Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Buffon: "See You In Pinzolo"

While the majority of the squad has begun its countdown to the return to the field, those players who were busy with international competitions have just begun their holidays.

With the Confederations Cup and the Under 21 European Championship having come to an end, the return dates are now definite. The azzurri who were in South Africa will be in Pinzolo on the 16th of July whilst the youngsters will arrive on the 18th of July with the exception of Giovinco who will be undergoing an operation on Wednesday and which will delay his return by a few days.

It is holiday time for all then, a time to rest and recover after months of activities. Amongst these is Gigi Buffon. The number one spoke of his current state of mind on his own website www.gianluigibuffon.com. He also took the opportunity to speak about the adventure in South Africa but also to start thinking of the upcoming appointments:

"I will be at the Summer camp in Pinzolo on the 16th of July, together with my mates who were with me with the national team. We will begin the new season with the intention of doing well, knowing that a long road awaits us full of ambitious goals. We have the right cards to do well and it is up to us to confirm the expectations. We hope to be able to play in a more balanced championship then the last and to be able to close up on the gap which separated us from Inter".

Before thinking in bianconero and even before getting back to his holidays, Buffon had another glance at the Confederations Cup which ended with Brazil claiming the cup.

"Our adventure ended early but we must try to look at the positive side. It is better to have done badly now then at the World Championships or in the European Cup. We went to play in the tournament in a condition which was far from excellent, we were at 60% of our condition".

"This type of competition is useful to test the squad and identify the errors which one must nit commit in view of the 2010 World Cup. Next year we will be at our top and the group will be ready. The doors to the national team are open and Lippi knows he can count on everybody: on us who won the world title in Germany three years ago but also on others who showed their worth in these four years".

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Juventus & Lyon Contemplate David Trezeguet – Fabio Grosso Swap Deal

Lyon defender Fabio Grosso is wanted by Italian clubs, but will he leave the French Champions?

The possible departure of Benzema for Manchester United could see Lyon turn to ‘Trezegol’, with Grosso moving to Turin in return.

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Camoranesi will stay

Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi will not form any part of a deal for Lyon's Fabio Grosso, according to his agent Sergio Fortunato.

The Bianconeri desperately need a left-back, as Paolo De Ceglie and Cristian Molinaro might not be fit in time for next season.

After looking at Manuel Pasqual and Andrea Dossena, Juventus have settled on a bid for Grosso, who was part of the Italy side that won the World Cup in 2006.

However, with Christian Poulsen and David Trezeguet refusing to leave, the Bianconeri cannot afford Grosso outright and might have to insert players into the deal.

Camoranesi is rumoured to be one under consideration, as Lyon have been interested in him in the past.

When Juventus were relegated in 2006, the French outfit came in for Camoranesi and he wanted to go.

“I also knew about this hypothetical exchange even in Buenos Aires, but we are joking, aren't we?” Fortunato said.

“Mauro is worth a lot more and if Juve want to be great again they need him. He has two years left on his contract and three children.

“By now, his life is organised in Turin. He has also bought a new house,” Fortunato concluded.

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Panathinaikos target Grygera

Greek side Panathinaikos are preparing a bid for Juventus centre-back Zdenek Grygera, according to Sky Italia.

The 29-year-old Czech international arrived in Turin on a free transfer from Ajax two years ago.

After a difficult start to life in Bianconero, he became a regular, making 31 appearances in Serie A last season.

However, Juventus are now looking to upgrade their squad and want to replace Grygera either with Napoli's Fabiano Santacroce or Atletico Madrid's Tomas Ujfalusi.

The Bianconeri are also desperate to raise funds so they can complete other deals and Grygera is quite a lucrative asset.

Juventus have already sold another of their centre-backs this summer, namely Olof Mellberg.

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Juventus To Revise Transfer Plans At Club's AGM – Report

Tough times for Jean Claude Blanc & Alessio Secco as they watch Juventus in action

The club are looking at ways to meet transfer targets, but without overspending...

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English club bid for Udinese playmaker D'Agostino

An unnamed English club have made an offer for Udinese playmaker Gaetano D'Agostino.

The Friuli outfit were in negotiations with Juventus over the transfer of the 27-year-old to Turin, but the deal has fallen through because the bid was considered too low.

Udinese could now consider the two other offers they have received for D'Agostino.

"We have one offer from England and another one from an important Italian club,'' said Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo. "Anything can happen.''

Pozzo was unimpressed by the offer made by Juve.

"I am perplexed by the low value set by Juventus executives for the player,'' he said. "The difference between the asking price and the offer is huge. I have the impression that Juve have not thought about the real value of our midfielder.''

D'Agostino, who is also a reported target of AC Milan, recently admitted he would fancy a move to Juve.

"The will of the player is to go to Juve and if I could I would try to make him happy,'' said Pozzo. "But if Juve really want to get D'Agostino they should be able to make a sacrifice.

