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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Giornata/Week 35: Serie A Preview and Results

Brazilian Supermodel Adriana Lima is an Interista with changing room privileges.

Recap of Week 34 from Serie A TV

To view more videos, please visit Serie A TV.

Quotes of the Week from Italian Calcio

“He has forgotten Italian and that’s why he wants to return!” Carlo Ancelotti, manager of AC Milan on Andriy Schevchenko.

The Ukranian legend has also forgotten how to score goals. But he has learned enough English to say, "Roman, take the money and run."

"At dinner, Roberto De Assis (brother and agent of Ronaldinho Gaucho) brought me Ronaldinho's shirt with a very affectionate message written on it." AC Milan Patron, and the new PM of Italy, Mr. Silvio Berlusconi.

What could the message have been?

"Sven offered to match your offer, along with his former office privileges at the FA."

“Of course we will continue with Walter Novellino. I don’t think it would be right to fire him and the team does not need to be shaken up in this way. Novellino is on the job and has the quality to get out of this situation.” Urbano Cairo, President of Torino Calcio.

Torino is in the relegation zone, and Mr. Novellino was fired the next day. Guess how he learned of the news?

“I was in the bank when they called me.” Walter Novellino.

“My time in Turin was very special. It was wonderful because when we were on the field, it felt like we couldn’t lose.” Edgar Davids, formerly of Juventus FC.

Despite having great players, there was another reason La Vecchia Signora could not lose: Luciano Moggi.

“Ronaldinho and Shevchenko are 180 per cent Milan players.” Adriano Galliani, Vice President of AC Milan.

But will Milan pay 180 percent of their respective market value in transfer fees? Inquiring minds would like to know, Mr. Galliani. Not to mention FIFA and UEFA... :-)

“When a player has his debut so young he doesn’t really think about the importance of what he is doing. He enjoys playing football and does not consider the dangers.” Roberto Mancini, manager of Internazionale, speaking about 17 year old prodigy, Mario Balotelli.

But what about the dangers in the Inter changing room? If young Mario can survive that, he should have a long and prosperous career. :-)

“I spent six years at Inter without winning anything, but they were important years for my career.” Christian "Bobo" Vieri of ACF Fiorentina.

Actually, many have spent years without winning anything at Inter. But in Christian's case, he also had visiting privileges from Adriana Lima before games...

“I complimented him on the goal and also said goalkeepers aren’t as good as they used to be." Walter Zenga, manager of Catania and a former Italy #1.

Mr. Zenga, whose first managerial job was in Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution, was captured in a rare moment of humility.

Quotes courtesy of Football Italia.

Week 35 Fixtures (All games kick-off at 1300 GMT and 1500 CET).

AC Milan and Sampdoria are chasing ACF Fiorentina for the last Champions League slot. At the other end of the spectrum, former UEFA Cup winners, Parma, are in their usual Serie A survival mode. For more news about the Serie A in English, please visit Marco Pantanella's excellent blog, mCalcio.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

AS Roma 4 x Torino 1
Fiorentina 2 x Sampdoria 2
Genoa 0 x Empoli 1
Internazionale 2 x Cagliari 1
Juventus 5 x Lazio 2
Livorno 1 x AC Milan 4
Napoli 0 x Siena 0
Palermo 0 x Atalanta 0
Reggina 2 x Parma 1
Udinese 2 x Catania 1

Video Highlights

Image courtesy of Goalvideoz.
Please click the image to view a
video highlights menu after the game.

Image courtesy of 101 Great Goals.

Another great source for
Serie A videos. Please click the image.

Image courtesy of Serie A TV.
Please click the image for
free video previews and
selected clips after the games.

Giornata/Week 35:
  • For live scores during the games, please click here.

  • For an ESPN Matchtracker of Serie A games, please click here.

  • For a live game tracker called Match View from the Gazzetta dello Sport, which has very detailed statistics and graphical displays, please click here. You may have to click on the number of the week to see a full fixture list.

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