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Mutu one of the youngest players for the ISL

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The newly formed Indian Super League has been attracting a lot of attention with its ability to attract a number of former great players like Nicolas Anelka. The league is set to take place only for a few months from October. Since it will not be taking place over a period of 10 months like other major leagues, it has attracted the attention of several former players like Robert Pires. Despite being out of retirement for three years now, Pires returned to football by signing this short-term contract with Goa FC. Anelka has moved to Mumbai FC and the former Chelsea striker will be looking to continue his goal scoring prowess.

The Indian Super League, at one stage, where confident of attracting former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho, who was available on a free transfer, before he decided to move to Mexican league. The latest acquisitions are the former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu and former Manchester United defender Mikel Silvestre. Mutu famously failed a drug test while he was a Chelsea player and he is still being sued by his former club for money in the tune of £ 14 million. After a stellar career in the Premier League by playing for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, Silvestre has been signed by South Indian franchise Chennayin.

This team will be managed by former Italy defender Marco Materazzi, who will also play for the team. The former Inter Milan man is one of the high profile players for Chennayin after having lifted the World Cup title in 2006. Mutu is reportedly close to signing for Pune FC, who have a partnership with Italian club Fiorentina. Mutu is well-known for having represented Fiorentina before recently playing for French club Ajaccio. At 35 years of age, the former Romanian international is one of the younger players to sign for the Indian Super League.

Lucesu Claims Romania Should COnsider Mutu

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Petrolul Ploiești manager Razvan Lucescu has claimed that the Romanian national team should consider recalling the former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu. After a career that been spanned by controversies, Mutu is currently playing with the Romanian club Petrolul Ploiești. He helped them qualify into the Europa league group stages by stunning opponents Viktoria Plzeň from the Czech Republic. Due to the much higher club profile, Viktoria Plzeň were the overwhelming favourites to beat Petrolul Ploiești in the two legged  qualifying match and progress to the final stages of the competition.

The first leg finished in a 1-1 draw at home for the Romanian club. As a result, the Czech Republic team went into the second leg with a lot of confidence of progressing to the next round due to the backing of the home supporters. However, a 4-1 thrashing meant that they were knocked out 5-1 on aggregate. Mutu scored a sensational goal in the second leg to help the team win the tie 5-1 on aggregate. It has been one of the shocks of the tournament. After the match, a delighted Lucescu said that he is extremely happy with the outcome.

He also says that the performance of Mutu has been extremely satisfying and that the 35-year-old striker should consider playing for the Romanian national team once again. Mutu retired from international football in 2013 after 77 appearances and 35 goals for the Romanian national team. “Mutu is a fantastic player that makes the difference. It has a special motivation when playing holder, and they enter the field as a reserve. Effort, struggles, make a difference. Certainly must be the national team, it is my opinion,” said Lucescu after the match. “I had a very good week with 13 goals in 3 matches. This is life. I’d like to be called to the national team,” said Mutu.

THREE FOR JUVE

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Juventus lifted their 3rd consecutive Serie A title in a stunning fashion as the Italian side concluded the season by reaching 102 points at the end of it all which is a feat that had not been accomplished by any team in Serie A ever.

Antonio Conte guided Juventus to what was a fairly comfortable league title as their nearest rivals (As.Roma) came in 2nd place and they ended up 17 points behind Juventus.

Even though Juventus has already proven that they have what it takes to be considered the best team in Italy, there are a few players which are on the wish-list of Conte.

Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal is on the priority list of Juventus and it has already been confirmed as the CEO of the club Beppe Marotta confirmed their interest for the Chilean midfielder.

“We’re looking for a versatile player who can operate in several positions. We are looking for a quick wide attacker. We would like to have a player like Sanchez but there aren’t many players like him at the moment and we shouldn’t forget that Barcelona made a big investment to get him. But I repeat, he’s a player we would like to have.” Marotta said.

Throughout the entire season there is a player in the Italian club which has sparked the interest of some Premier League top clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United.

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola revealed that his client has settled well in Italy with Juventus and that a number of meetings will be made in the upcoming few days concerning his future.

“I knew that I brought Paul into an honest club. Pavel Nedved rates Paul enormously. Juve have just announced that Pogba is not for sale. We’ll see in the next few meetings what will happen. Pogba doesn’t have to leave at all costs he’s happy in Turin. We’ll see further on.

“Pogba will only leave Juventus if everyone agrees to it and if we get the right offer at the right time.” Raiola stated.

CHELSEA WIN THROUGH

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Demba Ba’s 87th minute was the last deciding element that Chelsea needed in order to knock out PSG from the Champions League in a forgetful match for Edinson Cavani.