"Juve should not take advantage of the enthusiasm of the player. Once they are able to comprehend it, they will pay the right amount. It's all in their hands.''


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New Stadium: Construction Underway!

As per schedule, Monday 29th June 2009 was another important step towards the new Juventus stadium. After the inspection of the site held on Friday, today the construction site was handed over to the construction company, that is, l’ATI, Associazione Temporanea di Imprese which is made up of Costruzioni Rosso, Costruzioni Generali Gilardi, CONS.FER Consorzio Stabile and Morganti Impresa Costruzioni.

With the go ahead being given therefore, as from today ATI has taken up the responsibility of the construction site and as from tomorrow will begin with the construction of the new stadium.

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19th Edition Of The Trofeo Berlusconi On The 17th Of August

Another traditional appointment. Even in the Summer of 2009, Juventus will be one of the protagonists of the Trofeo Berlusconi, the now classical pre-season match against Milan, which this year is in its 19th edition.

The match, as always, will be played at the Meazza stadium in Milan on Wednesday 17th August. It will be the second match against the rossoneri within three days. On the 14th of August the Trofeo Tim will be played which will also include Inter.

Here is a detailed list of the fixtures of the bianconeri’s summer which have already been made official. The other pre-season matches for Ciro Ferrara’s team are still missing some details and will be announced at a later stage. The Serie A championship will kick-off on the 22nd and 23rd of August.

15th July: Juventus-Cisco Roma, friendly in Pinzolo
19th July: Juventus-Nancy, friendly in Joeuf (Francia)
24th July: Juventus-Siviglia, Peace Cup in Spain
28th July: Juventus-Seongnam, Peace Cup in Spain
14th August: Juventus-Inter-Milan, Trofeo Tim in Pescara
17th August: Juventus-Milan, Trofeo Berlusconi in Milano

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Monday, June 29, 2009

D'Agostino Will Probably Stay At Udinese - Gasparin

Gaetano D'Agostino - Sampdoria-Udinese - Serie A (Grazia Neri)

Not so long ago, it seemed as if Gaetano D'Agostino's move to Juventus was inevitable, but now it seems more likely that the player will stay at Udinese. The problem? The difference between Juve's offer and Udinese's evaluation of the player is just too big.

The Friulani want 20 million euros plus the co-ownership of a Juventus player, but the Turin giants don't want to pay more than 12 million.

Udinese sporting director Sergio Gasparin talked about D'Agostino's situation to Radio Radio.

"Juventus have not evaluated the player for all his worth," he said.

"All the transfer experts have said that D'Agostino has been one of the best playmakers of the league in the last two years and they say our price is right.

"Unfortunately, Juventus consider D'Agostino a good player, not an excellent player, like we consider him. Their evaluation of the player is far from the one we have and, at this point, I don't think there is a chance we can continue the negotiations.

"Unless we get offers that are adequate to our demands, D'Agostino will stay in Udine," he concluded.

Danilo Pochini, Goal.com
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Milan or Juve for Ledesma

Cristian Ledesma is set to leave Lazio this summer and both Juventus and Milan are willing to snap him up.

The Argentine has been long unsettled at the Olimpico and would be delighted at the opportunity to join a big club.

“I can guarantee that Cristian won’t be playing for the Biancocelesti next season,” claimed the player’s agent Vincenzo D’Ippolito.

“We talked to Juventus but they want Gaetano D’Agostino first, if they fail with that bid Ledesma could be their new target.

“Milan have the same issue. If Andrea Pirlo goes then my client comes in. Either way he is going to be sold. President Claudio Lotito will sell him for £15m.”

Ledesma has practically become a second choice for both clubs but his agent doesn’t mind about it.

“It’s ok, this is the way football works. We are just waiting to find out what’s going to happen,” concluded D’Ippolito.

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Juventus Interested In Corinthians Defender Andre Santos

Landon Donovan - Andre Santos USA-Brazil (Mexsport)

In their search for a left-back, Juventus have turned to Corinthians defender Andre Santos, according to Tuttosport.

Negotiations for Lyon's Fabio Grosso are proving to be complicated and the option of Andrea Dossena from Liverpool has lost it's appeal after his poor showing in the Confederations Cup.

Santos is available for around €6 million, even if several clubs have shown an interest, including AC Milan. He has gained recent exposure by impressing for Brazil at the Confederations Cup.

The player has only featured in his home country during his club career thus far, playing for Figueirense, Flamengo, and Atletico.

The 26-year-old is set to start tonight's final against the United States in South Africa.

Adam Scime, Goal.com
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Report: Panathinaikos Want Juventus Defender Jonathan Zebina

Jonathan Zebina - Juventus (Foto Grazia Neri)

The Greek club have targeted the Frenchman after missing out on Olof Mellberg who joined rivals Olympiakos...

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EXCLUSIVE: Real Madrid Must Watch Out For Juventus In The Peace Cup - Emilio Butragueno

Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid (Peace Cup Andalucia 2009)

The Peace Cup will provide Real Madrid with the chance to win their first piece of silverware of the new campaign...

