Posts Tagged ‘Alberto Gilardino’

Fiorentina 1-2 Lyon: End of the UCL Line for La Viola… (UEFA Champions League 2008-09)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Less fancy playing, better defending, more cynical finishing. This will be Fiorentina‘s lesson tonight after their elimination from the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League. And it sounds like an awfully familiar one. The kind that spectacular but inexperienced teams are forced to learn, as indeed La Viola’s return to Europe’s top competition demonstrated. 8 years after their last appearance, Fiorentina’s adventure ends in the Group Stage.

As for Lyon, they proved that winning seven Ligue 1 titles in a row can be a useful experience. You know, for European cups and stuff.

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Fiorentina 4-2 Udinese: Come-back Kings Wearing Violet on Saturday (Serie A Matchday 13)

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

The perfect example of “a match of two halves”, Saturday’s Fiorentina vs. Udinese also delighted Serie A fans with a big deluge of goals, courtesy of some often shaky defending (on both sides) but more so of the great prideful reaction by Cesare Prandelli’s boys. One goal down early in the game, La Viola looked over the precipice, reacted and came back as only a great fighter would.

In particular, today’s lasting image was the big “fu** you” message (figuratively speaking) sent by Riccardo Montolivo to all his critics, after his uninspiring mid-week performance for Italy. The Viola midfielder literally took his team by the reins, providing the playmaking and the scoring, and capping a great performance with two nicely taken goals.

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Fiorentina 3-0 Reggina: Viola on Cruise-Control, Gilardino Can’t Stop Scoring… Even From the Subs Bench (Serie A Matchday 7)

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Chalk up the third consecutive Serie A win for Fiorentina. There was nothing earth-shattering in La Viola’s performance against Reggina tonight, but on day of mourning for the upper management (Maria Della Valle, mother of Diego & Andrea, passed away earlier this week) the brother-presidents will be satisfied to see their team is steadily cruising towards a good very good Serie A season.

Prandelli was rotating his team tonight, yet his boys played a calm game, in control (even during the -rare- offensive assaults of their opponents) and didn’t succumb to frustration when the ball refused to enter the net. What better way to prepare for Tuesday’s upcoming match against Bayern Munich (at Allianz Arena, for which Luca Toni is in doubt).

As for Alberto Gilardino, well… numbers speak for themselves. 18 minutes played, two goals. This team really can’t do without him.

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Serie A Matchday 5 – Week-End Review + GOALS of the Week (2008-09)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Week-End Reviews

Sure was a busy week-end in Serie A this week. The Derby della Madonnina may not have provided a lot of goals, but excitement definitely wasn’t absent from San Siro on Sunday.

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Italy.TheOffside.com week 5 review

Italy.TheOffside.com

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Italian Calcio Blog week 5 review

Italian Calcio Blog 2008-09

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Gazzetta in English week 5 review

Gazzetta dello Sport

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Serie A started with Bianconeri and Viola involved on Saturday, on account of their mid-week commitments in the UEFA Champions League (against Bate and Steaua respectively). And while Fiorentina went on to beat Genoa 1-0 (thanks to yet another goal by Alberto Gilardino), Juventus was held to a 0-0 draw at Sampdoria. Not the best motivational result for Claudio Ranieri’s boys…

Fiorentina 1-0 Genoa Match Report (mCalcio)

Sampdoria 0-0 Juventus Match Report (mCalcio)

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On Sunday, the big hero of the Serie A afternoon was Argentine forward Mauro Zarate, who scored twice and set up another goal to help Lazio beat Torino 3-1 Sunday (and assert itself as a serious challenger to Inter Milan atop the Italian league standings). Zarate drew three defenders toward him and passed to Goran Pandev for the opening goal in the 30th minute, then scored in the 63rd with a powerful, curling shot before adding a penalty in the 84th. Nicola Amoruso pulled one back for Torino with a penalty in added time.

With its fourth win in five rounds, Lazio took a two-point lead on Inter ahead of the Milan derby later Sunday, leading the Serie A with 21 points. Napoli, who beat Bologna 1-0, is next with 11 points while Inter, Udinese and Catania are tied with 10 each.

Torino 1-3 Lazio Match Report (mCalcio)

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Of course, the biggest attention on Sunday was pointed toward Stadio Giuseppe Meazza “San Siro” in Milan, which hosted the 171st edition of the famous AC Milan vs. Inter Milan match. The great victors of the night were the Rossoneri and in particular a certain Ronaldinho Gaucho, who thanks to his first half header gave Carlo Ancelotti his first derby win of the season (and also José Mourinho’s first loss in the Serie A).

Milan 1-0 Inter Match Report (mCalcio)

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In other matches, Fabio Quagliarella scored one and set up another goal as Udinese beat Siena 2-1, and Michele Paolucci found the net for Catania in a 1-0 win over Chievo. Roma beat Atalanta 2-0 for only its second win, with goals from Christian Panucci and Mirko Vucinic as captain Francesco Totti again sat out. Also, Fabrizio Miccoli scored his fourth goal of the season as Palermo beat Reggina 1-0, and Lecce had goals from Guillermo Giacomazzi and Jose Castillo in a 2-0 win over last-place Cagliari.

