Archive for December, 2008

mCalcio Time-Out, The Second Edition

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Ok, so remember the little computer problem I had earlier in November? Yeah, it’s back. Only this time, I think my hard drive is fried for good.

Even worse news? I am leaving for Salerno, Italy… today. Which means that this time, I can’t get the damn thing fixed before I leave (assuming it can even be fixed). So not only am I left computer-less again, but you folks will have to do without the daily mCalcio fix for a while.

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Italian Players Around the World (8/12)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

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Our weekly Italian Players Around the World segment is back!!

Inspired by Gazzetta dello Sport, here are the performances of all Italian soccer players operating in foreign European leagues (top divisions only). There are currently 32 Italians playing in first divisions abroad, and 14 of them stepped on the field this week-end.

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Serie A Matchday 15 – Week-End Review + GOALS of the Week (2008-09)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Week-End Reviews

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Sampdoria 0-1 Genoa: Diego Milito Rising Above the Foul-Fest, Rossoblu Win Derby della Lanterna (Serie A Matchday 15)

Monday, December 8th, 2008

11 yellow cards and 58 fouls committed. Derbies can be a hard-fought affair, but one has to wonder after how many fouls a game stops being a soccer match and turns into a boxing competition.

The 99th edition of the Derby della Lanterna, opposing the two main teams from Liguria and one which had been eluding the Rossoblu for 7 years, went to Genoa on Sunday. It was set to be a battle between Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano, the two ex-Liga players and the real protagonists of their respective teams so far this season. Talentino put all his heart into it, but in the end El Principe prevailed.

In the fifth minute of the second half, Genoa took a free kick on the right side of the pitch, and centered the ball towards the penalty box. On the receiving end, Diego Milito sent the Genoa supporters into ecstasy, a fantastic header ending right into Castellazzi’s top corner. And while Genoa triumphed, Sampdoria can have many regrets on the two disallowed goals for their side (in particular Fornaroli’s).

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Lecce 1-2 Juventus: Thanking Amauri and Super-Seba (Serie A Matchday 15)

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Inter score three, Juve win it at the death. In the end it’s all the same: three points in the bag, and the Serie A standings unaltered.

And so, because points are more important than goals or scoring chances, several facts go unnoticed at the end of Sunday’s match. Two of them are that despite their win, Juventus played one their worst games of the season, and that Lecce, despite their evident technical inferiority, fought hard to come from behind and would have at least deserved a tie at the end of the night.

Instead, what people will remember out of Lecce-Juventus are mainly two things.

The first, is that Sebastian Giovinco scored his first Juve goal. In the absence of Alessandro Del Piero La Formica Atomica finally got his chance to shine and, emulating his idol captain, did not pass it up. His beautiful free-kick provided the Bianconeri’s first goal; his moves, his touches, and his accelerations gave Juve supporters a glimpse of what may very well be the Black & White future of the next decade. This is how champions are born people.

The second thing people will remember, exemplied by Amauri’s goal in the 90th minute, is more of a reminder of sorts. It embodies a team spirit that, in months of uncertainty, courtroom frustration, and Serie B agony, has still remained intact: La Juve non molla mai.

Go and ask your Italian friends what it means…

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