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Giovinco To Undergo Nose Operation

On Wednesday 1st July Sebastian Giovinco will be admitted to the Chivasso hospital where he will be treated under Prof. Tubino. Giovinco will undergo surgery to his nose after preparatory tests and anaesthetic tests the day before. The operation has been planned for some time and has the scope of restoring normal respiration. The convalescence period is thought to be that of 21 days before the boanconero can return to training.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Participations Defined - Paolucci Returns To Juventus

As per schedule today Friday 26th June at 19:00hrs the phase relative to participation agreements came to a close.

With regards to Juventus, the most relevant bit of news is that about Michele Paolucci. The Marchi forward in participation with Udinese but having shown his worth in the last season with Catania is back to being a Juventus player.

He is in fact the only player who will return to Turin. In all other cases, the participations were renewed and resolved in favour of the other clubs. Only in one case the sealed offers will be necessary.

Important names like those of Zalayeta and Mirante are of particular interest with both players having their stay at Napoli and Sampdoria respectively being renewed for one more season. The same applies to Volpe who will remain at Livorno.

Other players brought up in the Juventus nursery will not return. Guzman is from today completely owned by Piacenza just like Volpato is a Bari player and Del Prete one of Siena.

Only one case will go to the sealed offers which will take place on Monday 29th June and it regards Rizza, a defender in participation with Livorno.

Below are all the operations finalized in the last two days in detail.

Matteo Cavagna: will remain at Ravenna.
Andrè Cuneaz: articpation with Mantova renewed.
Lorenzo Del Prete: will remain at Siena.
Tomas Guzman: will remain at Piacenza.
Davide Lanzafame: participation renewed with Palermo
Antonio Mirante: participation renewed with Sampdoria
Michele Paolucci: resolved in favour of Juventus
Andrea Pozzato: participation renewed with Canavese
Giuseppe Rizza: no agreement (to be decided by sealed offers on Monday 29th June)
Rey Volpato: will remain at Bari
Francesco Volpe: participation renewed with Livorno
Marcelo Zalayeta: participation renewed with Napoli

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Friday, June 26, 2009

De Ceglie Suffers Ankle Injury – Will Be In Pinzolo In Mid-July

As per schedule, this morning Paolo De Ceglie left Sweden and returned to Turin. The Under 21 European Championship came to an early end for him due to the injury suffered during Tuesday’s match against Byelorussia.

The young player from Valle D’Aosta underwent clinical tests which confirmed the first diagnosis done by the national team’s medical staff, that is an injury to the internal compartment of the left ankle.

De Ceglie will therefore have to undergo treatment and the necessary physiotherapy in order to be able to join the summer camp in Pinzolo on the 18th of July, the day which will also see the return of Marchisio and Giovinco, the other two bianconeri who formed part of Italy’s European squad.

The expedition is not yet over. Without De Ceglie and Marchisio (due to suspension), the azzurrini will be in action tomorrow Friday 26th June against Germany in the second semi-final.

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Del Piero stays calm

Alessandro Del Piero is not worried by Juventus' reluctance to offer him a new contract, his brother Stefano claims.

The 34-year-old, who has made 603 appearances for the Bianconeri, will be a free agent at the end of next season.

Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli recently said the club would deal with the situation in time.

At the moment, the Bianconeri are busy with other matters, namely signing Gaetano D'Agostino.

“I just got back from holiday, but I have followed everything that has been written about Alex,” said Stefano, who also acts as his brother's agent.

“We have no comments to make with regard to these rumours. We are calm. We listen to everything that is said and we don't have particular worries.

“This is a period in which there aren't any games, so it's normal that these kind of rumours come out.

“In the formations of the summer, Alex always comes to be left out, but then over the course of the season he reveals himself to be the most decisive attacker both in terms of scoring and creating goals.

“This is also a symptom of his tranquillity,” Stefano concluded.

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Paolo De Ceglie To Stay At Juventus - Report

Juventus logo (Foto Grazia Neri)

Juventus defender Paolo De Ceglie could find himself staying in Turin rather than moving to Napoli, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.

Talks with Napoli over the Italian defender seem to have stalled and the report suggests he is unlikely to be sold by the club. Negotiations have rumbled on for weeks.

Last week a report in Il Corriere Dello Sport claimed De Ceglie had penned a deal with Napoli and that the Partenopei paid around €5 million for his services.

However, the latest details emerging from Tuttomercatoweb.com suggest the former Juve youth team star will be staying. A number of voices are now claiming De Ceglie could still be used as part of the deal to lure Udinese midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino to Turin.

The 22-year-old was a member of the Juve youth squad, before playing his first game with the senior team in 2006.

He was then sent to Siena, on a co-ownership deal, only to immediately return to the Old Lady the season after.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com

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Lyon Defender Fabio Grosso Certain To Join Juventus - Report

Lyon defender Fabio Grosso is wanted by Italian clubs, but will he leave the French Champions?

