Luciano Spalletti

Roma

Mertens brace conquers Roma, boosts Juventus title bid

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli’s Dries Mertens hit a brace in a thrilling 2-1 win at Roma that prompted Giallorossi coach Luciano Spalletti to virtually concede the Serie A title race to Juventus on Saturday.

“We have to be realistic. For us it’s now almost impossible to catch Juventus,” said Spalletti after a morale-crushing defeat that could leave Roma 10 points adrift in second place if the Turin giants beat Udinese away on Sunday.

Mertens brace conquers Roma, boosts Juventus title bid

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli’s Dries Mertens hit a brace in a thrilling 2-1 win at Roma that prompted Giallorossi coach Luciano Spalletti to virtually concede the Serie A title race to Juventus on Saturday.

“We have to be realistic. For us it’s now almost impossible to catch Juventus,” said Spalletti after a morale-crushing defeat that could leave Roma 10 points adrift in second place if the Turin giants beat Udinese away on Sunday.

Nainggolan rescues Roma after Dzeko penalty woe

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Milan (AFP) – Radja Nainggolan came to the rescue after another Edin Dzeko penalty miss as Roma kept the pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus with a hard-fought 2-0 win at plucky Crotone on Sunday.

Roma’s 17th win of the campaign moved Luciano Spalletti’s men back up to second spot to close the gap to four points, although Juventus can restore their seven-point lead with a win at Cagliari in Sunday’s late game.

Nainggolan rescues Roma after Dzeko penalty woe

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Milan (AFP) – Radja Nainggolan came to the rescue after another Edin Dzeko penalty miss as Roma kept the pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus with a hard-fought 2-0 win at plucky Crotone on Sunday.

Roma’s 17th win of the campaign moved Luciano Spalletti’s men back up to second spot to close the gap to four points, although Juventus can restore their seven-point lead with a win at Cagliari in Sunday’s late game.

Dzeko still on top as Roma, Milan nudge Juventus

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Milan (AFP) Edin Dzeko took his Serie A scoring lead to eight goals in nine games as Roma outclassed Palermo 4-1 to reclaim second spot and move to within two points off leaders Juventus on Sunday.

Roma had dropped to third after AC Milan stunned champions Juventus 1-0 on Saturday when teenaged midfielder Manuel Locatelli beat Gianluigi Buffon with a second-half scorcher.

Totti still magic as Roma icon turns 40

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Milan (AFP) As hard as he tries, Roma coach Luciano Spalletti is unlikely to convince fans this week that Francesco Totti is just another player for the Serie A giants.

On Tuesday Totti turns 40 and the one-club man who is in his 25th and likely last season with the 'Giallorossi' (Yellow and Reds) is still, when he gets the chance, producing the magic.

Close Encounter: Edin Dzeko Scores Fours Times As Roma Just About Sneak Past AC Pinzolo With 16-0 Victory In Pre-Season Friendly (Highlights)

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After spending the last few days gearing up at a fitness camp in the alpine ski resort of Pinzolo, Roma kicked their pre-season calendar off with a friendly against the local side, AC Pinzolo.

What followed what a tense and nervy encounter that the Serie A big boys just about managed to pip 16-0, with Edin Dzeko helping himself to four goals before half-time.

Totti to play 25th season with Roma – club

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Rome (AFP) Iconic Roma captain Francesco Totti has signed a new one-year contract to play a 25th season with the Serie A side, the club announced on Tuesday.

Totti, who turns 40 in September, began his Serie A career with Roma in 1993, playing 601 matches for the club only surpassed in the Italian top flight by Paolo Maldini's 647 with AC Milan and Javier Zanetti's 615 for Inter Milan.

Totti to play 25th season with Roma – club

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Rome (AFP) Iconic Roma captain Francesco Totti has signed a new one-year contract to play a 25th season with the Serie A side, the club announced on Tuesday.

Totti, who turns 40 in September, began his Serie A career with Roma in 1993, playing 601 matches for the club only surpassed in the Italian top flight by Paolo Maldini's 647 with AC Milan and Javier Zanetti's 615 for Inter Milan.

Szczesny: “I learned more in four months at Roma than I did in 10 years at Arsenal”

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Pretty shocking claims from Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny thathe has learned more in the past four months of his loan spell at Roma than he did in 10 years at Arsenal.

The 26-year-old was shipped out by Arsene Wenger in the summer after Petr Cech's arrival shunted him down to third in the Gunners' goalkeeping pecking order, behind Cech and David Ospina.

Totti and Spalletti doubts linger ahead of Roma vs. Fiorentina clash

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Uncertainty over the futures of Francesco Totti and coach Luciano Spalletti is hanging over Roma ahead of a clash with Fiorentina on Friday that is key for both clubs' chances of Champions League qualification.

"It won't be decisive, but it's a six-pointer," Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa said after his side hit the woodwork twice on their way to being held 1-1 by Napoli on Monday.

Totti and Spalletti doubts linger ahead of Roma vs. Fiorentina clash

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Uncertainty over the futures of Francesco Totti and coach Luciano Spalletti is hanging over Roma ahead of a clash with Fiorentina on Friday that is key for both clubs' chances of Champions League qualification.

