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Milan Focus: The Travels Of Antonio Nocerino

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Milan Focus: The Travels Of Antonio Nocerino is a post from: Serie A Weekly Milan Focus: The Travels Of Antonio Nocerino is a post from: Serie A Weekly Antonio Nocerino has gone from ascending to the ranks of the Italian national team to being surplus requirements at Milan in the space of just two seasons.

AC Milan Player Focus: Giampaolo Pazzini

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AC Milan Player Focus: Giampaolo Pazzini is a post from: Serie A Weekly AC Milan Player Focus: Giampaolo Pazzini is a post from: Serie A Weekly Giampaolo Pazzini grabbed the headlines with a second half brace after coming off the bench for Milan against Catania in the last round of fixtures. The ex-Internazionale striker has scored fifteen league goals this season .

Napoli Player Focus: Lorenzo Insigne

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Napoli Player Focus: Lorenzo Insigne is a post from: Serie A Weekly Napoli Player Focus: Lorenzo Insigne is a post from: Serie A Weekly Despite establishing themselves as a mid-table team for 2012-2013, Cagliari last weekend came to Naples determined to give Napoli a game. The home team needed the full three points to firm up their chances at a guaranteed Champions League spot, and the result was.

Lavezzi Looking For Home In Milan?

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Lavezzi Looking For Home In Milan? is a post from: Serie A Weekly Lavezzi Looking For Home In Milan? is a post from: Serie A Weekly Like a bad James Bond movie, not that there have been many, the headline from La Gazzetta dello Sport reads, "Never say never" in reference to Ezequiel Lavezzi making the move to AC Milan.

Super Mario Makes Magic As AC Milan Steamroll Palermo

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Super Mario Makes Magic As AC Milan Steamroll Palermo is a post from: Serie A Weekly Super Mario Makes Magic As AC Milan Steamroll Palermo is a post from: Serie A Weekly A brace from Mario Balotelli propelled Milan back to winning ways after the disappointing midweek Champions League elimination. A first half penalty and a tap-in during the second period by Balotelli saw off a dogged Palermo.

What Next For Aquilani?

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A young star who had the world at his feet; Alberto Aquilani was viewed as one of the best players to come through the AS Roma academy. He went on to feature for the Giallorossi before injuries curtailed his involvement. English side, Liverpool FC, gambled upon Aquilani's fitness when they signed him in August 2009.

What Next For Aquilani?

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A young star who had the world at his feet; Alberto Aquilani was viewed as one of the best players to come through the AS Roma academy. He went on to feature for the Giallorossi before injuries curtailed his involvement. English side, Liverpool FC, gambled upon Aquilani's fitness when they signed him in August 2009.

Player Focus: Stevan Jovetic

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The jewel in Florence's crown; Stevan Jovetic is being targeted by Premiership big spenders, Chelsea FC. But what who are the London club looking to sign? Elegance and artistry are two words which best define Jovetic. Leading Fiorentina's forward line this season, he has sparkled and shown why he is to be considered one of Europe's best players.

The Curious Case of Eljero Elia

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During deadline day of the 2011 transfer window, Juventus went out and purchased Eljero Elia, a talented 24-year-old Dutch winger. Somewhat a controversial transfer, the Torino based club bought the player for 9 million Euros making him one of the more expensive signings of the summer and only 1 million less than the price paid for Stephen Lichtsteiner.

Juventus’ Iron Man: Andrea Barzagli

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In the modern game of football, 600,000 Euros is an extremely insignificant price to pay for a player. It is a low risk, high reward situation for the club. If the player ends up as a failure then the loss was very minimal. However if the player goes on to be a success, than it looks like a genius move.

Alessandro Matri: A Roller Coaster of a Striker

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It has been an up and down season for Juventus striker Alessandro Matri. There have been times where it seems that every time he touches the ball it ends up in the back of the net while at other times there have long absences of his name on the score sheet. When he is hot, he has been praised uncontrollably, even once being compared as the next David Trezeguet.

