LUCIO SET TO LEAVE

The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan defender Lucio has said that he is extremely keen on leaving the Italian club Juventus either in January or in the summer after falling down the pecking order. Lucio joined the Italian champions in the summer from Inter Milan, with whom he spent three successful years.

Prior to moving to Inter Milan, the Brazilian defender was one of the first choice players at Bayern Munich. He was extremely successful at the German club winning numerous Bundesliga titles amongst many trophies. However, his best period in the European football came in 2010 when he was an integral part of the Inter Milan team that won the treble under the guidance of José Mourinho.

The 34-year-old has now revealed that he is now considering leaving the Italian champions in the January transfer window. He has been picked for the first team by the manager for only three matches this season. He has also revealed that there are a number of clubs interested in securing his services. Due to the fact that he does not have a long time remaining in the game, he wants to maximise his chances of playing football. Hence, he wants to leave to a club where he can play regular first-team football.

“(Juve coach Antonio) Conte doesn’t pick me, so I want to leave. I’m not happy in Turin because I’m not playing. These have been some difficult months because the coach doesn’t consider picking me. I want to leave and find a club that will let me play. Wolfsburg? That would be a good opportunity. I spent a lot of great years in Germany. If I started talking about returning to Germany my children would get really excited,” said Lucio. Juventus are currently top of the table once again.

JUVE SMASH SIENA

Juventus has defeated Siena in a Serie A match played at Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi on Tuesday. Juventus won the match by a close margin of 2-1. This was the sixth victory for Juventus in the ongoing Serie A League.

Juventus is currently at no. 1 in the Serie A points table with 19 points in 7 matches. Out of the 7 matches that Juventus has played in the Serie A in the current season, it has won 6 and the remaining 1 ended in a draw.

On the other hand, this was the fifth defeat for Siena in the ongoing Serie A League. Siena has played 7 matches in the competition and hasn’t managed to gather all the three points in any of those matches. The team suffered defeat in five matches and the remaining two finished in the form of a draw. Siena is currently placed at no. 20 in the Serie A points table with only two points in seven games.

In the match against Siena, the Juventus team was off to a fantastic start. Andrea Pirlo took Juventus ahead in the 14th minute of the match. It was a low, angular shot by the Italian midfielder and the ball went straight into the right hand corner of the net.

Just before the half time break, Siena managed to equalize the scores. Emanuele Calaiowas was the one who scored the leveller for the hosts. It was an extremely powerful header and the Juventus goalkeeper had no chance of stopping the ball.

There were no goals scored in the first 40 minutes of the second half and it seemed that the match was going towards a draw. But, that didn’t happen. Juventus managed to get ahead with the goal of Claudio Marchisio just a few minutes before the end of the game.

The Siena team couldn’t find the net in the remaining time and suffered yet another defeat in the ongoing season.
Juventus will play its next match against Napoli on 20th of October at the Juventus Stadium.

HIGH HOPES IN SERIE A

The Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has said that the club does not only want to succeed in the Champions League this season and are looking to do well in all competitions. Juventus managed to lift the league title for the first time in nine seasons.

They even went unbeaten throughout the season, which was also a record for the current format of the Italian Serie A. As a result, many are predicting that the club will be focusing only on doing well in the Champions League this season, as they have spent a long time waiting to play in this competition.

It has been more than a decade since Juventus last won the Champions League. Even though the star midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who was influential in the success last season, has said that the club are desperate for success in the European competition, it would not prevent them from focussing on all competitions they participate. Pirlo has stressed that they would like to win the league title once more. Juventus have made a good start to the new season after they have won their first two matches of the Italian Serie A campaign. Pirlo has said that he hopes they will be able to repeat the success of last season.

“We enjoyed a great 2011-12 campaign and we’re looking to build on that. The club has had an excellent transfer campaign, which should enable us to challenge for silverware in all competitions. We have started the new season with the ambition to do well in all competitions,” Pirlo stated to Sky Sport Italia. Juventus started the new season with matches against Parma and Udinese. The 2-0 win over Parma was followed by a stunning 4-1 win over Udinese. Pirlo has stated that they would like to maintain the good start to the season.

SUAREZ NOT KEEN ON JUVE

Luis Suarez has prevented any speculation linking him with a move to Italian club Juventus by signing a new contract with Liverpool, according to the Liverpool news website. The 25-year-old Uruguay striker has been linked with Italian club Juventus throughout the summer.

