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April 9, 2012
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 04/09/2012

'Volo Juve' (Gazzetta dello Sport). 'Juve Prima' (Corriere Dello Sport). Victory at Palermo on Saturday evening ensured the Bianconeri moved a point clear at the top of Serie A, as rivals Milan slipped up at home to Fiorentina. A convincing display in Sicily saw Juve grab back the initiative in the race for the Scudetto, while in stark contrast, the Rossoneri struggled. With Milan evidently jaded after their exploits in Barcelona, and counting the cost of key players absent through injury, Juve have been presented with the perfect opportunity to put their foot down and build on the momentum that is now with them.

March 26, 2012
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 03/26/2012

Amidst all the inevitable talk of Calciopoli, the pre-match choreography and ‘we have 29 Scudetti’ chatter, the first Derby d’Italia at the Juventus Stadium was as tense, passionately contested and enthralling as any previous meeting. Goals from Martin Caceres and Alessandro Del Piero secured all three points for the Bianconeri, and heaped further misery on the old enemy.

March 12, 2012
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 03/12/2012

'Sometimes in football you have to score goals'. Those are indeed the wise (comedic) words once uttered by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, almost as obvious a statement as that which describes the current situation at Juventus. Four consecutive league draws, six in their last seven games, and just six goals scored since the start of February, all of which has seen the Bianconeri surrender their lead and allow Milan to open up a four point gap at the top of Serie A. Surrounded by cries of injustice and media blackouts, bad luck is one thing, having an impotent strike-force is another.

February 26, 2012
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 02/26/2012

It's as you were in the Scudetto race following Saturday night's stalemate at San Siro, with both sides feeling aggrieved having been denied a genuine goal apiece. Aside from a tense yet entertaining affair between Milan and Juventus, the controversy surrounding the decisions of the officials dominated the headlines in Sunday's newspapers. From Muntari's ‘phantom goal', to Matri's disallowed strike for an incorrect offside call, the Rossoneri remain a point ahead albeit having played a game more.

February 16, 2012
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 02/16/2012

There is an old adage that stipulates a title winning campaign is largely based upon finding a way of winning games without necessarily playing great football. Back-to-back goalless draws have seen Juventus fall a point behind title rivals Milan, with a game in hand away at Bologna yet to be played. Despite dominating for large periods at the Tardini on Wednesday night, the Bianconeri were unable to convert chances into goals, thus giving Coach Antonio Conte the foundations on which to deliver a furious post-match rant. Is the pressure building?

January 30, 2012
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 01/30/2012

'Snow and Udinese were not enough to put the brakes on this flying Juve side. Now Milan must try to keep pace with the Old Lady, as she continues her charge and gathers momentum'

Taken from Sunday's edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, the quote above seemingly echoes the general consensus that the Scudetto race is rapidly becoming a two-sided affair. Having now broken free of Saturday night's opponents, opening up a six-point gap over third-placed Udinese, the Bianconeri's next task appears to be plotting an escape from the tireless hunt of Massimiliano Allegri's side.

September 28, 2011
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/28/2011

“Juventus are over reliant on Andrea Pirlo. It is Pirlo who dictates the game. If you take him out, the others become like ants” scoffed Catania general manager Pietro Lo Monaco after his side held the Bianconeri to a draw on Sunday. Creator-in-chief, ‘L'architetto’ was prevented from being at his fluent best on Sunday, with those struggles permeating through to the rest of the team in Sicily. Despite producing a decent performance considering the lack of time and space he was afforded, does Lo Monaco have a point? Can Juve find a Plan B to win games when the hub of their creativity is shut down?

September 12, 2011
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/12/2011

You’ve waited all summer. Bets have been placed, fantasy football teams submitted and all that’s left is for the season to kick-off. Nervous, excited and hesitant all wrapped into one. Will Conte get it right? Will the team gel with all the new arrivals? Will Amauri ever leave? Of course they will, well except Amauri, but you can’t have everything! The Bianconeri brushed aside all the doubts with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Parma in Turin on Sunday, and with it, set the standard for the rest of the season.

May 10, 2011
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 05/10/2011

Around this time of year in seasons gone-by, the Bianconeri have subjected us to nail-biting, edge of your seat moments in a race for the Scudetto finish line. However, despite this not being the case now for a few campaigns, while Milan were busy wrapping up their 18th title in Rome, Juve practically pulled out a shotgun, aimed a direct shot into their right (or left, doesn’t really matter) foot, and ruled themselves out of the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League. All moans and groans aside, does the Old Lady even deserve a seat amongst the best in Europe next year?

April 6, 2011
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 04/06/2011

After conquering the Stadio Olimpico last weekend, Juve ensured they still have a chance of safeguarding their reservation on the bus for Europe next year. Goals from Milos Krasic and Alessandro Matri silenced the Romanisti on Sunday night, but before anyone starts booking their ticket to Lisbon or the like, let’s remember this is Juventus – the team that ‘lacks consistency in their DNA’.

February 13, 2011
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 02/13/2011

The Derby d’Italia. Juventus vs Inter. A clash between two giants of Italian football, with a history of feisty and controversial encounters. A first-half Alessandro Matri header sealed a memorable victory for the Bianconeri on Sunday night, who are now starting to combine desire with quality and progressively re-discover their early season form.

October 4, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 10/04/2010

The first instalment of this season’s highly anticipated Derby d’Italia produced a 0-0 at the San Siro on Sunday night, a result which will please the Bianconeri as they begin to show signs of consistency. The last goalless stalemate between these two sides came back in February 1999, and many would have expected a fair share of goals in Milan. However, an astute performance from the backline, coupled with some glimpses of creative genius from the likes of in-form Milos Krasic, a share of the spoils was most probably a fair result.

