Sunday, 10 November 2013

Juventus vs Napoli Match Report

Last nights clash between arguably Italy's finest was a very important one for both sides. Roma were held to a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo in the earlier game which meant that the winners of the game would move to just one point behind the leaders.

Juve went out knowing what they had to do and had the dream start when Isla's shot found Tevez who flicked it on to Llorente who was able to flick it past Reina from close range in just the 2nd minute. Juve were on fire and bulldozing the Neapolitan defence and moments after the goal Bonucci should have doubled the lead but his header was saved from point blank distance by Reina.

The Bianconeri came out in the second half full of confidence after an amazing first half performance where Reina kept them in the game however it seemed that Benitez had, had a word with his players who came out playing like a different side. They were pushing Juve and Insinge, Higuain and Hamsik all having their fair share of chances but when we received a free kick 25 yards out in the 70th minute Napoli could sense trouble. It was perfect Pirlo range and he didn't disappoint with a great free kick gave the Bianconeri a two goal cushion. However not long after Napoli could have opened up the game once again when Buffon was called upon to make a world class save. Despite this the game was sealed in the 80th minute when Paul Pogba shot a wonder goal to seal the victory. Minutes after new signing Angelo Ogbonna was sent off for two bookable offences but this was not enough to give Napoli a chance to get back in the game.

The performance against Napoli really was the best I have seen Juve play in a long time. It was a crucial game to win and everyone performed even the likes of Isla who has had a lot of criticism lately due to poor performances impressed. This game shows that Juve's bad start is now in the past and being a single point behind Roma the confidence in the Juve camp is high. Llorente is scoring the goals, the defence is keeping clean sheets and the midfield is one of the best in Europe the way Juve are playing at the moment really is impressive.

Juventus vs Napoli Match Preview

Tonight the Bianconeri host Napoli in a very important league tie. The teams sit level on points in 2nd and 3rd with Roma just 3 points ahead. Both teams will be wanting to keep up the chase with Roma who conceded their first amount of points to Torino last week.

Both teams will be heading into the tie on great form with both Juve and Napoli having won 5 of their last 6 games. Despite this Juve go into the game on the back of a draw to Real Madrid however I feel that will not affect the performance as Juve played great and will surely have confidence going into the game. On the other hand Napoli won midweek against Marseille so will be heading into tonights game surely high in confidence.

Fernando Llorente who was a midweek hero expects another tough game as he said "Napoli is a club of high level, they are doing really well and we will have to hand a superb performance to come out winners." Rafa Benitez meanwhile feels that it will be even harder for Napoli as he said recently "Juve are favourites to win because they have one extra day to prepare for the encounter."

Team News

Juventus are expected to line up with Llorente partnering Carlos Tevez up top after their recent impressive performances.

Napoli will be without Giandomenico Mesto who is expected to be out for 4 months with a knee injury.


The odds are against Napoli in this tie with the Neapolitans not winning against Juve in Turin for 4 years but I feel Napoli have a chance of breaking that duct today. Their attack has been in amazing form with Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon and Gonzalo Higuain scoring 17 of the 24 goals Napoli have scored this year. Nevertheless Juve seem to be finding their top form once again with 5 wins out of 6 and a very impressive performance against Real Madrid where the Bianconeri were very unlucky not to come out winners. I think that the home advantage will prove pivotal tonight and therefore I am going for 2-0 Juventus win.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Juve News Today 8/11/13

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente who has had a rather poor start to his Juve career now seems to be finding his feet despite this reports in Italy have suggested that Juve have rejected a bid of £20 million from Arsenal.

Buffon who has been facing a lot of criticism over the past year has been backed by his agent who has said that Buffon is still the best goalkeeper in the world.

According to reports Thiago Motta's contract talks between PSG have stalled so it comes as no surprise that Europe's finest have decided to show interest in him with Juve being one of the favourites to sign him.

It is believed that Juventus have sent out scouts to Scotland to watch Heart of Midlothian defender Jordan McGhee. The 17 year old is said to be steady rather than spectacular and a formal offer is a long way off however some English clubs are also watching him.

