Archive for August 29th, 2007

Italian Players Around the World (26/08)

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Continuing my weekly article inspired by Gazzetta dello Sport, here are the performances of all Italian players operating in foreign European leagues.

Cristiano Lucarelli, age 31, is at his first season in UkraineGiuseppe Rossi, age 20, recently signed by Spanish club Villareal

Based on Gazzetta’s info, there are currently 23 Italians playing in first divisions abroad, and 18 of them stepped on the field this week-end (mostly in the Spanish league).

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.
.

ENGLAND
Player Team Opp.
mins.
Contrib.
Score
Rolando Bianchi Man City @Arsenal
15 
/
0-1 
Bernardo Corradi Man City @Arsenal
(stands)
/
0-1 
Carlo Cudicini Chelsea Portsmouth
(bench)
/
1-0 
.
SCOTLAND
Massimo Donati Celtic Hearts
90
1 goal
5-0 
.
GERMANY
Luca Toni Bayern M. Hannover 96 
28
1 goal
3-0
.
SPAIN
Fabio Cannavaro Real Madrid Atl. Madrid
45
/
2-1
Christian Abbiati Atl. Madrid @Real Madrid
(bench)
/
1-2
Gianluca Zambrotta Barcelona @Racing S.
78
/
0-0
Enzo Maresca Sevilla Getafe
90
/
4-1 
Morgan De Sanctis Sevilla Getafe
(bench)
/
4-1
Giuseppe Rossi Villareal @Valencia
77
1 goal 
3-0
Emiliano Moretti Valencia Villareal
90
/
0-3
Stefano Sorrentino Recreativo  Betis
90
/
1-1
Marco Storari Levante  @Mallorca
90
/
0-3
Bruno Cirillo Levante  @Mallorca
90
/
0-3
Damiano Tommasi Levante  @Mallorca
90
/
0-3
.
FRANCE
Fabio Grosso Lyon @Sochaux
90
/
2-1
Flavio Roma Monaco @Lille
injd.
/
1-0
.
 HOLLAND
Graziano Pellè  AZ Alkmaar @Vitesse
26 
/
0-1
.
 BELGIUM
Roberto Mirri Mons Lokeren
90
/
0-1
.
UKRAINE
Cristiano Lucarelli Shakhtar D. T.Symferop.
90
2 goals
2-0
.
RUSSIA
Ivan Pelizzoli Lok. Moscow Saturn
90
/
0-2

The most positive performances this week came from Giuseppe Rossi, scoring his first goal (on a penalty kick) for his new team Villareal (final score 3-0 vs. Valencia) and Cristiano Lucarelli, finally getting on the scoreline with his Ukranian team Shakhtar Donetsk.

In addition, it’s worth noting that Luca Toni and Massimo Donati are having one of their best career season starts. Toni has scored in every Bundesliga match of Bayern Munich so far, and was in for a repeat on day nº3 this week-end. Unfortunately, he had to be substituted just after his goal, due to a pulled muscle. Meanwhile in Scotland, Massimo Donati is rapidly becoming the heart of the Celtic midfield,  producing yet another man-of-the-match performance in their game vs. Hearts (easily won by the Glasgow team 5-0) and scoring a goal.

Nike’s ‘Put it where you want it’ tour ep. 2 – Torsten Frings

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

After Wayne Rooney’s manor, Nike have launched the 2nd episode of the ‘Put it where you want it’ tour (Nike’s latest TV soccer advertising campaign). This time the Dirty Sanchez boys travel to Portugal to meet Werder Bremen and Germany international Torsten Frings.

Nike’s “Put it where you want it” - episode 2: Frings

The video includes the usual share of human target practice and priceless nike-ball-hitting-your-private-parts fun, although I must admit the Rooney ad was a bit more entertaining (Frings kinda looks like a robot in this one).

I can’t wait to see what they do with Gattuso. :mrgreen: