rather easily by a 3 – 1 margin with goals from Hamsik, Lavezzi and Maggio.

Sampdoria continued their slide down the league with a 1 – 0 reverse at Catania which leaves them only three points off a relegation battle.

Apart from Bari who look doomed all of that means there is much to play for at each end of the table in the remaining nine games.

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Bonkle Bear
14-03-2011, 14:26
Good post Carino

Got to disagree with Totti's performance though. I thought both sides were very poor during the derby with the exception of the excellent Pizzaro. Totti's goals did not come from pieces of individual brilliance as we used to see and his free kick was a fierce blast that Muslera should have really dealt with.

What he did do well was use all his derby experience to draw frustrated Lazio players onto a hook as tempers boiled over near the end and caused players such as Radu, Ledesma and Matuzalem to completely lose their composure with his antics. Incidentally Matuzalem's stamp on Totti's face should have been a straigt red after the first goal.

Not that it will matter one jot to the Roma fans who continue their fine run of results in the derby. The inconsitent form of Jeremy Menez should worry them as he was terrible and was rightly hooked.

It'd be nice to see Udinese and Napoli hold onto the CL spots given their efforts and attacking style this season. Roma and Lazio will still believe they can get in there but on yesterday's showing neither were convincing.

It's looking grim for Sampdoria and with a tough home fixture with relegation rivals Parma at the Marssi next week it could get a lot worse before it gets better for them.

carino
14-03-2011, 15:44
David Pizarro did have an excellent game Bonkle and contributed more than Totti - but I have a soft spot for Il capitano. :D

As for Sampdoria - I think they will survive.

Today Gazzetta dello Sport expresses the wish that Francesco Guidolin’s Udinese was representing Serie A in the Champions League.

After a losing streak at the start of the season the man from Veneto has his team challenging for a Champions League slot much of which admittedly due to the phenomenal scoring exploits of Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Di Natale but that is not to detract from the overall quality of the Udinese play.

Sanchez and Di Natale with thirty-six Serie A goals between them have created an interesting goal scoring statistic in that their joint total is more than the total goals scored by no fewer than thirteen Serie A clubs.

Those clubs are Lazio 35, Fiorentina 33, Cagliari 35, Bologna 32, Genoa 28, Chievo 28, Catania 25, Sampdoria 25, Parma 28, Cesena 25, Lecce 31, Brescia 23 and Bari 16.

Serie A goal of the week?

Perhaps this from Catania’s Argentinean midfielder Cristain Llama – I think his manager Diego Simeone liked it as well:

YOUTUBE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceAarTbU6MQ).

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carino
14-03-2011, 18:16
Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been suspended for three games after being sent off yesterday for retaliation when he was fouled by Bari’s Marco Rossi.

Zlatan will miss games against Palermo, Fiorentina and the potential Scudetto decider against Inter at the San Siro on 3 April.

Milan have however already appealed the ban.

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ankaragucu
14-03-2011, 19:46
very impressed with Udinese. Another good win for them and they are scoring for fun the now with Sanchez in great form

wjm796
14-03-2011, 19:48
Milan have however already appealed the ban.

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Really? I am shocked. It was vintage Zlat. A superb wee dig he got in.

How good is Thiago Silva playing just now. He is a glorious CB, some of his passing yesterday was ridiculously good.

wjm796
14-03-2011, 19:49
very impressed with Udinese. Another good win for them and they are scoring for fun the now with Sanchez in great form

I heard on ESPN this morning his goal was like Maradonas against England? Have been in work all day so haven’t seen in yet.

ankaragucu
14-03-2011, 19:51
I heard on ESPN this morning his goal was like Maradonas against England? Have been in work all day so haven’t seen in yet.

not seen it mate, will try and look it up though

foxtrot
14-03-2011, 20:05
I heard on ESPN this morning his goal was like Maradonas against England? Have been in work all day so haven’t seen in yet.


not seen it mate, will try and look it up though

There's no doubt it was a good goal. But Maradona's is much, much, better.

carino
14-03-2011, 20:07
I heard on ESPN this morning his goal was like Maradonas against England? Have been in work all day so haven’t seen in yet.Great goal but not quite Maradona world cup level.

YOUTUBE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htVgd7C-QoM).

This was the Serie A goal of the day yesterday:

YOUTUBE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceAarTbU6MQ).

IMHO of course. :D

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carino
14-03-2011, 20:15
Really? I am shocked. It was vintage Zlat. A superb wee dig he got in.

How good is Thiago Silva playing just now. He is a glorious CB, some of his passing yesterday was ridiculously good.Absolutely superb in everything he does.

Tackling, positioning, anticipation, breaking out of defence and distribution.

Best in Serie A at the moment and has a great understanding with Nesta.

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FakeGenius
14-03-2011, 20:20
Great goal but not quite Maradona world cup level.

YOUTUBE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htVgd7C-QoM).

This was the Serie A goal of the day yesterday:

YOUTUBE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceAarTbU6MQ).

IMHO of course. :D

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Both cracking goals but I'm with you.

You simply cannot beat seeing a well executed volley slamming into the back of the net.

TPABear
14-03-2011, 20:30
David Pizarro did have an excellent game Bonkle and contributed more than Totti - but I have a soft spot for Il capitano. :D

As for Sampdoria - I think they will survive.

Today Gazzetta dello Sport expresses the wish that Francesco Guidolin’s Udinese was representing Serie A in the Champions League.

After a losing streak at the start of the season the man from Veneto has his team challenging for a Champions League slot much of which admittedly due to the phenomenal scoring exploits of Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Di Natale but that is not to detract from the overall quality of the Udinese play.

Sanchez and Di Natale with thirty-six Serie A goals between them have created an interesting goal scoring statistic in that their joint total is more than the total goals scored by no fewer than thirteen Serie A clubs.

Those clubs are Lazio 35, Fiorentina 33, Cagliari 35, Bologna 32, Genoa 28, Chievo 28, Catania 25, Sampdoria 25, Parma 28, Cesena 25, Lecce 31, Brescia 23 and Bari 16.

Serie A goal of the week?