Juve stars Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Fabio Quagliarella and Andrea Barzagli all took part in the  Bwin Skill Series. The players were put to the test with numerous different challenges but Tevez come out victorious. Have a look at the video on the link below !!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Juve News Today 6/11/13

Juve are stepping up their interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The 21 year old has been attracting interest from all the big clubs in Europe however according to reports Juventus are favourites to sign him.

Last night in our Champions League tie with Real Madrid we drew 2-2. A goal from Vidal in the first half put us ahead but after Ronaldo and Bale scored not long after half time we found ourselves 2-1 behind. Llorente headed us level. For more information on the game visit our earlier match report at

Our midfield rock Paul Pogba has been sparking interest from all over Europe but recent reports have suggested that Pogba was in talks with Real Madrid before joining Juventus.

Beskitas have joined the race with Tottenham Hotspur to sign Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo's contract runs out in the summer and with no new contract yet to be made it looks like the midfield veteran could leave Turin for free.

After our impressive performance last night that ended in a draw Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that he believes Juve will still qualify past Copenhagen and Galatasary despite Juve having still not won a game in Europe this season.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Juventus vs Real Madrid Match Report

Tonights Champions League encounter with Real Madrid was an important one with it possibly influencing whether Juve make it through to the later stages of the competition. Juve started well and went ahead but after going 2-1 down it looked like the game was going to go down hill but they managed to salvage a draw.

Juventus started the first half on the front foot and were playing aggressively knowing they had to win the game meanwhile it seemed like Real Madrid had opted for more of a defensive style of playing. Despite this the first chance of the game came Real Madrid's way when Ronaldo's shot went wide from a rather tight angle. Two minutes later Tevez was taken down in the box after some great play yet referee Howard Webb decided not to give the penalty. Juve kept up the pressure with Llorente forcing a world class save from Casillas and againten minutes later Casillas had to make a decent save from Vidal's long range shot. Juve's great play finally payed off in the 39th minute when Paul Pogba was brought down in the box by Varane and this time unlike earlier in the game Juventus were rewarded a penalty. Vidal stepped up and as usual Vidal placed his penalty perfectly in the top corner.

Juve came out to the second half on the front foot but after a poor mistake from Caceres who had been excellent made a poor mistake which gifted Real Madrid the ball and Ronaldo put Madrid level. Juve seemed to lose their edge when Madrid scored and not long after the goal Alonso hit the bar. Juve then were unlucky to go ahead when Pepe blocked Tevez's shot off the line to deny Juve going forward. Juve looked to be back in the game and in control like most of the first half however they were caught on the counter attack and Bale scored from the edge of the box. Unlike the first Real Madrid goal Juve reacted well and it was not long after that Llorente put the scores level again. The game became end to end but there was no real golden chances to win the game and it ended 2-2.

In my opinion we were the better team tonight and we deserved the win and were unlucky once again against Real Madrid. Despite a draw not being what we wanted it was thankfully not necessarily what we needed due to the result in the other game however it does make our path that little bit harder.

Juventus vs Real Madrid Match Preview

This tuesdays Champions League tie against Real Madrid is really an important one in terms of progressing in the competition or not. Juve go into the game on a high after three straight wins in the league without conceding a goal however the Bianconeri are yet to win a game in this years Champions League where we sit third in the group table with 2 points. Meanwhile Real Madrid's Champions League campaign has been excellent. They sit top of the group table after winning all three game scoring 12 and conceding just 2, despite this their recent game against Rayo Vallecano was anything but promising win a narrow 3-2 win.

Antonio Conte believes we deserve to go through however feels we need to win this game if we have any chance, "We've got to show on the field, as we did in Madrid, that we deserve to go through, otherwise we will be the first to kneel down and applaud those who make it through instead of us." Meanwhile Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric believes that the game will be anything but easy and a win is not guaranteed as he said "They are a great side and we respect them, they have good quality players and we expect a difficult game in Turin."

