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Posted by Sumeet Paul on 08/05/2010

The day that many Juventini were dreading has finally arrived. It has been confirmed that Sebastian Giovinco has left the club to join Parma initially on loan with the option to buy at the end of the season.

Giovinco is Parma bound ©GettyImages

Rumours have been circulating for weeks regarding Seba’s future, and after years of frustration sitting on the sidelines looking on at his beloved Bianconeri, ‘formica atomica’ has decided to leave Turin in order to showcase his undoubted talent.

“Giovinco is now a Parma player and we are very happy,” general manager of Parma Pietro Leonardi told Sky Sport Italia.

It is believed that Parma have paid €500,000 to land the little magician for this season, and will have the option to buy half of his contract next summer. The move does not come as a shock as Giovinco has been linked with a move to both Parma and Bari for several weeks, but nevertheless the disappointment that surrounds his departure is still evident.

Coaches have been and gone without giving the Italy under-21 star a chance to break into the first team. Touted as the rightful heir to Alex Del Piero’s throne, Bianconeri tifosi have long admired the youngster and have waited for him to make his mark on the club. Having impressed whilst on loan at Empoli two years ago, along with Claudio Marchisio who is now a permanent fixture in the Juve starting line-up, Giovinco failed to hold down a starting place. He drifted in and out of the side, making an impact when called upon, yet here we are discussing what could have been. All may not be lost, Seba may return at the end of the season and give Turin another shot. However, if he were to flourish under the stewardship of Pasquale Marino at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, then few could blame him for wishing to continue at Parma.

Despite breaking the mould and being one of the few clubs in Italy to give youth a chance, the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Claudio Marchisio will continue to improve at the Olimpico this season and upon the return to the Delle Alpi. However, despite never being given the chance to demonstrate his talent on the biggest European stage thus far, the youth team product will hope to make a name for himself following his move.

As I’m sure he will be greeted with a warm welcome when he returns to Turin, we wish him the best of luck with his new club and hope that he is given the chance he deserves. Buona Fortuna Seba, just make sure you don’t find the net when you come see us this season!

- On a happier note, if anyone is planning to attend the Italy v Ivory Coast game on Tuesday night at Upton Park get in touch, shall see you all there. Forza Azzurri!


Posted by wahab ayobi on 08/06/2010

Juventus shouldnt have sold Giovico because hes the best young player i have seen

Posted by skipdiv77 on 08/06/2010

wahab- they did not sell him, he went out on loan. I think this is very smart, he needs to play regularly and if he does well Juve can just take him back next year. I would rather he play regularly then be the third string behind Diego and Del Piero

Posted by SUNKANMI on 08/06/2010


Posted by Onyina Manu Adams on 08/07/2010

why Giovinco because there are bad players in the team, for me i don't understand.

Posted by wee on 08/07/2010

He's definitely an up and coming youngster but i feel that the juventus management had not been giving him the chance to perform. Last summer signings of diego and melo was in fact bad business for the old lady

Posted by rudy on 08/08/2010

smart idea 2 sell giovinco he will get better as a player and juve will get him back next year

Posted by Anonymous on 08/08/2010


Posted by Idris Aliyu on 08/09/2010

I Pray this wont be a Mistake my dear team will will regret this season, but i wish him well and i pray he will be back next season. juve till we die.

Posted by Fairuz Ramli on 08/11/2010

It seems like Gio need to play more regularly. with 442 formation used by Gigi Del Neri, it will be very hard for Gio to play week in week out. he can still push for first team place but he need to adapt to new role; play as a left winger and cut in inside like the legendary Pavel Nedved did during Lippi 2nd era.

Posted by stephen on 08/13/2010

Seba will come back to us. I strongly believe this and as such I'm not too worried. After all he's only on loan and he might get to show the league what he really has to offer. It is somewhat of a bitter sweet. At least he might get much playing time, but not with us

Posted by mike on 08/17/2010

Can't believe the club preffers diego to giovinco... he must be starter!!! cancel transfer juve, and sell or give diego instead!!

Posted by bada on 08/17/2010

why would giovinco be placed on loan in the first place..when would our great team juventus learn that all this old tired men are not the answer to our problems.he is the best left winger in that team.left to me the best player in the squad.i can imagine a team like arsenal or any other english team buying giovinco then u will really know is worth,and then juventus fc would regret deeply.just the way we regret selling henry when he was young...well i hope the coach as his plans placed right,good luck with the team but i am very unhappy

Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2010

Personally I would have loaned/sold deigo instead.

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David Young After watching his first Serie A game as a youngster, Sumeet Paul has been an avid fan of Italian football ever since. Offering in-depth and opinionated views, coupled with a humourous element, he has a strong desire to become involved in sports writing. Pairing up his life's two greatest loves; football and talking, he would appreciate any feedback and general football conversation, you can email him at or you can follow him on twitter @italiafooty

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