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dreamer75 15-08-2003 08:55 AM

Italy: Serie A determined to prove its brilliance
 
By Mark Palmer
15 August 2003


Last year was about making a point to others, this time around Serie A has something to prove to itself. Twelve months ago, the Italian game was busying itself in the hunt for an antidote to five years of underachievement on the continental stage. Three Champions' League semi-finalists, including Milan who went on to lift the trophy for the sixth time, did much to restore an exacting and proud reputation.

However, if Italy's top flight is to remain upwardly mobile in Europe, the recent downward turn in domestic matters needs arresting. After years of disdainfully rebuking jibes that its product is a dour backdrop to its Premiership and La Liga cohorts, Serie A is in danger of complying with its stereotype.

Not that there's much wrong with the quality of the football. Internazionale's rip-roaring comeback to turn a 3-0 half-time deficit into a worthy point away at Lazio last December was but one instance of the extravagance which Italian natural instincts unleash sparingly but fabulously. The problem is the growing level of predictability which threatens to paralyse the upper reaches of the table. Juventus, like a cherished old sweater, continue to turn up at the top of the pile. Last year they ambled to a 27th Scudetto with a comfort considerably grander than their seven-point margin over Inter suggested.

The 2002 title, after a monumental tug of war, again with Inter, also ended up in Turin. On the back of another summer of canny tinkering from manager Marcello Lippi, they look a yet more resounding certainty to bat away the challenges of any pretenders to their throne. Nicola Legrottaglie, the nation's outstanding young centre-back, has been summoned to bolster the one area of the side which seems even remotely vulnerable: Ciro Ferrara, the Old Lady's old man, has hinted that a season which will see him turn 37 may well be his last.

Coupled with the craft of Alessandro Del Piero and the goals of David Trezeguet, it is hard to see them being prevented from moving a step closer to the 30 championships promised as the epitaph for Giovanni Agnelli, their charismatic president who died in January. Perhaps the greatest hope the other contenders may hold, forlorn as it seems, is that Lippi, known to be quietly seething at losing last season's Champions' League final, devotes disproportionate attention to landing his second win in that competition.

As usual, the Milanese sides, Milan and Inter, head the best of the rest. Having assured his place among the San Siro élite who have guided the club to European honours, manager Carlo Ancelotti must now covet the Scudetto, absent from the trophy room since 1999. Cafu, the Brazilian double World Cup winner, will roam the right flank after leaving floundering Roma, and ought to provide a reliable source of the lofted through balls Filippo Inzaghi so loves to thunder on to.

The most intriguing close season transfer dealings have been undertaken by Inter. Christian Vieri, one of a phalanx of Serie A giants supposedly waiting for the call to Stamford Bridge, has long brooded over the lack of aerial supply he receives from the Nerazzurri's wide men. Portugal's Sergio Conceicao, the last candidate to try and fail at the task, had a £50,000 per week contract ripped up and has been replaced by Chievo's Luciano. Andy Van der Meyde, a graduate ofRonald Koeman's classical education at Ajax, will complement him on the left. Vieri is said to have been hugely impressed with both of them during pre-season. Whether another wounding year for a traditionally angst ridden club can be avoided will again depend mightily upon his goals.

Down in the Eternal City, the eternal saga of Roma's persecution complex goes on. The early months of last season saw the elderly wife of president Franco Sensi lead a march through the city protesting against perceived refereeing injustices in favour of Juventus. The simple truth is that Fabio Capello's charges never looked like emulating their 2001 league win due to the whimpering lethargy that characterised their year. Francesco Totti, their totemic captain, even threatened to join Milan. The hunt goes on to find a target man to benefit from his invention.

Lazio, against all the odds, have managed to cling on to all the prize pieces of the team which served Roberto Mancini so gutsily last year and will look to the Champions' League for some much needed income.

This season's promoted crop have heart-warming tales to impart. Siena have never before graced Serie A while Sampdoria return after a four year struggle in Serie B during which time they were almost relegated again. Lecce, to be found in the heel of Italy's boot, will make the championship a real all-area competition. Italian fans can only trust that the same will be said of the title race.

