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Cissiboy 16-03-2009 03:52 PM


enjoy it.

La Formica Atomica (Atomic Ant) as Giovinco's nickname was unreal !!! I'm so happy for him !

dreamer75 22-03-2009 09:56 AM

FT AS Roma [1 - 4] Juventus

34' [0 - 1] V. Iaquinta

48' [1 - 1] S. Loria

55' [1 - 2] V. Iaquinta

68' [1 - 3] J.A. Riise O. Mellberg

74' [1 - 4] P. Nedved

dreamer75 22-03-2009 09:57 AM

Great to see Nedved scored!!!!

SpikyOyster 22-03-2009 10:13 AM

Congrats on win.

Riise scored!!! I miss him at Liverpool, we should not have sold him. I want him back. :s12:

wmania2 22-03-2009 10:14 AM

Simone Loria was the scorer.

vasilli07 22-03-2009 10:12 PM

Pavel Nedved Will Play On - Agent


“Will he quit? I think he will play on, and could do so for five more years,” the representative is quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I will do everything in my power to make sure he [Nedved] wears the Juve shirt again next season,” commented Mino Raiola.

“There is still hope until September. He simply would like to retire to make room for young players.”

dreamer75 24-03-2009 09:17 PM


Originally Posted by vasilli07 (Post 36593002)


dreamer75 24-03-2009 09:18 PM

Clinical Juventus Sweep Past Roma
A display of cold-blooded finishing saw Juventus beat an injury crisis-torn Roma 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico with goals from Vincenzo Iaquinta, who scored a brace, Olof Mellberg and Pavel Nedved.

Roma 1-4 Juventus

Roma hosted Juventus tonight at the Stadio Olimpico in what is always a heated Serie A fixture. Juve needed a win to keep their Scudetto challenge alive, while Roma needed the points to continue aiming for the fourth place.

The home side had their two most representative players, captain Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, out injured, so Mirko Vucinic played alone up front in a 4-2-3-1 system with Max Tonetto, Julio Baptista, and Jeremy Menez in support. Meanwhile, Juve played in their usual 4-4-2 formation with Vincenzo Iaquinta and captain Alessandro Del Piero in attack.

First Half

Both teams made a cautious start to the match, and there were precious few chances in the opening stages.

The first opening came in the 14th minute, when Sebastian Giovinco found Iaquinta in the area, and the striker tried to play it to Hasan Salihamidzic, but the Roma defence managed to clear the ball away.

Juve got their first scare four minutes later, when Zdenek Grygera saw John Arne Riise go past him on the left, and the Norwegian full back played it back to Tonetto, who fired a shot from inside the area, but the Bianconeri’s defence managed to block it.

In the 28th minute Iaquinta sent in a dangerous cross aimed for Del Piero’s head, which took a strange trajectory before hitting the crossbar and going out.

Six minutes later though, the visitors did take the lead thanks to Iaquinta, who controlled the ball on a superb pass by Giovinco and beat Alexandre Doni from inside the area with a low shot toward the far post.

Not much happened in the remainder of the first half, which was quite an uneventful affair.

Second Half

The second half started with no changes in either team.

Roma started in determined mood, and had the equaliser with their first real chance. In the 48th minute, Menez sent in a corner and found defender Simone Loria unmarked in the area, and he had no problems beating Gianluigi Buffon with a left-footed shot from inside the area.

However, it did not take long for Juve to react, and on the next opportunity they struck again. A cross from the right by Grygera was deflected by Riise and found Iaquinta, who scored his second of the night with a header from close range in the 55th minute.

Iaquinta could even had had a third seven minutes later, as he found himself alone in front of Doni on a counterattack, but he couldn’t find his feet and so he passed it back to Del Piero, who looked certain to score and only a great last-gasp clearence by Riise kept Roma in the game.

The visitors did find a deserved third goal in the 68th minute, when defender Olof Mellberg was found unmarked in the area on a corner kick and hit a powerful header that left Doni without a chance.

The knockout punch was delivered six minutes later by substitute Pavel Nedved, as the Czech star fired a wonderful left-footed volley from outside the area that found the net after Christian Panucci headed the ball. This fourth goal was perhaps a tad too much on Roma considering the way the match went.

The home side had a final chance in the 88th minute through substitute D’Alessandro, one of the many youth players drafted into the squad by coach Luciano Spalletti for this match, but in a one-on-one situation he lacked the coolness to get it past Buffon.

