Alberto Aquilani

Chelsea

Top 10 Worst Transfers Ever Features Chelsea and Manchester United Flops

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YouTube channel Football Daily has put together a top 10 list of the worst transfers ever featuring some of the biggest names in world football. Despite being in form for one club prior to their transfers, things just didn't seem to work out at their new club.

The likes of former Manchester United man Juan Sebastian Veron, former Liverpool man Robbie Keane, and current Chelsea striker Fernando Torres all make the list with several other big names peppered in as well.

Futfanatico Cyber Monday Goodness

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Please try to remain calm. The end of the year approaches, the holidays grow near, and you search for that perfect gift for yourself. May I interest you in the Best of Futfanatico 2012 eBook for one dollar?

Here's the lowdown:

I have selected my ten favorite pieces of my own soccer writing this year from the around the web and plopped them into one convenient place.

Italy

Andrea Pirlo Pops Gorgeous Freekick In Top Corner As Italy Spank San Marino (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Italy spanked San Marino 4-0 in an international friendly at Bologna's StadioDall'Ara last night with Andrea Pirlo delving into his magic beard of tricks to provide the evening's highlight with a majestic free-kick, swept into the very top corner with aplomb aplenty.

Andrea Pirlo scores with a free kick as perfect as his beard

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Italy beat San Marino 4-0 because that's what happens when Italy play San Marino. Coincidentally, all four goals were scored by players whose first names start with the letter a — Andrea Poli, Alberto Gilardino, Andrea Pirlo and, as a grand finale to the alliterative theme, Alberto Aquilani.

Andrea Pirlo's goal was especially delightful since it was a free kick that curled perfectly into the top corner.

Rodgers Aims To Sell Aquilani Back To An Italian Club

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Liverpool hope they can finally offload Alberto Aquilani back to Serie A after informing the Italian he is not part of Brendan Rodgers' plans.
Aquilani did not return to Merseyside with the rest of the Liverpool squad when they flew home from their North America tour on Saturday.
Instead, he headed to Rome to see if a deal could be struck with numerous Serie A sides, one of which is believed to be Fiorentina.

Juventus

Alberto Aquilani’s Quick Back Flick

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One of these days all of those young players who were supposed to be the Next Big Thing yet fell short of their massive transfer fees will form a club of their own. It will involve Ricardo Quaresma sending in a rabona to Andy Carroll, who will head it down on to, well, someone. Maybe post-Milan Kaka can have an Olympic-like age exception here.

Inter Milan Held At Home As Fiorentina Go Third

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Inter Milan missed the chance to move within two points of league leaders Juventus after being held 2-2 by Cagliari but it was a better day for Fiorentina, Catania, Bologna and Siena, who all won at home.

Rodrigo Palacio gave Inter the perfect start at San Siro before two goals from Marco Sau looked to put the visitors on course for a third away win this season.

Italian Serie A – Match Recaps – 25 August 2012

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Juventus blanked Parma at home and Fiorentina came from behind to defeat Udinese in the Italian Serie A on August 25, 2012.

Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese

Fiorentina needed a second half brace from Stevan Jovetic to get the victory in their Italian Serie A season opener. Udinese had a 1-0 lead at halftime thanks to a Maicosuel goal in the 28th minute.

Fiorentina Claim Aquilani Deal

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Alberto Aquilani's difficult and disappointing time as a Liverpool player appears to be over after Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Delle Valle claimed the signing of the Italian.
Midfielder Aquilani was this summer expected to leave Anfield having made less than 30 appearances for the club since being signed for £20million in the summer of 2009.

Agent Rules Out Aquilani Move

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Alberto Aquilani's agent has dismissed reports linking the Liverpool midfielder with a move to Fiorentina, insisting the Italian is happy at Anfield.
Aquilani, 28, is back at Liverpool after two seasons on loan in Serie A, first with Juventus and then with AC Milan, and is now hoping to make a mark under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Aquilani Aiming To Prove Worth

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Liverpool misfit Alberto Aquilani is desperate for a chance to prove his worth at the club after being dismissed by previous managers.
The £20 million signing has spent the last two seasons on loan in his native Italy with Juventus and AC Milan after being jettisoned by Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish.

Aquilani Wanted Roma Return

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Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has admitted that he wanted to return to Roma last season, as he prepares to face his former side in a pre-season friendly.
The 28-year-old left his boyhood club in 2009 for the Premier League after then-Anfield manager Rafa Benitez stumped up €20 million [£15.

Aquilani Staying With Reds

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Alberto Aquilani's agent insists that the midfielder will be part of the Liverpool first-team squad for next season.
The 28-year-old Italian midfielder signed for the Reds from his hometown club Roma before the 2009-10 season, but struggled with injury and form in his first season at the club.
Aquilani, who has a contract at Liverpool until 2014, spent the previous two seasons at Juventus and then AC Milan, but failed to secure a permanent move to either club.

