November 29, 2009
As we enter Week 15 of the Serie A season, it is a familiar name that leads the pack at the top of the table. Chasing their ‘18th’ Scudetto success, the Nerazzuri find themselves eight points clear of the Bianconeri. With the Derby d’Italia fast approaching, can we, or anyone for that matter, catch Jose Mourinho’s men?
As has been the case in Italy over the past few years, Internazionale continue to dominate the domestic scene. As notorious under-achievers on the European circuit, they have found themselves able to hide their failure in the Champions League amongst Europe’s elite with numerous league titles. However, in what is believed to be the year that Juventus have finally amassed a squad capable of challenging for the title, the contest between the Italian heavyweights is well under way.
November 9, 2009
Ahead of the international break, my attention switches this week to the squad selection for the world champions. The Azzurri squad arriving for training at Coverciano this week will contain two fresh faces ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Holland and Sweden. Antonio Candreva and Davide Biondini join up with la Nazionale for the first time, fulfilling boyhood dreams in the process. There are also re-calls for some younger faces, including the likes of Giampaolo Pazzini, Mattia Cassani and Daniele Galloppa amongst others. After facing fierce criticism from the media over recent months for not injecting youth into his squad, Marcello Lippi has now answered those calls ahead of these experimental match-ups and it is now up to these youngsters to make the most of their opportunities.
November 1, 2009
Juventus President Jean-Claude Blanc caused quite a stir last week. Following comments made to the media, the Frenchman has stated his intent to embellish the Bianconeri jersey with a third star next season, provided his club successfully claim the Scudetto this term. Somewhat controversial when you consider his disregard of the decision made to rescind two Serie A titles following Juve’s alleged involvement in the Calciopoli scandal in 2006.
‘You know that on all our official documents there are 29 Scudetti, with two asterisks for those that they have taken away from us’.
As a Juventino, I fully support his plan to celebrate the success of this prestigious club, and I firmly back his decision.