THREE TO WATCH IN ITALY

FABRIZIO MICCOLI (JUVENTUS)

Known as il nano (the gnome), the 24-year-old striker made giant strides on loan at Perugia last year. His burrowing runs can wreak havoc among opposition defences, and his habit of finding the net from long range bodes well for the tough task of attempting to dislodge either Alessandro Del Piero or David Trezeguet from the starting line-up. Just breaking into the national side.

OLIVIER DACOURT (ROMA)

Took his time to settle at the Stadio Olimpico after his loan move from Leeds in January, but his return to form coincided with Roma's better moments in a disappointing season. Now the deal is permanent, he can get on with marshalling a midfield badly in need of back up for the inspirational Emerson. Well liked by the Giallorossi fans for his uncompromising style, but referees could be busy.

EMRE BELOZOGLU (INTERNAZIONALE)

Had his moments in his debut season but was injured too frequently. Inter rely on him to provide the creative spark in an effective but predictable unit, and his already well-tuned relationship with the striker Christian Vieri could give them the impetus to really challenge Juventus. Earned sympathy for his tears when Inter lost to Milan in the Champions' League semi-final.

http://sport.independent.co.uk/footb...p?story=433744

dreamer75 16-08-2003 01:33 AM

Davids to solve Makelele r
 
Come on man, Davids is better than Makelele IMO :)

There are reports that Edgar Davids could be exchanged with Real Madrid rebel Claude Makelele.

Davids has refused to extend his contract, which expires in 2004, so, rather than release him as a free agent, Juventus are desperately trying to sell him this summer.

Makelele is refusing to train with the Madrid side following an offer from Chelsea and the Spaniards have threatened to report him to FIFA.

“Makelele is under contract,” snapped director general Jorge Valdano, “and we want our players to respect their deals. He had best stop this behaviour now before he risks his whole career.”

French international Makelele demands a massive wage increase or a switch to Stamford Bridge, but Real could opt to swap him with Davids instead.

That way both clubs would solve their disciplinary problems and have a ready replacement for the rebellious midfielder.

“We were meant to meet with Chelsea on Monday,” revealed Valdano, “but Makelele’s refusal to train has changed everything.”

“Real have made their position on this matter clear and are sticking to it. There will be disciplinary sanctions.”

If this deal should fall through, then Davids could nonetheless end up in the Spanish Liga this season.

The Dutchman is rumoured to be in talks with former Holland boss Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona.

JuveZzZ 16-08-2003 12:39 PM

Re: Davids to solve Makelele r
 
Quote:

Originally posted by dreamer75
Come on man, Davids is better than Makelele IMO :)

There are reports that Edgar Davids could be exchanged with Real Madrid rebel Claude Makelele.

Davids has refused to extend his contract, which expires in 2004, so, rather than release him as a free agent, Juventus are desperately trying to sell him this summer.

Makelele is refusing to train with the Madrid side following an offer from Chelsea and the Spaniards have threatened to report him to FIFA.

“Makelele is under contract,” snapped director general Jorge Valdano, “and we want our players to respect their deals. He had best stop this behaviour now before he risks his whole career.”

French international Makelele demands a massive wage increase or a switch to Stamford Bridge, but Real could opt to swap him with Davids instead.

That way both clubs would solve their disciplinary problems and have a ready replacement for the rebellious midfielder.

“We were meant to meet with Chelsea on Monday,” revealed Valdano, “but Makelele’s refusal to train has changed everything.”

“Real have made their position on this matter clear and are sticking to it. There will be disciplinary sanctions.”

If this deal should fall through, then Davids could nonetheless end up in the Spanish Liga this season.

The Dutchman is rumoured to be in talks with former Holland boss Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona.


yup agree but i think davids better sign a new deal else juve will be in trouble

dreamer75 17-08-2003 05:24 PM

Juve propose Perrotta switch
 
Juventus could bring in Italian international Simone Perrotta by including Enzo Maresca in the deal.


The Bianconeri have been tracking Perrotta for several months, but it was always thought that Inter and Parma had the upper hand.


Chievo are only willing to sell if the right price is met, but Juve have seemingly found the key to the affair.


Maresca has impressed during pre-season outings, but could leave Turin once more following his loan spell with Piacenza last season.


On the other hand, Gigi Del Neri’s side has struggled a great deal this summer since the departure of captain Eugenio Corini for Palermo.


Roberto Baronio and Stefano Morrone do not provide the quality he requires in Chievo’s midfield, so Maresca would be the ideal signing.