Fabio Grosso has moved a step closer to signing for Juventus according to L'Equipe.

The French newspaper seems certain that the Italian international will complete his move to Turin soon, claiming the Bianconeri are in pole position to sign him. A number of reports on Wednesday had claimed the deal could be scuppered as the future of Juve-owned left-back Domenico Criscito was uncertain. It was said Criscito could return to Turin - cancelling the need for Grosso.

However, Calciomercato.it claimed Genoa had in fact signed Criscito on a co-ownership deal, in which case Juve's path for Grosso would be free.

Voices in France suggest Lyon are trying to lure midfielder Mauro Camoranesi as part of the deal, but Tuttosport claims the Bianconeri have gone cold on that option as the Italian international is seen as a key figure in Ciro Ferrara's plans.

On Monday, Grosso hinted at a possible switch to Juve when he returned from his Confederations Cup adventure with Italy. The stopper claimed Juve are a great team, but he was reluctant to elaborate when asked about whether he wanted to join them.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com

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Marchionni close to Viola

Fiorentina have just about signed 50 per cent of Juventus winger Marco Marchionni, according to the Italian Press.

The 28-year-old former Parma starlet was rumoured to be part of a swap deal for Manuel Pasqual.

However, it seems Juventus will receive £2.5m for Marchionni and nothing else.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are still waiting for a reply from Real Madrid to see if their bid for Royston Drenthe has been successful.

The Viola expect the deal to be put to bed at the beginning of next week.

In other news, Fiorentina have sold 50 per cent of Arturo Lupoli to Ascoli.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with Sheffield United.

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Participation Agreements - Palladino Stays At Genoa

The Italian transfer market is at the stage of participation agreements which have to be resolved by Friday 26th June.

Juventus saw five cases being resolved today. The most important was that regarding Raffaele Palladino who will stay at Genoa. The participation agreement with the rossoblu was in fact extended by one year.

The same applies to forward Davide Lanzafame with Palermo and midfielder Andrè Cuneaz with Mantova.

Another two youngsters raised in the Juventus youth sector will not be returning to base. These are goalkeeper Andrea Pozzato who will remain at Canavese after having renewed his contract up to 2012 and midfielder Matteo Cavagna who was transferred to Ravenna permanently.

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New Stadium: Works Ready To Get Underway

The long road leading to the new Juventus stadium proceeds as per schedule. With the demolishing of the Delle Alpi having come to an end, what remains is the actual construction works of the new field of play and the commercial area.

Today, Thursday 25th June, another important stage was reached. Together with the work directors and the construction company an inspection of the building site was carried out. The operation was done in order for the delivery of the site to be effected on Monday 29th June.

This last step will launch the beginning of the actual works on two different sites: that for the construction of the football building (stands and field) and later the commercial area.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Juventus Target Robert Acquafresca Has Picked Atalanta - Agent

Robert Acquafresca - Cagliari-Torino - Serie A (Grazia Neri)

As suggested in the Italian press this morning, Genoa and Italy Under-21 centre forward Robert Acquafresca has decided to join Atalanta on a season-long loan.

“We have communicated it to Genoa and they have taken three days to make a decision,” agent Paolo Fabbri told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Of course, the Rossoblu own his registration and they will have the final word.”

There have been suggestions in recent days that Juventus were pondering a bid for the 21-year-old, possibly as part of the deal that will see Genoa sign defender Domenico Criscito in a co-ownership agreement.

And a possible scenario is that Juve acquire Acquafresca’s rights before loaning him out to Atalanta.

“I am not aware of this, but it could be a possibility,” replied Fabbri.

“But as I said, Genoa own the player and it’s up to them to find an agreement with other clubs.

“Robert has chosen Atalanta because they were very close to capturing him last summer. It was practically a done deal, but [Inter president Massimo] Moratti opposed the move.”

Acquafresca was still owned by Inter until a few weeks ago, but the Italian champions sold him on to Genoa in the deal for South American pair Diego Milito and Thiago Motta.

Vince Masiello, Goal.com
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Zanetti stays on at Juve

Juventus midfielder Cristiano Zanetti has revealed he is not on the market this summer and will see out his contract with the club.

The 32-year-old spent most of last season out injured and only made 12 appearances for the Bianconeri in Serie A.

Reports claim Genoa are interested in signing him, as they look to add experience to their team ahead of next season.

“I still have a year to run on my contract and I want to play all my cards right to dispute a great season with the Bianconera jersey,” Zanetti told calciomercato.com.

“I hope to repay the affection of the fans, who were close to me in the most difficult moments during my time out injured on the sidelines.

“I am well again now and I can't wait to make myself available to Ciro Ferrara,” he concluded.

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Marino: Napoli Would Consider Selling Santacroce To Juventus

Fabiano Santacroce - Napoli (Grazia Neri)

Juventus have been strongly linked to Napoli’s Fabiano Santacroce for a number of weeks now, although the latest reports suggest that there haven’t been any developments as the clubs are yet to discuss the issue at hand.

