Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Roberto Mancini: Coach Juventus? Why Not

Roberto Mancini (Grazia Neri)

Former Inter Coach Roberto Mancini has declared that he would find nothing wrong in coaching Juventus in the future if given the opportunity to do so.

Things have not been very good between the currently unemployed coach and the Bianconeri in the past, but it seems that Mancini is willing to put their past problems behind him.

"Coaching Juventus? If there is the possibility, we can easily talk about it," declared the Mancio to sportmediaset.it.

"It seems like I had problems with Juventus, but that is not the case."

Also, Mancini admitted that he does not see anything wrong with what happened recently between Luciano Moggi and Bologna.

"It doesn't seem scandalous to me," he continued. "If we want to talk about football, Moggi understands it well and if there is a club director who is Moggi's friend who wants to speak with him and ask him something, I sincerely don't see anything wrong in this."

This change of attitude towards Juve and Moggi will most likely still not change the opinion of the Bianconeri fans about Mancini, who is now tainted with the Nerazzurri's colours of his past.

Glenn Debattista, Goal.com
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John Elkann: "The Transfer Market Is Not Over For Us"

"Felipe Melo? The transfer market is not over for us. We must make sure to operate well". This is how John Elkann answered to the question on whether Brazilian Felipe Melo will be wearing the Juventus jersey next season. "We want to strengthen the aquad for next season. There are many negotiations which are still on ", explained Elkann at the end of the assembly of Turin industrialists.

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Team Of Trainers Made Official

With a few days to go before the official start of the 2009/10 season, the technical staff driven by Ciro Ferrara has a new face. Together with deputy coach Massimiliano Maddaloni, technical assistant Dodo Sormani and goalkeeper trainer Michelangelo Rampulla there is now a team of trainers made up of three professionals who are already well known amongst the bianconeri: Massimo Neri, Claudio Gaudino and Andrea Scanavino.

While for Scanavino it is a confirmation considering his uninterrupted work with Juventus since 1999, for Neri and Gaudino it is a happy return seeing that they worked for the bianconeri in the past. More recent and more shorter is that of Neri who worked with Capello between 2004 and 2006. Gaudino’s experience in black and white is longer (from 1981 to 1999) having worked in the first team with Trapattoni (twice), Marchesi, Zoff and Lippi and in the youth sector.

Massimo Neri will be the coordinator of this new team. Claudio Gaudino will be concentrating mostly on the recovery of injured players. Andrea Scanavino will be supporting both activities and will take care of the team during the international breaks. Having returned to Juventus, Neri and Gaudino will not be leaving their posts with the national teams of England (with Fabio Capello) and Italy (with Marcello Lippi) with which he won the world cup in 2006.

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Ibra explains Juve exit

Inter striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he did not leave Juventus in 2006 because they were engulfed in the Calciopoli scandal.

The 27-year-old Sweden international was one of several Juventus players who left the club as they were relegated to Serie B.

“I didn't leave the Bianconeri because of Calciopoli. Something didn't happen between the club and I, and I had already decided to go away before the scandal,” Ibrahimovic told Sfide.

“Milan also wanted me, but I soon chose Inter without problems. I have never given a damn about the rivalry with Juventus.

“In Turin I felt like a superstar, but the club that taught me the most was Ajax. They taught me more things than any other club.

“In Italy, England and Spain they look for players who are already ready. They want results quickly. At Ajax it's different.

“They shape you with training and discipline,” Ibrahimovic said.

Last year's Capocannoniere then explained his affiliation with Inter.

“I have supported Inter since I was little.

“One day I watched the Italian championship on TV with some friends and we decided to bet some small change, choosing a team each. I chose Inter, the others Juve and Milan,” Ibrahimovic concluded.

Ibrahimovic will return to Italy this weekend as Inter prepare for their preseason tour of the USA.

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Fiorentina Sign Marco Marchionni From Juventus

Marco Marchionni celebrates with Pavel Nedved after giving Juventus the lead against Lazio

Fiorentina have completed the signing of Juventus winger Marco Marchionni, confirmed by a press release through their official website Viola Channel.

The Florence-based outfit have paid just over €2 million to the Bianconeri to take the 28-year-old on a co-ownership basis. The midfielder will reunite with coach Cesare Prandelli, with whom he worked with successfully at Parma from 2002-2004.

The deal only needs to be given the go ahead by the player himself, but that will only be a formality.

The press have suggested the arrival of the ex-Parma man is a sign that the Viola have given up on trying to sign Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe. Meanwhile, it could also result in the departure of Franco Semioli or Mario Santana.

Marchionni joined Juventus in 2006, but featured inconsistently for the club due to injury problems.

Adam Scime, Goal.com
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Amauri hails Samba Juve

After the signing of Diego from Werder Bremen, Amauri is hoping Juventus add Fiorentina's Felipe Melo to their ranks and give the side an even more Brazilian flavour.

The 29-year-old striker, who was born in Brazil, feels the Bianconeri are doing excellent work in the transfer market ahead of next season.

Speaking of Diego, he said: “It's something which I am very happy about aside from the question of nationality.

“Diego is a great player and he will help us make a further jump in class. The lad has that winning spirit and a lot of class.”

Asked if he would perform the role Claudio Pizarro did for Diego at Werder, Amauri replied: “I hope it will be like this.

“Anyway, the benefactors of Diego's arrival will be all of our attackers, even if it's true that at least on a technical level there are analogies between Pizarro and I.”

Amauri also revealed he has been in constant contact with Diego, helping him settle in.

“It's true. We often hear from each other. Diego also called me before signing with Juve to ask me for many details about the club, the team and the city.

“I don't know how tempted he was by Bayern. Anyway, I explained to him how well I think of Juventus and Torino.

“From the first moment I arrived here it was as if I found myself at home and I tried to tell Diego that this is the ideal place to give consistency to your own footballing dreams.”

Finally, Amauri was asked about Milan's decision to sell Kaka to Real Madrid.

“I am a little bit sorry, but not too much. I don't want to unbalance myself here. Italian football has lost Kaka, but it is finding Diego. It hasn't lost out.

“The true great difference is that Ricardo played for Milan, while Diego will play for Juve. So no, I am not completely sorry,” he concluded.

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Diego Will Be Juventus' Kaka – Amauri

On fire: Juventus striker Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira (Grazia Neri)

Juventus striker Amauri is relishing the chance to play alongside Diego, and he believes the Brazilian playmaker will be the Bianconeri's Kaka.

Juve will now have more of a Brazilian influence in attack, with extra flair now anticipated. Amauri feels Diego has plenty to offer his new team and he is hoping the former Werder Bremen man can fire the Old Lady towards glory.

The hitman doesn't feel Kaka's move from Milan to Real Madrid has damaged Serie A, believing Diego will be just as good as Los Merengues' new man.

"I am really happy with Diego's arrival, even aside from his nationality. He is a great player and he will help us make the step up in quality. He has a winning spirit and lots of class," Amauri told Tuttosport.

"Italian football has lost Kaka and it's a shame. However, Diego has replaced him. The only difference is that Kaka played for Milan, and Diego will be playing for Juventus.

"His arrival will be of great benefit to us strikers."

Diego became the club's first signing of this summer's transfer campaign when he joined from Werder Bremen in May.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com
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