Archive for March 31st, 2008

Italian Players Around the World (31/03)

Monday, March 31st, 2008

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

Giuseppe Rossi, age 21

Based on Gazzetta’s info, there are currently 22 Italians playing in first divisions abroad, and 12 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 Middlesbrough
90
/
1-0
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SCOTLAND
Massimo Donati Celtic @Rangers
(bench)
/
0-1
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GERMANY
Luca Toni Bayern M. @Nürnberg
90
/
1-1
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SPAIN
Fabio Cannavaro Real Madrid Sevilla
90
/
3-1
Giuseppe Rossi Villareal Atl. Madrid
90
2 assists
3-0
Christian Abbiati Atl. Madrid @Sevilla
90
/
2-1
Gianluca Zambrotta Barcelona @Betis
90
/
2-3
Enzo Maresca Sevilla @Real Madrid
(susp.)
/
1-3
Morgan De Sanctis Sevilla @Real Madrid
(bench)
/
1-3
Emiliano Moretti Valencia Mallorca
90
/
0-3
Stefano Sorrentino Recreativo Ath. Bilbao
90
/
1-1
Damiano Tommasi Levante @Almeria
(injd.)
/
1-1
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FRANCE
Fabio Grosso Lyon @Valenciennes
(bench)
/
2-1
Flavio Roma Monaco Rennes
90
/
1-2
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HOLLAND
Graziano Pellè AZ Alkmaar Vitesse
90
/
2-1
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BELGIUM
Roberto Mirri Mons Gent
90
/
4-0
Alessandro Pistone Mons Gent
(injd.)
/
4-0
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SWITZERLAND
Stefano Razzetti St. Gallen Grasshoppers
(bench)
/
0-2
Andrea Guatelli FC Zürich Xamax
(bench)
/
2-1
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POLAND
Stefano Napoleoni Widzew Łódź @Cracovia
90
/
0-1
Joseph Oshadogan Widzew Łódź @Cracovia
(N/A)
/
0-1
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RUSSIA
Ivan Pelizzoli Lok. Moscow Krylya Sovetov
(stands)
/
2-0

 

Heroes of the week

Once again this week, not many protagonists. Mr. Toni kept quiet in Germany, all the while Bayern couldn’t do better than a draw vs. Nürnberg, so the spotlight shifted to Spain, where a certain Mr. Rossi has been doing pretty good lately. Again…

Giuseppe Rossi, age 21 When not a scorer, he turns provider. Giuseppe Rossi is flying high in La Liga sky this week, as Villareal run over Cristian Abbiati’s Atletico Madrid. 3-0 the final score at Estadio El Madrigal, with Giuseppe Rossi actively involved in all 3 goals and providing the assist for two of them (Cazorla’s opener and Nihat’s 2-0 tally). Currently still maturing in the U21 Azzurrini, one has to wonder if Rossi could turn out to be Donadoni’s wild card come Summer, in a surprise Euro 2008 last-minute call-up to the senior team.

Serie A Matchday 31 – Week-end Review + GOALS of the Week (2007-08)

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Week-End Reviews

Here are the results and summaries for matchday 31. Full Video Highlights here.

Italy.TheOffside.com week 31 review

Italy.TheOffside.com

Italian Calcio Blog week 31 review

Italian Calcio Blog

Gazzetta in English week 31 review

Gazzetta dello Sport

MILAN, 30 March 2008 – Round 31 of the Serie A will be remembered by the umpteenth tragedy in the stands. A Parma fan was hit by a bus and killed in a highway service area. Shortly before the incident, tensions between groups of Juventus and Parma fans were running high and the bus driver left in a hurry, scared of the confrontations. But the incident has not been confirmed yet. In any case, the match between Juventus and Parma has been postponed.

Saturday’s match between Inter and Roma brought negative results for the giallorossi (Totti will not play in the Champions League against Manchester due to a left thigh injury) and Fiorentina and Milan competed for a spot in the Champions League. Udinese celebrated their 3-1 score (with goals by Inler, Di Natale and Quagliarella, while Vieri scored for Fiorentina) and Milan’s 2-1 defeat against Atalanta (Floccari and Langella opened the score, Maldini reduced the gap and Pirlo missed a penalty kick). Udinese is now one of the strongest teams in the race for fourth place, moving ahead of Milan (tied with Samp) in the standings and only three points behind Fiorentina. Torino moves ahead of Catania, Sampdoria ahead of Empoli and Genoa defeats Reggina, tied with Livorno and Siena.

Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik headed home in stoppage time as Stefano Colantuono endured an unhappy return to the Palermo hotseat. The game looked to be heading for stalemate after Federico Balzaretti struck the bar for Palermo with a cracking shot and visiting keeper Alberto Fontana made some top saves. Slovakia’s Hamsik then nodded in after Ezequiel Lavezzi’s clever flick and Napoli even had time to rattle the woodwork through Roberto Sosa.

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GOALS of the WEEK

Not many stunners this week, but still entertainment aplenty in the Serie A. We’re back to a ‘Top 5′, just to make our selection a little bit more ‘ruthless’ (alright that might be stretching it a bit, but you get the meaning), and Gokhan Inler gets first spot on the podium.

This week, the goal-of-the-week award goes to Gökhan İnler. The Swiss international (of Turkish descent, for those who are wondering) has the rather useful ability of being ambidextrous: his left foot is as equally fearsome as his right one, and on this occasion Sebastien Frey had to learn it the hard way. Scroll to minute 00:10:


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Results Summary

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Serie A – day 31
Cagliari – Roma
1 - 1
Lazio – Inter
1 – 1
Catania – Torino
1 - 2
Empoli – Sampdoria
0 - 2
Genoa – Reggina
2 – 0
Juventus – Parma 
pp.
Livorno – Siena
0 - 0
Milan – Atalanta
1 - 2
Udinese – Fiorentina
3 - 1
Napoli – Palermo
1 – 0