Inter remain interested in reuniting Perrotta with his Azzurri teammate Cristiano Zanetti.


It has been rumoured the Nerazzurri will bring Ousmane Dabo back from Lazio only to offer him in part exchange for Perrotta.


Parma can also make a new bid with the fresh funds from Adrian Mutu’s sale to Chelsea.

dreamer75 17-08-2003 05:26 PM

Lippi puts Juve in pole position
 
Marcello Lippi believes Juventus are better prepared for the new season than ever and today trained alongside Michael Schumacher.


“We have played more friendlies than usual this summer,” he noted, “and it all helps the team to achieve match fitness quickly.”


“This means when the Champions’ League kicks off we won’t have an alibi for failing to make the grade. The team will finally be prepared for this challenge.”


The Final defeat to Milan at Old Trafford is still a thorn in Lippi’s side, but he’ll have another chance to gain revenge with Sunday’s traditional Berlusconi Trophy match against the Rossoneri.


“We are satisfied with how the pre-season programme is going so far,” continued the Coach.


“Fabrizio Miccoli has recovered from his injury and our only absent players now are Salvatore Fresi and Marcelo Zalayeta.”


The Bianconeri have already faced Milan twice this summer, winning both the Italian Super Cup (on penalties) and the recent TIM Tournament mini-encounter.

"Playing against Milan is always a pleasure," insisted the tactician, "and can never be a bore."

We will see a first team line-up against Milan at the San Siro, but there was an unusual visitor to the Turin training ground this morning.


“We are all fans of Michael Schumacher,” added Lippi, “and Juventus were happy to see him.”


“The Formula One star trained like all the other players and is a very good player.”


Both Ferrari and Juventus are owned by the Agnelli’s.


"I can hold my own as an athlete," added the German race driver, "but certainly not as a player."

"I was very honoured to train alongside these great stars and try to play football whenever I can."

dreamer75 17-08-2003 05:27 PM

Azzurri: Trap drops Pippo
 
Giovanni Trapattoni has left Pippo Inzaghi out of his squad to face Germany in a friendly, but brings back Alessio Tacchinardi.


The Milan top scorer proved decisive in the Champions’ League campaign, but has fallen behind in Trap’s list of forward options with the emergence of new men Bernardo Corradi and Fabrizio Miccoli.


Another Rossoneri hero, midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, is again left out even though he is still not 100 per cent fit following a thigh problem.


Instead, the Coach has called up Juventus star Alessio Tacchinardi following a long spell outside of the international set-up.


The central midfielder had admitted he was perplexed at being passed over for so long, but his good performances with the Scudetto-winning side convinced Trap to give him a go.


The Azzurri will travel to Stuttgart with ex-Roma star Rudi Voeller’s side on August 20 in order to prepare for their upcoming Euro 2004 qualifiers.


Italy are still not certain of a place in the Portuguese competition and their next two ties with Wales and Serbia-Montenegro will be crucial.



22-man Italy squad:


Gk: Buffon, Toldo


D: Cannavaro, Ferrari, Grosso, Legrottaglie, Nesta, Oddo, Panucci


M: Ambrosini, Camoranesi, Tacchinardi, Zambrotta, Fiore, Perrotta, Zanetti


F: Corradi, Del Piero, Miccoli, Delvecchio, Totti, Vieri

dreamer75 17-08-2003 05:44 PM

Nike making Problems For Juve
 
Previously a couple of years back when we got Lotto as a sponsor for I was ofcourse sad it wasn't Kappa or Diadora or any other cool brand,

but at the same time happy it wasn't Nike!

I said its good for Juve to have a small company as a sponsor so that we can control and run them

And not have Nike or Adiddas who control and run us...

:o
So now it has finally happend...

Nike is giving us problem about our sponsor Tamoil
Who they say can't be on our shirts, now either way this will be a huge loss for Juve.
Nike refuses which means

1. Juve has to find a new sponsor and negioate a new deal in very little time, Result will be that the future sponsor will probably get a cut price deal since Juve hasn't got time to negioate for better and
We will lose out on alot of the income


2. Juve has to break the sponsorship contract with Tamoil which will cost us, a huge fine or fee for contract breaking now this contract was signed last year for a couple of years so it means if we break the deal of only after one year there will be a lot of money gone here too

Naturally I think Nike should pay for any fee/fine we will get for breaking our sponsorship deal with Tamoil.

