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,
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Juventus To Sell Trezeguet, Keep Tiago - Report

Tiago Cardoso Mendes, Juventus (Foto Grazia Neri) 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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