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GOALS of the WEEKGOALS of the WEEK

Nothing particularly extraordinary this week, with the exception of two very nice top-corner howitzers. Mauro Zarate is appearing quite regularly in this segment lately…
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And the winner is… Guillermo Giacomazzi. You just gotta love it when someone blasts it into the top corner from 30 yards, and as far as this week goes, Giacomazzi’s was better than Zarate’s.
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Serie A 2008-09
Matchday 5

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UC Sampdoria
Sampdoria
0-0
Juventus
Juventus FC
ACF Fiorentina
Fiorentina
1-0
Genoa
Genoa CFC
Udinese Calcio
Udinese
2-1
Siena
AC Siena
AS Roma
Roma
2-0
Atalanta
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio
US Lecce
Lecce
2-0
Cagliari
Cagliari Calcio
Bologna FC 1909
Bologna
0-1
Napoli
SSC Napoli
Torino FC
Torino
1-3
Lazio
SS Lazio Roma
US Città di Palermo
Palermo
1-0
Reggina
Reggina Calcio
Calcio Catania
Catania
1-0
Chievo
AC Chievo Verona
AC Milan
Milan
1-0
Inter
FC Internazionale Milano


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Fiorentina 1-0 Genoa: Gilardino Rebirth Continues, Viola Fly (Serie A Matchday 5)

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Reverse engines, full 180º, nitro boost. After his team’s brutal mid-week loss to Lazio, Cesare Prandelli must have found the right words to remotivate his men Saturday. A battling and determined Fiorentina side, led by the continued moment of form of a reborn Alberto Gilardino, brushed their Genoa visitors aside and went on to take a vital three points in the Serie A.

And speaking of Gilardino, that’s his third goal in five matches. For someone who the previous season could only score 7 in 30 with AC Milan, goal averages are definitely on the rise. Music to Della Valle’s ears…

(From Gazzetta dello Sport): La Viola started the match with great intensity, looking to pressure their opponents high up the field, aided in no small part by the home crowd support (immediately willing to forget the mid-week 0-3 Lazio debacle). It was only natural then, to see Fiorentina get the first scoring chances in this one: first Mutu (header narrowly wide) then Montolivo (cracking shot from mid-range parried away by the keeper) gave Gasperini’s team the first scares. Then of course there was a certain Gilardino, seemingly back to his “good Parma days”: playing as a real target-man, the ex-Milan striker was shielding the ball, allowing his teammates to overlap (Semioli, Felipe Melo, and Gobbi notably), and providing an otherwise constant danger to the Rossoblu defense.

On the other end, Genoa were having some problems getting “into” the game, especially because their coach had chosen to leave Diego Milito on the side. All that changed in the second half though, when the Argentine striker was inserted into the mix. Well served by a Marco Rossi pass, Milito was given a one-on-one chance with Sebastien Frey almost right away, but the French goalie demonstrated (yet again) why he still is one of Serie A’s best keepers around. Just a few minutes earlier, Ruben Olivera had a good mid-range effort saved by Viola’s nº1.

Alas for the visitors, the two Genoan chances were a prelude to Fiorentina’s goal. The provider? Who else but Alberto Gilardino, La Viola’s man-of-the-moment. Controlling a looping ball inside the Genoa box, the Azzurri striker managed to shield it from three nearby defenders, turn around with a few touches, and send an unstoppable diagonal half-volley straight into the bottom right corner. A pure striker’s goal, the kind Viola supporters had not seen since Luca Toni’s departure to Bavaria. 1-0 Fiorentina

At this point, Prandelli decided to play it safe by inserting Pazzini & Santana for Semioli & Gilardino, just to keep his troops fresh on the field. Fiorentina had a few more chances on goal through Mutu (wide) and Osvaldo (well saved by Rubinho), while Frey dominated his box on the other end and kept his team safe. It was thus a well-deserved win for Prandelli’s side, who can look at Tuesday’s UCL fixture against Steaua Bucharest with renewed optimism.

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 ACF Fiorentina
FIORENTINA-GENOA
1-0
[Match Highlights]
 Genoa C.F.C.
GOALSCORERS: 61’ Gilardino (F).
FIORENTINA (4-3-3): Frey – Jorgensen, Dainelli, Kroldrup, Gobbi – Montolivo, Melo, Donadel – Semioli (66’ Santana), Gilardino (66’ Pazzini), Mutu (83’ Osvaldo). (bench: Storari, Gamberini, Zauri, Kuzmanovic). Coach: Prandelli.
GENOA (3-4-3): Rubinho – Papastathopoulos, Ferrari, Criscito – M.Rossi, Milanetto (41′ Juric), Vanden Borre (60’ Modesto), Bocchetti – Olivera, Palladino, Mesto (51’ D.Milito). (bench: Scarpi, Sculli, Jankovic, Biava). Coach: Gasperini.

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