Saturday, July 4, 2009

Trentino Program Has Been Completed: Friendly Against Vicenza On The 21st Of July

With just over a week to the start of the summer camp, even the last parts of the final schedule during the stay in Val Rendana have been completed.

In the meantime here is the time for the first seasonal friendly. The test against Cisco Roma will be played on Wednesday 15th July in Pinzolo at 17:30hrs.

The details for the second and last match that the bianconeri will play in Trentino have also been defined. Before returning to Turin on Tuesday 21st July, Ferrara’s team will stop for a while in Trento. There, at the Stadio Briamasco, at 17:00hrs, a friendly will be played against Vicenza.
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David Trezeguet: I Will Only Leave If Juventus Sell Me

David Trezeguet, Juventus (Foto Grazia Neri)

David Trezeguet only made a handful of appearances for Juventus in the 2008-09 season and many pundits have suggested his time with the club has come to an end, but the player has claimed there is a possibility he could remain in Turin.

"I can only be honoured to know that prestigious clubs like Marseille and Lyon are interested in me, but I have a contract for two more years with Juventus and I intend to respect it," he explained, according to Calciomercato.

Trezeguet missed the first-half of the campaign through injury last season, then found himself behind Amauri, Vincenzo Iaquinta, and Alessandro Del Piero in the pecking order. Therefore, the Frenchman has not completely ruled out a move away from Turin, but insisted it is up to the club.

"With regards to my transfer, if Juve decide to sell me than my agent will keep me informed," the 31-year-old concluded.

In addition to being linked with a return to Ligue 1, Trezeguet has also reportedly piqued the interest of Atletico Madrid, Roma, AC Milan, and Real Madrid.

He joined Juventus in 2000 from Monaco.

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Udinese set D'Ago price

Udinese director of sport Sergio Gasparin says Juventus will have to pay £14.5m if they want to sign Gaetano D'Agostino.

A deal for the 27-year-old midfielder went cold last week as both clubs could not find an agreement.

Juventus offered too little while Udinese wanted players in exchange.

“Their offer never even arrived at £8.5m. We hadn't even asked for one euro from the Bianconeri, but part-ownership deals instead,” Gasparin said.

“In this case Paolo De Ceglie, Sebastian Giovinco and half of Michele Paolucci and Claudio Marchisio for a total commensurate to D'Agostino's valuation.

“After Juve's refusal, the deal went on to economic terms and Udinese valued the player at £14.5m.

“When you sell D'Agostino, you lose a player who is unique in all of Italy, a player who is irreplaceable and forces you to eventually change the system.

“It's therefore the very minimum that the adequate valuation comes to be recognised,” Gasparin concluded.
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Juventus Have A New Plan To Sign Lyon's Grosso & Lazio's Pandev

Lazio's Goran Pandev lets the fans at the San Siro know who's going through to the next round of the Coppa Italia (Grazia Neri)

The Bianconeri seem to have a plan in place to land both men, according to reports in Italy...

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Happy Birthday Dear President!

Saturday 4th July is the 81st birthday of Giampiero Boniperti. The honorary president dedicated his life to Juventus, having won 14 scudetti, five of which as a player and nine as a director apart from a number of international triumphs represented by 10 trophies.

As a player, Boniperti was simply the best Italian player to emerge from the second world war. Transferred to Juventus for 60,000 lire he was the centre-forward of the team which at the beginning of the 1950s won two scudetti. He contributed with tens of goals and furthermore became the absolute leader of a club which he loves more the anything else.

With the passing of time his position changed to that of wing-back helping Omar Sivori and John Charles (two new champions at the service of the Old Lady) as well as the club itself win three scudetti in four seasons between 1957 and 1961. In all he played 444 matches and scored 181 goals, a record which he held until the advent of Del Piero, the only player who managed to break it. One must say that it was his excellent intuition of talent that brought Alex to Juventus.

On the 10th of June 1961, at the end of a 9-1 final score against the Inter boys, Boniperti retired from being a footballer. His handing over of his boots to the kit manager brought along the end of an era in what was a determined decision after having won the 12th scudetto.

True champions understand when it is time to call it a day. He never returned to the field, not even in a friendly match even though he was the only Italian player to be called up with the Rest of the World side which played against England in 1953 in a match which ended in a 4-4 draw.

The fantastic track record obtained as a player was enhanced further during his office career. Boniperti was Juventus president between 1971 and 1990 and general manager between 1991 and 1994. It is more then a cycle of good results but rather an era constituted of triumphs and great champions in a mix with young players who were gradually inserted with a keen eye. All this he carried out, obviously, in the Juve style.

On the eve of this new stage in his life, all at Juventus wish Giampiero Boniperti all the best on his birthday.

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