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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.

CHELSEA STILL WANT COMPENSATION

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Chelsea have approached Juventus in the hope of claiming compensation for the Romanian striker Adrian Mutu, who is still being pursued by the club. Former Juventus striker Adrian Mutu tested positive for cocaine back in 2004, which led to him being sacked by Chelsea. Since then, the Premier league outfit have been looking to get around £ 15 million in compensation from the striker. Mutu, though, has been evading the prospect of paying Chelsea this figure, which has been awarded by a tribunal recently.

The club has been locked in a nine-year battle with the player to recover this compensation. Mutu served a seven month ban from football as a result of testing positive for cocaine. After his suspension ended, he moved to Italian club Juventus. He has since represented several clubs including Fiorentina. Mutu was a £ 16 million signing from Parma, but he did not have a great impact at Chelsea even before testing positive for cocaine. The 34-year-old is currently playing for the French club, Ajaccio. He has stated that he will be retiring at the end of the season after failing to reproduce his best form in the early part of his career.

He has managed to score 10 goals in the French league this season.

“We are exercising our legal remedies to recover the amounts owed to us and we will continue to do so,” said a Chelsea spokesman. There have been several who have criticised the move by Chelsea claiming that it would almost destroy the future of Adrian Mutu. The striker has been appealing repeatedly in several courts stating that he does not have the amount of money demanded by Chelsea. Juventus made a profit of £ 6 million by selling the Romanian striker to Fiorentina, which is the reason behind Chelsea knocking on the doors of the Italian club.

AJACCIO STEAL A DRAW

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The Ligue 1 match played between Ajaccio and Olympique de Marseille on Friday has ended in a goalless draw.  That match was played at Stade Velodrome which is the home ground of Marseille.

The home supporters who were out there in the stadium didn’t look too happy with the end result of the match. They were gutted and they decided to boo off their own team.

Olympique de Marseille had entered the match as favourites against a relatively weaker Ajaccio team. But, they couldn’t dominate. They came close to finding the net on a couple of occasions, but, they were denied because of some great work by the Ajaccio goalie Guillermo Ochoa. (more…)

MUTU STILL HAS IT

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

After being heavily criticised by the former Ajaccio manager only a few weeks ago, the former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu managed to show why he is still regarded as one of the best strikers in the world despite his debacles by scoring two goals in the recent match against Lyon. Despite coming into the match as the favourites, Lyon were unable to assert their advantage of the match. Ajaccio took advantage of this by managing to score two goals through Adrian Mutu, while the third goal killed the opposition off. After going through a terrible run of form in 2012, the team managed to pull themselves together and put forward an unbeaten run of three matches that included a draw against table leaders PSG.

Hence, there was optimism ahead of the Lyon match, but the opposition were clearly the favourites for the three points. After a goalless first half, Lyon managed to take the lead through Lacazette in the 53rd minute. This seemed to wake-up the home team after they managed to equalise after just 4 minutes. Belghazouani scored the equaliser for Ajaccio before the Romanian striker Adrian Mutu put them in the lead on the 65th minute. He then secured the three points for his team with a penalty in the 90th minute, which also saw Lyon receive a red card to Lovren.

As a result of this victory, Ajaccio are now unbeaten in the last four matches and are slowly making their way up the table. They are currently just a few places above the relegation zone, but their position is significantly better than it was a few weeks ago. The 34-year-old Adrian Mutu has made 18 appearances for the team in all competitions, but he has managed to score just seven goals. However, he will be hoping to continue this good run of form.

MUTU DISAPPOINTED

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has been disappointing for the French club Ajaccio since joining in the summer. Now, the former manager of the French club, Alex Dupont has expressed his disappointment at not seeing the best out of the 33-year-old Romanian international. Mutu was expected to be a major signing for the club in the hopes of doing well in the French league. However, the striker has managed just two goals in 11 matches he has played for the club, which has lifted them closer to the relegation zone. The team has managed just five victories all season, while they have averaged just over a goal per game.

Alex Dupont, who has since been sacked by the club, was responsible for bringing the striker to the club in the summer. He has said that he expected a lot more from the striker in terms of his physicality when he arrived at the club. He is not surprised to see the striker struggled to score goals in the French league. Over the years, the striker has managed to make 75 appearances for the national team. He has played for the likes of Fiorentina, Juventus, and Chelsea. He has not been the same player since his ill-fated rein at Chelsea.

“When Mutu arrived he was not physically in the game and he did not bring what we expected of him. I may have put him on the field a little too quickly. When I recruited Mutu, I thought he would bring more to the team. I cannot accept it all. His level of attitude and behaviour was largely insufficient. His state of mind was a bit complicated,” said the former Ajaccio manager, Dupont. The club have managed just one victory in the last five matches and are in a real relegation trouble.