Perhaps this from Catania’s Argentinean midfielder Cristain Llama – I think his manager Diego Simeone liked it as well:

YOUTUBE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceAarTbU6MQ).

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ooooft what a strike that was

immortalprso
15-03-2011, 10:15
just read on FB that Miccoli of Palermo said he expects to be beaten in the Sicilian derby, that cant be going down well with the Palermo fans.

NATERFC1
25-03-2011, 00:52
Big summer for Roma?

Thomas DiBenedetto dream big for Roma to come. The consortium would in fact since the U.S. next year to build a team that can aspire to success in Italy and Europe. According to Luca Valdiserri, signing of the "Corriere della Sera", spoke today Retesport radio broadcaster, the main objective would be Javier Pastor Di Benedetto and associates. But the campaign would stop buying the Giallorossi Argentinian: there would also be targeted Buffon, Diego Lugano and Santana. But first you must finish the deal to acquire the company.

AS Roma are ready to spend big to prise Gigi Buffon away from Juventus in the summer.

Leggo says new Roma owner Thomas Di Benedetto wants Buffon as one of his big name arrivals in the close-season.

Di Benedetto has complained about Alexandre Doni's qualities and sees Buffon, 33, as the keeper to take Roma into a new era.

Roma are ready to pounce as Juve attempt to convince Buffon to take a pay-cut on his current wages. The Bianconeri want Buffon to reduce his salary from €5.5 million to €3.7 million.

Interestingly, two of Buffon's best friends in football are Roma stars Francesco Totti and Daniele de Rossi.

Also heard they want to sign Pastore? Any real truth in this? Would love to see a big Italian team like Roma with heavy investment and being able to challenge on the European front again.

carino
25-03-2011, 03:18
Big summer for Roma?

Thomas DiBenedetto dream big for Roma to come. The consortium would in fact since the U.S. next year to build a team that can aspire to success in Italy and Europe. According to Luca Valdiserri, signing of the "Corriere della Sera", spoke today Retesport radio broadcaster, the main objective would be Javier Pastor Di Benedetto and associates. But the campaign would stop buying the Giallorossi Argentinian: there would also be targeted Buffon, Diego Lugano and Santana. But first you must finish the deal to acquire the company.

AS Roma are ready to spend big to prise Gigi Buffon away from Juventus in the summer.

Leggo says new Roma owner Thomas Di Benedetto wants Buffon as one of his big name arrivals in the close-season.

Di Benedetto has complained about Alexandre Doni's qualities and sees Buffon, 33, as the keeper to take Roma into a new era.

Roma are ready to pounce as Juve attempt to convince Buffon to take a pay-cut on his current wages. The Bianconeri want Buffon to reduce his salary from €5.5 million to €3.7 million.

Interestingly, two of Buffon's best friends in football are Roma stars Francesco Totti and Daniele de Rossi.

Also heard they want to sign Pastore? Any real truth in this? Would love to see a big Italian team like Roma with heavy investment and being able to challenge on the European front again.
Interviewed in Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini said: “Pastore is an intelligent man who wants to improve. He has decided to stay with us for another year”.

He then claimed had turned down a €50 million offer for the player but did not specify who made the offer.

Cesare Prandelli has confirmed a 4 – 3 - 1 – 2 line up for the Azzurri in their European qualifier against Slovenia tonight

The likely selection.

Buffon; Maggio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Balzaretti; Thiago Motta, Aquiliani, Montolivo; Mauri; Pazzini, Cassano.

The game is live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD at 1945 GMT.

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carino
29-03-2011, 02:02
Italy will again line-up 4 – 3 – 1 – 2 for the friendly against Ukraine in Kiev tonight:

Viviano; Maggio, Gastaldello, Chiellini, Criscito; Marchisio, Nocerino, Montolivo; Aquiliani; Rossi, Gilardino.

Alberto Gilardino will captain the Azzurri.

Thomas Di Benedetto who heads up the group close to acquiring 60% of Roma arrived in the city yesterday for a series of meetings which should conclude the deal.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport Di Benedetto claimed if negotiations are satisfactorily concluded he intends to bring in six players and eventually move to a new stadium. He then upset Gianni Petrucci the chairman of the Italian Olympic Committe by declaring ( correctly IMO) the Stadio Olimpico is obsolete.

Asked about the make-up of the group of largely Boston tycoons he heads he named the main players as James Pallotta who is one of the owners of the Boston Celtics basketball team, investment fund boss Michael Ruane who will oversee the new stadium project and Richard D’Amore a media specialist.

Asked about Lazio Di Benedetto replied: “In the future I hope to see two strong teams in Rome – one strong and the other very strong”.

Great days for Roma if it all comes off.

Milan will be without the suspended Ibrahimovic for the derby on Saturday evening. Inter have Lucio suspended and Chivu doubtful with a thigh injury.

Early indications are the teams will line up 4 – 3 – 1 – 2 for the 2045 CET kick-off:

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Gattuso, Van Bommel, Flamini; Boateng; Pato, Robinho.

Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Ranocchia, Cordoba, Zanetti; Thiago Motta, Cambiasso, Stankovic; Sneijder; Pazzini, Eto’o.

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carino
29-03-2011, 03:06
In a TV interview on his return to Milan after the Scotland game Brazil’s brilliant central defender Thiago Silva urged the stars of Sunday’s show, Ganso and Neymar, to: ”Venite al Milan” – “Come to Milan”.

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I hope they listen.

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TheBattleFever
29-03-2011, 23:18
Roma have officially announced that Di Benedetto has come to a deal for 60% of the club. Unicredit will still own 40%.

making_a_stand
29-03-2011, 23:20
Hasn't Ganso been banging on for a while about both Milan sides being after him?

I think the other day it was Inter again.

carino
30-03-2011, 02:29
Hasn't Ganso been banging on for a while about both Milan sides being after him?

I think the other day it was Inter again.Hopefully Ganso will arrive in Milan but it is difficult to see either Inter or Milan being able to afford the quoted €50 million transfer fee.
Goals from Giuseppe Rossi and sub Alessandro Matri took Italy to a 2 – 0 win over Ukraine in Kiev last night which takes the Azzurri’s run of away games without defeat to fourteen.

