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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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