Italian Players Around the World (12/05)

Continuing my weekly article inspired by Gazzetta dello Sport, here are the performances of all Italian soccer players operating in foreign European leagues.

Based on Gazzetta’s info, there are currently 22 Italians playing in first divisions abroad, and 9 of them stepped on the field this week-end.

The table below includes the team the player belongs to, their opponents for the week, the number of minutes they played, their contribution (goal, assist), and the final score of the game.

Player Team Opp. mins. Contrib. Score
Carlo Cudicini Chelsea Bolton (bench) / 1-1
Massimo Donati Celtic Hibernian (bench) / 2-0
Luca Toni Bayern M. @Duisburg (injd.) / 3-2
Fabio Cannavaro Real Madrid @Zaragoza 90 / 2-2
Giuseppe Rossi Villareal Espanyol 90 / 2-0
Christian Abbiati Atl. Madrid Deportivo (bench) / 1-0
Gianluca Zambrotta Barcelona Mallorca 90 / 2-3
Enzo Maresca Sevilla @Betis 17 / 2-0
Morgan De Sanctis Sevilla @Betis (bench) / 2-0
Emiliano Moretti Valencia @Levante (injd.) / 5-1
Stefano Sorrentino Recreativo @Almeria 90 / 2-0
Damiano Tommasi Levante Valencia (injd.) / 1-5
Fabio Grosso Lyon Nancy 90 / 1-0
Flavio Roma Monaco Auxerre (bench) / 3-0
Graziano Pellè AZ Alkmaar / SEASON OVER /
Roberto Mirri Mons @Anderlecht (susp.) / 1-2
Alessandro Pistone Mons @Anderlecht 90 / 1-2
Stefano Razzetti St. Gallen Aarau 90 / 0-0
Andrea Guatelli FC Zürich @Thun (bench) / 1-1
Stefano Napoleoni Widzew Łódź Gornik 45 / 2-1
Ivan Pelizzoli Lok. Moscow Tomsk (bench) / 2-0


Heroes of the week

No goals again, and no assists either. Luca Toni had a bruised shin and sat out this week-end, Giuseppe Rossi has been playing averagely well but keeping off the scoring charts for some time now, and even usual assist-providers like Enzo Maresca are keeping quiet. So for once instead of goalscorers, let’s turn our attention to those who prevent goals from being scored.

Stefano Sorrentino, age 28Stefano Sorrentino has a had a tough season this year. Recreativo de Huelva hasn’t been exactly brilliant in the Spanish Liga, and they are now 1 point above the relegation zone with one match to go. Their keeper however, has saved their hide many times already and did so again this week-end against Almeria (Mané and Paunovic know something about it). Were the club to be relegated, it’s unlikely the ex-Torino nº1 would remain in the Iberian peninsula, but he will fight till the last breath to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Stefano Sorrentino, age 28As for St. Gallen “oldie” Stefano Razzetti, it was a very emotional day for the ex-Cremonese and Lugano goalkeeper. The 36-year old will be retiring at the end of the season so for his last match with the Swiss side, the St. Gallen coach gave him a spot in the starting line-up. He kept a clean sheet vs. Aarau this week-end and received a standing ovation from his the home crowd, grateful for his many years of service as team captain.

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