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Friday, September 4, 2009

Quotes of the Week in Italian Calcio

"I am against foreign ownership in the Serie A." Giancarlo Abete, President of the Italian FA (FIGC)

"It doesn't bother me to hear the talk of selecting Amauri or Cassano for the Azzurri. I am here to give the maximum." Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal and the Azzurri

"I don't like that when Mourinho talks, everything he says is seen as law." Fabio Cannavaro of Juventus

"Antonio Cassano is a great player, we were together at Real Madrid, and he is a friend of mine. But we must respect the choices of the Mister." Fabio Cannavaro of Juventus

"Cannavaro is still a player. But he talks like a manager, director, or president." Jose' Mourinho of Internazionale

"By the same logic, if he (Cannavaro) told Davide Santon to leave Inter, he should advise Nicola Legrottaglie and Sebastian Giovinco to leave Juventus if they don't see first team playing time." Jose' Mourinho of Internazionale

"Nobody gives a damn about us. All I read is talk about Cassano and Mourinho this week, and we have two important World Cup qualifiers." Marcello Lippi of the Azzurri

"With regards to Cassano, you have to respect my choices." Marcello Lippi of the Azzurri

"From our point of view, it would be an honor to see Cassano with the Azzurri, and from my perspective, he merits it. But we have the highest respect for the choices of Mr. Lippi." Beppe Marotta of Sampdoria

"This is the crowning moment of a lifelong dream." Claudio Ranieri of AS Roma

"Roma needs a shake up." Claudio Ranieri of AS Roma

"I am sorry that Luciano Spalletti resigned." Rosella Sensi of AS Roma

"I have confidence in Leonardo." Silvio Berlusconi of AC Milan

"We are the Italian team that has changed managers the least in recent years." Adriano Galliani of AC Milan

"I am leaving Juventus in June." David Trezeguet of Juventus

"Alex Del Piero is our captain, but I have four strikers of the highest level and can't guarantee time to anyone." Ciro Ferrara of Juventus

"I have never considered the idea of giving Ferrara advice. I am a fan President and not a technical President." Giovanni Cobolli Gigli of Juventus

Courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport, but translated from the Italian by me.

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