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ImageA friendly match between AC Milan fourth tier side Pro Patria has been abandoned after 26 minutes following the Serie A side’s players being racially abused.

Some of Pro Patria’s fans were abusing Kevin-Prince Boateng, who reacted angrily, picked the ball up and kicked it towards the crowd.

The referee asked Boateng to leave the pitch but instead Milan’s captain Massimo Ambrosini took his whole team off the pitch.

 

 

After the game AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri told La Gazetta dello Sport, “I hope that [our actions] will be followed if it were to happen in official games from the amateur championships to Serie A.”

He continued to say, “And I’m sorry for the families and children who had come here to enjoy a beautiful day.”

It was not only the Ghana player who targeted but also Urby Emanuelson, M’Baye Niang and Sulley Muntari.

Captain Ambrosini said, “We were annoyed from the beginning. We wanted to give a strong signal. We could not continue the game in an atmosphere like this.”

It was announced on twitter by Tancredi Palmeri, that the Pro Patria owner had said, “Those people singing racist chants vs Boateng aren’t part of our ultras. It’s up to authorities to tackle these episodes.”

A very sad event, whilst there is never a place for this you really do not expect to see it happen at a friendly – Unfortunately this is another dark day for Calcio.

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Juve eight points clear

Posted: December 23, 2012 by scottbalaam in Uncategorized
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Juventus end the year with a eight-point lead over second placed Lazio thanks to a 3-1 away win against Cagliari on Friday in Parma.

With the Sardinian club having received the correct safety certificate this game had to be played at another venue.

Cagliari took the lead in the first half thanks to a Mauricio Pinilla penalty, the Old Lady were helped when Davide Astori was dismissed in 65th minute.

A Matri double saw Juve equalise in the 75th minute and then take the lead in two minutes into injury time. They then capitilised on the home team’s hunt for a point and Mirko Vucinic made it three in the 95th minute.

Lazio capped off an impressive 2012 with a 1-0 away win over Sampdoria thanks to an Hernanes’ seventh goal of the season.

If the talented Brazilian and Miroslav Klose are on form then Lazio are likely to win. A special goes to Federico Marchetti who has now gone 484 minutes without conceding.

It was a bad weekend for the Milan clubs, AC were comfortable beaten 4-2 by Roma. The club from the capital once again looked shaky at the back but they were incredible going forward.

An incredible first half and hour from Zdenek Zeman’s team saw Nicolo Burdisso put the Giallorossi into an early lead before goals from Pablo Osvaldo and Erik Lamela made it 3-0.

Lamela made it four after half-time, Marquinhos was given a controversial red card and then Milan scored two late consolation goals through Giampaolo Passini and ex-Romanista Bojan Krkic.

Inter were held 1-1 by struggling Genoa at home, Ciro Immobile put the away team one up before Esteban Cambiasso. The result leaves Inter in fourth.

Napoli put an end to their week of pain, that saw them lose twice to Bologna and have a point deducted. They beat Siena 2-0 thanks Christian Maggio and an Edinson Cavani penalty.

Fiorentina moved into third after beating Palermo 3-0, a result that leaves the Sicilian side in the relegation zone.

Pescara had an excellent win on Friday when they beat Catania 2-1, it had looked like the two teams were going to get a point but Eugenio Togni scored a dramatic winner five minutes into injury time.

There is now a winter break until Sunday 6th January when the stand out game is Napoli against Roma.

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Serie A – The Old Lady marches on

Posted: December 18, 2012 by scottbalaam in Uncategorized
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An eventful weekend in Serie A saw Juventus take their lead at the top of the table to seven points after a comfortable 3-0 home win against Atalanta.

It was a professional job that was completed within 30 minutes, Mirko Vucinic opened the scoring in the second minute, Andrea Pirlo made it two in the 14th and Claudio Marchisio completed the scoring in the 27th.

Thomas Manfredini was a silly boy, having picked up a yellow card on the half hour mark, he continued to dispute the decision and received a red card for his efforts.