It was thought that he has grown extremely frustrated with life in the United Kingdom after being constantly abused after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra. However, the 25-year-old has signed a new deal with the club that will see his wages increment numerous amounts to its present value of £ 120,000 per week. This makes Luis Suarez one of the high earners at the club.

Even though the striker had four years left on his existing deal, Liverpool were extremely keen to tie him on a long-term deal due to the interest from Juventus. After winning their first major title since 2003, Juventus are looking to revamp the squad in such a way that they will be able to challenge for the Champions League title this season. Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie have been two main target for the club in this transfer window. After signing a new contract, Luis Suarez has said that he is extremely delighted to extend his stay with Liverpool.

“To sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city. That is important for me and I am very happy with my new contract. I am happy off the pitch because the people of Liverpool are good with me and my family. I try my best on the pitch and when you are happy off the pitch, you are happy on the pitch,” said the striker after the announcement of the new deal. Luis Suarez was eliminated from the London Olympics in the quarter-final stage.

SUPER CUP WIN

Juventus have won the Italian Super Cup, defeating Napoli in the final by 4-2. The result of the match couldn’t be decided in the first 90 minutes. So, the match was extended for the next 30 minutes. The players of Juventus played brilliantly in extra time and won the match convincingly.

Napoli took lead twice in the match, but, on both the occasions, Juventus leveled the score.

The Juventus players were on the attack right from the start of the match. The players of Napoli were looking under a bit of pressure. But, all of a sudden, Edinson Cavani got through the defense of Juventus and scored a fantastic goal in 27th minute of the match. The goalkeeper of Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon, tried to bounce the ball back into the play again, but, Cavani kicked the ball powerfully on the rebound and succeeded to beat the goal keeper this time around.

But, Napoli couldn’t maintain the lead for too long – they weren’t really expected to win the match, in spite of ebing named as one of James Richardson’s football betting tips prior to the match.

Juventus leveled the score in 37th minute when Kwadwo Asamoah scored a brilliant goal. This was the first goal of Asamoah for Juventus. He joined Juventus this season and he proved his utility in the team. But, Napoli took the lead for the second time in the 41st minute. Goran Pandev scored the second goal for Napoli. Gianluigi Buffon moved from his position and tried to make a save, but, Pandev kicked the ball over Buffon’s head and the ball went into the goal post.

In the second half, the Juventus players were trying hard to level the score and they succeeded in the 73rd minute when Vidal took the advantage of the penalty kick and Juventus came back in the match again. At the end of the second half, the scores were tied at 2-2, triggering extra-time, and causing a new flurry of fans to watch the live Football Online.

In the extra time, Christian Maggio of Napoli headed the ball in his own goal post by mistake and Juventus got up by 3-2. Four minutes later, Mirco Vucinic made the score 4-2 by capitalizing on a wonderful pass from Claudio Marchisio. Napoli wasn’t able to make a comeback after that and lost the match. In the later part of the second half, Pandev and Juan Zuniga were shown red cards by the referee and Napoli played with only nine players in the extra time.

JUVENTUS WANT JOVETIC

Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta has said that he feels that Fiorentina midfielder Jovetic will be a great signing for the club. Juventus have been linked with the 22-year-old midfielder, who has been heavily linked with Premier league club Chelsea as well. However, it is thought that the Italian club will be the front-runners when it comes to the negotiations stage.

Juventus are the complete rebuilding stage after having just won the title. The club have stated in the last couple of weeks that reclaiming their lost position in the European front will be the main ambition of the club in this season. As a result, they have been looking at signing high profile players like Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman has only one season left on his current contract, while he has already revealed that he will not be signing a new contract with the club. Juventus are thought to be the front-runners for his signature. However, Robin van Persie is not the only target they have in mind after the sporting director Beppe Marotta acknowledged their interest in the Fiorentina midfielder Stevan Jovetic. Even though Juventus won the title last season, their strikers were not exceptional when compared with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Overall we have made available to Conte a good squad of players, we are happy with the new arrivals, but at this stage we are also considering other market opportunities. Jovetic? He’s a player at Fiorentina that we like, whose profile responds to what we are looking out for, for our objectives, but from here we will talk about transfers as they happen. That’s all I can say out of respect for Fiorentina,” said Beppe Marotta in a recent interview. Fiorentina have said that they will not consider selling Jovetic for less than € 30 million.

