Massimiliano Allegri spent his last few months with Milan as a dead man walking with rumours circulating about his imminent sack hugging the headlines of Italian newspapers day after day. The results were simply not good enough. The once mighty AC Milan was a mess on and off the pitch.
During Allegri's reign with the Rossoneri, several players including Andrea Pirlo, Mark van Bommel, Filippo Inzaghi, Pato, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrossini, Gianluca Zambrotta, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all left the club, be it to another club or through retirement.
The Bianconeri arrived in Singapore to conclude the final leg of their pre-season Asian Pacific tour that saw them notched up two victories in Indonesia and Australia prior to their arrival on the sunny island.
Italy has named its 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The most glaring omission is the decision not to selectGiuseppe Rossi for the team due to the striker'slack of match sharpness.
The American-born striker only recently returned from injury. However, the player looked anxious when going into challenges in the friendly against Ireland, which is understandable given Rossi's history of injury problems.
Juventus goalkeeper and World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that neither he nor his teammates can understand how Manchester United allowed a talent such as Paul Pogba to leave on a free transfer and claimed that United were blind to part ways with the Frenchman.
Pogba arrived in Turin in 2012 and despite being only 19 at the time, he quickly developed into a crucial figure for Juventus, ousting Claudio Marchisio ironically, another midfielder on United's radar from the starting XI and becoming one of Europe's best midfielders.
Juventus are said to be keen on Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul, and the reason is they are trying to prepare for life without Gianluigi Buffon, but Buffon is still only 35, which is not old for a goalkeeper these days, when you think Brad Freidel is 42, and still looking like a very good [...]
He's just too good isn't he? Cristiano Ronaldo just can't stop scoring for Real Madrid whether it's in La Liga or the Champions League.
On Tuesday night in Turin, the Spanish giants needed a special performance from Ronaldo and they got one after they went down a goal. Early in the second half, Ronaldo was played through but still had a bit of work to do against Gianluigi Buffon.
As he seems to do so often these days, Cristiano Ronaldo provided all the goal-scoring that Real Madrid needed on Wednesday in a matchup against defending Italian champions Juventus.
The Portuguese star opened his scoring account in the fourth minute after rounding Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon before finishing from the penalty spot in the 29th minute to give Real Madrid a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they won their third UEFA Champions League match in a row, 2-1, against ten-man Juventus.
With this statement Juventus manager Antonio Conte said good-bye to the Uefa Champions League. But he also mentioned that he wants to regroup with his squad and finish strong at the top in Serie A for a second title in a row, according to Yahoo!
The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League kicks off Tuesday with two fantastic matches right off the bat.
First, Barcelona will visit Parc des Princes Stadium to face Paris Saint-Germain in a match many expect Barca to win coming off a dominant performance in the second leg of the round of 16 against AC Milan.
What is making Juventus so special this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In cruising past Glasgow Celtic and into the final eight of this season's Champions League, Juventus notched up a remarkable fifth clean sheet in a row in Europe. That doesn't come with ease, and not even the might of Barcelona or Real Madrid can look upon that without some degree of envy.
Good Player Guide #27 Mattia Perin is a post from: Just Football
by Sam Carney
Mattia Perin (Genoa/Italy) Twitter: @MattiaPerin
In a way, Mattia Perin cannot win. When he finally does make his debut for Italy, comparisons will inevitably be drawn with the achievements of some his predecessors; Dino Zoff, the World Cup-winning captain; Walter Zenga, the man who still holds the record for the longest amount of time without conceding a goal at a World Cup; and Gianluigi Buffon, record appearance holder for Gli Azzurri and Perin's own childhood hero.
After the 2010 South African World Cup sham, Italy arrives at the World Cup as the Euro 2012 runners-up and one of the most talented teams in the tournament. The Azzurri will play into the group D, together with England, Costa Rica and Uruguay.
On the eve of the first game against England, Italians have been debating a lot over Cesare Prandelli's choices.
Italy 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
Italy rarely fail to deliver at major tournaments, and this squad, though perhaps not one of their finest, balances a mix of youth and an abundance of experience. That said, only three of their players ply their trade outside Serie A, a league which has struggled over the last few years on the European scene.
Italy's winless streak is continuing at the worst possible time.
On Saturday evening at Craven Cottage, two weeks on the dot from their World Cup opener versus England, Italy made it six games without a win as they settled for a 0-0 draw againstIreland. Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli opted to rest his starters in favor of young, up-and-coming talent and fringe players just one day before the deadline to name his 23-man roster for Brazil.
'2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' game set for April release - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With 121 days still to go before the start of the World Cup, EA Sports have announced the impending arrival of the official '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' video game, with fans able to get their teeth into the action as soon as April.