September 27, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/27/2010

Prior to the home clash with Cagliari, Gigi Del Neri declared last week that he believed the Bianconeri were in danger of becoming dependent on Serbian international Milos Krasic as they attempted to put an inconsistent start to the season behind them. Following the 4-2 victory on Sunday night, has Del Neri been proved right following Krasic’s hat-trick firing Juve to victory?

September 19, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/19/2010

With the visit to the Stadio Friuli posing a real threat of yet another setback to the Del Neri era, Juventus were able to overcome the Zebrette in a comfortable 4-0 victory and will hope that this is just a taste of things to come. Goals from Leonardo Bonucci, Fabio Quagliarella, Claudio Marchisio and Vincenzo Iaquinta sealed the win for the Bianconeri as they kick-started their campaign in emphatic fashion.

September 15, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/15/2010

Week 2 of the new season saw Sampdoria visit the Stadio Olimpico in Turin. Following a thoroughly entertaining game, the Blucerchiati left for Genoa with a point following a thrilling 3-3 draw. Goals from new boys Fabio Quagliarella and Simone Pepe were not enough for Juve as they looked for their first win of the season, as a brace from Nicola Pozzi and a strike from Italy’s golden boy Antonio Cassano were enough to ensure a share of the spoils.

August 30, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 08/30/2010

New season, same old story. After a summer of lavish spending in the transfer market, the ‘new Juve’ were set to begin the new season in emphatic fashion by comfortably defeating Bari in the season opener. However, after toiling for large parts at the San Nicola, the home side were victorious thanks to a blockbuster strike from Massimo Donati.

March 25, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 03/25/2010

There is a cycle of events in every club’s existence which will define their legacy. This Juventus has become one of the most disastrous in recent history, and this summer will mark a pivotal moment as to what will be recorded in the history books in the years to come.

March 18, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 03/18/2010

‘Advantage Juve – Craven Cottage awaits’...and good grief was Craven Cottage ready for us. The plan appeared simple, secure an away goal and ‘shut up shop’. Somewhere along the way both Alberto Zaccheroni and the Bianconeri lost the script, and their heads. Those cheers I spoke of last week have disappeared quicker than Usain Bolt on a 100 metre track, and have been replaced with tears. Our season takes yet another nosedive into humiliation.

March 12, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 03/12/2010

Finally, something for an Italian to cheer about in Europe. After witnessing AC Milan’s downfall in Manchester and Fiorentina’s unfortunate elimination at the hands of Bayern, Juve are now flying the flag for Serie A across Europe...oh and of course Inter, how could I forget.

February 19, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 02/19/2010

Just as it seemed as though our season was crumbling from beneath us, a beacon of hope has emerged from the darkness that has shrouded Turin. Alberto Zaccheroni has begun life as coach of the Bianconeri with minimal fuss and his record thus far reads; W2 D2 L0.

A fairly fortuitous victory over Genoa at the weekend has been followed up with an impressive 2-1 victory away in Holland against Ajax. How far can the wily old tactician take us?

January 12, 2010
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 01/12/2010

Toothless. Embarrassing. Shameful. What does this list have in common? They all describe the performance that viewers around the world witnessed in Turin last night from a quite simply shambolic Juventus side. Following the 3-0 mauling at the hands of AC Milan, the Rossoneri must wish they could play us every weekend.

December 7, 2009
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 12/07/2009

The Derby d’Italia. Widely regarded as the most prominent game on the Serie A calendar, involving two of Italian football’s chief powerhouses. With a sparkle of trickery and a delightful chip over a desperate Julio Cesar, Claudio Marchisio wrote himself into Bianconeri folklore as he scored one of the most important goals of his career to date to give victory to Juventus.

October 26, 2009
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 10/26/2009
‘In Italy the most important thing is winning’.
A frank and truthful statement from Fabio ‘Il Capitano’ Cannavaro. However, despite the improvement in results in the past week, the level of performance is far from desirable. What seems to be the root of the problem? Is it irrelevant that the team is playing so poorly if the positive results continue? One thing is certain, with Sampdoria travelling to Turin on Wednesday, Ciro Ferrara will need to see a drastic improvement from his troops.
September 25, 2009
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/25/2009

Seeking to keep up the pace at the top of the table, Ciro Ferrara took his side to Genoa, hoping to preserve their immaculate record in Serie A this season. As the final whistle sounded, the two sides could not be separated, and both had to settle for a point apiece. A late equaliser from substitute David Trezeguet secured the draw for ‘la vecchia signora’.

September 19, 2009
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/19/2009

Despite some sparkling performances thus far from the vast array of outfield talent that coach Ciro Ferrara has at his disposal, it is the ever reliable figure between the sticks that is proving he is surely the most important part of the Bianconeri's title winning puzzle.

September 16, 2009
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/16/2009

Aiming to continue his 100% record start to the season in all competitions, Ciro Ferrara’s side took on Bordeaux in this Champions League opening tie in Turin. With his squad ravaged by injuries and defensive stalwart Giorgio Chiellini ruled out through suspension, the depleted Bianconeri starting line-up was faced with a difficult task against the French champions.

September 14, 2009
Posted by Sumeet Paul on 09/14/2009

After what was billed as the first real test of the Bianconeri’s title credentials, Ciro Ferrara’s men came away from the Stadio Olimpico with all three valuable points to continue their impressive start to the campaign. Goals from debutant Martin Caceres and David Trezeguet were enough to make it three wins out of three, however the injury sustained to star man Diego in the first half will have taken the gloss off the win.

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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