The home leg match between Chelsea and PSG saw the French side snatching a 3-1 advantage and Eden Hazard’s injury was turning things even tougher for Jose Mourinho and his players as they now had to play at Stamford Bridge hoping to overcome their deficit and somehow find a place into the last 4 remaining teams in the Champions League.

Andre Schurrle came off of the bench at the 18th minute as he had to replace Eden Hazard who was removed from the pitch due to an injury but the substitute player made almost an immediate impact as he scored the opening goal of the match only minutes after having entered the battle fray.

After receiving a pass from David Luiz, Schurrle slotted the ball past Salvatore Sirigu and gave hope to Chelsea as well as their fans that there still is a chance for them to get into the next stages of the Champions League as they only had 1 more goal left to score.

Edinson Cavani had a few golden opportunities to seal the game for PSG but it was a horrible night for the Uruguayan forward who had the chance to become the hero for his club but just couldn’t do it.

As the minutes ticked down PSG was trying to hold on to their lead and just when it seemed like the French squad was going to take home the victory, Demba Ba managed to touch a deflected shot from Azpilicueta and he diverted it past the reach of Sirigu as he last goal which Chelsea needed in order to knock out PSG from the European competition.

JUVE OVERCOME GENOA

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Juventus had a hard time trying to overcome Genoa as the side of Antonio Conte had to wait until the 89th minute for Andrea Pirlo to step it up and score the only goal of the entire match which edged out a crucial victory for Juventus as they collected all 3 points and continue their march at the top of Serie A.

Andrea Pirlo has always been known and admired for his dead-ball skills and according to Gianluigi Buffon, the veteran shot-stoppers revealed that every-time Pirlo has the ball under his control, he is a threat and he can allow the team to dream even in the most dyer moments.

“Did I have hope when I saw Pirlo on the free kick?  Of course. There’s always hope when Pirlo’s on the ball, even if he’s in my penalty area. He’s one of those players who allow you to dream at any given moment when he has the ball at his feet.” Buffon said.

Gianluigi Buffon has now made 476 appearances for Juventus in all competitions which put him equal with Dino Zoff and he revealed what it feels like matching the record of the previous goalkeeper as well as talking about their current situation in the Italian League, Serie A.

“It feels strange to be placed alongside Zoff. He is a legend of the sport all over the world and especially for players in my position. This makes me realize how far I’ve come, but it also leaves me uneasy, because I don’t feel worthy of being compared with Zoff.”

“It makes us very proud to have won this game and we hope the fans and club can be proud too, as we proved this team knows how to suffer under pressure and roll their sleeves up. Is it another brick in the wall of the Scudetto? More than a brick I’d call it a landslide!” Buffon added.

VIDIC LINKED TO INTER

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Nemanja Vidic’s future has recently been a topic of discussion as the Manchester United captain stated his desire to leave the club which is now being led by David Moyes and while it still is not completely sure on why the Serbian wants to exit the club, if something is certain its where his next football destination will be.

The Serbian defender has agreed a deal with the Italian side Inter Milan with a contract that will be seeing Vidic staying in his new club for 2 years and he is expected to earn €2.5m a year. The veteran defender is in the final 6 months of his contract and he was given the freedom to discuss his future with other clubs.

When the current campaign ends, Vidic is going to be making his way to the Serie A as he joins Inter Milan.

The head boss of Inter Milan, Walter Mazzari is also taking into consideration a few more players from Manchester United including Luis Nani and Patrice Evra.

The Portuguese winger Luis Nani has fallen down from the pecking order of the English club and has been rumored to exit Manchester United with Juventus keeping close tabs on him and Inter Milan has joined the race to sign him.

Piero Ausilito is the technical director of Inter Milan and he has been attending some of the recent matches that Evra has played as they want to be completely sure on what the French defender is capable of doing at his age but there is strong interest in Evra as he will out of contract in the summer, giving the opportunity for Inter Milan or any other club to sign him on a bargain deal.

MUTU LEAVES

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Romanian striker Adrian Mutu, who is best known for his spell with Fiorentina and Chelsea, has decided to leave French football after terminating his contract with Ajaccio. He has signed a contract with Romanian giants FC Petrolul Ploiesti to seal his return to Romanian football. Mutu has been linked in recent weeks with his former club Fiorentina, who are on the lookout for a new striker. The Italian club are undergoing a crisis upfront after both major strikers – Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez – have been ruled out for a long period of time.

However, Mutu has sealed his return to Romanian football by signing for Petrolul Ploiesti. He has been playing for the French club Ajaccio since 2012. The length of contract he has signed at his new club has not been revealed, but the 35-year-old is clearly close to coming to the end of his career. He is widely known for the scandal involving the possession of cocaine that saw him suffer a lengthy ban, while he still owes Chelsea close to £15 million due to this incident. He recently retired from international duty after making 77 appearances for the Romanian national team.