Team News

Juve will have no Giorgio Chiellini who has a one match ban and Real Madrid won't have Fabio Coentrao who has a sprained ankle.


Juve will go into this game high in confidence with three straight wins and three straight clean sheets while Real Madrid have not been at the top of their game. Despite this the pressure on the Juventini to win the game may be to high and could see them crumble under the pressure. 

I believe that this will be a great game and a tight game like the first time we met Real Madrid a couple of weeks ago however I feel this time Juve will come out on top. With the team being high in confidence and the fans behind them I predict a 2-1 win to Juventus ! FORZA JUVE !!!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Juve News Today 4/11/13

Juventus have been facing criticism from many about the lack of wingers at the club and with the pursuit of Basel's Valentin Stocker looking less and less likely they have turned their attention to young Bosnian winger Izet Hajrovic.

Young Juventus star Domenico Berardi has once again shown why so many teams have been interested in the 19 year old as he scored a hat-trick this weekend against Sampdoria with his loaned club Sassuolo. Once again it looks like Manchester United have missed out on a great youngster.

It seems like Juventus and Napoli have lost out in the battle to sign FC Basel's centre back Fabian Schar who seems to be on his way to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Juve will go in to the Champions League tie against Real Madrid in the week high in confidence with three wins on the bounce and coach Antonio Conte has said that the Juve fans will help the team get a win meanwhile midfielder Claudio Marchisio has said that the side are ready for Real Madrid.

Juventus have closed the gap on Roma to just three points after our neighbours Torino held Roma to their first draw of the season which breaks their 100% win record with Alessio Cerci cancelling out Strootman's earlier goal.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Parma vs Juventus Match Report

After both teams had games midweek both managers opted for numerous changes such as Andrea Pirlo and Fernando Llorente being rested by Antonio Conte. The first half was not full of much action with clear cut chances being a very rare occurrence. The first real chance of the game came to Parma's Massimo Gobbi who dragged his shot wide on 11 minutes. A few more chances came Juventus' way with both Tevez and Vidal missing some rare chances to open the scoring. 
The quiet first half ended 0-0 with no real chances coming to either team but it was Parma who got the early chance in the second half where Amauri's back heel trickled just past the post after some good play down the right hand side from Biabiany. The second half was replicating the first half with very little chances coming either way however in the 70th minute Tevez had the best chance of the game as Padoin crossed the ball back to him in the middle of the box however his shot was saved by the legs of Mirante. But in the 77th minute Juve finally managed to break the deadlock with a Paul Pogba goal from close range as Quagliarella's shot from range rocketed of the crossbar.

A good win for the Bianconeri as we keep up the chase with Roma and Napoli however the lack of chances is worrying as both Roma and Napoli are not having this problem despite this the 4-0 win in the week may just suggest it was a one of nonetheless we cannot push aside another great Paul Pogba performance and to be fair it is no surprise that big teams all around Europe have his name at the top of their target list.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Juve News Today 2/11/13

Arsenal and Chelsea are tracking Paul Pogba and are planning on a swoop for him in January with reports suggesting the two London teams are prepared to offer €45 million for the young Frenchman.

Arturo Vidal is expected to sign a new contract with Juventus in the coming week. He is currently tied to Juventus till 2016 however his new contract could see him at Juventus till 2018 where he will be earning €4 million a season.

Andrea Pirlo is insisting that the upcoming clash away at Parma will be very tricky and the upcoming game with Real Madrid will not affect the performance of the team.

Andrea Pirlo is the target of many teams throughout Europe with Tottenham Hotspur being the most interested as Pirlo runs out of contract at the end of the season.

After our embarrassing loss to Fiorentina last week man of the moment Giuseppe Rossi said that the team celebrated like they had won the Champions League.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Early Season Review

We are only in November so by no means is the season over but in my opinion the beginning of this season has not been up to the quality of the past two scudetto winning seasons.