Along with Matri manager Prandelli handed debut caps to Cagliari central defender Davide Astori, who may wish to forget it as he was sent off for a second yellow with sixteen minutes remaining, and Danielle Gastaldello.

Bad news for already struggling Juventus when their captain Giorgio Chiellini left the field limping after seventeen minutes.

All in all a satisfactory performance which must have pleased Prandelli.

Elsewhere on international duty Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw his poor run of form continues as he missed a penalty in Sweden’s 2 – 1 win over Moldova.

Good news for Milan fans with the return to training of Andrea Pirlo who may make the bench for Saturday’s derby. Long term crock Pippo Inzaghi is expected to resume training in around twenty days.

The sold out signs are up for the Milan derby on Saturday evening the outcome of which will be important, but not conclusive, in the race for the Scudetto.

Seven games remain after Saturday and, intriguingly, Milan travel to current fourth placed and form team Udinese on the last day of the season while Inter meet Napoli at the San Paolo on the penultimate day – a nerve wracking but cracking spell awaits before the prize is picked up.

The De Benedetto takeover from the Sensi family at Roma will be formalised after the new owners deliver financial guarantees in around twenty days time.

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making_a_stand
30-03-2011, 05:37
I'm working this Saturday which is gutting but I hope and pray that the derby is played out to one of those infamous Serie A draws.

Napoli beat Lazio, Udinese beat Lecce on Sunday and we have a fantastic title race on our hands.

TheBattleFever
31-03-2011, 18:59
New Milan top

http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/large/267691737.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJF3XCCKACR3QDMOA&Expires=1301594814&Signature=IcdxdZC5o31So6UYMleNAMTvg1E%3D

(allegedly)

immortalprso
01-04-2011, 02:07
The only derby I'm concerned about this weekend is in the Angelo Massimino, Really think the revival will bring a win against Palermo. It would be another massive step towards safety.

carino
01-04-2011, 11:18
Happy Birthday Clarence Seedorf – thirty-five today.

Referee for the Milan derby tomorrow night is forty year old Nicola Rizzoli from Modena.

A special on the derby in Gazzetta reveals Inter's Javier Zanetti, if selected, will be playing in his 35th consecutive derby. Which is well short of the 53 Paolo Maldini racked up ( mind you if Paolo had been at Ibrox he would have clocked up more than 100 over the duration of his career! )

There has not been a draw in the Milan derby since the 0 – 0 in 2004.

Rival managers Leonardo and Massimiliano Allegri first met on the field in a Napoli - Milan encounter in 1998. Leonardo scored in the game while Allegri was subbed after an hour.

Milan press conference for the game is scheduled for later today at 1415 in the San Siro.

Following that the rossoneri will have a training session on the San Siro pitch which has been re-laid for the game.

Thomas Di Benedetto the US entrepreneur who will soon control 60% of Roma dons a club scarf to tell the media he wants a Scudetto soon:

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Bad news for Juventus as the thigh strain Giorgio Chiellini suffered in the Azzurri friendly in Kiev will keep him out of action for a month.

Rumours continue to surround Azzurri keeper Gigi Buffon and his future at Juventus. The Old Lady need to strengthen in the summer and selling Buffon would be one way to raise funds. Questioned by the media at a recording session for the Canale 5 TV show Chambretti Night Buffon said he had five or six years left in his career, moving for money is not his style and he would speak with Juve SD Marotta if the question of moving on arose.

Other scuttlebutt from the Peninsula has Lazio manager Edy Reja heading to Napoli at the end of the season.

Milan is not the only city to be hosting a derby this weekend as a day later Diego Simeone’s Catania host Palermo at the Massimino. The home side are only four points above the relegation zone and Simeone needs a win to convince boss Lo Monaco to keep him on board next season. Palermo with new manager Cosmi at the helm are trying to find the form which made them contenders for a Euro spot earlier in the season.

The saga surrounding Santos’ attacking midfielder twenty one year old Paulo Henrique Ganso continues:

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At the rossanera headquarters Galliani and Braida met with the representatives of the talented Brazilian. The stumbling block: the €50 million release clause.

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The Milan derby, shopping in Via Montenapoleone and my aunt’s linguini await – perhaps when I get back on Monday we will have a new owner!

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immortalprso
04-04-2011, 12:22
A well deserved and vital victory for Catania yesterday, Ricciuti was immense, although four goals was generous. It has cost Cosmi his job though, but it was more than yesterday which cost him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO9yn1oa2ls

What were they saying about Cassano's red card Carino? Not bothered so much as Milan won?

Watched the Brescia game also, really do not know how they are in the relegation zone, every time I see them they are battling for everything and generally giving a good performance.

carino
05-04-2011, 09:44
A sold out and frantic San Siro saw Milan increase their Scudetto hopes with a convincing win over an Inter side set up to attack – unfortunately for Leonardo so were Milan and they did so from the off and scored in 47 seconds.

Inter missed the suspended Lucio much more than Milan missed the also suspended Ibrahimovic.

Neither did the dismissal of Inter terzino Chivu for a last man foul on Pato help Inter.

A Pato double brought the twenty-one year old’s Serie A goal tally to 49 in 98 appearances and his overall score to 66 in all competitions.

Milan’s Cassano who came on with ten minutes left managed to convert a penalty after being brought down by Javier Zanetti, then get himself booked for removing his shirt in celebration and finally getting sent off for a second bookable offence – a foul on Inter’s Cordoba.

For that effort Cassano deserves a substantial fine but given his comment of: “Il mio e un record mondiale; rete, ammonizione e un espulsione in un minuto.....” ( “ Mine is a world record: a goal, a booking and a sending-off in a minute” ) it seems the twenty-eight year old is never going to learn.

Great banners in the San Siro on Saturday evening most of which berated Leonardo for being a Judas. My view was better represented with one which told Leonardo: “Everyone is allowed one mistake”.

But most were in this vein:

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Leonardo ( from) winner – Leonardo ( from ) loser.