Having said that, what looked like only being a dream a few days ago could now turn into a reality, as the sporting director at the Partenopei, Pierpaolo Marino, has opened the door for Juve to approach his club.

“Juventus have never asked us for the player,” Marino affirmed in an interview with Radio Marte.

“If there was a proposal that we could think about, we would, but so far there is nothing for us to consider.”

There have been some signs recently to suggest that the talented defender is set to leave the Azzurri, as he has fallen out of favour with the new coach Roberto Donadoni.

The signing of Hugo Campagnaro from Sampdoria could move things along, as he is a very similar player to Santacroce, whilst the imminent arrival of Paolo De Ceglie from Juventus could also help to ease the deal.

Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com
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Rossi desires Italy return

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi would like to return to Italy, according to his agent Federico Pastorello.

The 22-year-old made a great impression at the Confederations Cup, scoring two great goals for Italy.

His performances caught the eye of Juventus, who have since acknowledged their interest in signing him.

Rossi started his career with Parma before moving to Manchester United in 2004.

He returned to the Gialloblu on loan in 2007 before United sold him to Spanish side Villarreal that summer.

“His is a complicated situation. He is fine where he is. We are negotiating a contract renewal with Villarreal,” Pastorello told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“Without a shadow of a doubt he is a player, who at the moment in which a call from a big club arrives he would respond as being ready, willing and able.

“If this club were to be Italian, so much the better, because he feels Italian in every way,” Pastorello concluded.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Christian Poulsen: £4M Great Dane Ideal to Replace Mascherano at Liverpool

Christian Poulsen

Javier Mascherano’s future at Liverpool remains in the balance despite the club’s declarations he is staying. However, the player continues to invite attention from Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Argentine star is reportedly unhappy with his current wages and his family have struggled to settle on Merseyside. If Rafa Benitez was to cash in on the £30m rated defensive midfielder an extremely cheap alternative is readily available, that player would be the Danish hardman Christian Poulsen up for grabs for just £4m.

The Juventus midfielder has suffered from a poor first season in Serie A where he has failed to establish himself as a fixture in the first eleven and the club are trying to offload him with German outfit Hamburg and Turkish side Fenerbahce showing a strong interest.
In January he was strongly linked to a loan move to Fratton Park but the player himself rejected any move. He said, “As far as I understand, there has been interest from several clubs, but it is nothing I have considered,” Poulsen told Onside.dk.

“I signed a four-year contract and I am happy to be at the club. I have no plans to run away after six months.

“I have the patience and confidence that I will get enough playing time at the club.”

However, the 29-year-old Dane may not have a choice this summer as he has not enjoyed the best of times since joining the Turin giants in the summer amidst protests from the clubs fans. He is also one of the club’s high earners so new Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara may want to offload the midfield man to lower the wage bill.


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Mellberg Transferred To Olympiacos. Goodbye Olof

After only one season, Juventus bid farewell to Olof Mellberg. The Swedish defender was transferred to Greek side Olympiacos for €2.5 million.

Having joined Juventus from Aston Villa on a free transfer last Summer, Mellberg’s stay in Turin has come to an end with 37 appearances (27 in the Serie A, 6 in the Champions League and 4 in the Coppa Italia) and two goals, both scored at the Rome Olimpico against Lazio and Roma respectively.

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Amauri will be Italian in September

Juventus striker Amauri will apparently receive an Italian passport in September, making him eligible for a call up to La Nazionale.

The 29-year-old was born in Brazil, but has lived in Italy for nine years and has an Italian wife.

Having never been selected for Brazil he decided to apply for Italian citizenship to increase his chances of international football.

Missing paperwork has considerably delayed the process, which has been ongoing for over 18 months.

“On the first of September I will have an Italian passport and this for me is already and honour, because I have lived here for 10 years and I am happy,” he said.

“Then, as Lippi has said, once I have the citizenship I can be taken into consideration.

“To play for Italy would be a way to pay this country back for all it has given me.”

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Juve close to Grosso signing

Juventus expect to conclude a deal for Lyon and Italy defender Fabio Grosso by the end of the week, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

The Bianconeri have been looking for a left-back all summer and appear to have finally settled on Grosso, who just returned from the Confederations Cup.

Grosso's agent, Giuseppe Bozzo, is said to be in Lyon at the moment, presenting them with Juventus' offer, which is thought to be around £2m.

Lyon will also receive first option on David Trezeguet should the striker become available.

Grosso has two years to run on his contract with the French outfit and earns around £1.75m a season.

He will have to take a pay cut if he wants to join Juventus.

The 31-year-old spoke about the transfer this morning and appears open to the move.

“Juventus are a great team. It would be a pleasure to play with them. Anyway, I am now with Lyon, another great club. We'll see what happens,” Grosso said.