Saturday’s big game saw second placed Inter lose to Lazio in Rome after a solitary Miroslav Klose goal eight minutes from time.

It was the third consecutive defeat for Inter against Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico, the result means Lazio are level on points with Napoli and just one behind Saturdays opponent. Most significantly for their fans they will finish the year above rivals Roma.

Third placed Napoli had a nightmare against Bologna when they lost 3-2 at home. Manolo Gabbiadini got the away side off to a good start before Alessandro Gamberini and Edinson Cavani gave the Neapolitans a 2-1 second-half lead.

Then the unthinkable happened as Napoli’s defence collapsed. Panagiotis Kone equalised in the 86th and 34-year-old defender Daniele Portanova scored the winner one minute from time, in his first game of the season.

Fiorentina won the Tuscan derby 4-1 against Siena, a result that saw Serse Cosmi sacked. Viola’s goals came from a Luca Toni brace, David Pizarro and Alberto Aquilani. Brazilian Reginaldo did get on the score sheet for the away side but it was only a consolidation.

AC Milan who started the season very badly are now just seven points off second. They beat Pescara 4-1 and have now won five consecutive matches and scored 14 in their last four games.

They finish the year against Roma next Saturday. The side from the capital had a shock defeat on Sunday against Chievo when they lost 1-0 after Sergio Pelissier scored a winner three minutes from time.

Catania beat Sampdoria 3-1 to move up to eighth, Genoa who are struggling at the bottom managed a 1-1 draw with Torino. Parma had an excellent 4-1 win against Cagliari and Udinese drew 1-1 with Palermo on Saturday.

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Reigning champions Juventus beat Parma 2-0 and Serbian Stevan Jovetic gave Vincenzo Montella a winning start as Fiorentina boss.

Life without Alessandro del Piero saw the Turin side win thanks to second-half goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Pirlo.

The match was surrounded in controversy, at first Juve were given a penalty for a foul on Lichsteiner in the 33rd minute, despite him being in an offside position. Arturo Vidal saw his spot kick saved by Parma keeper Antonio Mirante.

Lichsteiner finally broke the deadlock in the 54th minute, four minutes later there were more problems when Parma’s keeper failed to hold Pirlo’s soft free-kick, the ball spun towards the line, Mirante was sure he had prevented the ball from crossing the line but the officials gave it as a goal.

In the season opener Montella’s new look side beat Udinese 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Jovetic, Maicosuel had given Udinese the lead in the first half, but the Serbian stars two second half goals gave the Tuscan club the three points.

The rest of the weekend’s games will take place on Sunday, the big game sees Milan welcome Sampdoria back to Seria, it kicks off at 18.00 local time.

Antonio Cassano starts his new life with Inter away to promoted Pescara, Lazio and Napoli have tricky openers away to Atlanta and Palermo respectively.

Roma welcome back Zdeněk Zeman as their coach with a home match against Catania.

There’s been a rule change this season, clubs have to name 23 players on matchdays. REMEMBER some clubs will be starting the season with negative points, Samp and Torino will be on -1, Atlanta on -2 and Siena on -6 with the latter relieved that they are playing in Serie A and not B!

Former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has been confirmed as the new coach of French side Paris Saint-Germain.

The Italian, 52, had held talks earlier this week and there had been lots of rumours about his expected appointment, but it was finally confirmed on Friday at a news conference at the Parc des Princes stadium.

After being sacked in May by Roman, Carlo had initially stated he wanted to take a year off but the lure of PSG and their spending power was too much.

There was a delay because their old boss, 48-year-old, Antoine Kombouare was only sacked on Friday despite being top of the league.

Since the Qatari owners took control there had been lots of talk concerning how long it would be until there was a change of coach, and failure to get out of the group stages of the Europa League gave them the chance to make that change.

It will be interesting to see if Carlo can bring in David Beckham, who he managed at Milan – But the England legend could still stay in America with LA Galaxy.

Carlo managed to win a league and cup double with Chelsea in his first season but was sacked at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, after seeing the Blues finish second in the Premier League having thrown away a huge lead that they had built up.