UDINESE AIM TO KEEP DUO

Udinese director Fabrizio Larini has said that the club faces a tough fight to keep the midfield duo of Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah from the prying eyes of Juventus.

Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah have been sensational for Udinese this season. They have been largely responsible for their charge up the table, despite losing the likes of Alexis Sanchez in the summer.

However, this summer does not seem to be different for the Italian club after Juventus have been credited with interest in the services of both Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah. Fabrizio Larini has revealed that Juventus have entered into advanced negotiations with the club in order to sign the pair.

Juventus will be hoping that both Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah will be valuable additions to the squad, which recently won the Italian Serie A title after a long time. Juventus will also be looking to make significant inroads into Champions League knockout stages as well. The club has been on the decline since its last final appearance in the Champions League back in 2003. However, they could well be set for a return to the upper echelons of European football.

“In the last few days we have had some preliminary meetings with many different clubs to understand reciprocal requirements. In particular Juventus manifested their interest in these two players, but so also did Arsenal FC. Juve are an important club and it’s difficult for us to say no when faced with certain teams and players who want to go as high as possible in their profession, not to mention economic advantages. We are aware of the siren song reaching the ears of our players and it could distract them,” said Fabrizio Larini in a recent interview.

Losing high profile players is certainly not new to Udinese, who have always found replacements.

JUVE RETIRE NUMBER 10

Juventus recently submitted a proposal to retire the number 10 won by legendary striker Alessandro del Piero, who is all set to leave the club in the next month.

By doing so, Alessandro del Pirlo will bring to an end an allegiance with Juventus that began back in 1993. He has been with Juventus during all these years after having faced a lot of disappointment and ecstasy with the club.

He was part of the Juventus team that played in the second division of Italian football for the first time in their history when the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic choose to leave the club.

He has been part of the Juventus team in all this years and he has had the opportunity to go out on a high this season. Juventus won their first league title since 2003 this season, but even more impressive was the fact that they had gone unbeaten throughout the season. Alessandro del Piero was given the perfect send off by the Juventus fans after he scored a trademark goal against Atlanta in the final match of the season. Due to his contribution to the club, it has been discussed among the Juventus board that the number 10 should be retired forever in his memory.

Alessandro del Piero, though, has said that it is not the right move by the club. Former AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has also echoed the same thoughts. “Juventus wanted to retire the number 10 shirt now that Alessandro is leaving the club, but he asked them not to do so. I agree with his decision. It’s unthinkable that someone will be up to Del Piero’s legacy soon, but I am sure someone will, in the future. I am staying with 21. I’ve always had it and I want to keep it,” said Pirlo.

WHY I HATE JUVENTUS

Juventus ensured that many in the footballing world would hate them when they were heavily involved in the match fixing scandal that rocked Italian football in 2006.

Juve cheated their way to successive Serie A titles.

They were punished but after a series of appeals they were in a position to return to the big time within just a couple of years; finishing third in Serie A in 2008 and runners up in 2009.

They returned to the Champions League just two years after being found guilty of buying two league titles.

Had Juve’s initial punishment been upheld they would have, rightly, been finished as a major force in football for a few years. Being relegated two divisions and handed a 30 point penalty would have ensured that, even with a flawless few seasons it would have been 5 years or so before they returned to Serie A. Instead they now look set to be in contention for the league title in 2012 as well as looking good for a spot in the Coppa Italia final.

With Players such as Nedved, Buffon and Del Piero staying at the club they have given all the more reason to hate Juve. These are three of the most iconic players to have graced the pitch over the last decade and had they walked out, as Thuram, Ibrahimovic and Cannavaro did, they could have truly outed Juventus as the disgrace to Italian football that they are.

The Italian league and football in Italy is still tarnished by the actions of Juventus and a few others in the years leading up to the 2006 verdict but the impact on Juve is long gone. Just six years since being found guilty Juve will in all probability lift a trophy at the end of this season. If there was any justice they would be finished and be rotting away in the lower leagues of Italy with no hope of a return any time soon.

KRASIC DIVES

This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone who follows Italian football, but just look at how Krasic tumbles when he enters the box against Bologna.

Juventus fans must be so proud…!