I also think Nike should be accounted to pay for the diffrence in what our new sponor will pay for CL and Coppa matches compared to our old.
Example (made up numbers)
Tamoil pays 8x a year
New Sponsor 5x a year

Then Nike Should pay Juve 3x a year to make up for the difference

A New this was going to happen
when we got the ruthless despotic expansionist called Nike as our shirt manufacutrer
but no its too late

I just hope our very skilled Directors
Stand Firm in Negioations

It is Times like this
I really miss
Giovanni Agnelli....

demouse 17-08-2003 09:48 PM

Re: Davids to solve Makelele r
 
Quote:

Originally posted by dreamer75
Come on man, Davids is better than Makelele IMO :)

that i agreed. somemore makelele is not any younger than davids (both 30 rite?).

do not sell davids to real, why strength their squad :(

demouse 17-08-2003 09:55 PM

Re: Nike making Problems For Juve
 
Quote:

Originally posted by dreamer75
Previously a couple of years back when we got Lotto as a sponsor for I was ofcourse sad it wasn't Kappa or Diadora or any other cool brand, but at the same time happy it wasn't Nike!

I said its good for Juve to have a small company as a sponsor so that we can control and run them

And not have Nike or Adiddas who control and run us... :o
So now it has finally happend...

It is Times like this
I really miss
Giovanni Agnelli....

but i though when juve signed contract with nike they sld have forsee the problems ahead? isn't the directors of juve very smart 1?

btw what's the reason nike doesn't want the other sponsor's name printed on the shirt?

Giovanni Agnelli, he always has juve's interest in heart. he'll not compromised anything. too sad he's gone......

dreamer75 18-08-2003 02:04 PM

Juventus continue summer "success" over AC Milan
 
woohoo!! Yes, we did it again! :)

Juventus have won the Berlusconi Trophy by beating Milan for the third time this summer, but Andrea Pirlo was stretchered off.


The Rossoneri are already without Paolo Maldini for a month and Pirlo was carried away with what appeared to be a sprained ankle.


The two clubs have now faced each other four times in three months, for the Champions’ League Final, Italian Super Cup Final, TIM Trophy and this 2-0 friendly victory.


Unfortunately for Marcello Lippi’s men, the one encounter they failed to win was for the European Cup.


This San Siro clash is played out every August and there is a curious superstition which suggests the losing side will go on to win the Scudetto that season.


The Rossoneri were without the injured Maldini, Rivaldo and Gennaro Gattuso, while Juve had Marcelo Zalayeta and Salvatore Fresi ruled out.


The fans were also entertained before kick-off, as new signing Kaka’ was in the stands following his £5.3m move from Sao Paolo.


It was announced the Brazilian creative midfielder passed a medical and will wear the Number 30 jersey.


Once again, rebel midfielder Edgar Davids was left on the bench in favour of new man Stephan Appiah.


Andriy Shevchenko had the first shot on goal within 90 seconds, causing serious problems to the Juve defence down the right flank, while Gianluigi Buffon tipped a Clarence Seedorf piledriver and another Shev effort over the bar.


But the deadlock was eventually broken just before half-time when Appiah’s fantastic threaded pass found Alessandro Del Piero in the box to drill past Dida.


The Juventus captain prepared a cool finish, but ex-Brescia star Appiah showed great vision to find him.


The Bianconeri doubled their lead in confident fashion with a well-worked team move.


Nedved and Trezeguet combined well down the left flank before cutting across for the unmarked Camoranesi to sweep home on the stroke of half-time.


Roque Junior, who replaced the injured Maldini in central defence, wasted a good opportunity at the dawn of the second half.


Ex-Lazio defender Giuseppe Pancaro then skimmed a searing angled shot past the far post.


There was more bad news for Milan, as Andrea Pirlo appeared to badly sprain his ankle following a challenge from Nicola Legrottaglie.


The midfielder was stretchered off in some evident pain and it is feared he will be out of action for several weeks.


Soon after, Massimo Ambrosini and Jon Dahl Tomasson got in each other’s way and missed an open goal, while Dida performed a tough save on substitute Marco Di Vaio.