He is one of their top scorers with 35 goals so far. “Mutu has, on Monday morning, terminated his contract with AC Ajaccio. The parties have separated by mutual agreement. The player is now free of any commitment and can probably continue his career in Romania with Petrolul,” said his former club Ajaccio in a statement. “If Fiorentina called for me to come back I would not think twice. [Club owner] Andrea Della Valle and I left on very good terms. I have always thanked them for what they did for me and how I was treated,” said Mutu about the possibility of returning to Fiorentina.

UPS AND DOWNS

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Adrian Mutu’s career is filled with moments of ups and highs but indeed he is a controversial player with one of his most recognized years in football being the time that he received 2 large suspensions after failed drug tests.

Former player of Chelsea is once more at the center of another controversy this time with Romania as he has been banned from playing with the national team for life. This ban was awarded to him after he made comparisons of the Romanian coach Victor Piturca with Mr.Bean on his facebook page.

The 34 years old player was hoping to make his place into the squad of Romania and getting a permanent position in the starting lineup, considering his age it would be the last chance he gets on playing with Romania but after the incident in which he displayed a photo of Mr.Bean with the clothes of Victor Piturka, his dream of playing with Romania will not happen.

Adrian Mutu quickly eliminated the photo from his facebook site but it still caught the attention of the Romanian FA as  they delivered a letter to Mutu stating that he will not be called up for the national team ever again despite who is in charge.

He later apologized for it as he said that he ‘’found the picture funny’’ and the only reason why he uploaded it to facebook was to ‘’lighten the atmosphere’’.

Another noteworthy incident in his career occurred when he had to pay Chelsea around £18m after being sacked by the Stamford Bridge club for cocaine use and Juventus helped pay the fine as the player said he could not afford to pay that amount of money.

MILITO RULED OUT

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Diego Milito has injured himself again and has again been ruled out for a few days. He is reported to have discovered a thigh strain while taking part in a training session yesterday.

Milito had recently made a comeback for his club Inter Milan after remaining out of action for about 7 months because of knee injury. He had been in decent form since his return and in a Serie A game against Sassuolo a couple of weeks back, he had smashed two fantastic goals. He was getting better and better, but, unfortunately, he has been hit by another injury now.

Inter Milan hasn’t made it clear yet how much time it would take Milito to get back to 100% fitness again.

A statement released by Inter Milan earlier today said, “Diego Milito went for scan yesterday and according to the reports of the scan, he has suffered a thigh strain.”

Meanwhile, there have been a few reports that because of Milito’s poor fitness in the last couple of seasons, Inter Milan might sell him during the mid-season transfer window.

Barcelona is believed to be one of those clubs which are interested in securing the services of the 34 years old striker.

Milito has been a part of Inter Milan since the last 4 years. He had done wonders for them in his debut season (2009-10) as he had found the net 30 times that season and had helped Inter secure a treble.

But, in the following seasons, he couldn’t show the same kind of exuberance. He has also had quite a few injury setbacks and that might also have disrupted his form.

However, Milito’s overall record for Inter Milan still looks impressive. He has so far made 154 appearances for I Nerazzurri and has found the net more than 70 times.

DEL PIERO REJECTS AJACCIO

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The Italian striker, Alessandro Del Piero, has rejected Ajaccio’s offer and has decided to continue playing for the A-League club Sydney FC.

One of Piero’s close friends, Fabrizio Ravanelli, has recently been appointed as the manager of Ajaccio. So, Piero was supposed to be attracted to a move to France. But, that wasn’t the case to be. Because of family reasons, the 38 years old Italian veteran has opted to stay in Australia.

Talking to the reporters about the possibility of Piero’s arrival, one of the Ajaccio officials said, “We had been trying to convince him to make a move since quite a few weeks, but, he has finally turned down our offer and has decided to stay in Australia.”

When asked about the reason why Piero rejected the offer, that official said, “He has probably done that because of family reasons and we respect his decision.”

Piero had joined Sydney FC at the start of the last season. Sydney FC is currently paying him 2 million Dollars per season which is the highest amount paid to any player in the A-League.

Piero played his first match for Sydney FC against Wellington Phoenix on 6th of October last year. His first goal for the club came 7 days later in a home game against Newcastle Jets. That was the first time Piero was playing on the home ground of Sydney FC.

In January this year, Piero netted 4 times in a match against Wellington Phoenix. This was the first occasion in his career that he had found the net more than three times.

Piero ended the season at no. 4 in the list of leading goal scorers. He played a total of 24 matches for Sydney FC and found the net 14 times.