This reproduction of the Last Supper with Leonardo in the Judas slot was several weeks in preparation:

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Gattuso on the other than was lauded with this reference to him being the third bronze warrior of Riace – a reference to two famous bronze statues of Greek warriors recovered from the sea at Riace in his home province of Reggio Calabria:

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Milan CEO Galliani dismissed suggestions Gattuso is on the way to Russia in the summer by telling the media he has a contract to June 2012 which both parties will respect.

After the game two goal Pato took his new girl friend, Barbara Berlusconi, to dinner in Gianino’s Ristorante in Via Pisani – two goals in the derby and dinner with the owner’s daughter can not be bad for a twenty-one year old:

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Napoli stayed within three points of Milan thanks to a hat-trick from Il matador Cavani which saw them come from behind twice to beat Lazio 4 – 3. Lazio are entitled to be disappointed when a perfectly good Brocchi goal was wrongly disallowed.

Udinese’s good run of form screeched to a halt with a 2 – 0 defeat at fourth from bottom Lecce.

Catania prevailed in the Sicilian derby with a 4 – 0 gubbing of Palermo after which the latter’s manager Serse Cosmi was sacked by owner Zamparini after a scant thirty-six days in the job. Zamparini then replaced Cosmi with Delio Rossi who he had sacked only on 27 February last. Hard to feel sympathy for Cosmi who left Pastore out of Sunday’s starting line-up!

At least Zamparini called Il Processo di Biscardi Sport TV show on the 7 Gold Channel to publicly apologise to the Palermo fans for his mistake in firing Rossi.

Juventus took all three points from the Olimpico in Rome with a two goal win but still have much to do if they are to feature in Europe next season. Bad news for Roma after the game when a scan confirmed central defender Mexes will miss the rest of the season with a knee innjury.

Good shopping, great food and an even better result in the derby made for a superb weekend in Milan – spoiled only, but greatly, by a call informing me of our reverse at Ibrox.

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Bonkle Bear
05-04-2011, 09:57
The Judas banner was quite superb, possibly one of the best I've seen.

Wasn't impressed by the 0-0 biscotto that looked pre-arranged between Samp and Chievo. Given Lecce, Brescia and Catania all won and Cesena picked up a point I'm not sure where the benefit actually lies in that situation. The league are not going to investigate it but the situation is beginning to look dire for Samp who were awful again. It did bring and end to a losing run of games but since January they have failed to score in 13 of the last 16 games.

NATERFC1
13-04-2011, 03:29
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Sunday April 10
Fiorentina 1 - 2 AC Milan
Palermo 2 - 2 Cesena
Bari 1 - 1 Catania
Cagliari 1 - 1 Brescia
Sampdoria 1 - 2 Lecce
Lazio 2 - 0 Parma
Bologna 0 - 2 Napoli
Juventus 3 - 2 Genoa
Saturday April 9
Udinese 1 - 2 AS Roma
Internazionale 2 - 0 Chievo

Good weekend for the big clubs, Roma and Totti doing Lazio a favour by beating Udinese allowing them to go back into 4th spot in the table.

Also AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi plans to bid for Real Madrid's former world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo if his side win the Serie A title, the Italian prime minister has said.

"If we win the scudetto then the next transfer window will see us add one or two great players, and one of those could be Ronaldo," Berlusconi said.
"If we were able to add Ronaldo to our squad I think it would please everybody. Sometimes dreams come true."

Not to sure if their is much truth or chance it will happen mind you.

Inter look on their way out of Europe after a 5-2 home defeat to Schalke but Leonardo still believes they can turn it around : “We don’t just believe that we can qualify, but also in the idea of a great performance. That is what we’ll need to overturn such a big result"

Since this thread was last updated Serse Cosmi lost his job as Palermo manager after the 4-0 defeat in the Sicilian derby against Catania. Cosmi was in charge for 4 games and has been replaced by Delio Rossi, whom Cosmi succeeded in March. - Crazy!

NATERFC1
13-04-2011, 03:32
Other scuttlebutt from the Peninsula has Lazio manager Edy Reja heading to Napoli at the end of the season.


Where is Mazzarri off to then?

Bonkle Bear
17-04-2011, 15:29
Sampdoria currently in the bottom 3 with Cesena leading 1-0 v Bologna.

Genoa fans celebrated wildly in the Marassi as the Cesena goal was scored. Not sure how they reacted when they took the lead there against Brescia. If Brescia and Cesena win Samp go 2nd bottom.

Sampdoria in real danger of dropping into Serie B at this rate.

53easy
17-04-2011, 15:34
Sampdoria currently in the bottom 3 with Cesena leading 1-0 v Bologna.

Genoa fans celebrated wildly in the Marassi as the Cesena goal was scored. Not sure how they reacted when they took the lead there against Brescia. If Brescia and Cesena win Samp go 2nd bottom.

Sampdoria in real danger of dropping into Serie B at this rate.

They should have held off selling Pazzini until the summer.

TheBattleFever
17-04-2011, 15:40
They should have held off selling Pazzini until the summer.

When you sell Pazzini and Cassano and replace them with Macheda and Maccarone you deserve to get relegated.

Bonkle Bear
17-04-2011, 16:04
When you sell Pazzini and Cassano and replace them with Macheda and Maccarone you deserve to get relegated.

It seems like absolute madness on the part of Garrone.

Samp's remaining fixtures are -

Bari (a)
Brescia (h)
Genoa (a)
Palermo (h)
Roma (a)

Winning the next two is absolutely vital as Brescia are 2nd bottom and Bari are down by the looks.

TheBattleFever
17-04-2011, 19:45
Napoli vs Udinese just about to start on ESPN

Sanchez and Di Natale missing for Udinese

NATERFC1
17-04-2011, 21:04
Udinese 1-0 up, what a goal by Inler who will probably be a Napoli player in the summer. The title may be AC's tonight.

