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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Didier Deschamps Leaves Juventus

On the same day that Juventus won the Serie B championship, Mister Didier Deschamps, a former Juventus legend, ended his helm at the luxury liner known as Juventus FC. He may become an asterisk in the proud 109 year history of Juventus: the only man to coach the Old Lady in the Serie B. But his efforts were not rewarded. By mutual consent, it was announced last night that Mr. Deschamps and Juventus had immediately severed ties.

He took a job that few men would have undertaken. Former coach Fabio Capello took the first flight to Madrid after the scandal, known as "Calciopoli," reached the shoreline. There were no benefits to coach Juventus in the Serie B. Only risks, humiliations, small stadia, determined opposition with nothing to lose, and a long road back to glory. Mr. Deschamps took the job without knowledge where Juventus would play. Fortunately, they avoided the hell of the Serie C. But had they ended up there, he would have been on the bench. They only lost two games in the Italian second division, but had ten draws. Despite a nine point deduction, winning the Serie B, and promotion back to the Serie A, his efforts, apparently, were not sufficient for the club management.

Last night in Torino, over one hundred men clapped after he exited from a hotel. Actually, the ultras, or hard-core fan element, who felt he was not treated properly by the Juventus management. They also made their feelings known during the game at the Stadio Grande Torino, where Juventus defeated Mantova, 2 x 0. Mantova were one of the two teams (Bologna was the other) to defeat Juventus this season.

Ultras weren't the only ones disappointed to see him go. Most fans respect what he did to bring the team back to the Serie A. As a life-long Juventino, I thank Mr. Deschamps for the great job that he did for our team. Juve are now back in the Serie A. Where we belong. Where we shall stay.

Sempre Juve!

Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Deschamps.

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