"It won't be decisive, but it's a six-pointer," Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa said after his side hit the woodwork twice on their way to being held 1-1 by Napoli on Monday.

Totti slams Roma and Spalletti over lack of ‘respect’

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Italian football icon Francesco Totti has demanded more "respect" from Roma and hit out at coach Luciano Spalletti for talking behind his back in the media.

Injury woes this season have kept 39-year-old Totti, who is in his 23rd year with the Serie A club, on the bench a situation that has left him "feeling bad".

Totti slams Roma and Spalletti over lack of ‘respect’

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Italian football icon Francesco Totti has demanded more "respect" from Roma and hit out at coach Luciano Spalletti for talking behind his back in the media.

Injury woes this season have kept 39-year-old Totti, who is in his 23rd year with the Serie A club, on the bench a situation that has left him "feeling bad".

Rehired Spalletti warns Roma players they’ll have to work for ‘good football’

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Roma coach Luciano Spalletti warned the embattled Serie A side to expect hard toil at the club's training ground after officially signing an 18-month deal on Thursday.

Former coach Rudi Garcia, who led Roma to two consecutive runner-up places behind Juventus the past two seasons, was sacked on Wednesday after Roma had slipped to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Napoli.

Rehired Spalletti warns Roma players they’ll have to work for ‘good football’

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Roma coach Luciano Spalletti warned the embattled Serie A side to expect hard toil at the club's training ground after officially signing an 18-month deal on Thursday.

Former coach Rudi Garcia, who led Roma to two consecutive runner-up places behind Juventus the past two seasons, was sacked on Wednesday after Roma had slipped to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Napoli.

Roma Sack Rudy Garcia

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Having won just three of their last 12 games in all competitions, AS Roma have decided to fire manager Rudi Garcia, who had been in charge for two-and-a-half years

"On behalf of myself and everyone at Roma, I'd like to thank Rudi Garcia for all of his hard work since joining the club," stated President James Pallotta.

La Roma volta pagina: esonerato Garcia, torna in giallorosso Luciano Spalletti

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Adieu Monsieur Garcia, bentornato Luciano Spalletti. Con il comunicato ufficiale dell'As Roma si chiude ufficialmente l'avventura sulla panchina della Roma del tecnico francese: "L'AS Roma rende noto di aver sollevato dall'incarico di responsabile tecnico della prima squadra il sig. Rudi Garcia e i suoi assistenti Frederic Bompard e Claude Fichaux.

Serie A Complexity: Juventus’ Latest Signing Mirko Vucinic

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Typical Mirko, it was inevitable wasn't it? A big game player by design, scoring against one of the titans of modern day English football on the greatest club stage in the world. In fact, nearly every facet of that goal simply oozed of the Montenegrin, an epitome of the way he played. It was his second of the night, and Roma's third.

Why Udinese Finishing Fourth Is Good For Serie A

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Udinese currently occupy the fourth position in Serie A, leading challengers Roma, by two points. If they stay in this position, they'll qualify for next season's Champion's League; albeit in the preliminary qualifying round. This would be a remarkable success for a team, who are not regular features on Europe's grandest stage.

English Premier League

Serie A manager lined up by Tottenham, 57-year-old tempted to join PL

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Tottenham are reportedly lining up AS Roma head coach, Luciano Spalletti, should Mauricio Pochettino depart for Barcelona.

Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique, has announced recently that he will not be managing the Catalan club in the forthcoming season, as he wants to take a break from management.

Four more in running for Blues job

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A few days ago, six managers were named as front-runners for the vacant managerial position at Chelsea.

One of them, Roberto Di Matteo, did his credentials no harm at all with a 2-0 victory at Birmingham in the FA Cup, securing the Blues a quarter final tie against Leicester City next weekend.

Big Asks For Arsenal And Leverkusen This Week

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Champions League football resumes this week with Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen facing huge uphill tasks while Benfica and Lyon will be looking to protect slender leads.

After allowing the international calendar to take centre stage for a week, the UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday.

Capello to Russia?

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Anzhi Makhachkala, the Russian club with an abundance of wealth behind them, are reportedly close to signing Fabio Capello as manager. The club, owned by Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, has made no attempts to hide its wealth and in recent times has made moves for every notable high profile player available for transfer.

Liverpool Set To Go Up Against Juventus In Race To Sign Portuguese Defender

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Liverpool is set to go up against Juventus in the battle to sign Portuguese international centre-back Bruno Alves, playing with with Zenit Saint-Petersbourg.
It has been reported that the 29 year old was Juventus bound, however it now appears, according to reports in Italy, that Juventus face strong opposition from Liverpool who are looking to add Alves experience to their defence.

Cristian Ansaldi Agent Confirms Player Wants Transfer

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Liverpool defender target Cristian Ansaldi wants a move away from Russia, according to the player's agent.
The Rubin Kazan left back, who can also play on the right side of defence, has been impressing in the Russian Premier League, and agent Pedro Aldave claims Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have taken an interest
"There has been some informal market interest from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.