NATERFC1
17-04-2011, 21:07
2-0 now, great goal by ex Napoli man Denis and it has killed my coupon :(

TheBattleFever
17-04-2011, 21:07
2-0 now, great goal by ex Napoli man Denis and it has killed my coupon :(

Lovely strike :cool:

Jelle1880
17-04-2011, 21:10
Two great goals, Udinese look very dangerous on the counter.

carino
23-04-2011, 16:40
A superb Easter Saturday so far for Milan who will kick-off against Brescia in under two hours knowing a win against the third from bottom outfit will take them eight points clear of the field with four games remaining.

Napoli, Lazio and Udinese all contrived to lose against Palermo, Inter and Parma respectively which restored Inter to second place and leaves Milan needing only eight points from a possible fifteen to clinch their eighteenth Scudetto.

They are likely to begin the quest for the remaining points by lining up thus against Brescia: Abbiati; Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Gattuso, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng; Robinho, Cassano.

Elsewhere Genoa did their city companions Sampdoria a big favour by taking all three points from relegation candidates Lecce with Samp also doing their own survival chances a power of good by beating doomed Bari 1 – 0. It did however take a second half penalty to do so and Samp will have to improve if their remaining games against Brescia, Genoa, Palermo and Roma are to generate enough points to avoid the drop.

Later this evening ( 2100 CET ) Juventus face Catania in a game which they must win if they are to be in the Europa League next season. Even all three points will still leave them one short of Roma for the last Italian slot in Europe’s second competition.

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TheBattleFever
23-04-2011, 20:00
Milan surely now have the Scudetto in the bag.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/23042011/58/serie-robinho-gives-milan-victory.html

carino
23-04-2011, 20:26
Milan surely now have the Scudetto in the bag.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/23042011/58/serie-robinho-gives-milan-victory.html
But what an uphill task to overcome a team third from bottom – Milan can only throw away the Scudetto now but look more likely to limp over the line rather than gallop triumphantly.

Still - five points from a possible twelve will do it now or, if Inter fail to beat Cesena next week Milan could have the Scudetto by 1 May.

Anyway now to my fav Bothwell ristorante to celebrate the relief with linguine alla vongole followed by a cotoletta alla Milanese washed down with a Carbonaia di Montepulciano. :D

After that back to the nail biting for 1230 tomorrow. :(

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immortalprso
23-04-2011, 23:09
What a fightback.:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C2OLlq-t2c

carino
26-04-2011, 10:29
Transfer snippets.

Inter will move for Fiorentina centrocampista Riccardo Montolivo and are seeking to send eighteen year old Brazilian Phillippe Coutinho on loan to gain experience.

Napoli owner Aurelia De Laurentiis preparing for next season’s Champions league has agreed a deal with Estudiantes for their young central defender Federico Fernandez and is likely to further strengthen by adding Inter terzino sinistro Christian Chivu to his defence.

Milan Sporting Director Ariedo Braida is ready to fly to Brazil to secure the signature of centrocampista Paulo Ganso from Santos ( €30 million is being quoted for the deal ).

Other targets for Berlusconi and Galliani are Roma’s out of contract central defender Philippe Mexes and Marseille’s Nigerian terzino sinistro Taiwo though the latter may prefer the Premiership. With the departure of keeper Amelia imminent Cagliari’s Federico Marchetti is being pencilled in as a back for current first choice Abbiati.

Which leaves the problem of out of contract Andrea Pirlo. Manager Allegri, the tifosi and the dressing room desperately want the regista to stay but Berlusconi is reluctant to renew the thirty-one tear old’s contract at its present level of €6.2 million per annum – net!

Juventus with an expensive re-building exercise looming to assemble a squad worthy of their new stadium ( for which they have expensive abbonamenti to sell ) are looking at Lazio terzino destro Stephan Lichtsteiner. Not much more is likely to be decided until the increasingly precarious position of manger Luigi Del Neri is resolved. Marcello Lippi has announced he will assist Juve if required though Gazzetta, Tuttosport and Corriere dello Sport are going with Mancini to replace Del Neri.

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TheBattleFever
26-04-2011, 23:15
Looks like Milan have signed Kevin Prince Boateng on a permanent basis

Rangers83
27-04-2011, 00:25
Yet another disappointing season from Juventus

Jelle1880
27-04-2011, 00:44
Which will only get worse on monday :D

NATERFC1
30-04-2011, 18:48
Pazzini saves Inter from a embarrassing defeat at Cesena. Great finish.

NATERFC1
30-04-2011, 18:51
A second goal in Injury time by Pazzini and Inter win it :D Incredible.

hamiltonbear7
30-04-2011, 18:51
oooooooft :) Inter nick it

Earl of Leven
30-04-2011, 18:51
Two goals in injury time??!!

rangers1chris
30-04-2011, 18:51
:clap: inter on a coupon :D

unbelievable

rst99
30-04-2011, 18:51
2.1 to inter in injury time.

NATERFC1
30-04-2011, 18:52
Incredible. Two in Injury time by Pazzini. :D

carino
30-04-2011, 19:13
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Leonardo celebrates Inter’s injury time winner which came three minutes or so after Inter’s injury time equaliser!

All of which means Milan can not now win the Scudetto by beating Bologna at the San Siro tomorrow afternoon. They still require five points from their four remaining games.

Now for Napoli v. Genoa at the San Paolo where the home side will try to get back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats.

They are not in immediate danger of losing their automatic Champions league slot but another slip-up would not be helpful.

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NATERFC1
02-05-2011, 01:39
Dramatic weekend in Italy.

