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Tuesday, 11 July 2006
Deschamps is the new coach
Mood:  happy
Topic: General
Didier Deschamps is the new coach of Juventus. The Frenchman today signed a contract that ties him to the club for the next two years. Deschamps' return is great news for the bianconeri, who witnessed the peak of his playing career during his five years with the club from 1994-1999. Didier played 178 times, scored four goals and won almost every conceivable trophy: 3 scudetti, a Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup, a European Supercup, a Coppa Italia and 2 Italian Supercups.

Deschamps has previously managed Monaco, from 2002 to september 2005, with whom he came second and third in the French league, and reached the final of the Champions League in 2004.

Didier will be ready to shine once again as he undertakes his next adventure, at the helm of the new Juventus.

Deschamps speaks out
“I feel enormously happy right now. I’m really pleased to have come back here, to Turin, to coach a team like Juventus”.
Having signed a two-year contract this afternoon, Didier Deschamps expressed his satisfaction at his new post, and wasted no time in giving the fans an insight into what he expects of his team: “I am part of Juventus’s history as a player, and the fans remember me as I was on the field; perhaps I wasn’t the most spectacular player, but I always gave the best that I could, right until the end. The team needs to have this same mentality: to always believe in themselves. To do this, we have to ensure that we have everyone’s support.”

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Monday, 12 June 2006
Marchionni: "It's an incredible feeling"
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: General
Events - 09 Jun 2006 - 4:45 PM

Marco Marchionni is officially a Juventus player. The winger, formerly of Parma, took and passed his club medical at the Fornaca clinic and the Turin Sports Medicine Centre this morning. Having returned from training with the National squad, he was accompanied by the new Team Manager – Gianluca Pessotto.

Following the tests he made his way to the Club’s offices where he was met by the Director of Sporting Affairs, Alessio Secco: “I’m really pleased with how this season has gone” – said Marchionni – “having recovered from my knee injury I secured Parma’s Serie A status, was called-up to the National squad and am now a Juventus player. It’s an incredible feeling: to be part of a club with such a glorious history that from the first instant stunned me with their incredible organisation.”

Marco Marchionni: The profile

Marco Marchionni was born on 22nd July 1980 in Monterotondo, a province of Rome. An exciting winger blessed with great dynamism and a good eye for goal, he began his career in the Monterotondo youth squad before moving to Empoli in the 1998/99 season with whom he made his Serie A debut on 31st January 1999. He spent the next two seasons playing for the Tuscans in Serie B before returning to Serie A with Parma in 2001.

After a brief spell with Piacenza in the 2002/2003 season, he returned to Parma where he became a key figure within the team over the next four years. His impressive form earned him a call-up to the National squad, and he made his debut with the Azzurri in the 3-1 victory over Poland in November 2003. In his final season with Parma he made 31 appearances, scoring 4 times and creating countless opportunities for his team mates. He was on the reserve list for a place in the 2006 World Cup squad.

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Saturday, 11 March 2006
Vieira: "I had a feeling that this might happen"
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: General
Champions League - 10 Mar 2006 - 3:55 PM

The draw for the Champions league quarter-finals has been made. In Paris this afternoon Juventus were drawn against Arsenal. The first leg will be played away from home at Highbury on 28th March, whilst the return leg, at the Delle Alpi, will be played on 5th April. Arsenal – currently fifth in the Premier League – will present a similar challenge to the one Juventus faced against Werder Bremen. Strong both technically and on the counter-attack, they play at a high-tempo preferring to keep the ball on the ground and pass through the opposition than resorting to long-balls. Their star striker, Thierry Henry, will be familiar to Juventus fans from his brief sojourn at the club before his transfer to the Gunners in 1999. The ex-bianconero helped to secure Arsenal’s qualification to the quarter-finals having scored the decisive goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Aside from Henry, Arsenal boast the talents of Reyes, Ljunberg and Fabregas, who have been at the forefront of an unbeaten European campaign that has seen them concede only two goals so far.

