Dario Danielli in action with Genoa.This winter’s transfer market brought several Serie A clubs new members that should shake things up in the standings.
There is Luca Toni, who joined AS Roma from Bayern Munich. There is Goran Pandev who joined Inter from Lazio. There is Sergio Floccari who joined Lazio from Genoa and even Antonio Candreva who joined Juventus from Livorno. But perhaps the most significant move of all was one that may have slipped under the radar.
Just over a month after Fiorentina sent Dario Dainelli to
Dainelli played in seven Champions League matches for Fiorentina, scoring one goal and helped the club reach the knockout round stages of the tournament.
Dainelli, who turns
Fiorentina now faces the difficulty of going into the knockout stages of the Champions League against Bayern Munich without Dainelli and probably his longtime central defender mate Alessandro Gamberini, who suffered a separated shoulder this past weekend.
No club likes having to change both of its center backs, but Fiorentina may do just that. Time will tell, but early on it appears that Fiorentina’s decision to get rid of Dario Dainelli is one it will want to forget.
About the Author
About the Author
Jim Riggio has written about Italian and international soccer for ESPN/Soccernet, and was an interviewee for my column at AC Cugini Scuola Calcio. After the 2006 World Cup, he contributed an interview with Gianluca Zambrotta of FC Barcelona and the Italian National team for my World Football site.
On 21 February 2008, Mr. Riggio was interviewed by Diane Scalia, also known as Chef Di, for the SportsBites segment about the Champions League on GrandSlamGourmet.com.
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