Posts Tagged ‘Alessandro Del Piero’

Juventus 4-2 Milan: The Inter Antidote Is Here, It’s a Black & White Pill (Serie A Matchday 16)

Monday, December 15th, 2008

“Anti-Inter”. A big phrase for Italian newspapers this week-end, as indeed Sunday’s Juventus vs. AC Milan presented itself as a revealing showdown. One to determine the Nerazzurri’s real contender for the Scudetto race, one to decide historical bragging rights between two teams who, in the past two decades, have won more Serie A champions titles than any other team.

Well, at the end of a dramatically intense and exciting match the Bianconeri have claimed those rights, and thus kept within distance of the Inter “enemy”. On Sunday, the Old Lady won thanks to their playing rhythm, the youthful strength of Marchisio, Sissoko and De Ceglie, but also thanks to the exceptional attacking prowess of the Del Piero-Amauri tandem, a tremendous combination of class and power. Milan displayed some pride and quality, but they lacked physical and playing continuity. It was a night in which the absences of Kaká and Gattuso felt very heavy indeed.

Note: I am still without my computer. Right now I can only post through an old Compaq 900 laptop from the pre-war era. For Juve-AC Milan though, some sacrifices have to made. ;)


Juventus 4-0 Reggina: Saint Bernards Needed in Turin… (Serie A Matchday 14)

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

There was one hell of a snowstorm in Northern Italy Saturday, and rescue operations are undergoing at Turin’s Stadio Olimpico. It seems that many Reggina players are still buried under the snow, something which down in Calabria they evidently don’t get to see a lot of. The same cannot be said for Juventus, who welcomed the powdery weather with open arms and proceeded to put an avalanche of goals past their Amaranto opponents.

The match was also particularly sweet for Alessandro Del Piero, who thanks to his 72nd minute penalty-kick achieved a total of 250 goals with Juventus. An historic milestone for the Bianconeri captain, and a great night for Juventus who after their 1-0 loss to Inter last week-end, get right back on track for the Scudetto race.


Free-Kick School is in Session, Del Piero Presiding

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Since the season started (and that’s not very long mind you, only a couple of months), Alessandro Del Piero captain has not scored one, or two, or even three… but five goals on set-pieces, and one more beautiful than the next. Such deadly free-kick scoring efficiency has been the trademark of very few players in football history, a rare breed in the lines of Zico, Sinisa Mihaijlovic and Juninho Pernambucano.

So, to summarize just how good ADP has been so far, here’s a nice little video I found online.


Serie A Matchday 11 – Week-End Review + GOALS of the Week (2008-09)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Week-End Reviews

. week 11 review


Italian Calcio Blog week 11 review

Italian Calcio Blog 2008-09


Gazzetta in English week 11 review

Gazzetta dello Sport


Substitute Julio Cruz headed home in stoppage time to give Inter Milan a 1-0 home win over Udinese on Sunday and send the Serie A champions top for at least a few hours. Inter had drawn two of their last three league games 0-0 and Mourinho’s side looked to be heading for a third as they continually lumped crosses into the box and lacked creativity. The Nerazzurri manager again tinkered with his stuttering three-pronged attack and welcomed back defender Walter Samuel, out for 11 months with knee trouble, in place of Nicolas Burdisso who made mistakes for two Anorthosis goals on Tuesday. “Udinese for me are a good team. From a defensive point of view, Inter have played really well,” Mourinho told Sky.


Alessandro Del Piero, Juventus & Azzurri Legend, Turns 34

Monday, November 10th, 2008

34 years ago, on the 9th of November 1974, in a little town called Conegliano in the province of Treviso, one of the beautiful game’s greatest legends saw the light. Born of Gino and Bruna Del Piero, three decades later this wonderful footballing genius is still running on the fields of Serie A and of Europe, surprising us with his astonishing fitness level and never-empty gas tank, and delighting us many fans with his touches of magic. The delicate ball controls, the pinpoint passes, the inswinging goals (alla Del Piero), and free-kicks… these are but only a fraction of the immense repertoire of tricks this man is capable of, the true embodiment of where skills become genius, and where genius becomes legend.

And oh yes… those free-kicks. What better way to celebrate your 34th birthday than with a victory and with a goal this week-end, the set-pieces home special the Chievo supporters had to learn the hard way. Yet another masterpiece in a year that only keeps getting better.