Friday, June 5, 2009

Peruzzi Ready To Help Ciro

One of Italy's best goalkeepers of the last 20 years, Angelo Peruzzi, is ready to lend Ciro Ferrara a hand at Juventus, according to Tuttosport.

The 39-year-old formally hung up his gloves with Lazio on May 20 2007 and has been working under Marcello Lippi with Italy over the last year.

Peruzzi made 208 appearances for Juventus between 1991 and 1999, winning three Scudetti and a Champions League.

Whether Peruzzi lands a spot on Ferrara's staff depends on whether his former teammate actually gets the Juventus job on a full time basis.

Ferrara took temporary charge of the Bianconeri on May 18 2009 after Claudio Ranieri was sacked with two games of the season remaining.

He did all that was asked of him, winning both matches and is now in competition with Roma Coach Luciano Spalletti for the top job in Turin.

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Mellberg set for talks over Juve future

Former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg is set to hold talks over his future at Juventus following the arrival of Fabio Cannavaro.

The Sweden international moved to Turin last summer on a free transfer but, with Cannavaro having joined fellow Italy internationals Giorgio Chiellini and Nicola Legrottaglie at the club, it appears Mellberg may have limited opportunities.

Villa as well as Greek side Olympiacos are reported to be interested in Mellberg and the 31-year-old says he wants to hold talks with his current side to discover if he has a future.

“I haven’t heard anything really,” he said in Fotbolls Expressen.

“The last thing they said was that they will see us all for pre-season. That will be the case unless I hear something else from them.

“It is certainly clear that, either today or in the coming days, I will certainly talk to the club and the new coach to see what the plan is.

“It is truly inspiring to play at this level for one of the biggest clubs in the world and to have enjoyed good moments in the cup and Champions League.

“To play as many games as I have at this level has been great fun.

“But I like it best when I play all the time – I would have liked to have played even more.

“That is always the ambition, and I must work as hard as possible to do that.

“However, now that Cannavaro has signed, I have to compete with three Italy internationals in the centre, so it is clear that it will be tough.”
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Primavera: Maddaloni: "We Should Have Done Better"

"It was a good season because we won the Viareggio Cup but could have been a triumphant one. We were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the championship and this sort of brought things down a bit".

Massimiliano Maddaloni, the Primavera coach, has not yet overcome the disappointment with regards to the elimination suffered on Monday afternoon against Palermo in the final eight. The coach, guest on the last episode of the season for Springtime, the programme on Juventus Channel dedicated to the Primavera on air tonight at 21:30hrs, explained the defeat in this way:

"There were various reasons: many of our players were not at their best from Immobile to Rossi to Ariaudo and the fact that I had to share my time between the first team and the Primavera also left its effect. One must not forget that our team is a very young one and at these levels a year more or less can make a difference. These however, should not be excuses. We did well but could have done better and this is why we are sad".

It was an intense season for Maddaloni. The coach in fact formed part of the staff who drove Del Piero and friends during the last two weeks of the championship and if Ferrara were to be conformed the doors of the first team would probably be opened to him too:

"We are all awaiting serenely the decisions of the directors. Ciro and I feel that we are Juventus persons and whatever the decision is we will be happy to continue our work in black and white. I felt honoured to be able to train champions like Del Piero or Nedved for two weeks. It was a short period but very exciting and rich in satisfaction".
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Manninger Turns 32. Your Best Wishes On

Yet another reason to celebrate at Juventus. After Amauri, who yesterday turned 29, today is the turn of Alexander Manninger to blow out the candles. The Austrian goalkeeper turned 32. The best wishes for Alex include having another season like the one which has just ended in which he showed his great reliability.

It is not easy not to miss the best goalkeeper in the world and yet when Buffon was forced to stop due to injury, Manninger rose excellently to the situation. Well done Alex and best wishes from all at Juventus and all the bianconeri supporters.

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