Thursday, June 11, 2009

Molinaro, tests on Thursday 18th

Like many of his team mates, Cristian Molinaro is enjoying a well deserved rest after a long and exhausting season. The rest was however was forcedly anticipated due to a haematoma in the left kidney region which is possibly post-traumatic and which forced the defender to stop before the end of the season. The haematoma is healing and this will allow the Juventus medical staff to evaluate the player’s conditions. Cristian will be in Turin on Thursday 18th to undergo an ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging tests following which a decision will be taken with regards to an eventual different therapeutic orientation.

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Cobolli: Ferrara is a certainty

Just outside the entrance of the Lega Calcio, president Cobolli Gigli answered to the questions made to him by the journalists with regards to Juventus’ interest in Udinese midfielder Gaetano D’Agostino: «The deal is long – he said – but the hope is there. We must make the requests and the offers meet». According to recent rumours Udinese requested Giovinco as part of the deal but Cobolli stated: «Ferrara is very interested in Sebastian». The president was also asked whether Ciro was somewhat of a bet to him (just like Maldini’s definition of new Milan coach Leonardo) to which he answered that Ferrara is a certainty «even though - he added – there is always much to bet on when it comes to work». In conclusion, more about the transfer market with regards o a possible interest in Pandev: «He is a good player – he said – but if we were interested we would speak to Lotito and at the moment this has not yet happened».

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Under 21, 4-0 Against Denmark While Awaiting Lippi’s National Team

Great match by Italy’s Under 21 squad in the friendly against Denmark which was played in Farum. The azzurrini beat the home team with a resounding 4-0 thanks to the goals by Balotelli and Avquafresca in the first half and those of Dessena and Ranocchia in the second.

It was a good prologue in view of the European championships which will be played in Sweden as from the 15th of June with Italy’s debut against the hosts to be played the day after. The team includes three bianconeri: Giovinco, Marchisio and De Ceglie who after the tournament will end their adventure with the Under 21 squad.

After the match of the azzurrini it is now the turn of Marcello Lippi’s neational sqaud who on Wednesday will be playing a friendly in Pretoria against New Zealand. Kick-off is scheduled at 20:50hres at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium of Pretoria. The match will be a good appetizer for the Confederations Cup, seeing that both teams will be taking part in the tournament which will start on the 14th of June with the matches of Group A. Italy will make their debut on the 15th of June against the USA.

Marcello Lippi, who has already shelved the experiment in Pisa during which he fielded many new faces who have already ended their adventure in azzurro for this year, will be entrusting the mission to his most faithful men starting from the Juventus group made up of Buffon, Chiellini, Legrottaglie, new-signing Cannavaro, Camoranesi and Iaquinta.
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D'Ago excited about Juve

Udinese midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino has yet to join Juventus but admits when he does it will be 'the icing on the cake.'

The 27-year-old Italy international is expected to move to Turin later this week but Udinese and Juventus have yet to agree a fee.

Yesterday, Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo said that while the deal had yet to go through, it would happen eventually.

“I await the icing on the cake, but with a lot of serenity and without anxiety,” D'Agostino told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“It does not depend on me, but on the two clubs. Speaking with Pozzo some weeks ago we expressed our thoughts, which, if anything else, were very similar, so I am calm.

“Negotiations take time. In light of this, I would certainly define myself as calm,” D'Agostino added before allowing himself to dream of playing for Juve.

“To think I might be in the Juventus midfield with Diego, Sissoko, Marchisio and Camoranesi. They are all great players.

“You feel calm because, seeing the quality, you are in an iron barrel. They know how to manage the ball and have great experience that can be transferred to me.

“I am not a boy who makes throwaway comments. I only say what I think. For me, Juve would be a great opportunity, something to take pride in because in the last two years I have tried to build a better future for myself.

“To arrive at a great club and make a jump in quality at 27 would make me very happy,” D'Agostino concluded. italia
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Juventus open Lazio talks for Pandev

Juventus management have identified Goran Pandev as Alessandro del Piero's successor.

Pandev declared this week he is leaving Lazio and Gazzetta dello Sport says Juve have already opened talks with the Rome club about a deal for the Macedonia international.

However, Juve must sell David Trezeguet - either to Spain or England - to fund their bid for Pandev, who is being lined up as an eventual replacement for club captain Del Piero.

Meanwhile, Juve officials are in Germany this week for talks with Stuttgart over young defender Serdar Tasci.

A swap is being discussed with Trezeguet and Olof Mellberg mentioned as potential makeweights.
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