We started our competitive season well at the Stadio Olimpico when we beat Lazio 4-0 in the Supercoppa. This made me even more confident that we will win the Serie A title for the third consecutive season. The first game of the season was not the best with a mere 1-0 win over Sampdoria where we looked no where near as good as we did in the Supercoppa. Despite this Juve went out into the next game against Lazio looking like their old self demolishing Lazio 4-1. However after this to put it in brief Juve went back to playing with the same low quality as in the Sampdoria game. Despite this we were still getting the results but when we visited Fiorentina we got what we deserved at what we needed. We were 2-0 up but once again we switched off and unlike other games where we were not punished we got what we deserved, a loss and an embarrassing loss. From 2-0 up we lost 4-2. This was the first time we have lost a 2-0 lead since we lost 3-2 to Napoli in 2009. We then had to face arguably the best team in Europe, Real Madrid. Despite losing 2-1 we played extremely well and looked like a much better team and maybe if a few refereeing decisions went our way and if we had just a bit of luck we could have beaten them. This just shows me that despite being third in the league things can only be getting better and I am still pretty sure that we will win our third consecutive scudetto.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

We are back SOON !!!!

As we are sure most of you Juventini have realised we have not been able to blog in the past weeks due to many different unforeseen circumstances. We are extremely sorry about this however we plan to be back blogging about the mighty Bianconeri on November the 1st. Once again we would like to apologise for the lack of blogging.

We would like to know your ideas for some new blogs and give us your opinion on the start of this season. Thank you and FORZA JUVE !!!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Sorry for the lack of posts

We are extremely sorry for the lack of blog posts recently, this is due to us improving our blogs however we hope to be back tomorrow for a match report on the Juventus vs Inter match. Thank you Juventini !

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Juventus News Today 11/09/13

The Head Coach of Russian team Anzhi has confirmed that striker Lacina Traore will join Juventus. This guy is truly a beast at 6 foot 8 and he has scored 35 goals in the last two seasons.

Reports in Portugal are saying that Juventus will make a bid for Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao in January as the Bianconeri feel that, that is an area of the pitch that needs to be worked on.

Juventus had the fifth biggest turnover last year in the world. This shows that Juventus are back on track after relegation to Serie B and it shows that only bright things are to be expected in the future.

Guiseppe Marotta has confirmed that Juve will open talks with Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba over a new contract. I think that these three players are essential to the team and the future and Juve cannot afford to lose any of them.

Last night Italy confirmed their place in the 2014 World Cup but the talk of the game was about Juventino Gianluigi Buffon who tied Fabio Cannavaro's record of 136 appearances for Italy. The game was held at our very own Juventus Stadium to respect Buffon's great service to Nation's football team.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Happy Birthday Juventus Stadium !!!

Today marks the second birthday of the Juventus Stadium. The stadium has only been standing two years but these two years have been filled with great memories and thankfully not very many disappointments. The stadium has definitely pushed the club forward and shows the ambition of the great Juventus Football Club.

Before the new J Stadium the Bianconeri played at the Stadio Delle Alpi and shared the ground with neighbours Torino. The Stadio Delle Alpi was built for the 1990 World Cup. Despite being a beautiful stadium not many supporters liked it due to the running track that surrounded the pitch which meant that the supporters were a long distance from the pitch. This factor meant that despite being the most supported team in Italy they were never filling up the 67,000 capacity but in 2003 the fans rejoiced as Juventus announced that they had bought the stadium off of the council. In November 2008 the club announced that they would build a state of the art stadium on the original site of the Stadio Delle Alpi. The project cost Juventus €120 million in all but it was definitely worth the money and it was finished on the 8th of September 2011. The Juventus Stadium has downsized from the Stadio Delle Alpi holding only 41,000 but the fans impact is definitely ten times better. The main problem with the Stadio Delle Alpi was the distance from the pitch to fans and Juve have definitely fixed this problem with fans sitting just 7.5 metres away from the pitch and the fans happiness has shown as in the old stadium it was never filled up whereas in the new J Stadium it has filled up many many times with its record crowd capacity being 40,823. It has not only held many great fans but also many great memories and none other than two consecutive Serie A's being lifted in the centre of the pitch. Not only have Juventus fans noticed the greatness of this stadium but also the whole footballing world as the UEFA Europa League Final will be held in the home of Juventus.

