Posts Tagged ‘Maicon’

AC Milan 0-4 Inter Milan: Yes Way José, the “Real” Serie A Can Begin

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Inter Milan's Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankovic, second from left, reacts after scoring their fourth goal with from left to right, Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, Argentine defender Walter Samuel, Brazilian defender Maicon, Romanian defender Cristian Chivu and Brazilian defender Lucio, during their Serie A soccer match against AC Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. Inter won 4-0. (AP Photo)

In many ways a new year of Serie A doesn’t truly begin until it features one of thee Big Matches. It is often said that over the course of the season it’s the the “little games”, those against teams battling for relegation, that pave the road for a championship title. Often true, but the “little games” certainly are not those everyone is waiting to see. And thanks to Lega Calcio’s new fixture drawing system, this year we have the opportunity to see two ‘Big Games’ as early as Matchday 2, starting with Saturday’s Derby della Madonnina.

And what a derby it was. With 4 goals against their most bitter rival this match featured a true display of power by Inter Milan, highlighted by the shining performances of Thiago Motta, Eto’o, Diego Milito and with and a clear clear message to their harshest critics: Zlatan who?

As for Milan, to quote Gazzetta Inter were “giants without an adversary”. AC Milan cannot hide behind their good performance of today’s first 15 minutes. A team which completely disintegrates both tactically and psychologically (see Gattuso’s red card) at the first sign of trouble cannot, for lack of a better phrase, call themselves a “team”. At least for the moment. Until Leonardo figures out a solution out of this mess.


Inter Milan vs. Manchester United: The PLAYERS

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009


So remember that great “Serie A vs. EPL” section on La Gazzetta which I promised I’d partially translate?

Here’s the first batch of pink-goodness: a look at ALL THE PLAYERS from tonight’s Inter Milan vs. Manchester United UEFA Champions League match.

Boy I can’t wait for game-time. Meanwhile, feast your eyes on this. (oh, and credit goes where credit is due of course: the original)


Inter Milan 1-1 Werder Bremen: José Gets First San Siro Boos, Nerazzurri Tied at Home (UEFA Champions League 2008-09)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

The love-story between Mourinho and Inter has hit its first hurdle. Losing the Milan derby was already a big no-no moment this week-end, but Wednesday’s home draw to Werder Bremen really did not sit well with some Nerazzurri supporters, who did not hide their discontent in the San Siro stands.

And with good reason. Much like their match against Milan, Inter only “woke up” in the final 15 minutes of the match, exhibiting severe deficiencies in terms of character the rest of the time. The “José plan” evidently, still needs to be fully absorbed by some Nerazzurri elements, while the three-pure-strikers attacking formation (with Adriano, Ibrahimovic, and Balotelli) still requires quite a bit of fine-tuning. After UCL’s matchday 2 draw, Inter are left sharing the Group B lead with the surprising Cypriot team of Anorthosis.


Serie A Matchday 3 – Week-end Review + GOALS of the Week (2008-09)

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Week-End Reviews

After the Summer wait, Serie A continues. :) Here are the results and summaries for matchday 3. Full Video Highlights here.
. week 3 review


Italian Calcio Blog week 3 review

Italian Calcio Blog 2008-09


Inter Milan produced a masterclass of attacking play when they moved to the top of serie A with a 3-1 win at Torino on Sunday. The reigning Serie A champions had been finding their feet in Jose Mourinho’s first few games in charge, but they outclassed Torino thanks to an own goal by Marco Pisano, Maicon’s superb 30-yard screamer and a neat finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Torino 1-3 Inter Match Report (mCalcio)


Injury-hit Juventus also made it seven points from three games with striker Amauri sealing a 1-0 win at Cagliari. The race between Nerazzurri and Bianconeri is on. Manager Claudio Ranieri was unfortunate however, in losing keeper Gigi Buffon to a groin strain for at least a week.

Cagliari 0-1 Juventus Match Report (mCalcio)


The day’s biggest performance of course, was AC Milan‘s 4-1 thumping of Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Like last season, all of Milan’s troubles seem to melt away when they face the Biancocelesti, as the goals by Seedorf, Zambrotta, Pato, and Kaká seem to indicate. The consolation for Delio Rossi’s team, was the excellent moment of form of Serie A revelation Mauro Zarate. 4 goals in 3 games, and the lone leader of the topscorer ranking.

Milan 4-1 Lazio Match Report (mCalcio)


Finally for the last two “big” teams, Roma rebounded nicely from their shocking 2-1 UCL defeat by winning 3-0 against Reggina Saturday (goals by Panucci, Aquilani, and Perrotta), while forward Alberto Gilardino continued his rich vein of form by scoring in Fiorentina‘s 1-0 victory over promoted Bologna.

Roma 3-0 Reggina Match Report (mCalcio)


In other matches, Catania stopped Atalanta‘s winning streak dead cold with a 1-0 win at Stadio Massimino Saturday (goal courtesy of Michele Paolucci), while Palermo overcame Genoa on a score of 2-1, thanks to Edison Cavani and a Cesare Bovo screamer (Diego Milito scored the lone Genoan goal).

