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Friday, February 13, 2009

Week/Giornata 24 of the Serie A: The Last Milan Derby for Paolo Maldini

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Week 24 Fixtures

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Lazio 1 x Torino 1
Napoli 1 x Bologna 1 (Marco Di Vaio, the leading scorer in Serie A, scored again for Bologna).

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Atalanta 3 x AS Roma 0 (Atalanta is flirting with Champions League football).
Cagliari 2 x Lecce 0
Chievo Verona 1 x Catania 1
Genoa 3 x Fiorentina 3 (Genoa was down 3 x 0).
Juventus 1 x Sampdoria 1 (Juve hit the woodwork 3 times).
Reggina 0 x Palermo 0
Siena 1 x Udinese 1

Internazionale 2 x AC Milan 1

The 270th derby had a live global audience via, among others, Al Jazeera, BBC3, Canal Plus, Fox Soccer Channel, and Sky Sports.

The first derby was played on 10 January 1909 and Milan won, 3 x 2.

This was the last derby for Paolo Maldini, il Grande Capitano.

Champions League Final - AC Milan Celebration

"Credo nella rimonta verso lo scudetto; questa sarà per noi come una sfida secca di coppa e il Milan c'è sempre negli appuntamenti importanti"...Otto punti di distacco dall'Inter sono tanti, ma abbiamo avuto un inizio choc e tanti infortuni, e comunque abbiamo fatto grandi passi avanti rispetto all'anno scorso - osserva - è una stagione positiva e con lo scudetto diventerebbe straordinaria".

Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 13 February 2009.

"I believe in the fight towards the Scudetto; this will be for us like a Cup final and Milan is always there for the important dates... Eight points between us and Inter is a great deal, but we had a shock start and many injuries, and since then have made great strides ahead in respect to last year, (he observed,) it is a positive season and with the Scudetto it would become extraordinary."

It will be the 35th Milan derby for Javier Zanetti of Internazionale.

"Dopo aver chiarito che voglio restare qui potrebbe essere difficile tornare a giocare negli Stati Uniti".

"After clarifying that I want to stay here it would be difficult to return and play in the United States." David Beckham after the game as quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Video Highlights

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Video Clips from Serie A TV on YouTube

Online Coverage

  • For live scores during the games from FlashScores, please click here.
  • For an ESPN Matchtracker of Serie A games, please click here.
  • For a live game tracker called Match View from La 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.
  • For current statistics of the Serie A from La Gazzetta dello Sport, please click here.
  • For English language coverage and game commentaries, please take a look at mCalcio and and Football Italia.

Quotes of the Week in Italian Calcio

"I would like to play one more time for Italy." Paolo Maldini of AC Milan.

"At this moment, Brazil are stronger than us. We will see where we are at in a year and a half."
Marcello Lippi of Italy.

"We are not yet at the point to bring in a psychiatrist." Delio Rossi of Lazio.

"I shouted Vincenzo's (Iaquinta) ears off because he left us alone out there." Amari of Juventus.

"We had lost our shape, but are starting to find it again." Claudio Ranieri of Juventus.
Quotes courtesy of Football Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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