AC Milan on the brink of the title after a 1-0 win over Bologna. The Rossoneri would not be crowned champions today, as Inter and Napoli won their games on Saturday, but still required just four points from the rest of the season to seal the Scudetto.

http://www.101greatgoals.com/videodisplay/milan-bologna-serie-may-2011-9187189/

Game of the weekend Bari v Roma it had everything, 3 red cards, 3 penalties and a last minute winner for Roma who won 3-2.

http://www.101greatgoals.com/9-man-roma-leave-it-late-to-win-3-2-at-bari/92667/

Lazio v Juventus tomorrow night live on ESPN at 7.45, If Lazio were to win they may just secure champions league football. :D

P GD PTS
1 AC Milan 35 38 77
2 Inter Milan 35 23 69
3 Napoli 35 21 68
4 Lazio 34 14 60
5 Roma 35 6 59
6 Udinese 35 19 59
7 Juventus 34 10 53
8 Palermo 35 -5 50
9 Fiorentina 35 7 49
10 Genoa 35 -2 45
11 Cagliari 35 -2 44
12 Chievo 35 -2 42
13 Parma 35 -9 41
14 Bologna 35 -13 40
15 Catania 35 -12 40
16 Cesena 35 -14 37
17 Sampdoria 35 -13 36
18 Lecce 35 -21 35
19 Brescia 35 -16 31
20 Bari 35 -30 21

carino
02-05-2011, 02:55
WELL DONE FRANCESCO TOTTI

Player of the weekend ( and many other weekends ) was Franceso Totti who became the fifth highest ever goal scorer in Serie A and the highest of the modern era.

His two goals against Bari last night brought his lifetime tally to 206 which moved him one above the great Roberto Baggio.

Totti celebrated by donning a T Shirt for the Sky Italia MOTM interview carrying his message to the world: “The King of Rome is not dead”. When the interviewer translated it for Italian viewers Totti added: “ e non morriera mai” which means “ and will never die”.

Top stuff from a top player – Bravo Francesco.

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The all time Serie A goals record:

Silvio Piola ( Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus and Novara ) – 274

Gunnat Nordahl ( Milan and Roma ) - 225

Giuseppe Meazza ( Inter, Milan and Juventus ) – 216

Jose Altafini ( Milan, Napoli and Juventus ) – 216

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carino
04-05-2011, 10:59
Roma will face Milan at the Olimpico on Saturday evening at 1945 without Daniele De Rossi and Simone Perrotta. Both midfielders were suspended for three games yesterday for their ordering-off offences in Roma’s 3 – 2 win over Bari at the weekend.

Francesco Totti celebrated becoming Serie A’s fifth best goalscorer of all time by wearing a T-shirt in a Sky Italia interview with: “The king of Rome is not dead” message on it.

The T-shirt is now available for all Roma / Totti fans:


http://i.imgur.com/h3sOC.jpg

The back tells us why:

http://i.imgur.com/fS6F0.jpg

Complimenti Francesco.

Interesting weekend coming up.

Milan travel to the Olimpico looking for the three points needed for the Scudetto though given their superior goal difference ( thirty-eight to Inter’s twenty-three and Napoli’s twenty-one ) one point could well suffice.

Roma however need all three points to keep them in the race for Italy’s fourth Champions League slot which they are contesting with Lazio and Udinese who meet each other at the Friuli on Sunday afternoon.

Three points behind Udinese are Juventus who will be hoping to add to their challenge by disposing of Chievo at the Olimpico.

The Scudetto race may not be going to the wire but the battle for the lucrative Champions League slots certainly is.

Bari are doomed but the struggle to avoid relegation continues. Genoa are safe but their city neighbours Sampdoria are not and they meet on Sunday evening – will Genoa do Samp a favour?...Do not count on it.

Other candidates for the drop Lecce have a difficult task when they host Napoli who are looking to have a Champions League slot tied up but are hoping to overtake Inter, who play Fiorentina, in the race for second prize.

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Earl of Leven
04-05-2011, 11:01
Quick question....is Lazio v Juve a game of fan friendship? Olypico was mobbed on Sunday night......almost capacity. Yes it was a big game but there must have been 70,000 there. Do Juve fans feel more welcome when it's Lazio?

carino
04-05-2011, 11:28
Quick question....is Lazio v Juve a game of fan friendship? Olypico was mobbed on Sunday night......almost capacity. Yes it was a big game but there must have been 70,000 there. Do Juve fans feel more welcome when it's Lazio?
It is definitely not “Fan friendship”.

Merely the fact that with Lazio and Juventus battling for a Euro slot a meaty game was in prospect – and it did not disappoint. It also gives Juve fans from the south of the country a chance to support their team without the journey to Piemonte.

Similarly the San Siro was sold out for Milan- Bologna and Inter played to a full house at Cesena.

Roma – Milan will pack the Olimpico this weekend and the San Siro is already sold out for the Milan – Cagliari encounter on 14 May which, if all goes to plan, will be Milan’s first home game after securing the Scudetto.

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Jelle1880
04-05-2011, 11:49
Hardly, Juventus is hated all over Italy.
It was a near sell-out because of the importance of the game for Lazio, if they won 4th place would be all but secured, which means Champions League.

Scotland11
07-05-2011, 21:52
Roma 0 - 0 Milan.

Milan crowned Serie A Champions following goalless draw in Rome. First Scudetto in 7 years.

Get In! Forza Milan!!!

FakeGenius
07-05-2011, 21:54
Roma 0 - 0 Milan.

Milan crowned Serie A Champions following goalless draw in Rome. First Scudetto in 7 years.

Get In! Forza Milan!!!

Ya son of a gun, I thought this was on tomorrow night. :mad:

Awk well, congrats AC.

Makes a nice wee change (kinda) from Inter-merda winning it I suppose ;)

carino
08-05-2011, 10:58
Scudetto numero 18 al Milan.

Complimenti a Berlusconi, Galliani, Allegri e tutti giocatori.

http://i.imgur.com/wsjea.jpg

Now bringback the Coppa Italia on Tuesday.

By participating in Milan’s Scudetto win Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now won eight consecutive league titles with five different clubs in three countries.

Milan’s player of the year for me is Thiago Silva who has been superb this season and was described last night by Rino Gattuso as the best since Franco Baresi.

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TheBattleFever
09-05-2011, 14:28
Allegri is claiming that Milan have signed Philipe Mexes and Taye Taiwo.

carino
09-05-2011, 16:23
Milan have Ibrahimovic ( ankle ligaments ) and Boateng ( knee injury ) doubtful for tomorrow night’s second leg of the Coppa Italia Semi-Final against Palermo.

Delio Rossi has confirmed all Palermo players are fit but was reluctant to reveal his line up.

The first leg at the San Siro ended in a 2 – 2 draw thus a 0 – 0 or 1 – 1 will see Palermo prevail.

