Italian Players Around the World (21/04)

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 11 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 @Everton (injd.) / 1-0
Massimo Donati Celtic Aberdeen 90 / 1-0
Luca Toni Bayern M. Dortm. (CUP) 120 2 goals 2-1
Fabio Cannavaro Real Madrid @Racing 90 / 2-0
Giuseppe Rossi Villareal Valladolid 63 / 2-0
Christian Abbiati Atl. Madrid Betis (bench) / 1-3
Gianluca Zambrotta Barcelona Espanyol 90 / 0-0
Enzo Maresca Sevilla Almeria (susp.) / 1-4
Morgan De Sanctis Sevilla Almeria (bench) / 1-4
Emiliano Moretti Valencia @Ath. Bilbao (N/A) / 1-5
Stefano Sorrentino Recreativo @Zaragoza 90 / 0-3
Damiano Tommasi Levante Getafe (injd.) / 3-1
Fabio Grosso Lyon @Strasbourg 90 1 goal 2-1
Flavio Roma Monaco @Nice 90 / 2-0
Graziano Pellè AZ Alkmaar Sparta 73 / 1-0
Roberto Mirri Mons @Westerlo 90 / 1-1
Alessandro Pistone Mons @Westerlo 90 / 1-1
Stefano Razzetti St. Gallen @Luzern (bench) / 0-1
Andrea Guatelli FC Zürich @Grasshop. (bench) / 1-1
Stefano Napoleoni Widzew Łódź Polonia B. 90 1 goal 2-4
Ivan Pelizzoli Lok. Moscow @CSKA M. (bench) / 0-0


Heroes of the week

At last! We finally have more than one player featuring the “heroes of the week” section, after a long while. Of course, no surprises with the presence of Mr. Toni, but others like Mr. Grosso or Mr. Napoleoni aren’t quite as common. Here goes. :)

Luca Toni, age 30Mr. German-goalmachine just never seems to stop. Four doubles in less than 10 days, 35 goals with Bayern Munich this season (only 5 goals away from Gerd Müller’s 1972 record) and two capitals tallies in the Dfb Pokal (German Cup) final vs. Borussia Dortmund (including the extra-time match-winning goal). Any additional comment is pretty much superfluous about Luca Toni.

Fabio Grosso, age 30Moving over to France, it’s rematch time for Fabio Grosso. Often criticized by the French Sports media, the Azzurri left-back has been having a tough time at Lyon since his move from Inter, but the ex-Palermo player has really picked it up lately. With the team closely followed by Bordeaux in Ligue 1 standings, it was capital for the title holders to keep winning, and they have Fabio to thank for it. Indeed, a Grosso header (not exactly his specialty) provided the match-winning goal vs. Strasbourg last week-end, thus keeping Lyon at +4 distance on their 2nd-ranked rivals.

Stefano Napoleoni, age 21Finally, over to Poland where a rather lucky/unlucky Stefano Napoleoni will most likely soon be done with his Widzew Lodz adventure. Indeed, despite the Italian striker’s recent excellent run of form, his goals will prove insufficient to keep the Polish team in top flight next year. Because of a corruption scandal, Widzew will automatically be relegated to the second division at the end of year, but should they finish in the relegation zone this season, they will actually be forced to play in the third division! I doubt Napoleoni will want to stick around under those circumstances…

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