After touring the stadium I have to say it is definitely spectacular and by far the best stadium I have ever visited and I have visited a lot of stadiums. The stadium for me is a huge part of Juventus and being the only club owned stadium in Italy it gives the club a great sense of pride. It has been the host of many great memories and I am sure it will be hosts to many more memories in the future.

Happy Birthday Juventus Stadium

Highlights from the first ever game at the Juventus Stadium

Friday, 6 September 2013

The Legends of Turin's Finest (Series 6 Antonio Cabrini)

We are sorry that this series was absent for a few days. The reason for this was that at World Sport News Network we have recently been very busy making many things better such as opening a Google+ community so unfortunately a few things had to be put on hold and to our disappointment this was one of those series that was set aside. Nevertheless we are back and we will be sure to make up for this absence so to start this off we will begin with a female favourite, Antonio Cabrini.

While many men were jealous of Antonio Cabrini it has to be said that every man wished that they could be him. Cabrini was known as Bell' Antonio because of his appearance and ability to attract many many women but not just that he was also an incredible footballer, he was able to achieve every mans dreams and more.

Cabrini was an Italian left back and a good one at that. He impressed a lot in the early stages of his career and it took him just three years to move from Serie C side Cremonese to Italian Champions Juventus while spending a brief time at Atalanta in-between. Many of you are probably thinking that he was not a loyal player and after playing for three different teams in three years but he found Juventus as his home. Bell' Antonio spent 13 years in Turin playing 352 Serie A games while scoring 35 goals. After thirteen years in a black and white top winning six Serie A's, two Coppa Italia's, one UEFA Champions League and more he moved to Bologna to play out his career. He was regarded as the best left back of his generation and even now he is thought to be one of the best ever so it was no surprise that he also had a great International career. He was part of the legendary 1982 World Cup team that won the World Cup alongside other Juve legends such as Dino Zoff and Claudio Gentile. In his Italy career he made 73 appearances captaining the side ten times and he even holds the record of most international goals for a defender with nine. He ended his International playing career in 1987 but in 2012 aged 54 he resumed it as the manager of the National Women's Side which comes to no surprise as he is a man for the girls.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Juventus News Today ! 5/9/13

Giuseppe Marotta has reportedly been busy trying to sort deals out for the January transfer window just 5 days after the summer window closed. Its been reported that Marotta is working on deals for Nainggolan and Zuniga who had been targets this summer but were not able to complete their moves to Turin.

Xabi Alonso's contract ends with Real Madrid next summer and it is no surprise that Juventus are trying to sign the 31 year old. Many doubt this Juve tactic of signing old players but obviously it can work with a great example being Andrea Pirlo.

Marc Oliver Kempf had been tracked by a lot of top name clubs this summer and when he began talks with Juve it looked like Juve had won the battle but it was not to be and Kempf's agent has recently told the media that he did not a agree a deal because he didn't think that Kempf would get a lot of game time in Turin.

It was a surprise this summer to see Emanuele Giaccherini leave Juve this summer for Sunderland and yesterday at the Italian Training Base he said that it was hard for him to leave Turin but he ultimately decided to leave to get more regular football.

Juventus and Napoli have been said to have done the best business during the transfer window in Italy. Juventus added much needed quality up top with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente meanwhile Napoli replaced Edinson Cavani with many new signings and none other than Gonzalo Higuain.

Join our Google+ Community

As I am sure many of you know but we have a Google+ account which you can follow to keep up to date with our new blogs but we are now taking our Google+ abilities to a new level and we have now opened a new Juventus Community. So join our great new Bianconeri Community !! It is a great way to stay in touch with fellow Juventini and is also great for English and Italian speaking Juventini !!! Join and invite all of your friends !!! FORZA JUVE !!!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Downfall of the Serie A !!!

Hi Juventini and in fact any supporter of the Serie A this is a special blog focusing on what has happened to the Serie A and why. This blog is dedicated to our Twitter followers from @bianconerinewz as our account was down for just over a week and we have decided to dedicate this special blog to make up for our time away.