Galliani hopes to tie up on loan Ibrahimovic for next season and will have talks with Andrea Pirlo and Clarence Seedorf about the future.

Milan Sporting Director will postpone his planned trip to South America to monitor the progress of Milan’s Brazilian target Santos Paul Henrique Ganso due to the twenty-one year old sustaining a thigh injury which will put him out of action for at least a month.

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Corriere dello Sport speculates that Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri is being lined up to replace Luigi Del Neri at Juventus and that Fiorentina club owner Andrea delle Valle is trying to block an Inter move for centrocampista Riccardo Montolivo.

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Milan's 18th Scudetto celebratory T-shirt.

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Amurphrfc
09-05-2011, 21:37
You can get Italian football highlights on sky channel 134 at 10pm tonight. Also spanish football.
Looks like a welsh channel S4C.

carino
10-05-2011, 11:13
Two Chievo goals in a minute last night reversed a two goal Juve lead to ensure there will be no Champions League football in Torino next season. The result also makes Juve's participation in the Europa League far from certain.

Andrea Agnelli, Beppe Marotta and the Elkan brothers have a major task on their hands to sort things and sell season tickets for the new stadium.

Inter owner Massimo Moratti is ready to move for Prince Boateng if Milan and Genoa can not agree terms to make the current loan deal permanent. Boateng has been a great success at Milanello since manager Allegri moved him to the trequartista role.

The injury to Milan transfer target Paul Henrique Ganso the Santos trequartista is proving to be more serious than initially suspected. The player is likely to be out for much more than the month originally anticipated and given a previous serious knee injury Milan may be having second thoughts on the move.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentis is reportedly close to securing the signature of Udinese centrocampista Gokhan Inler for €13 million.

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Bonkle Bear
10-05-2011, 11:47
Sampdoria 2 points behind Lecce, 4 behind Cesena and 5 behind Bologna going into the last two games. Samp have the better head to head record against Lecce.

Realistically they really need to beat Palermo at the weekend and hope Lecce do not pick up more than a point from their next two games. Lecce are away to Bari who may settle for a point then face CL chasing Lazio at home. Cesena at home to relegated Brescia. Bologna go to Fiorentina who have nothing to play for either.

uddingstonbluenose
15-05-2011, 18:24
Haven't been watching much Serie A this season.

Got a bit of a shock noticing Sampdoria are down! :eek:

What a fall, from Champions League qualification place down to 3rd bottom.

NATERFC1
16-05-2011, 15:18
Samp down is a shocker, what can you expect when you allow Cassano and Pazzini to leave. Lazio need a miracle now for a champions league spot, what a season for both them and Udinese. It has been a great season in Italy.

http://uk.deadspin.com/5802019/when-ac-milan-won-the-italian-soccer-title-a-player-paid-homage-to-michael-jackson

:D Dodgey dancing by Kevin Prince Boateng at Milan's celebrations.

NATERFC1
18-05-2011, 15:03
http://swissramble.blogspot.com/2011/05/udinese-selling-their-way-to-top.html

Very good albeit long piece on the success of Udinese.

Lazio travel to Lecce, whilst Udinese take on AC at home, a win or draw for Udinese will secure champions league football. However defeat against AC and a Lazio win would leave Lazio in 4th position and champions league football.

Good Luck Lazio :D

It also appears that Nesta and Pirlo will be staying on at Milan.

Bonkle Bear
18-05-2011, 15:14
A group of Samp fans went to the training ground this morning to let the players an manager know what they thought of them. Palombo was the only player who was given a pass given his decent form this season and commitment to the cause. Samp fans have every right to be annoyed with the cowards who pulled on the shirt this season and owner Garrone for causing the problem with the sale of Pazzini following Cassano's sale.

I have no doubt they will be back within a season or so but that side should not have been allowed to be relegated.

Jelle1880
23-05-2011, 15:21
Napoli have sacked Mazzari, ***.

Earl of Leven
23-05-2011, 15:26
Really? That seems strange.....is he going to Juve then? I heard he was sniffing about and Napoli got wind of it. Maybe saw him as disloyal.

Jelle1880
23-05-2011, 16:21
That's what I heard, their chairman didn't agree with Mazzari not wanting to tie himself to Napoli.

carino
23-05-2011, 16:38
Genoa boss Gian Piero Gasperini is meeting Napoli owner De Laurentis in Rome now to discuss contractual terms.

De Laurentis unhappy with Mazzarri who wanted a salary increase on his current €1.8 million per annum despite having had a salary increase only last January.

Mazzarri also upset DeLaurentis by publicly claiming the Napoli owner was reluctant to ‘buy big’ in the summer.

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carino
23-05-2011, 16:50
Milan’s Allegri / Galliani are reported to be considering Riccardo Montolivo as a replacement for departing playmaker Andrea Pirlo who is on his way to Juventus.

Montolivo whon has one year remaining on his contract has made it very clear he will not remain at Fiorentina and the club can not afford to let him go for nothing.

Allegri has indicated he wants a playmaker who also has defensive qualities and, unlike Pirlo, Montolivo fills that bill.

Inter and Bayern Munich are also believed to be interested.

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NATERFC1
23-05-2011, 17:32
Mazzarri to Juve? Or does Conte already have the job? And what about Ancelotti any chance he will end up at Roma?

carino
23-05-2011, 17:57
Mazzarri to Juve? Or does Conte already have the job? And what about Ancelotti any chance he will end up at Roma?Conte to Juventus.

In a telephone call live on Sky Italia last night Ancelotti told Sky pundit Costacurta even post-Chelsea he would like to stay in London.

West Ham perhaps?

Roma has been on the cards for Carlo for a long time but that was before Rosella Sensi left the scene - much will now depend on the direction the new American owners take.

TheBattleFever
23-05-2011, 20:40
What the hell is going on at Napoli? :D

carino
24-05-2011, 09:42
What the hell is going on at Napoli? :D
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentis and manager Walter Mazzarri have resolved their much publicised differences and last night it was confirmed Mazzarri will be Napoli manager next season.