Liverpool

Malouda joins the list of unwanted talent in English football

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Malouda joins the list of unwanted talent in English football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We have many instances of good talent being wasted, players failing to reach their potential and club making bad purchases. But when a club fails to harness the talent of any highly experienced player, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Wasted Footballers – good players whose talents were wasted by their clubs

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Wasted Footballers good players whose talents were wasted by their clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We have many instances of good talent being wasted, players failing to reach their potential and club making bad purchases. But when a club fails to harness the talent of any highly experienced player, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

THREE PLAYERS THAT COST THREE LIVERPOOL MANAGERS THEIR JOBS

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Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez and Kenny Dalglish have all lost their jobs at Liverpool mainly due to spending crazy money for players who were not fit to don the red shirt of Liverpool.


1. El Hadji Diouf:

Gerard Houllier bought the Senegal striker after the 2002 World Cup, in which they beat the mighty France, for £10 million, I seem to remember at the time.

Reds striker finally completes loan move

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Andy Carroll has finally been loaned out to West Ham United, with reports indicating that the striker did not feature in Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' immediate plans.

Carroll, 23, may return to Anfield as a Liverpool player next summer but many believe that his journey would likely mirror that of Alberto Aquilani, who was sent out on loan to Juventus and AC Milan before being sold to Fiorentina earlier this summer.

2012-13 Liverpool Season Preview

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Year Zero? Year Zero.

Is this the third year zero or the first? It's the third year in a row where Liverpool have started the season with a new manager, something that's never happened in the club's 120-year history. Brendan Rodgers replaces Dalglish who replaced Hodgson who replaced Benitez.

Aquilani - No Doubts Over Move

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Alberto Aquilani says he had no doubts about leaving Liverpool to join new club Fiorentina in Serie A.
Aquilani completed his move back to Italy last Friday after making only 30 appearances for Liverpool since his £20million move in the summer of 2009, as a replacement for Xabi Alonso.
New manager Brendan Rodgers allowed Aquilani to talk to the Italian side last week after deciding he did not want him as part of his plans for the upcoming season.

Olympics 2012 Football – Aquilani seals move to Fiorentina

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Liverpool clear Alberto Aquilani to Serie A bedside Fiorentina after three classes in which he commenced only nine bizs. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61891000/jpg/_61891399_61891394.jpg

Liverpool Make Offer For Gaston Ramirez

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According to Italian website calciomercatonews.com Liverpool have made an official bid for Bologna star Gaston Ramirez.
The offer, around £12.5 million, is not thought to be enough to persuade the Italians to sell but is not far short.
Sources in Italy report that a bid of around £14 million plus add ons would be enough to bring the talented wide player to Anfield, who is free to sort out his future now that Uruguay have been eliminated from the Olympics.

Aquilani leaves Liverpool for good

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Aquilani's time at Liverpool Football Club is finally over after the club confirmed the midfielder has completed a permanent move to Fiorentina for a reported £4 million deal.

A statement on club website read: "Liverpool Football Club can today confirm that Alberto Aquilani has completed a permanent transfer to Serie A side Fiorentina.

RODGERS EYES MORE SIGNINGS FOR LIVERPOOL

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Liverpool Manager is still looking to bolster his side with three or four new signings following the protracted departure of Rafa's Alberto Aquilani.

The Liverpool manager said: "There is nothing imminent just yet, not that I am aware of, but hopefully things will progress over the next couple of days.

Alberto Aquilani Joins Fiorentina On Three-Year Deal, May Still Have A Future At Liverpool

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By Chris Wright

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has just announced that his club have secured the signature of Alberto Aquilani, signing him up on a three-year deal worth €1.7 million a year though he may still have a future at Liverpool if...

Liverpool ready to offload Italian to Fiorentina

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Liverpool have accepted an undisclosed offer from Fiorentina for Italian...

Reds pursuing multiple “great” deals

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reiterated that the club is working continuously on bringing new players to the club by the August 31 deadline and hopes the supporters can remain patient in the coming month.

The Reds have added to their squad this summer through the transfer of Fabio Borini from Roma and the return of midfielders Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani from loan spells abroad.

Liverpool Accept Offer from Fiorentina For Aquilani; Plus More EPL News and Links

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Liverpool has accepted an offer from Fiorentina for Alberto Aquilani. There's no official confirmation from Liverpool yet, and personal terms would still have to be agreed, but it appears that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has a chance to...

