As the season draws to a close you begin to dread it. Those final few weeks of seeing the Bianconeri in action leave you in a state of depression, as you know in the back of your mind that horrible summer without football is just around the corner. You ask yourself so many questions: What am I going to do on a Sunday afternoon now? What will ESPN show instead? Fast forward two months and here we are! Pre-season preparation is well under-way as Juve touch-down in the USA ready to get the new campaign started.
The Old Lady will test her wits in three pre- season friendlies; kicking things off against Sporting Lisbon on the 23rd, facing Club America on the 26th before wrapping things up against Guadalajara on the 28th. However, while Antonio Conte drills his new charges, the never-ending and excruciatingly annoying saga that is Calciopoli continues to drag on.
The FIGC (Italian FA) announced this week that they would not be stripping Inter of the 2006 Scudetto, after 23 members voted in favour of the Nerazzurri keeping it, while one voted against and two abstained. Cue that horrid and rather ghastly smile on the face of Massimo Moratti who with a hint of the Demon Headmaster merely responded to reporters’ questions with: ‘It is certainly good news’, further endearing himself to us all.
Juve fan makes his feelings known in rather unambiguous terms following FIGC decision
The club has now threatened further legal action; 'The decision of today's Federal Council confirms a completely different treatment for similar situations,' a club statement read. 'It is understood that, in order to protect their millions of fans, as well as the shareholders and employees, Juventus must pursue the right and proper verification of facts while looking for treatment equality'. While FIGC president Giancarlo Abete admitted that he wished Inter would’ve foregone the statute of limitations, ultimately revealing that they are holding on to that Scudetto on a technicality, it is my personal opinion that the case should now be dropped. How many more years will pass before a logical conclusion is found? Better to channel that anger and sense of disappointment on to the pitch and secure the Scudetto in the next season or two. Either that or be done with it and give Novara the 2006 title, they were innocent right?
Having concluded that rant, we can now move on to discuss transfer news, which unfortunately also includes a rant. Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo has decided that his time in Turin has come to an end, claiming: ‘I’ve received an offer from Europe that will vastly improve my salary’. In times of financial hardship not only in Italy but across most of Europe, it’s good to see Felipe doing his part to eradicate the stereotype of the selfish, egotistical modern-day footballer whilst also giving us a wonderful example of loyalty simultaneously. A terrific feat for the former Fiorentina man, well done!
While rumours continue to link the club with several players, it appears that Giuseppe Rossi could secure his move to Juve in the coming days, and what an excellent arrival he would be. Despite the likes of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez being touted as possible signings, it is Rossi that has stood out for me. Having spent successful spells at Parma and now Villarreal, it is time the diminutive left-footed magician earned a move to one of the big clubs in Italy where he will no doubt prove to be a huge success.
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