The French club have already spent £71.3m on players since the change of ownership, this included paying £35.2m for 22-year-old midfielder Javier Pastore from Palermo.

As a player the Italian won everything in club football, this included TWO European Cups and THREE Serie A titles.

During his time as Milan’s coach he led the team to TWO Champions League titles, TWO Fifa World Club Cups and a Serie A title.

It will be interesting to see how he gets on at PSG, one thing is guaranteed, he will be given funds to spend BUT the big question is: ‘Can he make them into one of Europe’s elite???’

By Scott Balaam

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Serie A re-starts on the 6th January on Befania – Leaders Milan travel to Cagliari whilst Napoli face Inter away in Leonardo’s first game and Lazio travel to Genoa.

The word on the street coming from Silvio’s nation is:

* Roma striker Adriano is set to return to Brazil to play for Flamengo at the end of the season

* Milan have finally completed the signing of Antonio Cassano from Sampdoria

* Sampdoria are expected to sign Manchester United’s Italian Under-21 international striker Federico Macheda from Manchester United

* Sampdoria are about to sellg Reto Ziegler to Spanish side Malaga for €3.5m

* Julio Baptista has said goodbye to Roma – He’s expected to return to Spain with Malaga

* Juventus are interested in signing Andrei Arshavin and Ivan Rakitic

* A huge month for Edy Reja who sees January as a month of truth for Lazio, where will they be come February

* Andrea Ranocchia has joined Inter from Genoa

* Roma’s French centre back Philippe Mexes has been offerred a new contract, should he reject it then he could move abroad

An interesting month ahead ….

 

A is for Arsenal

The Gooners will end their quest for the silverware. They want the Premier League or Champions League but Arsene Wenger will have to settle for the League Cup. His team face out of form Championship side Ipswich over two legs which should be easy enough, then a trip to Wembley to play either Birmingham or West Ham. As I said it’s not the trophy Wenger wants, but after over five years having won nothing it’s a start.

B is for Blackpool

It’s fair to say everyone has been surprised by the plucky Seasiders. They got off to a flying start and in the first half of the season have won seven out of 18 games. That included away wins against Liverpool, Newcastle and Stoke. They were everyone’s favourites to go down and whilst there are still a lot of points to play for I can see Ian Holloway keeping the Tangerines up.

C for Champions League

The second round’s big tie is Barcelona vs Arsenal. The Catalan side will rightfully be favourites, they’ll be disappointed at having been knocked out by Inter last season and will be looking to lift the trophy in May. Chelsea and Manchester United are nowhere near as strong as Pep Guardiola’s side and Inter are not the team they were under Jose Mourinho.

D is for Despair

It’s always sad to see your team lose but you have to feel for ex-European Champions Feyenoord who lost 10-0 to rivals PSV. There are bound to be many results that will make you ask why you bother with football but remember nothing will be as bad as that Dutch result.

E is for Edin Dzeko

The highly sought after Bosnian Striker currently plays for Wolfsburg but is thought to be in talks with Manchester City over a January move. He looks like he could score goals in any league, and Mancini is keen to take the goal scoring burden off Carlos Tevez.

F is for Fergie

The big question is how long can Sir Alex go on for? The Scottish tactician is 69 years old and doesn’t look like calling it a day yet, he’s keen to win more trophies. You get the impression he wants one more Champions league title to his name before he throws his hat in  …

G is for Glasgow

As always the SPL is a two horse race. Rangers have two games in hand which will give them an advantage but they will need to hold on to Kenny Miller. The top scorer has been linked with  a move south of the border. The blues are struggling financially and desperately need investment but the most recent takeover discussions have stalled. Celtic will be keen to win back the title, they have just brought in Freddie Ljungberg and the first Old Firm win of 2011 will please Neil Lennon. The Bhoys legend will be looking to strengthen the squad to give him the chance of lifting his first title as a manager.