In stoppage time Milan had their best chance when Seedorf's free kick thumped the woodwork.

However, overall the Scudetto holders looked decidedly more organised and at a more advanced level of fitness than the European Champions.



Milan 0-2 Juventus


Scorers: Del Piero 39 (J), Camoranesi 45 (J)


Milan: Dida; Cafu, Nesta, Roque Junior, Pancaro; Seedorf, Ambrosini, Pirlo (Redondo 76), Rui Costa (Brocchi 66); Inzaghi (Tomasson 62), Shevchenko (Borriello 76)


Juventus: Buffon; Thuram (Birindelli 62), Montero, Legrottaglie, Zambrotta; Camoranesi (Davids 71), Appiah (Tudor 85), Tacchinardi, Nedved; Del Piero (Miccoli 62), Trezeguet (Di Vaio 62)


Ref: Trefoloni

http://www.channel4.com/sport/footba...ia/aug17i.html

demouse 19-08-2003 09:38 AM

Re: Juventus continue summer "success" over AC Milan
 
Quote:

Originally posted by dreamer75
woohoo!! Yes, we did it again! :)
base on the previous record, looks like Juve not going to lift up the scudetto this season :D

dreamer75 19-08-2003 01:28 PM

Re: Re: Juventus continue summer "success" over AC Milan
 
Quote:

Originally posted by demouse


base on the previous record, looks like Juve not going to lift up the scudetto this season :D

may the best side win :)

dreamer75 19-08-2003 01:41 PM

Worried AC Milan push for Juventus duo
 
we can't loss them, important to us too!!!

August 19, 2003

Poor pre-season form has prompted AC Milan to consider a late dip into the transfer market, with Juventus duo Mark Iuliano and Marco Di Vaio the targets.
Milan have been beaten three times in pre-season tournaments by Juventus and once by Inter Milan, and whilst the club officially denies there are problems, reports out of Italy today suggest some late negotiations are set to take place to help boost the playing stocks.

Whilst new signing Kaka will provide the club with extra strength, the captures of Iuliano (defender) and Di Vaio (striker) would be tremendous boosts with the Serie A season only two weeks away.

Any likely deals for these two players would probably be in the form of loans.

The chase for a defender was prompted by the injury to Paolo Maldini, who is expected to miss the first five matches after suffering a leg injury in training.

dreamer75 19-08-2003 02:09 PM

Lippi: Room for improvement
 
Juventus boss Marcello Lippi insists that his side can still improve despite the 2-0 win over Milan on Sunday.

The Bianconeri won the annual Trofeo Berlusconi tie in fine fashion but the tactician maintains his side can still offer much more.

"These types of victories help with morale," he stated. "We are getting better but we are not yet perfect as my squad is not fully fit."

The Italian champions beat the European Champions thanks to goals from Mauro Camoranesi and Alex Del Piero.

"I¡¦m still looking for my best form," said the latter. "My fitness levels are on the up and I hope that I will be ready for the start of the season."

Last night¡¦s triumph was Juve¡¦s third over their Italian rivals in the space of two weeks. But Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti is not overly concerned.

"We are rather tired at the minute and it shows," he noted. "Juventus caused us great problems in the first half. Especially on the counter attack."

The only good news for the San Siro giants was the presence of new signing Kaka in the stands.

"He¡¦s an attacking midfielder and he will be used in that position in order to get the best out of him," added Ancelotti.

Milan have yet to score from open play in pre-season but President Silvio Berlusconi is remaining hopeful.

"Obviously it is better to win than lose but we did play quite well at times and created some good scoring opportunities," he said.

dreamer75 20-08-2003 01:25 PM

Agent: Juventus ace Davids never wanted Chelsea move
 
By Sebastian Siwek - August 20, 2003

The agent of Edgar Davids, Robert Geerlings, has revealed that the Juventus star was never interested in a move to Chelsea and instead wanted to extend his contract with the Turin giants.

Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, had been targeting the Dutchman, but the Serie A champions were reluctant to cash-in on the 30 year-old.

"Chelsea called him but he affirmed that he was not interested in their proposal because he wants to continue playing with Juve," Geerlings told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"It's possible he could renew the agreement with the Bianconeri because this is his will."

The representatives of the former Ajax ace are set to meet the Juventus officials in the coming weeks to begin contract negotiations.


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