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Cannavaro Out of Euro 2008

Posted in Football with tags , , , on June 2, 2008 by kemgooner

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro was injured in training today going for a 50-50 ball with Giorgio Chiellini.  He lay on the ground after and had to be carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital where it was determined he damaged ankle ligaments and will most likely need surgery. Alessandro Gamberini who plays domestically with Fiorentina has been called into the squad to take the place of Cannavaro.

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Pre-Euro 2008 News and Rumours

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2008 by kemgooner

As I sit in my living room watching the third place match in the Toulan Youth Tournament it strikes me how much more I am going to enjoy this summer than last, football wise at least.  Last summer dragged by with never-ending transfer rumours that largely amounted to nothing, and waiting for the start of the new season to begin. This summer we have the Euros, the Olympics, and yes, never ending transfer rumours that will largely amount to nothing. However, some deals have gone through such as Alberto Gilardino leaving AC Milan for Fiorentina, and Chelsea signing Jose Bosingwa for 16.6 million, and some rumours must amount to something (right?!) such as the already getting long saga of Samir Nasri and if he will or will not be moving to Arsenal.

Apart from the transfer rumours we have also had the joy of watching and waiting to see who will be part of the Euros. Teams have now submitted their final rosters, and there are a few surprises.  One of these ‘surprises’ is the inclusion of Antonio Cassano on the Italian squad. Now most probably know what a loose cannon Cassano can be, but for those who do not take in his reactions to be sent off in Sampdoria:

However, while there have been plenty of moments like the one above in Cassano’s career, he is also a fantastic player who could be a wild card for Italy in the tournament. One thing for sure is all eyes will be on him when takes the field.

The other main shock when the squads were named was the exclusion of not only David Trezeguet from the French squad, but also AC Milan’s new boy Mathieu Flamini and Roma defender Philippe Mexes.  All three of whom have had great season’s domestically, and its really surprising that Domenech has left them out. However, none have ever seemed to be in Domenech’s favor in the past, so its not as surprising as it should be.

What makes Euro 2008 different from previous tournaments for fans in the United States? ESPN has deceided to show every match live over its family of networks. Yes, there is no need to pay for those annoying online streams anymore. Please try to contain your excitement, and check out this schedule of matchs here which will be useful for anyone planning on watching the tournament.

 Finally, if anyone is interested in writing about Euro 2008, the Olympics, or just their club’s news in general just drop me a note.

The Race for the Scudetto

Posted in AS Roma, Football, Inter Milan with tags , , , , , on May 13, 2008 by kemgooner
With one week left in Serie A few might have believed just weeks ago that only one point would separate Inter from Roma. Inter seemed to have it locked up after Roma’s surprising and disappointing draw with Livorno. But this season in Serie A has been a surprising one in general, with players deemed past it returning to the form that made them household names around the world, and with the struggles of AC Milan, who seemingly have finally got their Champions League place with their win against Inter, only to lose 3-1 to Napoli, and give Fiorentina the spot again.

 But onto the title race, one I very much doubted would even take place, but thanks to Milan, and now Siena we have one to talk about.  The matchups this weekend have Inter away to Parma, and Roma away to Catania, so not only is this a race for the title, it is a race to stay in Serie A.  All teams should be putting up a fight, and that will only make these two matches more exciting.  Ahead of the future deciding clash Parma have sacked manager Hector Cuper, and put their youth team manager Andrea Manzo in charge.  Now if this seems like a funny way to show your desire of staying in Serie A to you, consider that under Cuper, Parma has won just 8 points in 9 games.  That doesn’t make it less strange, just somewhat more understandable.  Other news leading into the weekend is that Roma has received a fan ban to keep their tifosi from travelling, because it was deemed to be too dangerous.  While the decision is laudable for the attempt at safety, Roma fans surely will not be happy with this decision to ban them, while Inter are allowed to take their fans to the Stadio Tardini without any ticketing restrictions. 

 So, who will win and become champions?  Inter seem to still be favorites in my book, even though they are slipping up, and will be without Cambiasso, who has been key for them all year.  Roma will be without Totti, Taddei, and probably Perrotta. Things just seem to be falling Inter’s way this week, but it will be up to the players on the field to determine who wins.   Both matches should be extremely exciting encounters, and something no football fan should miss.