Domestically, Arsenal have been one of the dominant forces in English football for the last ten years. Since the arrival of their manager Arsene Wenger in 1996, they have won the FA Cup three times and the Premiership four times. When they last won the title in 2003/2004, they played the entire season undefeated, earning them the title ‘The Invincibles’. The draw will also present an interesting challenge to Patrick Vieira. The bianconeri midfielder left the Gunners this summer, having spent nine years there. For many, Arsenal have been in a period of transition since his departure, seeking to fill the defensive-midfield role that he dominated whilst at the club. Speaking after the draw, Vieira said: “At times fate can surprise you, in fact I had a feeling this might happen. Obviously it will be a very personal challenge for me, particularly to go back to Highbury as the opposition, but putting my emotions to one side, I can only think about the fact that we have to win.”

Posted by ildico1 at 8:04 PM CET
Updated: Saturday, 11 March 2006 8:11 PM CET
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Friday, 28 October 2005
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: General

The most eagerly awaited match is coming, the very match that last year assigned the title, the one where the two undisputed queens of Italian football will be face to face: at San Siro, on Saturday night, record-breaker Juventus meet Milan. If, on one side, the Bianconeri have just made the new record of consecutive wins at the start of the season, on the other side, Ancelotti have achieved a series of six wins, which allowed them to keep up with Juventus pace, even though five points clear of them.

In fact, Milan had most of the troubles at the start of the season: on the first matchday, when they played on a pitch nearly unplayable and they couldn't go any further than a 1-1 against Ascoli and on the third matchday when they were beated by Sampdoria at Marassi. From that time on their march never stopped and although both clubs have scored eighteen goals the difference between the two club lies not only in the five-point gap but also in the goals conceded, seven out of nine matches as for Milan, compared to the two conceded by the Bianconeri.

The challenge has always had a unique appeal but this time it cannot be reckoned as crucial for the title race and the very protagonists have often underlined how the championship is too long to be decided by only one match. If not decisive, the match remains very important: winning at San Siro too would mean for Juventus to stretch their lead over the Rossoneri up to eight points and nine that over Inter; this would shake the morale of their two most dangerous opponents and turn their record-breaking race into a real breakaway.

The precedents

Matches played 71
Wins 17
Draws 30
Defeats 24

Scored 87
Conceded 102

The last match:

Season 2004/05 35th matchday, May 8th 2005
Milan vs Juventus 0-1

Season 2003/04 8th matchday, November 1st 2003
Milan vs Juventus 1-1
Tomasson, Di Vaio

Season 2002/03 26th matchday, March 22nd 2003
Milan vs Juventus 2-1
Shevchenko, Nedved, Inzaghi

Precedents between Capello and Ancelotti, Italian Cup included:

Capello's wins: 3
Draws: 8
Ancelotti's wins: 9

Precedents between Capello and Milan Italian Cup included:

Capello's wins: 3
Draws: 6
Milan's wins: 7

Precedents between Juventus and Ancelotti

Juventus' wins: 4
Draws: 9
Ancelotti's wins: 3

Posted by ildico1 at 10:47 PM MEST
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Tuesday, 25 October 2005
Preparing for Juventus - Sampdoria
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: General
The precedents:

Matches Juventus
wins draws Sampdoria
wins Juventus
goals Sampdoria
matches played in TURIN (all Serie A) 49 30 15 4 89 36
matches played in GENOA (all Serie A) 49 17 15 17 60 59
Coppa Italia matches 9 8 -- 1 30 13
Total 107 55 30 22 179 108

9th May 2004 Serie A 2003/04 – 33rd matchday
Scorers: 37’ Legrottaglie, 44’ Appiah
Referee: Morganti, from Ascoli Piceno

4th May 1997 Serie A 1996/97 - 29th matchday
Referee: Messina, from Bergamo

2 Feb 2005 Serie A 2004/05 – 22nd matchday
Scorers: 34’ Diana
Referee: Messina, from Bergamo

Resulting figures were based on all the fixtures played in National championships (Series A, B, C) from the introduction of the single round (1929/1930) up to today and the fixtures played in Coppa Italia from 1922 up to the present time.

