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AC Milan, Europe, Juventus, La Liga, Ligue 1, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

Will Ibrahimovic To Juventus Set Off A Summer Transfer Merry Go Round?

ibra1The French newspaper Le Parisien was the first to broach the subject recently that Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had enough of Ligue 1 and that he wants to return to Italy.

Ibra has carried PSG on his back for most of the season, and he has not being amused with the attitude of the PSG fan who have taken to whistling and booing the team recently.

That has set off Ibrahimovic who fired back:

“They are asking a lot. Isn’t that funny when you think about where they were in the past? Before this they didn’t really have much at all…”

Juventus, Serie A

Antonio Conte Wins Panchina d’Oro

ANTONIO CONTE NEW COACH OF JUVENTUSJuventus’ Antonio Conte has won the Panchina d’Oro award as Serie A’s best Coach for 2011-12.

Conte was voted the Golden Bench prize on Monday by his fellow managers after leading an unbeaten Juventus side, who had finished seventh in Serie A before his arrival, to the Scudetto. He is the first Juventus coach to win the award since Marcello Lippi (1995/1996)

“I’m emotional,” the former midfielder stated at the ceremony at Coverciano. “This is a really sought after accolade.

“I thank those who voted for me and also those who didn’t. This is an important push for me to keep studying and getting better as a Coach.

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Totti Turns Back Clock As Roma Beat Juventus

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti’s powerful second-half strike earned Aurelio Andreazzoli his first win as AS Roma coach, the Giallorossi beating Juventus 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico. The defeat means that Juve’s lead atop Serie A could be reduced to two points on Sunday.

Restored to the Roma goal, Maarten Stekelenburg was making only his second Serie A appearance since October, but the Dutch No1 kept the hosts in the game. At full stretch down to his left, Stekelenburg palmed away a goalbound Andrea Pirlo free-kick and then denied Paul Pogba and Alessandro Matri either side of half-time.

Champions League, Juventus

Juve Too Good For Celtic

juvefansAt the top level there is a fine line between winning and losing. The best teams don’t make silly defensive mistakes that gift goals to the opposition, while they clinically taken advantage of any mistakes the opposition make.

And that is what happened in Glasgow tonight as Juventus punished Celtic for every mistake they made and ran out winners 3-0. That scoreline means this tie is over. Celtic are not going to Turin and winning 4-0 next month.

Celtic started off the brighter of the two sides with Victor Wanyama stinging the palms of Gianluigi Buffon from long range with barely 60 seconds on the clock. But two minutes later Celtic made their first mistake.

AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Serie A

Balotelli Saves Milan While Roma Continue To Struggle

serie aMario Balotelli scored his third goal in two games for AC Milan to snatch a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at Cagliari today as Roma’s slump continued with a 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria.

Three straight wins had maintained Milan’s hopes of earning a top-three finish, but Segundo Ibarbo flicked Daniele Conti’s free-kick into the net in the final action of the first half to put Cagliari in front. However, Mario Balotelli scored from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining to earn a point for the Rossoneri, who could be displaced by neighbours Inter Milan should the Nerrazzuri beat Chievo Verona later tonight.

AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Serie A

Napoli Boss Wants Cavani To Stay

cavani-273x300Wrote a story yesterday about how PSG and Man City were getting ready to battle it out for the signing of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

Today, Napoli chief Aurelio De Lauerentiis responded to those rumours saying that just because has Edinson Cavani has a buyout clause in his contract that a transfer is inevitable.

The Uruguayan international signed a new contract in the summer, but that deal included a €63m release fee.

“The last thing on my mind is depriving myself of Cavani,” the Stadio San Paolo chief commented today.

Chelsea, Juventus, Premier League, Serie A

Could Juventus Coach Antonio Conte Replace Rafa?

ANTONIO CONTE NEW COACH OF JUVENTUSChelsea could appoint Juventus coach Antonio Conte as their next manager, according to reports in Italy.

With Blues interim boss Rafael Benitez failing to win over the fans and the club suffering a poor run of form, Chelsea are reportedly looking at other candidates to replace him when his deal runs out at the end of the season.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claims owner Roman Abramovich is preparing a move to offer Conte the manager’s post at Stamford Bridge.

Conte won the Serie A title with Juventus last season and has a wealth of experience. But the Italian coach is no stranger to controversy.

AC Milan, Juventus, Serie A

SuperMario Scores Twice On Milan Debut

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli lived up to the hype, at least for a week, as he marked his Milan debut with two goals, one of which was a hugely controversial penalty with the last kick of the game
last-minute penalty which secured a 2-1 AC Milan victory.

For his first goal, El Shaarawy got to the by-line down the left and pulled back for Balotelli to control and smash an angled drive that bounced off the ground past Padelli.

After Giampiero Pinzi levelled up the match, it looked as though Balotelli and his team-mates would have to settle for a home draw. That was until El Shaarawy was awarded a soft penalty decision.

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Juventus Close To Terms With Llorente

juve30Juventus transfer chief Beppe Marotta is confident of signing Fernando Llorente for 2013-14, but insisted that Edinson Cavani is an impossible dream.

Juve are believed to be on the verge of agreeing personal terms with the Spanish international who will be available on a Bosman from Athletic Bilbao in June.

The centre-forward is set to sign a deal until 2017, with an option for an additional season in Turin, at a salary of €4.5m net a season.

“We are interested in Llorente,” Marotta told Radio 24. “I’m hopeful and optimistic that we can define everything, but he’ll only arrive in the summer.

Juventus, La Liga, Serie A

Juve Close In On Fernando Llorente

Fernando-LlorenteJuventus have taken a big step towards signing Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente on a free transfer next summer.

The Italian champions are to hold talks with the 27-year-old Spain striker, who has scored 115 goals in 317 appearances over nine seasons for the Basque club.

Athletic has published a statement confirming the development on its website.

“Juventus has informed Athletic that, knowing Fernando Llorente’s contract expires on 30th June 2013, the Italian club will begin negotiations with the player”.

The striker is able to sign a pre-contract this month with any non-Spanish club.