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Christian Poulsen, a Danish international, either has the most courage or the least amount of common sense to transfer from Sevilla to Juventus.
At Euro 2004, he was involved in a famous spitting incident with Francesco Totti. The Roman captain was banned for the reset of the tournament after he spat upon Poulsen after repeated provocation. Poulsen is also not on the favorites list of Ricardo Kaka', along with his manager, Carlo Ancelotti, of AC Milan. As you can see from the image above, Mr. Poulsen also had problems in Germany with a new Juventus teammate, Hasan Salihamidzic.
The fiery Danish player's reputation precedes him. Yesterday, he became an offcial player of Juventus FC. He reminds me of the American baseball legend, Ty Cobb. A player almost as hated by his own teammates as by his adversaries.
Rino Gattuso summed up the sentiments of many in his usual concise fashion:
"He has big stones to come to Serie A."
Here were his first comments:
"Voglio stupire il publicco italiano."
FELICITA' POULSEN - "Sono molto felice di entrare a far parte di un club così prestigioso - ha dichiarato il danese - La Juventus è una delle squadre più importanti del mondo e mi auguro di poter far bene. Sono un centrocampista difensivo ma sono anche in grado di giocare in posizione più avanzata. La mia speranza è riuscire a regalare una sorpresa al pubblico italiano, che mi considera un giocatore rude, mostrando di avere anche una buona tecnica. Avrò tempo per dimostrarlo e per dare un'altra immagine di me. Il Siviglia? E' stata un'ottima esperienza ma ora sono orgoglioso di essere alla Juve".
"I want to amaze the Italian public."
Happiness of Poulsen - "I am very happy to enter and become part of a club that is so prestigious, declared the Dane, Juventus is one of the most important teams of the world, and I desire to be able to do well. I am a defensive midfielder but I am also able to play in a more advanced position. My hope is to succeed to provide a surprise to the Italian public, who considers me a crude player, showing to also have a good technical base. I will have time to demonstrate this and to give another image of myself. Sevilla? It has been a great experience and now I am proud to be at Juve."
Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 14 July 2008.