Lecce vs. Siena (Ficagna, Caserta), Sampdoria vs. Chievo (Franceschini, Langella), and Udinese vs. Napoli all ended in draws.



You’re just going to love today’s goals of the week selection… it’s essentially the same fantastic top-corner blast repeated five times. Well, maybe not exactly the same… but awfully close. (and yes, I felt lazy on the goals description)


And the winner is… Kaká. Why this one over the others? The ball’s not moving, the distance might be a bit further away, and the trajectory’s just so damn awesome. If had to choose one between all the top-corner strikes this week, this one’s it.


Results Summary


Serie A 2008-09
Matchday 3


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


Torino 1-3 Inter Milan: Nerazzurri Powering Past Granata (Serie A Matchday 3)

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Excessive self-satisfaction: that was really the only flaw of Inter Milan Sunday. With the score up by three, Abbruscato’s goal, a crossbar, and two great saves by Julio Cesar reminded the Nerazzurri matches last for 90 minutes. Other than that, José Mourinho’s really dominated their Torino opponents, and deservedly closed the game with a 3-1 victory.

Speaking of José, the Inter manager will undoubtedly be happy with all the positive things emanating from Sunday’s match. Everyone played their part: Mancini, Maicon, and Ibrahimovic in the role of the “energizer bunny”, Vieira and Cambiasso the “midfield iron wall”, Julio Cesar the “attentive/miraculous keeper”, while a certain Adriano (yes, believe or not) seems to be (almost) back to his usual self. Only thing left to work on for the Portuguese manager: the aforementioned self-complacency aspect. Plenty of time for that.

(From Gazzetta dello Sport): As any host team should, Torino showed the way in this way, leading the early attacking proceedings into the Inter box. The men of Gianni De Biasi has evidently received specific instructions from their coach, pressuring their opponents high up the field and closing down any space that they could. The Inter forwards were left a bit isolated because of this, and Mourinho repeatedly had to instruct Maicon and Chivu to push up the wings in order to support the offensive effort.

The first chances of the game therefore, were all in favor of the home team. First, Alessandro Rosina sent a left-footed long-ranger inches wide, while Rolando Bianchi seemed to be getting the upper hand on Materazzi, as he connected with a few aerial balls first (sending them wide of the mark). The early chances were however an illusion for Granata supporters, because the scoreline changed as soon as Inter came knocking on Sereni’s door. 24 minutes in, Amantino Mancini exploited a good through ball by Adriano, and sent a cross from the right straight into the net. Of course, Pisano’s unfortunate deflection helped fool the Toro keeper, but it was still 1-0 Inter.

Things really went from bad to worse for Torino, because not even two minutes after conceding the first, the home team conceded a second (an absolutely slamming shot by Maicon from 25 yards, straight into the top-left corner) and then lost Rosina to injury. 2-0 Inter, couple with a big slap in the face for De Biasi.

The Torino coach had to resort to desperate measures in the second half, inserting Simone Barone for Eugenio Corini (also picking up an injury) and sending his team forward, attacking with their heads down. Risky business, but necessary when your team is trailing by two goals. Of course there’s always the risk you’re going to concede a third one on a counter-attack, which is exactly what happened in the the 51st. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was there to finish a play that Maicon started and Mancini continued, or in other words 3-0 Inter.

Game over right? Almost. There were still 40 minutes left in this match, which if you were wearing a black & blue shirt seemed almost like a tedious inconvenience at this point. Mourinho even made attacking substitutions at this point (Quaresma & Balotelli on for Mancini & Adriano), and Inter let their guard down in defense for a little while. Elvis Abbruscato was thus sent free to a winning close-range deflection, while Diana and Bianchi were allowed to unload on the Inter keeper (forced to some great saves in the process). Abbruscato even blasted the ball onto the crossbar, which gave the Torino crowd a bit of pride back.

As for the points… those were all Inter’s.


Torino F.C.
[Match Highlights]
F.C. Internazionale Milano
GOALSCORERS: 24′ Pisano o.g. (I), 26′ Maicon (I), 51’ Ibrahimovic (I), 76’ Abbruscato (T)
TORINO (4-3-2-1): Sereni – Diana, Di Loreto, Pratali, Pisano – P.Zanetti (65’ Ogbonna), Corini (46’ Barone), Saumel, Rosina (29′ Abbruscato), Amoruso, Bianchi. (bench: Calderoni, Colombo, Rubin, Ventola). Coach: De Biasi.
INTER (4-3-3): Julio Cesar – Maicon, Burdisso, Materazzi, Chivu – Vieira, Cambiasso, J.Zanetti, Ibrahimovic (87’ Cruz), Adriano (67’ Balotelli), Mancini (64’ Quaresima). (bench: Toldo, Córdoba, Rivas, Cruz, Crespo, Balotelli). Coach: Mourinho.