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Trofeo Tim Changes Venue Again: From Turin To Pescara

Another bit of the Juventus summer is in place. After the participation in the Peace Cup was confirmed (in Andalusia at the end of July) and the official news about the friendly matches against Cisco Roma (on the 15th of July in Pinzolo) and Nancy (on the 19th of July in Joeuf, France), now the participation of Juventus has also been confirmed in the 2009 edition of the Trofeo Tim which will be played on the 14th of August.

After the lucky parenthesis at the Turin Olimpico where the tournament was played last year, it will now move to Pescara at the Stadio Adriatico. The opponents of Juventus will be the usual ones, that is Inter and Milan and as usual the tournament will be a triangular one consisting of three matches of 45 minutes each.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The 2009/10 Serie A

Exactly two months before the start of the 2009/10 Serie A championship all the teams participating and therefore all the Juventus rivals are known. Following the long sequence of play-offs in the Serie B, Livorno gained the 20th and last place in the table.

The team of president Spinelli beat Brescia on a two-legged encounter and thus returns to the top division after a year of absence.

The same goes for Parma. The Emiliani also made an immediate comeback after having been relegated in 2008. They thus return to the Serie A, a division in which they were protagonists for nearly two consecutive decades. The promotion of the gialloblu was a direct one at the end of the regular phase thanks to the second place obtained behind Bari.

The Pugliesi coached by former Juventus captain Antonio Conte dominated the last Serie B season and were promoted well ahead to the joy of the whole city who awaited this moment since the year 2000 when they were last relegated from the Serie A.

Bari, Parma and Livorno therefore complete the table taking the place of Torino, Lecce and Reggina, the three teams who were relegated to the Serie B at the end of last season.

With these final verdicts the 2008/09 is now definitely closed. The new championship will begin in two months time. On the 22nd and 23rd of August the first match day will be played.

Below is the complete 20-team line-up for the 2009/10 Serie A championship:

Chievo Verona

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Report: Fiorentina Challenge Juventus For Napoli Centre-Back Fabiano Santacroce

Fabiano Santacroce - Napoli (Grazia Neri)

Fiorentina director of sport Pantaleo Corvino has set his sights on Napoli central defender Fabiano Santacroce to bolster Cesare Prandelli’s rearguard, but the Gigliati are facing stiff competition from Juventus.

According to Florence-based daily La Nazione, Corvino has sounded out the Partenopei over the possibility of releasing the promising 22-year-old.

But his Napoli counterpart, Pierpaolo Marino, has made it clear that any deal for the Brazil-born defender would have to see either Massimo Gobbi or Marco Donadel move to the San Paolo in part-exchange.

However, Santacroce is also a target for Ciro Ferrara’s new-look Juventus and there are suggestions that the reported deal for Paolo De Ceglie, who looks set to join the Campani in a co-ownership agreement, will only go through if Santacroce is allowed to relocate to Turin.

Santacroce arrived at Napoli from Brescia in January 2008 in a €5.5million deal and the Vesuviani are expected to demand in excess of €8m to release ‘Emperor Nero’.

Vince Masiello, Goal.com
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Criscito for Acquafresca?

Juventus are targeting Robert Acquafresca but in order to get their hands on the Italy Under-21 striker the Bianconeri will have to sacrifice Domenico Criscito.

The Old Lady is now in pole position to secure the services of the former Cagliari player but his capture could come at a high price.

Criscito is currently co-owned by Juve and Genoa but President Enrico Preziosi would like to sign him on a permanent basis and is trying to get a discount on the £4m fee.

If the Bianconeri want Acquafresca they will have to let go of the Neapolitan and add £2m on top of that. But Ciro Ferrara is thought to be considering including Criscito in his squad next term.

“Juventus are a new entry in the negotiations and it is clear they want Robert but under certain conditions,” said the player’s agent, Paolo Fabbri.

“My client is from Turin so he would fancy it. However, Genoa want Criscito and Juve need to sell David Trezeguet first.”

Regarding the Frenchman international agent Antonio Caliento claimed Real Madrid are after him and his market value would be around £15m. If Juve were to sell him then they will have the funds needed to invest in Acquafresca while also keeping Criscito.

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Agent Hopes Juventus Sign Andrea Dossena From Liverpool

FA Cup: Leon Osman - Andrea Dossena, Everton v Liverpool (PA)

Federico Pastorello, agent of Liverpool full-back Andrea Dossena, has still not given up hope that his client might join Juventus, even though according to the latest transfer rumours, the Bianconeri seem oriented towards Olympique Lyon's Fabio Grosso.

However, Pastorello does not want to listen to these rumours and he is pushing his client's candidature forward before a final decision is taken.

"It seems to me that Andrea is in the list of two or three players which Juve need to purchase for that position, since [Domenico] Criscito will remain at Genoa," explained the player's agent to tuttojuve.com.

"Juve will sign a player in that role and we hope that it's Andrea. He has expressed his desire to return to Italy after a regular season at Liverpool."

