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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