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Italian Players Around the World (28/04)

Monday, April 28th, 2008

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.
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ENGLAND    
Player Team Opp. mins. Contrib. Score
Carlo Cudicini Chelsea Man Utd (bench) / 2-1
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SCOTLAND          
Massimo Donati Celtic Rangers (bench) / 3-2
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GERMANY          
Luca Toni Bayern M. Stuttgar 90 1 goal 4-1
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SPAIN          
Fabio Cannavaro Real Madrid Ath. Bilbao (susp.) / 3-0
Giuseppe Rossi Villareal @Betis 86 / 1-0
Christian Abbiati Atl. Madrid @Getafe (bench) / 1-1
Gianluca Zambrotta Barcelona @Deportivo 68 / 0-2
Enzo Maresca Sevilla @Murcia 13 / 0-0
Morgan De Sanctis Sevilla @Murcia (bench) / 0-0
Emiliano Moretti Valencia Osasuna (injd.) / 3-0
Stefano Sorrentino Recreativo Levante 90 / 2-0
Damiano Tommasi Levante @Recreativo (injd.) / 0-2
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FRANCE          
Fabio Grosso Lyon Caen 45 1 assist 2-2
Flavio Roma Monaco Marseille 90 / 2-3
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HOLLAND          
Graziano Pellè AZ Alkmaar / SEASON OVER /
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BELGIUM          
Roberto Mirri Mons GBA 90 / 0-0
Alessandro Pistone Mons GBA 90 / 0-0
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SWITZERLAND          
Stefano Razzetti St. Gallen @Thun (bench) / 1-1
Andrea Guatelli FC Zürich Luzern (bench) / 1-0
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POLAND          
Stefano Napoleoni Widzew Łódź @Grodzisk 30 / 0-3
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RUSSIA          
Ivan Pelizzoli Lok. Moscow S.Nalchik (bench) / 0-0

 

Heroes of the week

Oh look! Mr. Toni here, what else is new? Well, Mr. Grosso went from glory to shame in less than a week, that’s what. Uncool…

Luca Toni, age 30“Only” one goal for Luca Toni this time. Yeah that’s right, his April average drops: we’ve been so used to Italian Bayern doubles lately that scoring one appears sorta appears like a “downgrade”, doesn’t it? That’s nº21 in the Bundesliga for the ex-Fiorentina striker, and needless to say he’s topping the goalscoring charts (2nd-ranked Mario Gomez is trailing by 6).

Fabio Grosso, age 30As for Fabio Grosso, after his goalscoring performance vs. Strasbourg last week, bad stuff from the Lyon winger this week-end. Everything started well though: one assist for Karim Benzema, and Lyon up by one in the 34th. Shortly after however, some mistakes by the home team’s defense (Grosso included) led to the equalizer by Juan Eduardo Eluchans and 1-2 goal by Lilian Compan, and our favorite World Cup 2006 hero even got a yellow card in the process. Then during the half-time break, a slap on Yoan Gouffran (who had grabbed Grosso by the shoulder) was caught by the referee and resulted in a direct red for the Italian.

Italian Players Around the World (21/04)

Friday, April 25th, 2008

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.
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ENGLAND    
Player Team Opp. mins. Contrib. Score
Carlo Cudicini Chelsea @Everton (injd.) / 1-0
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SCOTLAND          
Massimo Donati Celtic Aberdeen 90 / 1-0
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GERMANY          
Luca Toni Bayern M. Dortm. (CUP) 120 2 goals 2-1
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SPAIN          
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
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FRANCE          
Fabio Grosso Lyon @Strasbourg 90 1 goal 2-1
Flavio Roma Monaco @Nice 90 / 2-0
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HOLLAND          
Graziano Pellè AZ Alkmaar Sparta 73 / 1-0
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BELGIUM          
Roberto Mirri Mons @Westerlo 90 / 1-1
Alessandro Pistone Mons @Westerlo 90 / 1-1
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SWITZERLAND          
Stefano Razzetti St. Gallen @Luzern (bench) / 0-1
Andrea Guatelli FC Zürich @Grasshop. (bench) / 1-1
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POLAND          
Stefano Napoleoni Widzew Łódź Polonia B. 90 1 goal 2-4
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RUSSIA          
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…