Cassano’s Absence Could See Totti Again Become Italy’s Saviour

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On October 11 last year in the provincial city of Pescara, Italy ended their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland. It was the perfect ending as Italy finished top of their group. It was also just reward for coach Cesare Prandelli who managed to rebuild a strong Azzurri from the wreckage of the 2010 World Cup disaster.

Player Profile: Eduardo Vargas

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Substituted at half-time having inadvertently assisted the goal which gave the opposition the lead is not the debut Eduardo Vargas had in mind after making his £11.4m move from Universidad de Chile to Napoli. In the 20th minute of the last-16 Coppa Italia clash with Cesena ‘Edu' chased back to the edge of the area to help out defensively when an attempt to control the ball resulted in releasing.

Stephan Lichtsteiner: A Force to Be Reckoned With

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Just several weeks into the summer transfer window Juventus sealed the deal for Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Lazio for a fee of 10 million euros. Although the other summer signing, Andrea Pirlo, has received most the praise so far this season, Lichtsteiner has arguably been the more consistent of the two.

Player Profile: Lorenzo Amoruso

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The Italian defender was born in Bari, 28th June, 1971. He began his career at local club, Bari, in 1988 who he went on to make 75 appearances for, scoring 8 goals. Amoruso spent 1991-1993 on loan at Mantova and Pescara, but only featured intermittently. In 1995 he secured a move to Fiorentina, becoming club captain and making 54 appearances.

Player Profile: Mirko Vucinic, Numbers Can Lie.

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Antonio Conte has been the driving force of the Juventus revolution with his aggressive 4-3-3 formation. Essential to the attack are the wingers as not only do they offer more of a threat in the attack, they offer support for the striker as well as take attention away from the middle. Conte inherited one of his wingers in the form of Simone Pepe, but the other wing was left vacant.

Club Juventus Winter Mercato

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guest writer Luca Cetta Looking to build from a start to the season in which they sit second behind Milan only on goal difference and remain the only unbeaten side in Europe's top leagues, January is shaping up to be an important month on and off the pitch for Juventus. During 2009-2010 Juventus lost three out of four in January, while last season's disastrous loss against Parma.

Tevez Inter-trigue

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As the January transfer window kicks into high gear, the name many football fans are most eager to see on the move is Carlos Tevez. The now infamous saga between the Manchester City striker and Roberto Mancini seems destined to end in days if not hours, with Italian Serie A to be the Argentine's destination.

Lazio Player Report: Judging Djibril Cisse

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As the Serie A season enters the winter break, Lazio sit firmly in fourth position on 30 points after an encouraging start to the season. They have only lost two games in the league (against Juventus and, once high-flying, Genoa) and they have qualified from the Europa League group stages. The additions made to the squad in the summer have been incredibly influential in helping carry the squad.

Serie A Player Focus: Montolivo-De Rossi Two Italians Gazing Into Their Future

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Ricardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi's contract situations exemplify a worrying trend for Serie A clubs. Two of Italy's first choice midfielders are out of contract next summer and there is increasing debate about whether or not their clubs can keep hold of them. It is an alarming situation that both Fiorentina and Roma find themselves in.

Player Focus: Hard Work and Determination Personified Simone Pepe

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Following the big win on Saturday at Lazio, there has been a lot of talk about game winner Simone Pepe. A year ago there was a giant question mark in the minds of Juventini about the arrival of the Italian international on loan from Udinese. His career prior to Juventus had been one of uncertainty, as the winger had bounced around for most of his youth until finally stringing a few years together.

Serie A Player Focus: Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi

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The Argentine began his youth career at Rosario Central, whom he joined before moving to Estudiantes in 2003. Playing for Estudiantes's youth side, he scored a remarkable 17 goals in 39 games. His big move came in 2004 when Genoa signed him for €1million. The Italian side immediately loaned him to San Lorenzo in Argentina again, where he played 29 top flight games, netting eight goals.

Serie A Player Focus: Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi

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The Argentine began his youth career at Rosario Central, whom he joined before moving to Estudiantes in 2003. Playing for Estudiantes's youth side, he scored a remarkable 17 goals in 39 games. His big move came in 2004 when Genoa signed him for €1million. The Italian side immediately loaned him to San Lorenzo in Argentina again, where he played 29 top flight games, netting eight goals.