H is for Hodgson

Poor old Roy – Having impressed at Fulham the ex-Inter boss jumped at the opportunity of taking on one more big job. After losing to Wolves he admitted he hadn’t had any support from Liverpool fans since joining the club and looks like his time at Anfield will be short lived. One positive is that he’s lasted longer than his predecessor Rafa did at Inter but unfortunately I can see the likeable Englishman being unemployed in the summer.

I is for Inter

They were Champions of Europe and Italy yet now they’re seventh in Serie A and have sacked Rafa AFTER just six months. The new man who has been handed the responsibility of changing their fortunes is Leonardo – The Brazilian World Cup winner is a Milan legend, he played for the Rosoneri then became a Director and was their Head Coach last season. It seems like a strange choice but it won’t be hard to do better than Rafa.

J is for Joe Cole

After a very poor start to his Liverpool career Joe Cole finally made an impact on New Years day when he came on as a substitute and scored the winner two minutes into injury time. Hopefully this will kick-start his season …

K is for Keane

There could be changes for the two Keanes – Robbie is highly likely to leave Spurs, initially on loan and then permanently. Even though Roy has led Ipswich to the League Cup semi-final his team are just three places above the relegation zone – the pressure is on the Manchester United legend who could find himself unemployed by May if the league doesn‘t improve.

L is for Lazio

The Roman side who last won their last Scudetto under Sven in 2000 find themselves second in Serie A and enjoying their best season for years. After almost going bankrupt and seeing their best players regularly leave they’re now building a good side with MusLera in goal, Hernanes and Mauri in midfield then Zarate and Floccari up front.

M is for Milan

After seeing their rivals win five titles on the bounce the Rosoneri are three points clear at the top and lead Inter by 13 points – COULD IT BE THEIR YEAR???

N is for Newcastle

What will happen next to the Tyne and Wear club – After a good start to the season the Magpies got rid of the very popular Chris Hughton and replaced him with Alan Pardew, a man whose been sacked by his last three clubs including League One side Southampton earlier this season.

O is for Optimistic

With everything to play for everyone is optimistic – Arsene Wenger thinks his side will win the title whilst Avram Grant is looking to avoid relegation. There are five clubs who believe they can win the league and there will be a lot of optimism is the air next weekend when every side in the third round of the cup will ha think they can get to Wembley for a big day out.

P is for Play-Offs

Last season Blackpool shocked everyone when they beat Cardiff at Wembley – Which shock side will get to the Play-Offs: will it be Millwall, Watford or maybe Doncaster ???

Q is for QPR

The London club look like they will be back in top flight football for the first time since 1996. They’re currently four points clear of second placed Swansea with a game in hand – It’s theirs to lose.

R is for Rivalries

There are always cracking London derbies – over the next five months Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham will be fighting for both the title and Champions League positions which will provide lost of feisty derbies. The title will end up in Manchester, there’s a real battle for top spot between the two sides. As it stands both teams are level on points, but United have two games in hand (one of which is against Chelsea) and despite having remained unbeaten Sir Alex’s side have not reached top form yet. City are expected to bid big during the transfer window, but it’s too soon for them to lift the top prize. Next season could well be their time ….

S is for shocks

The FA Cup 3rd round is next week – Let’s get ready for the shocks. Last year Leeds shocked Manchester United at Old Trafford, this time out they face another tricky away test against Arsenal. High flying QPR take on Premier strugglers Blackburn, one possible shock could be Crawley vs Derby. The league side have only won one in six and the Blue Square Premier leaders will want to pile more misery on the Championship side.

T is for Tottenham

They pipped Manchester City in May for the final Champions League spot and then shocked Inter by topping the group. They now have a tricky tie against Milan in the second round and are chasing another top four finish. Harry is doing a great job; Spurs are one to watch over the next few months and they might even sign David Beckham on loan.

U is for Underdog

The three teams that have come up from the Championship are always classed as Underdogs, but with the season halfway through none of the promoted sides are in the relegation zones – It would be great to see Blackpool, Newcastle and West Brom all stay up.