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Rodgers Open To Aquilani Return

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Brendan Rodgers has left the door open for a return to the Liverpool first team for forgotten man Alberto Aquilani.
The Italian arrived in a blaze of publicity in 2009 for a fee of £20m while still recovering from surgery on an ankle injury.
But the 28-year-old failed to settle on Merseyside, making just 18 appearances in total for Liverpool - half of which were as a substitute.

Aquilani : Liverpool forced me out

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Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has claimed he was "forced" to go out on loan by the club and admits he is disappointed by his past treatment at Anfield

The 28-year-old spent the past two seasons on loan in Italy with Serie A heavyweights Juventus and AC Milan, but is back on Merseyside and says he is looking forward to impress new boss Brendan Rodgers after a "very positive chat".

Liverpool Lose To Roma 2-1 At Fenway Park

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In front of a loud pro-Liverpool crowd, Liverpool fell 2-1 to Roma at Boston's Fenway Park last night.  Liverpool were second best on the night as the team is having trouble adjusting to Brendan Rodgers passing philosophy.

Rodgers' game plan is based around his team holding on to possession and they simply weren't good enough at doing it against Roma.

FSG showdown: Roma beat Liverpool, 2-1 as Bradley scores opener

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In a showdown between two teams with Fenway Sporting Group connections; Liverpool, the John Henry owned team had to bow before the Thomas De Benedetto led faction which took over Roma last year.

Michael Bradley who joined Roma earlier this month scored from a tight angle after Erik Lamela put him through.

Reds Held In Tour Opener

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Lucas Leiva made his comeback from injury as Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC in Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge.
The appropriately named Rogers Centre was the venue for the start of the new Liverpool manager's reign, and there were plenty of positives to take from an intriguing encounter in Canada.

Alberto Aquilani Set To Stay At Liverpool, But Can He Flourish Under Brendan Rodgers?

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By Alan Duffy

After spending last season farmed out to Milan in Serie A, Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani looks set to return to Anfield and stay there for the 2012/13 season. The Rossoneri turned down the chance to sign the schemer on a permanent deal and the player's agent, Franco Zavaglia, now expects his client to stay on Merseyside.

Aquilani Staying With Liverpool

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Alberto Aquilani looks set to stay at Anfield after his agent revealed that he expects the Italian midfielder to remain at Liverpool FC this season.

The 28-year-old returned to Liverpool after spending last season on loan at AC Milan who opted not to take up their option to make the move permanent.

Liverpool manager discusses trio’s future

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Brendan Rodgers has commented on the unresolved futures of midfielder Alberto Aquilani and forwards Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy, insisting that all three continue to remain in his Liverpool plans for next season.

While Rodgers has not categorically confirmed that any of the aforementioned players are guaranteed to be with the Reds when the season kicks off in August, he has emphasized his commitment to giving them all an opportunity to remain at Merseyside.

DON'T SEND ANDY CARROLL OUT ON LOAN

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A message to new Manager at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers: Don't send Andy Carroll on loan to AC Milan!

This is the club under the dubious Berlusconi's who have pulled a fast one already by not playing Alberto Aquilani in 25 league games.

They cunningly avoided triggering a sell-on clause in Aquilani's contract by dropping him after 23 appearances, freeing them of the obligation to buy the Italian outright for a £6 million fee.

The Rest

The Nike Film Archives: Kobe & Milan

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This mini film from Nike, Milan and Kobe is a few years old, but having not seen it til now...it might be the best thing to ever grace football. Especially with Alberto Aquilani playing (a pretty poor) Serpico and Giampaolo Pazzini looking to have a career beyond the pitch. As a man of law, not an actor.

Five-A-Day Football News Friday June Two-One

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Five-A-Day Football News Friday June Two-One is a post from: Serie A Weekly Five-A-Day Football News Friday June Two-One is a post from: Serie A Weekly On ESPN in the U.S., Adrian Healey raised the question of whether Alberto Aquilani was hurt when he was subbed off in the first half against Japan in Italy's Confederations Cup win.

Team Lineup for Fiorentina v Udinese at Stadio Artemio Franchi on August 25, 2012, 5:00 pm

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Playing at Stadio Artemio Franchi Serie A Home Team Fiorentina Keeper Emiliano Viviano Midfield Borja Valero; Manuel Pasqual; Mattia Cassani; Alberto Aquilani; David Pizarro; Forwards Adem Ljajic; Stevan Jovetic; Defense Matija Nastasic; Facundo Sebastian Roncaglia; Gonzalo Rodriguez; Subs Away Team Udinese Keeper Zeljko [.

WHO SHOULD LIVERPOOL SELL THIS SUMMER?

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Having already seen the departure of Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez and Alberto Aquilani from Anfield,
Brendan Rodgers maybe looking to get rid of a few more dead-weights from the Liverpool squad this Summer as he looks to mould the Liverpool side in his own fashion.

The Daniel Agger uncertainty saddens me.