The Serie A in its Prime

In the 1980's and 90's the Serie A was the greatest league in the world by far. It was so good that even if the Barclays Premier League of today was around then the Serie A would still be ten times better. AC Milan had the likes of Van Basten, Juventus had Platini and Zidane meanwhile arguably the best player ever Diego Maradona even played in the Serie A with Napoli. Every team looked up to the teams in the Serie A and its dominance was huge with an Italian team being in every Champions League final from 1989 to 1998 except from once. This is a remarkable record and I doubt this will ever be matched. So just 15 years ago Serie A was easily the best league in the world but why is it now rated the fourth best league in the world.

                                       Stars Leaving

In England during the time of Zidane at his peak the Barclays Premier League, which is the best league in the world at the moment was beginning to rise and stars from around Europe began leaving for England meanwhile over in Spain the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona began receiving money and therefore big stars were leaving for the big bucks. This obviously affected the Serie A and this was the beginning of the downfall. The biggest move away from the Serie A was Zidane to Madrid and this soon became a trend for players in the Serie A to leave for England and Spain. At first these transfers were not seen to be able to affect the league however it did and it did a lot. For starters many of the big stars were leaving the Serie A which lead to quality being lost but ultimately the top players were not being attracted to the Serie A but joining the Premier League or the La Liga. This meant that not only were players losing interest in the league because of the quality players but also fans around the world were losing interest.

Calciopoli Scandal

In 2006 the top Italian teams were struggling to compete with the big English and Spanish clubs who had a lot of money to spend but that was the least of their problems when the Calciopoli Scandal was released. It was uncovered in May 2006 when Italian Police had found a big network of relations between team managers and Serie A referees. This had been found through intercepted telephone calls with Juventus being the main culprits while other big Italian clubs such as Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio were also proved guilty. Juventus were given the biggest punishment by being relegated to Serie B and having nine points deducted and also had two Serie A titles taken away meanwhile other teams found guilty were given points deducted for the upcoming season. This scandal effected the Serie A a huge amount and it is no surprise why people believe this is the main reason to the downfall of the Serie A. Many of the players at the guilty clubs especially Juventus left for more chance of success. Juventus were left in a terrible position as many of the high profile players such as Ibrahimovic, Cannavaro and Thuram all left. Overall this effected the league a huge amount as not only were the few big stars leaving making the the Premier League and La Liga stronger but also making the Serie A weaker. Many fans lost respect for the teams involved in the scandal and probably the biggest disappointment was that the best Italian team Juventus had been relegated and were not able to compete for trophies in Europe and Serie A for a long time.

                                                     Tessera Del Tifoso

In 2009 an Identification card was produced to identify fans from specific clubs. This card is used too buy tickets to watch football games and contains all personal information. The card is then checked by police at the entrance of the stadium. It was created to prevent a problem in Italian football, which is Hooliganism however it has done anything but that. Fans are outraged at the use of the card and in fact the card has not helped prevent hooliganism one bit. Rather than helping Italian football it has in fact damaged it even more with crowd attendance dropping immensely with the average attendance being around 23,500 which is terrible compared to the Premier League which has an average attendance of around 34,500 that is around 11,000 more fans a game. 

Serie A on the rise again !!

Despite the recent problems the Serie A has had it is on the rise again. The most successful Italian team Juventus have finally recovered from its relegation to Serie B and are starting to look like a real force after winning two consecutive Serie A's and are even competing in Europe once again. The lack of money in the league has almost had a positive side effect as great new talent is emerging such as Balotelli, El Shaarawy and Paul Pogba which can only lead to great success for Italy and the Serie A once again.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Juventus vs Lazio Match Review !

Juve began their 2013/14 season campaign well last week with a 1-0 win over Sampdoria however Juve's first home game of the season looked to be a harder competition as the Bianconeri faced Lazio. Juventus were the favourites after they beat Lazio 4-0 in the Supercoppa just weeks before. Despite a harder opposition than Sampdoria Juve were still able to completely dominate and made Lazio once again look silly as the Bianconeri were able to knock four past Marchetti once again as the game finished 4-1.