Dossena was probably hoping to impress by giving a better account of himself during Italy's match against Brazil in the Confederation Cup, but on that occasion the entire Italian team failed to do well.

Glenn Debattista, Goal.com
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David Trezeguet: I’m Staying At Juventus

David Trezeguet - Juventus (Grazia Neri)

Juventus are reportedly trying to offload striker, with press reports suggesting that the Old Lady have proposed a part-exchange deal for Villarreal starlet Giuseppe Rossi, but the Frenchman is adamant he will remain in Piedmont.

“At the beginning of July I will be in Turin, ready for the pre-season camp and to dive into the new season,” Trezeguet told Tuttosport.

“I have two years left on my contract with the Bianconeri and I know that the directors have said that I am unsellable and part of the club’s history.

“I know that my last season was poor due to the injury and surgery that sidelined me for a long time, but I am now healed and feel okay. I can’t wait to be a protagonist at Juve again.”

Trezeguet underwent a double knee operation in September and only returned to action in February. However, he found his first-team opportunities limited after falling out with coach Claudio Ranieri.

Ranieri has now been replaced by Ciro Ferrara and Trezeguet admits he will soon discuss his future with the new boss.

“No, I have yet to talk to him,” he said. “I have only had contacts with my agent so far. There will be time to speak with the new coach. We were team-mates and know each other very well.

“I talked to Ciro and the directors in May and they know what I think.”

Vince Masiello, Goal.com
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Sebastian Giovinco & Paolo De Ceglie Keen On Juventus Stay

Sebastian Giovinco - Juventus-Catania - Serie A (Grazia Neri)

Juventus duo Sebastian Giovionco and Paolo De Ceglie are currently on international duty with the Italy Under-21 team at the European Championships in Sweden but are obviously keeping an eye on the transfer market.

And Giovinco will almost certainly know that he is reportedly a target for Udinese and could be offered to the Friuli in part-exchange with Gaetano D’Agostino. The diminutive striker, however, has other plans.

“I have never asked for a regular starting shirt, but I want to be considered on a par with everyone,” Giovinco is quoted as saying in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I am aware of my qualities, but perhaps someone has yet to take full notice.”

Juve have also reportedly agreed a co-ownership deal with Napoli for Paolo De Ceglie this week, but the left-back claims to be in the dark about such a move.

“Even though I have nothing against Naples and Napoli, I have to say that no-one from Juve has told me anything and I have yet to sign anything.

“Right now, I am a Juve player and want to stay to prove I am worthy of the Bianconeri shirt.”

Vince Masiello, Goal.com
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Juventus To Sell Trezeguet, Keep Tiago - Report

Tiago Cardoso Mendes, Juventus (Foto Grazia Neri)

Sportevai.it reports that Juventus want to cut down on the excess stipends and for this reason they have decided to sell striker David Trezeguet.

Keeping Trezeguet would mean holding a highly paid player on the bench, as he is now considered a reserve to the likes of Amauri and Vincenzo Iaquinta.

Therefore, the Bianconeri will be waiting for the best offer to arrive, with teams like Lyon, Arsenal and Milan all interested in signing him up, even though president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli is insisting on sending 'Trezegol' to Villarreal in a part-exchange deal for Giuseppe Rossi.

Meanwhile, Juve's official website has announced that Tiago is not for sale and will therefore remain in Turin for another season to try and finally prove his worth, something which he has only shown rarely over the past two years.

The player seemed destined to leave the club in summer, but coach Ciro Ferrara has opted to give him one more chance.

The Bianconeri have also made their first official sale, as defender Olof Mellberg has joined Olympiakos for €2.5 million.

Glenn Debattista
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Happy Birthday Michel!

Today, Sunday 21st June 2009, is the birthday of Michel Platini. The UEFA president turns 54. Juventus would like to send him their best wishes through this short article even though the immenseness of his career in bianconero, the affection of the fans, the joy and the enthusiasm which he transmitted to all those who were lucky enough to see him play are difficult to describe in such few words.

The Platini era (1982/83-1986/87) was rich in victories: due scudetti, a Champions Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, a Coppa Italia, a Cup Winners Cup and European Super Cup. Victories but also many unforgettable moments because he is an unforgettable player.

First and foremost for his many goals which made him merit the record of most consecutive victories as top scorer of the championship : three just like the number of consecutive times he won the Golden Ball. Then also for his free-kicks, particularly those that used to seat the keepers of the most important teams.

This is not near enough: Platini had an extraordinary vision of play which rendered him unique and a true leader of the team. Director on the field and leader outside of it he was such thanks to his personality, intelligence and uncommon shrewdness which made him go far in his life.

After an extraordinary career with Juventus, in fact, Le Roi became a coach leading the French national team for four years. With the Bleus as a player he won a European Championship. He then moved up to management roles up to reaching the top position in European football, that of UEFA president, a role while he has been occupying since January 2007.

