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 Atl├ętico 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.

Atl├ętico 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

"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,
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Mellberg to join Olympiakos from Juve

ATHENS (AFP) — Greek champions Olympiakos on Friday said that Swedish international defender Olof Mellberg has agreed a three-year deal.

Greek press reports said that Olympiakos will pay his current club Juventus 2.5 million euros for the transfer, while the player will receive a yearly salary of 1.5 million euros plus bonuses.

Mellberg, 32, has captained the Swedish national team, earning 90 caps and scoring four goals.

At club level he has played for Swedish clubs Degerfors and AIK, Spanish side Racing Santander, English club Aston Villa - where he made 231 appearances and scored seven goals - and Juventus, where he spent last season.

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Cobolli Gigli: D'Ago deal possible

Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli insists a deal for Udinese midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino can still go through.

Negotiations appear to have stalled this week, as the two clubs continue to haggle over a fee.

Udinese want £21m up front or a transfer involving either Sebastian Giovinco or Claudio Marchisio.

“We are focusing on D'Agostino and we believe that it is possible to reach a deal,” Cobolli Gigli explained.

“Some days ago I said that we were half way down the line and I don't know if we have made a step forward or one back.

“However, the two clubs seem to be agreed on the desire to conclude the operation and even the player wants to come to us.

“Now we'll see if there will also be an agreement on the money,” Cobolli Gigli added.

He then spoke about the prospect of signing Mahamadou Diarra from Real Madrid.

“With several weeks left until the end of the transfer window he is one of the alternative hypotheses, one of the motives behind Alessio Secco's trip to Spain.”

Another of the motives behind Secco's trip was to check to see whether Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi is available.

The Bianconeri are said to be lining up a swap deal for Rossi involving David Trezeguet.

“He is a great player,” Cobolli Gigli said of Rossi. “Initially he was not on our shortlist because first we have to find the right solution for Trezeguet or at least understand if he wants to stay with certain conditions.”

Cobolli Gigli also didn't rule out an exchange involving Trezeguet and Real Madrid striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

“In the market everything is thinkable but I don't feel like confirming it,” he said.

Cobolli Gigli concluded by revealing Juventus will begin negotiations with Ale Del Piero regarding a new contract after the start of training camp.

“He is our talisman and he will stay,” Cobolli Gigli explained.
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Luciano Bruni Is The New Primavera Coach

The Primavera turns over a new leaf. Following the promotion of Massimiliano Maddaloni to deputy-coach of the first team, as from today the main team of the youth nursery has a new coach. It is Luciano Bruni, a coach of immense experience at youth level.

Born in Livorno on the 24th of December 1960, Bruni has a long sports curriculum both as player and as coach.

Brought up in the Fiorentina youth sector (with whom he won the Viareggio Tournament), he began his carreer in the Serie A with the viola for which he played till 1981. After two seasons in the Serie B with Pistoiese and Reggiana he was transferred to Verona contributing to the historical 1984/85 scudetto. At the end of the 1980s he returned to Tuscany where he spent his last seasons playing for Lucchese, Siena, Arezzo and Castelfiorentino.

In 1997 he began his career as coach at the Scuola Calcio Firenze Sud.. A year later he was transferred to Fiorentina where he took a new path which brought him to coach in various categories: Esordienti, Allievi Nazionali and Primavera. After a short parenthesis as coach of the Rondinella first team in Serie D, he returned to working with youths, spending one season as coach of the Siena Primavera and then of Piacenza. Last season he was the deputy of Remondina at Hellas Verona which ended the season in seventh place of the Lega Pro 1 A (former C1 Girone A).

As from today, Bruni has become part of the Juventus youth sector where he once again meets Renzo Castagnini (with whom he had shared the Piacenza experience) and meets Gianluca Pessotto for the first time. With the latter he has a past at Verona in common even though during different seasons.

"Coaching the Juventus Primavera is of great satisfaction – he declared on Juventus Channel – and for this reason I thank the directors who chose me. I managed to speak to Castagnini and Pessotto and we were immediately on the same wavelength on the programme to adopt". The Primavera will return to work during the training camp In Chiusa Pesio.
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Villarreal CEO Opens Door To Giuseppe Rossi’s Move To Juventus

Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal in training action for La Nazionale

A feverish Alessio Secco returned to Italy yesterday after a brief trip to Spain to start talks with Real Madrid and Villareal over the availability of midfielder Mahamadou Diarra and striker Giuseppe Rossi, respectively.

The Italy international has stated his desire to return to the peninsula and Juventus are so far the only Serie A club to have shown concrete interest, but negotiations with Villarreal will not be easy.

“Rossi is a great talent and is only 22, which are two good reasons to consider him ‘untransferable’,” Villarreal chief executive officer Jose Manuel Llaneza told Tuttosport.

“But Milan said the same thing about Kaka and you all know how it panned out. If we were faced with an offer we couldn’t refuse…”

It is suggested that the La Liga club value the ex-Manchester United starlet at €25million and the Old Lady have allegedly offered French striker David Trezeguet in part-exchange.

The Yellow Submarine are said to be in favour of bringing in the former Monaco man, but his €7m valuation means Juve would need to splash out €18m in cash to land Rossi.

“I don’t think it’s fair to say what I answered Secco,” Llaneza said when asked about the possibility of ‘Trezegol’ moving to El Madrigal.

“But I can certainly say that Trezeguet is a great player.”

Vince Masiello,
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Juve suffer Spanish setback

Juventus’ hopes of signing Mahamadou Diarra of Real Madrid and Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi have already suffered a blow.

Alessio Secco, the club’s sporting director, held talks with both sides yesterday during his trip to Spain and made little progress in snapping up the duo.

Juve wanted to sign Diarra on a loan basis with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season.

However, Real ruled out such a possibility and are looking to raise cash by slapping a £17m price tag on the midfielder.

With such a fee out of reach for the Italian giants, the Old Lady may now have to withdraw their interest in the former Lyon man.

Juve may launch a fresh bid for Diarra, but it is now increasingly likely that they’ll make contact with Udinese again for Gaetano D’Agostino.

The Italian midfielder was seemingly close to a switch just a few weeks ago before talks stalled over the proposed fee.

It’s a similar situation with Rossi. Villarreal seem ready to do a deal but only on their terms and there is a significant difference between asking price and offer.

Villarreal, who now don’t seem very keen on having David Trezeguet as part of the deal, want £20m for the Italian youngster while Juve are ready to bid around £12m.

As part of the Real talks, Juventus were also understood to have proposed a swap deal which would see Trezeguet move to Madrid in return for Ruud Van Nistelrooy. That option was snubbed too.
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Juve-Real: swap Trezeguet-Van Nistelrooy?

(Salvatore Giglio/ Grazia Neri)

Juventus’ sporting director, Alessio Secco, is negotiating with Real Madrid the loan of Diarra but the Spanish club want to transfer him for 20 million euro. A final decision will be taken next week.

But Juventus is also interested in Gago, the Argentine talent with an Italian passport. However, the negotiation has not started yet.

In the meantime Udinese is prepared to meet Juventus as soon as possible for D’Agostino and discuss a possible reduction of their demand for the player (25 million).
But the news is that Alessio Secco tried to resolve another problem when he was in Spain: to transfer Trezeguet and cash in at least 10 million. Atletico Madrid is thinking about it but they need to transfer Forlan to Real first. Juve has also tried to include Trezeguet in the negotiation for Diarra, or a swap with Van Nilstelrooy, but the Spanish club was not interested.
(Gazzetta dello Sport)
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