Both teams were unchanged from the first weekend of the season and both looked strong with chances early on from both sides but it was Juventus who broke the deadlock just 13 minutes in. Pogba played a perfect lobbed ball over to Vidal who poked the ball under Marchetti. Vidal doubled his tally in the 25th minute when he side footed the ball past Marchetti after a pass from Bonucci who had made a great run out of his centre back position. The Bianconeri looked like they would have the game won however just two minutes after Vidal's second Lazio got a goal to get them back in the game. Hernanes shot from distance and Buffon parried the ball straight into Klose's path who slotted the ball under Buffon. Lazio arguably finished the half on top but it was Juve who started the second half best and this was justified when Vucinic poked the ball past Marchetti after a great long pass from Bonucci. The game was then sealed when Hernanes was sent off for a deliberate hand ball and from there on the game was a walk in the park. Tevez came close to getting third goal in three game when he rocketed the ball on to the crossbar. This didn't knock Tevez though and in the 80th minute he did put the ball in the back of the net from long range.

This was a great result for Juve in a great start of the season. Juve have a 100% win record in the early stages of the season. I think the performance last night showed the strength of the Bianconeri and showed that no matter the strength of the team Juve come up against they can bulldoze passed them. This result has surely sent fear down all the teams in the Serie A and hopefully this result is a sighter of what is to come.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Legends of Turin's finest ! (Series 5 Gianluca Zambrotta)

Gianluca Zambrotta was regarded as one of the best full backs of his time and it is hard to disagree. Zambrotta began his Serie A career at Bari where he instantly impressed being the first Bari player to play for the national side in 50 years so it came as no surprise when Juve came in for the defender and payed €15,493,707 in 1999 to get him in a black and white top. Zambrotta played 294 times for Juventus and was successful in doing so winning 2 Serie A's, 2 Supercoppa Italiana's and 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup. In 2006 Zambrotta's Juventus career came to an end as unlike Del Piero and Buffon, Zambrotta decided to leave Serie B bound Juventus after the Calciopoli scandal. Many of Europe's finest came in for the full back however he decide to end his Bianconeri career with a €14 million pound move to Barcelona.

Zambrotta did not only do well in his club career but also in his international career. As said before Zambrotta was the first Bari player to play for the national side in 50 years but it wasn't really till 2003 when Paolo Maldini retired from international football. Zambrotta's only success for Italy was in 2006 when Italy won the World Cup. Zambrotta was doubt going into the tournament with a thigh injury but he only missed the first game and when he returned he made a huge impact even scoring a goal against Ukraine. Unfortunately Zambrotta was two off of the 100 appearance mark for Italy but nevertheless the 98 appearances he made were all great.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Juve News Today 30/08/13

Over the last few weeks Juve have been interested in Manchester United winger Nani but Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has said that the deal is off as the Portugese player has agreed a new deal at Manchester United.

Sassuolo are now favourites to get Juventus youngster Luca Marrone. The 23 year old has sparked a lot of interest from all over Europe but now the Serie B champions are looking close to signing him.

Matri has joined Milan where he began his career for €11 million. This deal had been talked about for a while but was finally completed yesterday. In my opinion this is the wrong decision for Matri because if he was looking for first team football and he couldn't get that behind Tevez, Llorente, Quagliarella and Giovinco then how is he meant to get a game instead of Balotelli, El Sharaawy, Robinho and Niang.

Real Madrid have made an enquiry into French starlet Paul Pogba however Guiseppe Marotta has rejected the approach and said that he is not for sale. This is on the back of Pogba's agent saying that if Bale is worth £85 million then Pogba is worth twice that amount.

The draw for the Champions League group stages were held yesterday. Juventus were drawn in group B alongside Real Madrid, Galatasary and FC Copenhagen but the biggest positive out was finding out that Miss Switzerland Melanie Winiger is a Juventus fan.