Zenit St. Petersburg Eye Possible Alberto Aquilani Deal

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Liverpool should have little problem shipping Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani out in the summer if they decide there is no place for the 26-year-old at Anfield, and the player could yet end up reuniting with a former coach.
Currently on loan at Juventus, Aquilani's agreed asking price of €16.

Russian Premier League: Il punto dopo la prima giornata

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Russian Premier League: Il punto dopo la prima giornata Di Ivan Bodyan Questo fine settimana è partito il campionato russo in nuovo formato. Le grandi (ad esclusione dello Spartak Mosca) partono bene: lo Zenit San Pietroburgo di Luciano Spalletti, campione in carica, batte fuori casa il Terek Groznyj di Ruud Gullit con un gol di Lazovic.

Totti

Totti late show sets up Italian Cup semi derby

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Milan (AFP) A last-gasp penalty from Francesco Totti fired Roma into an Italian Cup semi-final with city rivals Lazio after a shaky 2-1 win over Cesena on Wednesday.

Totti was given a rare start by Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, but it took the Serie A title challengers until the 68th minute to hit the mark, Edin Dzeko making up for a series of glaring misses by sweeping Stephan El Shaarawy's pass from the left past onrushing goalkeeper Federico Agliardi.

Totti late show sets up Italian Cup semi derby

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Milan (AFP) A last-gasp penalty from Francesco Totti fired Roma into an Italian Cup semi-final with city rivals Lazio after a shaky 2-1 win over Cesena on Wednesday.

Totti was given a rare start by Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, but it took the Serie A title challengers until the 68th minute to hit the mark, Edin Dzeko making up for a series of glaring misses by sweeping Stephan El Shaarawy's pass from the left past onrushing goalkeeper Federico Agliardi.

Totti staying at Roma, club director says

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Rome (AFP) Iconic Roma captain Francesco Totti will stay at the capital outfit for a 24th season, the club's general manager Mauro Baldissoni said in a television interview on Friday.

A one-club player with 600 league appearances, the veteran playmaker has had a tense relationship with coach Luciano Spalletti in recent times and speculation had been rife the player would be forced out.

Totti staying at Roma, club director says

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Rome (AFP) Iconic Roma captain Francesco Totti will stay at the capital outfit for a 24th season, the club's general manager Mauro Baldissoni said in a television interview on Friday.

A one-club player with 600 league appearances, the veteran playmaker has had a tense relationship with coach Luciano Spalletti in recent times and speculation had been rife the player would be forced out.

Champions League

Zenit Offer Suarez Quick Exit

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Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg are set to offer Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez a quick escape from his Liverpool hell.
The mega-wealthy club, managed by Luciano Spalletti, secured a Champions League qualifying spot last season after they finished second in the Russian championship behind CSKA Moscow.

Boss Luciano Spalletti Stars In Saint Petersburg

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While the economy in Italy lurches from one crisis to another, there is an export market which shows no signs of a slump. Across Europe, it seems, there is a prized product of the peninsula which never sees demand dry up. An unerring rule of the football market appears to have been established: if you seek success and tactical acumen go out and hire a Italian coach.

Midweek Results, Champions League Part I: Agony & Ecstasy

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One team's heartbreak is another's excuse for throwing about the diminutive architect of their last minute win. Image:Â AP Photo/Frank Augstein.

It's getting sirius in the Champions League, people. Our manicure and drinking schedules are not equipped to deal with this much mania so early in the tournament.

The Rest

Tactical Analysis: Zenit v Porto

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Luciano Spalletti was confident in his side's ability to earn a victory at home against FC Porto. Apart from Spalletti's peculiar comments on obstacles and weather conditions, the Zenit manager believed quality would outshine tactics. "When both teams have a number of talented individuals, then it is not the tactical nuances that decide the outcome but how the key players perform.

Home opener announcement today, Amobi on 2013, Reading Utd in USOC for 5th straight year, more

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MLS to announce home opener dates today. Okugo on what he expects in 2013. Reading United to become first amateur team in modern pro era to play in fifth straight US Open Cup. USMNT friendly announced. More news.

Backpage roundup: Graham’s advice, United’s failed RVP bid, Besiktas’ interest in Chamakh, Ganso and Llorente

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Gunners Need To Come Clean, Says Graham

George Graham has said that Arsenal need to explicitly confess that they don't have the financial muscle to battle with some of their super-rich local rivals like the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.

5 Reasons Mick McCarthy Will Be The Next Chelsea Manager

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5 Reasons Mick McCarthy Will Be The Next Chelsea Manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following the sacking of Andres Villas-Boas, managers of the calibre of Jose Mourinho, Luciano Spalletti and Guus Hiddink have been touted as the next Chelsea manager.

But, what Stamford Bridge needs is a real shake-up.

Beppe Marotta Talks Juventus Transfers, Contracts And Ambition

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He says very little, outside of the bland metronomic answers we come to expect from men in his position so when Juventus Direttore Generale Beppe Marotta gave an honest and forthright interview with Corriere dello Sport, we should be all ears. The site purposely avoids transfer rumour and speculation but, much like this previous interview this seemed different from the outset.