‘Serie A’ Category
August 27, 2012 by Mehul Kesavakumar
The Italian football season began with the Super Cup between defending league champions Juventus and Cup winners Napoli. The game was played at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing and featured the use of extra officials.
Juventus took home the trophy with a 4-2 win after extra time. The game had finished 2-2 after 90 minutes with Pandev and Zuniga getting sent off for Napoli (the former getting a straight red) in the final 10 minutes while Dossena was also given a ban after making a “threatening expression” to the assistant after the game finished.
June 14, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor
D: Bonucci, De Rossi, Chiellini
MF: Maggio, Nocerino, Pirlo, Marchisio, Balzaretti
F: Cassano, Balotelli
D: Strinic, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Simunic
MF: Rakitic, Vukojevic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic
For Italy, their job will be to focus on dictating play rather than containing it, contrary to what they did against Spain. As such, holding midfielder Thiago Motta may be dropped in favour of the attacking bursts of Antonio Nocerino, while question marks exist for whether Mario Balotelli will be retained in the starting line up, given competition from Antonio Di Natale and Sebastian Giovinco.
May 24, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor
For the first time since 2006, the Italian national team can stake a major claim of having a reasonable chance of winning the European finals. Coach Cesare Prandelli has worked wonders with the Azzuri, incorporating a meritocratic squad selection process as well as balancing out experience and vitality by mixing the old with the young.
In such a way, the wisdom of Gigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli are ably complemented by the energy of international upstarts Claudio Marchisio, Sebastian Giovinco and Angelo Ogbonna. With Italy breezing through the qualification process, the nation eagerly looked forward to see what Prandelli had in store for them as he announced his 32-man preliminary squad.
Category EURO 2012, International, Previews, Serie A | Tags: Andrea Barzagli, andrea pirlo, Angelo Ogbonna, Antonio Candreva, Azzuri, Cesare Prandelli, Claudio Marchisio, Ezequiel Schelotto, Federico Marchetti, Gigi Buffon, italy euro, italy euro 2012, Jeremy Lim, juventus, lazio, Marco Verratti, Paolo De Ceglie, Sebastian Giovinco, Simone Pepe, Stefano Mauri
May 18, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor
No one really cares about where the Coppa Italia goes so long as the Scudetto is up for grabs. That has been the sad reality of recent edition as Italy’s domestic cup competition plays second-fiddle to its league counterpart, as is common place in so many other European football landscapes. Not this season, however.
May 16, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa
May 10, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor
Juventus, a club accustomed to winning, yet starved of that unique flavour in recent times, roared back to everyone’s attention in the European realm as they clinched their 30th (detractors would contest that number) Scudetto, or Italian league title, on Sunday evening.
While to the delight of their millions of fans worldwide who sensed the prize, the club’s first in six years, was at its closest to being paraded around in Turin after so long, one could not help but wonder, how did it all change for a side stuck in mid-table to reach the pinnacle of an Italian triumph in the space of a single season?