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.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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.
December 20th, 2012
AC Ajaccio has defeated Stade de Reims in a Ligue 1 match played at Stade Francois Coty on Wednesday. Ajaccio won the match by 2-0. This was the fifth victory for Ajaccio in the competition. With the help of this win, Ajaccio has now moved up to no. 13 in the points table.
Ajaccio has played 17 Ligue 1 matches in the ongoing season so far out of which it has won 5 and has lost 6. The remaining 6 matches have ended in the form of draws. Ajaccio presently has 21 points.
On the other hand, this was the eighth defeat for Reims in the tournament. This defeat took them to no. 17 in the points table. They have also played the same no. of matches as Ajaccio in the competition, but, they have managed to win only four.
The Ajaccio team made an aggressive start to the match and could have taken the lead in the 10th minute of the match. But, Adrian Mutu’s header was brilliantly saved by Kossi Agassa, the goalkeeper of Reims.
Mutu got another opportunity just a few minutes later, but, he again didn’t manage to place his header perfectly.
Mutu eventually succeeded in finding the net in the 31st minute of the match. This time, his header was brilliantly placed and the goalkeeper couldn’t do much. This was the only goal scored in the first half.
The lead of Ajaccio was doubled when Mickael Tacalfred scored an own goal in the 77th minute of the match. Tacalfred tried to clear a free kick, but, unfortunately, he ended up deflecting the ball into his own post.
AC Ajaccio will now take on Troyes in its next match at Stade de I’Aube on 15th of December.