The Ballon d'Or and Goalkeepers Will a keeper ever follow in Lev Yashin's footsteps? is a post from: Just Football
So that's it is it? It's finally over? On Monday morning/afternoon/evening depending on your location Cristiano Ronaldo was finally confirmed as the Ballon d'Or winner in yet another anticlimactic affair.
Coming off an exhausting shootout loss to Spain in the semifinals, Italy and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in particular were eager to end their Confederations Cup experience by washing out that bitter taste in the third-place game against Uruguay. A pair of second-half Edinson Cavani goals kept Italy from finishing off the 2011 Copa America winners in regular time, and once again, extra time only provided another 30 minutes to wear the players out even more.
Japan were awarded a dubious penalty and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was booked for the painfully obvious non-foul pictured above. Keisuke Honda then scored from the penalty spot to give Japan a surprising 1-0 lead in the 21st minute and then Shinji Kagawa made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute with a great goal of his own.
After the fiasco in South Africa 2010, Italy has been on a mission to redeem itself. The four time World champion did not get past the Group stage of a World Cup, in which they were supposed to be defending their title.
Italy has been going through a rebuilding process since then. With a dramatic change of their soccer mentality.
The Italians love keeping it stylish, eh? If there was a proper term to best describe Gianluigi Buffon, it'd be between "l'uomo"(the man) or "il zio" (uncle/dude). After turning up in classy eye wear at yesterday's press conference ahead of Italy's friendly against Brazil on Thursday, you could probably say Buffon deserves both titles.
Italy 2013 Confederations Cup home shirt unveiled by Puma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Puma has revealed the Italy 2013 kit for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
In an event held in the training ground and headquarters of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Coverciano, Florence, Italy, Puma presented the new kit with the help of Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo to the press.
Sigue la trasmision en vivo de Trasmision en vivo Italia vs Costa Rica Junio 20 Brasil 2014
Italia y Costa Rica se enfrentan en la Arena Pernambuco de Recife el viernes 20 de junio a las 11:00 horas (centro de México) en duelo correspondiente a la primera fecha del Grupo D de la Copa del Mundo de Brasil 2014.
236 de los 736 jugadores convocados para Brasil 2014 ya han participado al menos en una Copa Mundial de la FIFA. España encabeza este apartado, con 16 veteranos mundialistas, seguida de Uruguay (15) y Camerún (13). De los jugadores que veremos en tierras brasileñas, Faryd Mondragón tiene el historial más extenso de la prueba, puesto que se estrenó en EE UU 1994.
Goalkeepers are often given far less credit than they deserve. It is one of the hardest positions especially when playing at a top club. This is my list of the 5 best goalkeepers in the world. 1. Iker Casillas - Real Madrid It is surprising to know that Iker Casillas has managed to win World Cups, European Championships, and Champions League titles at the age of just 31.
After a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last night, Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has thrown in the towel and his gloves, more specifically to say that the Bavarians will win the title at the end of the season.
"I did not think they were so strong they have everything in place to win it.
Former three-time UEFA Team of the Year goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had a tough time in Munich on Tuesday evening, taking the blame for both goals conceded as his Juventus side were beaten 2-0 by the German Bundesliga leaders. No pundits or journalists were more critical than Der Kaiser himself, Franz Beckenbauer.
Quite simply, the goalkeeper position is the hardest position to rate when comparing players. Often times goalkeepers can be made or broken by their team's success; unfairly condemned or built up thanks to the players in front of them. There are an abundance of goalkeepers in the game today that are considered "great" players, who have been the product of the team in front of them, while at the same time there are goalkeepers who don't get enough credit because their team makes them look bad.
A lot can happen over an international break â€“ and this one was no exception. On Tuesday, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, gli Azzurri defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 to secure their berth to Brazil. The Azzurri have officially qualified for the World Cup (as if there was any doubt)!
Image via Calcio Nel Cuore
A momentous moment, indeed â€“ and one particular player had two reasons to celebrate.
The Serie A may be on the decline in recent years as the Italian top flight looks to have, at least in terms of popular opinion, fallen behind the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga when looking at Europe's elite leagues. However make no mistake, the Serie A is loaded with top level talent.
Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli are just a few of the superstars currently plying their trade in Italy, but it's not only these established stars that are lighting up the league, there is an incredibly talented contingent of youngsters coming through the ranks.
Before Brazil gave Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon a difficult time in their 4-2 win on Saturday, teammate Mario Balotelli tested him in training. Balotelli went one-v-one against Buffon with a lengthy bit of fancy footwork that had the keeper crawling on the ground to try and keep Mario at bay.
Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon can feel a bit harshly done by after clearly winning the ball ahead of Japan striker RyÅichi Maeda however the official gave a penalty to Japan but only a yellow card to the Italian keeper despite being last man back?