V is for Vale

Poor old Port Vale saw their manager Micky Adams leave for Sheffield United. The club ended 2010 in second but in their first game of the New Year without the Yorkshire man saw them get smashed 5-0 by Rotherham.

W is for Wembley

Okay the national stadium won’t hold a World Cup final but it will host the finals of the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and the play-offs.

X is for X-Ray

I looked for a range of word that started with an ‘X’, but Xavier Gravelaine and Abel Xavier were the only two I could find. Over the following months there are bound to be injuries and lots of use of x-rays, hopefully there won’t be an major injuries like the ones we saw to Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo over the last few years.

Y is for Youngsters

Following Watford beating Portsmouth, the Hornets got back into the play-off positions with the youngest squad in all four divisions.

Z is for Zinedine Zidane

The Algerian born French international helped Qatar win the bidding war for the 2022 World Cup – As the bid ambassador he collects a very lucrative salary.

There were goals all over the place this weekend …

SPAIN – La Liga is a officially a two horse race now, Real lead Barca by a point but the two sides meet next Monday. On Saturday, Jose’s side won 5-1 against Athletic Bilbao which saw Ronaldo score a hat-trick. Barcelona smashed Almeria 8-0, Messi scored three and Bojan grabbed a brace. Villarreal are seven points behind the Catalan side and whilst their season is going well I can’t see them getting into the top two. The bottom three is made up of Real Zaragoza, Levante and Almeria – It looks like it’s going to be a hard battle for the three sides but new boys Hercules are sat in mid-table and doing well.

ITALY - Milan now have a three point lead at the top, they beat Fiorentina    1-0 whilst second placed Lazio drew 1-1 with Parma – Ex-Lazio hero Crespo scored against his old side. Roma are on a good run and now find themsleves in the Champions League qualifiying spots, Juve had a comfortable 2-0 with over Genoa – The game kicked off at lunchtime and was over before the pasta had even been served as the two goals were scored by within 25 minutes. Sampdoria had a 3-2 win over Lecce, the lively Pazzini scored a hat-trick. Chievo shocked Inter 2-1, the Milan side are strugging under Rafa and must be looking at Real wishing Jose had stayed put.

GERMANY – Second placed Mainz got back to winning ways as they beat Borussia M’gladbach 3-2, they were 2-1 down but came back to win. The result of the day saw Schalke finally show some form as they smashed Werder Bremen 4-0 – Raul bagged himself a hat-trick, a big boost ahead of the Champions League games. Bayern Munich drew 1-1 with third placed Bayern Munich whilst top dogs Borussia Dortmund found thmeselves 1-0 down against SC Freiburg before goals in the 75th and 78th minute gave them a 2-1 win.

FRANCE – Montpellier are now top following a 1-0 win over Nice whilst Brest have now started to drop down the table. PSG are sitting in second after a 2-1 win over Caen, having struggled over recent years they would love the opportunity to play in the Champions League. Lyon are still struggling in mid-table and if they want to retain their Champions League position then they’re going to need to get a run together.

HOLLAND – Top placed PSV drew 0-0 with Ajax whilst second placed FC Twente failed to make-up any ground as they lost 2-1 to AZ Alkmaar. Mid-table De Graafschap beat Roda JC 3-1 where Poepon scored a hat-trick. Williem II are bottom with just two points, they were havily beaten 5-0 yesterday on the road to Heerenvenn and look odds on to go down at the end of the season.

A mad weekend in Holland where former European Champions Feyenoord were thrashed 10-0 against PSV, Lazio continued to lead Serie A and Real Madrid hit six to stay top. Rennes lead the French league whilst Lyon are mid-table and in Germany champions Bayern Munich are struggling.

SPAIN – Real Madrid thumped Racing Santander 6-1 where Higuain started the scoring before Ronaldo scored four for the first time in his career and Ozil completed the rout. Jose Mourinho, had said he expected his team to start performing to the level he wanted in January, if that’s the case there are some exciting times ahead. Villarreal held onto second after beating Atletico Madrid, Barca sit in third after a 2-0 win against bottom placed Real Zaragoza thanks to a brace from Messi.