On the 19th of July Juventus will be participating in a celebration in the village in which he was born: Jouef. To celebrate the 100th anniversary since the foundation of the local team, in fact, a friendly match between Juventus and Nancy has been organized.

Nancy is the team with which Platini won the first trophy of his career, the French Cup, with the next triumph being that of the national championship with St. Etienne. The rest is Juventus history – a beautiful story.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Vialli: Diego is as good as Messi

Juventus legend Gianluca Vialli believes new signing Diego is just as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Bianconeri bought Diego for £20m from Werder Bremen, where he established his formidable reputation.

“Diego is a fantastic acquisition. I consider him to be one of the best three players in the world under 25 together with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,” Vialli told Tuttosport.

“His years in Germany have strengthened him and thanks to him Juventus' attack presents itself as one of the best in the world.”

Vialli then turned his attention to the transfer market in general and revealed he is monitoring Milan's interest in Edin Dzeko.

“It would pique my curiosity if Dzeko were to arrive in Milan. The Bosnian reminds me of a young Shevchenko. He might become one of the strongest in the world,” Vialli said.

Later on in the interview, Vialli lent his support to Juventus and Milan, who hired young trainers ahead of next season.

“Ciro Ferrara and Leonardo are two of my friends and I am happy that they have been offered this opportunity.

“They have both earned it after going through their careers with an exemplary attitude,” Vialli explained.

“Today a trainer has to coach in the dressing room before coaching on the pitch. They find themselves in charge of a group of young, rich and famous boys.

“In many cases, every one of them is a little business and they sometimes behave with a good dose of egoism.

“Only those who have once been champions can manage all these aspects and get through to the players what is needed, which is serenity, unity and ferocious determination.

“In that sense, Ferrara has had a teacher like Marcello Lippi, an absolute guarantee,” Vialli added.

Finally, Vialli gave his thoughts on the current Juventus side.

“It seems to me that the base is very solid. The directors are building a team in a position to play against anyone in Italy.

“Meanwhile in Europe, if Ibrahimovic were to leave Inter, I don't see an Italian in the fight with the favourites for the Champions League.

“That said, if we are underestimated, we can become unpredictably competitive,” Vialli concluded.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Juventus Summer Is Taking Shape: Cisco Roma And Nancy The First Opponents

With twenty days to go to the beginning of the new season the bianconeri’s Sumer is beginning to take shape. During the time spent in Pinzolo between the 9th and 21st of July, the team will play three friendly matches.

Today, the details of the first two matches were announced. The first test for the 2009/10 season will once again be played in Pinzolo at the Stadio Pineta on Wednesday 15th July. The team against which Ciro Ferrara’ side will be playing is Cisco Roma, a team from the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (former Serie C2).

Four days later, on Sunday 19th July, the squad will move from Trentino to France to honour Michel Platini. Joeff, the club of the city in which Le Roi was born and began his football career, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and in order to celebrate the event a friendly match between Juventus and Nancy has been organized.

With regards to the third and final test, which will also be played in Trentino, detailed information will be issued in the coming days.

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Tiago offered to Atletico Madrid

Juventus have offered Portugal international midfielder Tiago to Atlético Madrid, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

Despite a short spell of good form this season, the 28-year-old has largely disappointed since arriving in Turin.

Juventus director of sport Alessio Secco was in Spain earlier this week, opening prospective deals.

He apparently met Real Madrid to discuss Mahamadou Diarra and then went to Villarreal to talk about Giuseppe Rossi.

Atlético could also have been on his schedule, as they have registered an interest in Tiago before.

Los Colchoneros couldn't afford him in January and Claudio Ranieri, who was then in charge of Juventus, wanted to keep him.

Jorge Mendes, Tiago's agent, is also currently in Madrid negotiating a deal for his other more famous client, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tiago joined Juventus in 2007 and has yet to score in 35 appearances.


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Sebastian Giovinco Is Staying At Juventus – Agent

Seb the Saviour: Sebastian Giovinco did his utmost to live up to fans' expectations as he was far and away Juventus' best player during a poor performance against Champions League minnows BATE Borisov.

Sebastian Giovinco is unlikely to leave Juventus this summer as far as his agent, Andrea D'Amico, is concerned, despite reports to the contrary.

The Italian Under-21 international, who is currently in Sweden for the European U-21 Championships, has been linked with a move away from Turin this summer. A number of reports have claimed that he will be heading to Udinese as part of Juve's move for Gaetano D'Agostino. However, D'Amico has again down played reports of an exit, despite the contrary voices.

"Giovinco has the will to take his chances at Juventus and he had a good season last term," the agent told Tuttomercatoweb.com.

"He is a pure talent and he has adapted so well, despite his age. The problem in Italy has always been with youngsters, but he is a mature player and he will be staying at Juventus."

The agent was, perhaps, referring to big Italian clubs not giving younger players much of a chance. Giovinco has always claimed he wants to remain at the club and he is seen as the heir to Juve legend Alessandro Del Piero.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com
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