Player Focus: Tommaso Rocchi Lazio’s Heart And Soul

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After waiting 9 games for his first minutes in Serie A this season, Tommaso Rocchi was finally unleashed. Coming on for Djibril Cisse in the 83rd minute with Lazio already 2 goals to the good, he crowned the performance with a goal of his own. A special goal. Not so much for the execution Rocchi scored from a rebound after Michele Agazzi saved his initial header but for the.

Rinaldi Reminisces: When Juve’s Deadly Duo Slowly Strangled Milan

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They are two of the games great executioners. Their preferred methods of delivering the coup de grace could hardly be more different, but they share the same efficient outcome. Back in 1998 it was Fabio Capello's Milan who were on the receiving end of a cold-blooded calcio killing. If you want a masterclass in the respective abilities of Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi you need.

Ryan’s Top Five Italian Serie A Midfielder Focus

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Claudio Marchisio The Juventus midfielder has been in great form this season; including netting a brace in their 2-0 win over AC Milan last weekend. He was often forced out onto the left-side of midfield in previous years and not deemed capable of orchestrating a midfield. He's proved his doubters wrong this season and also forced his way into the Italian National Team's midfield.

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.

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Football Journeyman Supremo – David Beckham When In Milan

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Football Journeyman Supremo David Beckham When In Milan is a post from: Serie A Weekly Football Journeyman Supremo David Beckham When In Milan is a post from: Serie A Weekly David Beckham, the 38-year old icon, announced on Thursday 16 May 2013 that he will retire from football at the end of the current season after a long, illustrious and successful career.

About That Beckham Effect...

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"Major League Soccer's big investment seems to have paid off." So begins a piece from the Economist arguing, effectively, that the $250 million the league invested to bring David Beckham to MLS was worth the cost. "Mr Beckham's star power has helped legitimise the league, encouraging other...

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Player Profile: Angelo Ogbonna

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One of Europe's most promising defenders doesn't play for a powerhouse like Manchester United or Milan or Real Madrid, nor does he play for a club more known for unearthing (or producing) gems like Porto or Udinese; rather, he plays in Serie B for a team who hasn't won a major trophy in nearly twenty years.

Ibrahimovic Drives Milan Forward And Prayers For Cassano

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UEFA Champions League Recap: BATE Borisov 1-1 AC Milan On Tuesday night Milan secured qualification to the next phase of the Champions League after their 1-1 away draw against BATE Borisov. Despite seeing his team qualify with two games remaining, Max Allegri was clearly not content with how things unfolded in Minsk.

Serie B Focus: Age A High Price To Pay For Maturity

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"But age, with his stealing steps, Hath claw'd me in his clutch, And hath shipped me intil the land, As if I had never been such." I don't think the Clown in Hamlet was singing about a footballer's career, but in the same way age steals away life's vigour, so it diminishes the speed and skill that creates quality players.

Serie B Focus: The Best XI from Italy’s Second Division

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We've got the Champions League, the much maligned Europa League but if there was a knockout competition comprised of the top XI's from Europe's second divisions where would Serie B finish? As the first quarter of the season ends the column selects the stand out performers and those to compete in the inaugural Second Best League.

The Inter-View: A Fond Farewell Samuel Eto’o

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Samuel Eto'o may have only been an Inter player for two seasons, but the legacy he leaves behind will never be forgotten. "The Lion King" came to Inter in the summer of 2009, as somewhat of an afterthought in the blockbuster Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona deal. Â Many people questioned how the Nerazzurri were going to survive without the talent and skill of the Swede and if Eto'o would be able to.

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Player Focus: Fabio Borini

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Fabio Borini was born in Bentivoglio, Italy, on 29th March 1991. His father had brought him up to be an avid Bologna supporter. He joined his boyhood side, aged 9 years old, in 2001 and played for their youth sides. Premier League side Chelsea came hunting for the young Borini's signature in the summer of 2007; managing to convince the Italian to enhance his development in London.

MLS Team of the Week: Week 24

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Eric Brunner gets the nod for MLS team of the Week: Week 24.

Rookie Life – Darlington Nagbe

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