ITALY – Lazio stay top after beating Cagliari 2-1, the Roman side are having their best ever start to a season. Floccari opened the scoring before Mauri scored the winner. In contrast Roma are struggling and a 0-0 draw with bottom placed Parma didn’t help. Milan beat Napoli 2-1 last night to move ahead of city rivals Inter into second thanks to goals from Robinho and Ibrahimovic. Chievo moved into fourth place above Juve after a 2-1 win over Cesena after Thereau scored a last minute winner.

GERMANY – Mainz lead the pack, they’ve had an excellent season so far having played nine, won eight and lost one. On Saturday, they beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 after Ivanschitz scored in the 70th minute. Borussia Dortmund are also flying high in second having collected 22 points from a possible 27. Cologne are currently bottom with five points and rather surprisingly big spending Schalke are still in the bottom three. After winning the double last season Bayern haven’t had a good start to the season, they’re in mid-table and only managed a 0-0 draw against Hamburg on Friday.

FRANCE – Rennes are top, they lead a pack of three which includes Marseille. Big boys Monaco are struggling and currently sit two from bottom. Lyon will be shocked to find themselves just below mid-table having had a very average start to the season.

HOLLAND – The main story was that PSV smashed Feyenoord 10-0 which included a Reis hat-trick. The result leaves the once European giants three from bottom. PSV are top, with last season’s league winners FC Twente in second and Ajax in third.

Whilst it’s still very early in the season a lot of leagues aren’t going to form, the following months are going to be very exciting ….

 A successful week for Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United who all picked up three points. Spurs had a shocking start but left Milan with their heads held high in the head.

Spurs campaign received a knock, but it could’ve been a lot worse. The game looked dead and buried after 15 minutes. During that spell Tottenham went 1-0 after a minute after Zanetti calmly finished, then Gomes was sent off and a penalty was awarded. Eto’o comfortably beat Cuducini, and a couple of minutes later Stankovic added a third before the Cameroon hitman scored his second of the night. At the start of the second half, it was a case of how many more would the Italians get. In reality it became the Gareth Bale show as he scored a second half hat-trick but sadly it wasn’t enough. It will be interesting to see if Spurs can keep hold of him in January.

Next month, Manchester United take on Rangers in Glasgow – it could be the group decider. Most people would’ve expected Rangers to struggle but after parking a bus against United where they drew and last night against Valencia the plucky Scottish side picked up another point leaves them in an excellent position. Edu has put G’s 1-0 up only to score an own goal in the second half. Sir Alex’s side look like they’ll go through, last night they had a good result against Bursapor especially with United admitting that Rooney wants to leave the Manchester club.

On Tuesday, Chelsea played in the early kick off against Russian outfit Spartak Moscow. Both sides went into the game with a 100% records so something had to give. The injury hit Blues got off to a flier when Zhirkov scored a screamer, Anelka added a second to confirm victory. The Frenchman keeps getting more reliable; whilst Chelsea fans always miss Drogba when he’s out Anelka has helped ease that pain.

Arsenal continued to play as they have done this season in this competition; with pure class. The Gooners ran out 5-1 winners against Shakhtar Donesk, whilst they have an easy group they are putting on impressive displays. Excellent news for the North Londoners is that Fabregas returned from injury and was on the score sheet when he scored a penalty. Eduardo returned to the Emirates following his summer move, as expected he received a standing ovation from the whole stadium when he came on a substitute. He scored the Ukrainian sides consolation and as promised he refused to celebrate.

The stand out match-up was in the Group of Death as Milan travelled to Real Madrid, like so many times before Jose Mourinho piled more misery on Milanistas when Ronaldo and Ozil scored within a minute of each other to leave the Special One’s side clear at the top with maximum points.

Week four matches are the return leg of this week’s games, Harry will be hoping his boys step it up and concentrate from the first minute. The other English sides will be looking for more of the same ….