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Friday, 21 October 2005
Preparing for Lecce - Juventus
Mood:  sharp
Topic: General

Lecce vs Juventus: the precedents

Matches played at Lecce: 11
Juventus's Wins: 6
Draws: 3
Lecce's wins: 2

Scored: 26
Conceded: 11

The last match:

Season 2004/05 12th matchday, November 14th 2004
Lecce-Juventus 0-1
Del Piero

Season 2003/04 14th matchday, December 21th 2003
Lecce-Juventus 1-1
Konan, Trezeguet

Season 1999/00 4th matchday, September 26th 1999
Lecce-Juventus 2-0
Lima, Conticchio

On the championship’s eighth matchday, Juventus are meeting Silvio Baldini’s Lecce, after Gregucci’s dismissal for their defeat at Empoli. The Puglia-based club has just one objective: to avoid relegation for the third consecutive season, which would happen for the first time ever in their history.

A characteristic feature of the 2004/2005 Lecce is the abundance of goals, scored and conceded. During last season, Vucinic & Co. scored 66 goals, one less than Juventus, but conceded 73, which is nearly 2 per match. Thus Baldini’s aim is that of reducing the number of goals conceded and at the same time maintaining last year’s efficiency in attack. Mirko Vucinic remains their jewel, the young forward who scored 19 goals, without any penalty, in his first season as first-choice at Lecce.

Behind him, Ledesma, Cassetti and Giacomazzi are in charge of the midfield and of causing him to score. So far, things are not going in the best of ways, as the Giallorossi are fourth from the last and the goals conceded are nearly twice as many as those scored, but there’s time to improve and after the change on the bench there have been some positive signs.

However, it’s hard to believe that a sudden change of route can occur against the very Juventus, who have been able to win all the Serie A matches played this season and who are a stone’s throw away from matching the record of consecutive wins in the championship: if they win at Lecce, in fact, the Bianconeri will have their eighth consecutive win, a record achieved only two other times, in 1930 and 1985, and, fancy that, again by Juventus.

Posted by ildico1 at 7:42 PM MEST
Updated: Friday, 21 October 2005 9:42 PM MEST
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Wednesday, 12 October 2005
Preparing for Juventus-Messina
Mood:  chillin'
Topic: General
After the break for World Cup qualifications, Juventus are back to the Delle Alpi to meet last year’s revelation, Messina, who ended the 2004/2005 season seventh-ranked. A winning group must not be changed, that’s why Bortolo Mutti’s squad is virtually like last season’s. The only one missing is goalkeeper Eleftheropoulos, now with AS Roma. The man in charge of making goals is still Zampagna, supported by attacking midfielders Giampa, D’Agostino and Iliev.

Unlike last year, though, the Sicilians have had some difficulties at the start of the season. They earned only three points in the first six matchdays, as a result of three draws, and they’re now ranked at the last but one place side by side with Cagliari and Reggina. If not in attack – they have scored six goals as a whole – the problem seems to be in defence: with the 12 goals conceded, Messina’s defence is the weakest in the championship.

We’ll see a head-to-tail match at the Delle Alpi: the team who has always won, Juventus, against one of those who has not so far, Messina. It’s unlikely that Mutti’s squad manages to earn the three points in the very Turin, since Capello’s side has kicked it off winning every single match they’ve played, in the championship as well as in Champions League. In the latest match against Mancini’s Inter, the Bianconeri played a fantastic match, showing great solidity and practicalness in the midfield and defence, and incisiveness in attack.

