Archive for the ‘Serie A’ Category

An absolutely huge deal came about today, as Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho will apparently be off to AC Milan from F.C Barcelona. The deal is said to be worth $33,000,000 for 3 years. The report from Reuters says:

“AC Milan and Barcelona have reached an agreement in principle over the transfer of Ronaldinho,” Milan said in a statement on their website (www.acmilan.com) on Tuesday.

So my April Fools Joke a while back ended up being not too far off. Not surprised Ronaldinho was moved, but goodness AC Milan how many Brazilians do you need?

Manchester City must feel devastated, but as a United supporter, I feel more confident that City won’t be winning at Old Trafford for a while. 🙂

Out

Unsurprisingly Sven has been sacked and is the 11th Premier League manager casualty now. Manchester City will try for manager #3, as Eriksson’s tenure lasts just 1 season. His accomplishments included a season sweep of Manchester United, but after a 3rd place position heading into 2008, it all collapsed and they fell 8-1 on the final day to Boro and dropped to 9th. The sacking was likely not warranted considering there were minor relegation fears, but I’m quite sure he did not meet expectations of the owner and will be job searching again.

Roberto Mancini was sacked by Inter Milan recently. The interesting thing is that he just won another Serie A title, but he had plans to quit anyway before changing his mind the following day. It did not matter, he left anyway, which leads me to…..

In

Well we may be seeing a swap in the future shall we?

Top Notch Own Goal

Posted: April 18, 2008 in Funny, Serie A, Soccer

Juventus get a 3-0 win over Parma in a Serie A match. The last goal probably ranks as a fantastic own goal. Not often do you see own goals scored from 25 yards out.

Hat tip to The Beautiful Game.

Legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo may have seen his last bit of action yesterday. The 31 year old striker for AC Milan suffered a horrible knee injury in a Serie A fixture against Livorno, in which he ruptured a tendon in his left knee. He was carried off the field in tears, and is now set for surgery in France.

The club owner, Silvio Berlusconi, said that Ronaldo “fears for his career”, according to an interview with RAI TV. The BBC claims:

Ronaldo is expected to see Gerard Saillant, the same surgeon who treated him for a similar injury to his right knee in 2000.

“As a 31-year-old, he’s very young,” added Berlusconi of the Brazilian.

“He has an extraordinary physique, and I think within a few months he could return to being the champion that we all know him as.”

The striker faces up to nine months on the sidelines after rupturing a tendon in his left knee.

“I don’t want to say it’s the end of his career because only time can decide – all we can do is stand by him,” said Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Milan face Premier League leaders Arsenal in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday 21 February.

Ronaldo, who is out of contract at the end of the season, suffered the same injury in his right knee in November 1999. He lasted seven minutes on his comeback in April 2000 before taking another 20 months to make a full recovery. Ancelotti said the whole club was worried about the Brazilian, who was named Fifa world player of the year three times and is the record scorer in World Cup finals.

This would most certainly be a horrible way to go for such a talented player. Perhaps his most famous game came in the World Cup Final in 2002 against Germany, in which he scored both goals in a 2-0 win, capping off a golden boot title for most goals in the tournament. But his career seemed to take a dive after a poor 2006 World Cup. Although he scored 3 more goals to make him the all time World Cup goal scorer, Ronaldo’s speed and fatigue level increased as he gained plenty of weight before the tournament started.

That being said, if this is indeed the final game for Ronaldo, football has lost a great player, and here are some moments that made him FIFA World Player of the Year multiple times, and one of the greatest footballers of all time.

2006 World Cup: Brazil vs. Ghana, Ronaldo’s Place in History

2002 World Cup Final: He’s Rampant Now!


The Best of Ronaldo

Thanks Ronaldo for wonderful, wonderful years of football! Please come back!

Tragedy in Italy

Posted: November 14, 2007 in Serie A, Soccer

Italian police are investigating the shooting and killing of a soccer fan by a policeman. Gabriele Sandri’s death was classified as “accidental”, but now the Italian interior minister is saying that it may have been intentional. Here’s an excerpt from MSNBC:

In a briefing to Parliament, Interior Minister Giuliano Amato also announced another dozen arrests stemming from the riots that erupted across Italy as fans attacked police stations after the officer fatally shot 26-year-old Gabriele Sandri on Sunday.

Sandri, a disc jockey from Rome, was sitting in a car stopped at a highway rest area near Arezzo in Tuscany when he was shot in the neck. Initial reports said police had intervened to stop a scuffle between Sandri’s group of Lazio fans — headed to see their club play at Inter Milan — and a group of Juventus fans, also traveling north to see their team play.

 

 

A very sad story has canceled Serie A games because of rioting in the stands. This has sparked international controversy, and hopefully this case will be solved and fitted with the correct punishment for the police officer.

These 4 teams made the top 6 in the Barclays Premier League, with Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal making it at least to the round of 16 in the Champions League, while Tottenham went to the quarterfinals in the UEFA Cup. That was last year, things have changed for these guys in 2007.
Arsenal: I don’t know about you, but winning your last UEFA CL game 7-0 over Slavia Prague, is quite impressive. Also, it’s very good when you don’t lose a single Premier League game, and are at the top of the table. All of this, without Thierry Henry.

Manchester United: Slow start to the season, all of their wins were either 1-0 or 2-0. Now they can’t stop scoring goals with Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney healthy. They are 2nd in the Premier League, 2 points behind Arsenal, and have a 3-0-0 record in the Champions League, including a 4-2 thrashing of Dynamo Kiev.

So you’ve heard about the good, but what about the other two teams? Read more after the jump.

(more…)