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carino
24-05-2011, 11:37
Milan regista Andrea Pirlo currently in Turin undergoing a medical and if all goes well an announcement on his signing for Juventus is expected tomorrow or Thursday.

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Earl of Leven
24-05-2011, 11:41
Juve had such a sh** season.....watched them a few times and they can't turn 0-0 into wins and 0-1 into draws. They lack 'spirit' I suppose.

carino
24-05-2011, 11:46
Juve had such a sh** season.....watched them a few times and they can't turn 0-0 into wins and 0-1 into draws. They lack 'spirit' I suppose.Juventus lacked a regista, a solid central defender and a nailed on striker!

It has now been confirmed from Naples that Mazzarri has extracted a five year deal from De Laurentis.

Mazzarri's existing deal was worth €1.8 million plus bonuses!

Nice work if you can get.


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Bonkle Bear
24-05-2011, 11:47
I expected bigger things from Del Neri at Juve this year, really thought they had made the right appointment in the summer after he took Samp to 4th spot. The malaise that seems to have been hanging around Juve since Calciopoli shows very little signs of lifting.

Gasperini has done very well at Genoa considering his resources. Lot of good managerial talent in Serie A at present although Leonardo still manages to hold down one of the main jobs.

53easy
24-05-2011, 11:49
I expected bigger things from Del Neri at Juve this year, really thought they had made the right appointment in the summer after he took Samp to 4th spot. The malaise that seems to have been hanging around Juve since Calciopoli shows very little signs of lifting.

Gasperini has done very well at Genoa considering his resources. Lot of good managerial talent in Serie A at present although Leonardo still manages to hold down one of the main jobs.

Del Piero is finished.

They look an old leggy side every time i watch them play.

Earl of Leven
24-05-2011, 11:56
Superbly nonsensical quote on Guardian podcast from Rafa Hogenstein re Leonardo:

"Those 4 days....had he beat Milan and Schalke he could have had a great season."

James Richardson reminded him that they'd been pumped in those games....if your Auntie had baws etc.

Bonkle Bear
24-05-2011, 11:59
Del Piero is finished.

They look an old leggy side every time i watch them play.

I think there is still a place for him but I wouldn't be looking to build a side around him. Berlusconi appeared keen to have him finish his career with Milan a few years back.

Juve had enough talent in that squad to make the CL this season. With talent like Chiellini, Aquilani, Quagliarella, Marchisio, Salihamidžić and Krasić at his disposal Delneri should have done a lot better.

They have turned into a sleeping giant and if the right manager is appointed they can challenge for the 3 CL spots next year at the very least.

53easy
24-05-2011, 12:05
I think there is still a place for him but I wouldn't be looking to build a side around him. Berlusconi appeared keen to have him finish his career with Milan a few years back.

Juve had enough talent in that squad to make the CL this season. With talent like Chiellini, Aquilani, Quagliarella, Marchisio, Salihamidžić and Krasić at his disposal Delneri should have done a lot better.

They have turned into a sleeping giant and if the right manager is appointed they can challenge for the 3 CL spots next year at the very least.

Krasic has disappointed me.

Head down all the time while on the ball and very rarely chooses the right option with the final ball.

Aquilani staying would depend on the size of the fee.

Napoli and Udinese have interested me this season because of the shape of their side most weeks(3-5-2)

Bonkle Bear
24-05-2011, 12:20
Napoli and Udinese have interested me this season because of the shape of their side most weeks(3-5-2)

A lot has been made about them playing with a lot of width in comparison to the other Serie A sides. I think there is some truth in that but they have also assembled very talented squads and now have player like Lavezzi, Cavani, Di Natale and Sanchez who are top drawer attackers.

Be nice to see Udinese hold onto Sanchez but I can't see it.

carino
24-05-2011, 12:21
Superbly nonsensical quote on Guardian podcast from Rafa Hogenstein re Leonardo:

"Those 4 days....had he beat Milan and Schalke he could have had a great season."

James Richardson reminded him that they'd been pumped in those games....if your Auntie had baws etc.
In mitigation it should be highlighted Inter lost probably the second best central defender in Italy, Lucio, to injury and suspension at a crucial period.

Walter Samuel missed a large part of the season and Ivan Cordoba missed a few games which meant at the beginning of April he faced Milan with Rannochia and Chivu in central defence.

Moratti will spend and Inter will be up there again next season.

Milanello

Thiago Silva has signed a contract extension till June 2016 - €4.5 million plus bonuses – great move by Galliani to tie him up as he was outstanding last season.

Taiwo has already arrived from Marseille, Van Bommel and third choice keeper Flavio Roma have been secured for another year but Seedorf is still stalling.

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53easy
24-05-2011, 12:24
A lot has been made about them playing with a lot of width in comparison to the other Serie A sides. I think there is some truth in that but they have also assembled very talented squads and now have player like Lavezzi, Cavani, Di Natale and Sanchez who are top drawer attackers.

Be nice to see Udinese hold onto Sanchez but I can't see it.

Napoli at home will be exciting to watch in the champions league.

They could take a few hammering away if they persist on playing that system.

carino
24-05-2011, 12:29
A lot has been made about them playing with a lot of width in comparison to the other Serie A sides. I think there is some truth in that but they have also assembled very talented squads and now have player like Lavezzi, Cavani, Di Natale and Sanchez who are top drawer attackers.

Be nice to see Udinese hold onto Sanchez but I can't see it.
Udinese president Franco Soldati and owner Giampaolo Pozzo told Sky Italia on Sunday they have received a €35 million offer for Alexis Sanchez but as he is only twenty-two he is going nowhere.

We’ll see! :D

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Bonkle Bear
24-05-2011, 12:32
Napoli at home will be exciting to watch in the champions league.

They could take a few hammering away if they persist on playing that system.

Don' think many teams will fancy having to go to the San Paolo to get a result. Should be a great atmosphere in that stadium on Champions League nights. Mazzari seems to be a very good coach and his signings have impressed me and for all the attacking flair they still managed to finish with the 2nd strongest defence in the league this year. I think defence is still an area they will try and strengthen over the summer.