This is a top quality mixture that allowed the 2005/2006 Juventus to win the first six matches of the championship, which is a real record since the three-point rule for wins has been introduced. Precedents are clearly on Juventus’s side: in fact, the Bianconeri have won every match played at the Delle Alpi against the Sicilians, who will come to Turin with a desperate need of points. In the past, Mutti’s squad has given their utmost against top clubs and was able, last year, to beat Milan at San Siro and Roma and Inter at home. However, Capello’s lads are always hungry for wins and against Messina they’ll be willing to continue the wonderful series of victories.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2005
Preparing for Juventus - Inter Milan
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: General
Juventus vs Inter: the precedents
All the figures of the challenge against nerazzurri, Italian Cup and Italian Supercup included:

Matches played: 173
Juventus's Wins: 81
Draws: 42
Inter's wins: 50

Scored: 253
Conceded: 207

The last match:

Season 2002/03 23rd matchday, March 2nd 2003
Juventus - Inter: 3-0
4? Guglielminpietro (aut.), 34? Nedved, 83? Camoranesi

Season 2001/02 9th matchday, October 27th 2001
Juventus-Inter 0-0

Season 2004/05 32nd matchday, April 20th 2005
Juventus - Inter 1-0
24? Cruz

Facts & figures
Precendents between Capello and Mancini, Italian Cup and Italian SuperCup included:

Capello's wins: 5
Draws: 4
Mancini's wins: 3

Precedents between Capello and Inter, Italian Cup and Italian SuperCup included:

Capello's win: 8
Draws: 12
Inter's wins: 11

Precedents between Juventus and Mancini, Italian Cup and Italian SuperCup included:

Juventus's wins: 2
Draws: 4
Mancini's wins: 5

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Monday, 26 September 2005
Preparing for Juventus-Rapid Vienna
Mood:  suave
Topic: General
The Roster

Coach Capello has called up 21 players for the match against Rapid Vienna:

3 Chiellini
6 Kovac
7 Pessotto
8 Emerson
9 Ibrahimovic
10 Del Piero
11 Nedved
14 Balzaretti
16 Camoranesi
17 Trezeguet
18 Mutu
19 Zambrotta
20 Blasi
21 Thuram
22 Bonnefoi
23 Giannichedda
24 Olivera
25 Zalayeta
26 Gladstone
28 Cannavaro
32 Abbiati

The Precedents
UEFA Cup 1971/72 - 24.11.71
Rapid V. Juventus 0-1 (Bettega)

UEFA Cup 1971/72 - 08.12.71
Juventus Rapid V. 4-1 (Bettega (3), Lorenz, Causio ?)

Champions League 16.10.96
Rapid V. Juventus 1-1 (Vieri, Lesiak)

Champions League 30.10.96
Juventus Rapid V. 5-0 (Boksic (2), Montero, Del Piero (2))

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Thursday, 22 September 2005
Preparing for Parma-Juve
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: General
Just three days from the challenge with Udinese and Juventus is back on the pitch opposed to Parma, again away, in the fourth championship round. On Wednesday the black & white jerseys achieved their fourth win out of the same championship games, consolidating the lead at the top of the table. Parmesans in contrast suffered a strong halt in Rome, leaving the Olimpico with a 4-1 defeat.

Parma, coached by Mario Beretta, underwent a difficult past season that saw the yellow and blue squad reaching a last minute salvation, thanks to the victory in the play off versus Bologna. Compared to the past season, 2005/06 Parma gave up to Gilardino and Sebastien Frey. Among new arrivals, goal keeping Lupatelli and Corradi on the attack, back to Italy after a season in Valencia. Defence with Bonera that, in World Cup perspective, would fully commit to preserve his place in the national team, offering a valuable support to the midfield, unchanged with respect to last year.

Coach Mario Beretta’s objective is to avoid relegation easier than they did last season and hopefully aiming to a spot in the European tournaments, missed last year for the first time since 1991. Juventus, right before the home debut in Champions League with Rapid Vienna, looks at extending the lead in the championship, with the fifth consecutive win. Such a result would build up morale in the team looking at the European commitment.

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