All in all it was a deserved victory for Juve, while for Roma it was perhaps inevitable that they would struggle with so many injuries. This result will certainly put some pressure on leaders Inter, who are now just four points ahead of Claudio Ranieri’s side, while Roma will hope Genoa and Fiorentina slip up tomorrow to avoid moving too far away from the fourth place.


Roma (4-2-3-1): Doni; Panucci, Mexes, Loria (63’ Montella), Riise; Filipe, Brighi; Tonetto, Baptista, Menez (81’ D’Alessandro); Vucinic (92’ Stojan). Coach: Spalletti.

Juventus (4-4-2): Buffon; Grygera, Mellberg, Chiellini, Molinaro; Salihamidzic, Tiago (70’ Nedved), Poulsen, Giovinco (72’ Marchionni); Iaquinta, Del Piero. Coach: Ranieri.

Goals: 34’ Iaquinta (J), 48’ Loria (R), 55’ Iaquinta (J), 68’ Mellberg (J), 74’ Nedved (J)

Booked: Mexes, Loria, Riise, Menez (R); Molinaro, Tiago (J)

Danilo Pochini, Goal.com

dreamer75 24-03-2009 09:21 PM

Player Ratings: Roma 1–4 Juventus

Buffon: 6.0- Did not have much to do between the posts tonight but made a good stop on D’Alessandro in the closing minutes.

Molinaro: 7.0- The hardworking defender did not put a wrong foot forward all evening long and linked up well with Giovinco.

Chiellini: 8.0- He was sporting a mask after breaking his nose but it did not inhibit his performance which was top class as usual. Made a wonderful sliding block on Brighi in the 16th minute.

Mellberg: 7.5- The Big Swede scored a rare goal when he sent a bullet header past Doni to put the match to bed.

Grygera: 7.0- His cross set up Iaquinta for his second goal of the match.

Salihamidzic: 7.0- He is rounding into form after coming back from a long injury layoff and Juve’s midfield has been better for it.

Tiago: 7.0- The Portuguese playmaker put a solid performance together as he pulled the strings in the midfield tonight.

Poulsen: 7.0- The tough as nails holding midfielder created space for Tiago and Giovinco to work with.

Giovinco: 7.5- The ‘Atomic Ant’ set up Iaquinta’s goal with a beautiful pass and was a danger every time he touched the ball.

Iaquinta: 8.0- Took his goals extremely well as he danced around Mexes and fired a shot past Doni for his first and then out-muscled the Frenchman to head past Doni for his second.

Del Piero: 7.0- The captain was unlucky not to have added his name to the score-sheet as Riise cleared what was a certain goal off the line.

SUBS: Nedved (70”) 7.5, Marchionni (73”) 6.5

dreamer75 24-03-2009 09:24 PM

Legro hails Juve progress Monday 23 March, 2009

Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie agrees with boss Claudio Ranieri that it has been a superb season for the Old Lady.

The Bianconeri look likely to have to settle for second place as Inter stroll towards the Scudetto.

But it is still a superb achievement for a side that have had to battle back from the abyss since the Calciopoli scandal.

“Whatever happens now it will have been an excellent year,” Legrottaglie told Tuttosport.

“What we have achieved is almost miraculous given the number of injuries that we have had.

“When you consider that we were in Serie B two years ago it has been a marvellous journey.

“Last year we were third, this time around we are second. Next year it is our turn to finish first.

“Perhaps we lack a little experience for European football but our youngsters are growing and will be amongst the best.

“Even though Inter are doing so well anything is possible and lots of teams have bounced back from further behind than we are,” he concluded.

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Juve enter Zuniga hunt Monday 23 March, 2009

Juventus are the latest side to be linked with in-demand Siena defender Juan Zuniga.

The Colombian joined Siena last summer from Atletico Nacional and has certainly made a name for himself.

Zuniga has been linked with Milan, Fiorentina, Palermo, Sevilla, Arsenal and West Ham over the last month.

“We have had offers from several top clubs,” agent Riccardo Calleri claimed on Sportal.

“The lad likes life in Italy, but we will also consider options abroad. We will have to see.

“He will be a valuable asset in the transfer market when June arrives. He wants to play in the Champions League and we will try and find a solution that suits Zuniga and Siena.

There are reports that Juve see Zuniga as a replacement for the inconsistent Zdenek Grygera.

The Old Lady would need to shell out at least 8m, but the Turin giants have been saving money for the summer swoops that President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has promised.

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