The day before our senior squad took on city neighbours Torino in the Derby di Mole, our youngsters lined up in the same fixture as a dress rehearsal of sorts. Unfortunately, our inconsistent form was set to continue…
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Vannucchi; Tavanti, Penna, Romagna, Mattiello; Kabashi, Cevallos (Buenacasa 12′ st), Gerbaudo; Donis, Bnou-Marzouk, Ceria (Otin Lafuente 27′ st).
SUBS: Citti, Rizzo, Sakor, Roussos, Slivka, Pellizzari.
MANAGER: Andrea Zanchetta.
TORINO (4-3-3): Gilardi; Mazzariol, Benedini, Ientile, Barreca; Comentale, Parodi (Coccolo 40′ st), Graziano; Aramu ( Barale 47′ st), Gyasi, Colombi (Rosso 30′ st).
SUBS: Vimercati, Fissore, Pautassi, Capello, Mor, Rosso, Barale, Pardini, Coccolo, Morra, Capocelli, Migliore.
MANAGER: Moreno Longo.
REF: Giovani della sezione di Grosseto.
Scorers: 42′ Graziano.
YELLOW: Tavanti, Mazzariol, Ceria, Barreca, Kabashi.
Juve took the game to Torino, but failed to convert any of the numerous chances in the early stages of the match. Ceria smashed one over the bar after been put through one on one with Gilardi, the winger soon after setting up Marzouk who snatched at the shot putting it well wide of the post.
There was only one team in it, and a goal seemed certain when Marzouk again found himself in a great position, this time with only Gilardi to beat, who saved the strike. After the half hour mark, Torino began to show themselves as an attacking force, going close on one occasion, yet the home side remained in control.
In spite of our dominance, too many errors in front of our own 18 yard area teed up a free kick for our visitors, who promptly found Graziano’s head in the box for 0-1.
It seems that conceding so late in the half after creating several brilliant chances for ourselves took the wind out of the sails, with the second period a far more cagey affair with few chances created for either side, although Graziano did have the opportunity to double the lead.
Juventus 0-1 Torino
Thankfully, we were given the chance 4 days later to make amends for a loss which should have hurt the youngsters, for even at U19 Level, city pride was at stake…and we fluffed our lines. Surely there would be a response, and the obliging lambs to the slaughter were Cesena.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Vannucchi; Tavanti, Penna, Romagna, Mattiello; Roussos (1′ st Slivka), Sakor, Kabashi (14′ st Gerbaudo); Donis, Bnou-Marzouk, Otin (24′ st Rizzo).
SUBS: Citti, Buenacasa, Varga, Ceria, Cevallos, Giannarelli.
CESENA (4-3-1-2): Iglio; Venturini, Gabrielli, N.Arrigoni, Mordini; Valzania, Ballardini, Man. Prati; Pierfederici (8′ st S.Braccini); Raffini (19′ st Gaiani), Moncini (34′ st Dal Monte).
SUBS: Carroli, Bevitori, Fagioli, Gasperi.
Allenatore: G. Angelini.
ARBITRO: Sig. Fanton di Lodi. Assistenti: Lombardi – Mauro.
SCORERS: 24′ pt Pierfederici; 39′ st Donis, 42′ st Gerbaudo, 44′ st Donis.
YELLOW: Roussos, Venturini.
In driving rain and heavy winds, the primavera were determined to get back to winning ways, and win they did, in good style, with two second half goals from greek star Donis and one from midfielder Gerbaudo. The result leaves us third with 34 points from 17 games, a solitary point behind Empoli, but a woeful 11 behind Torino.
With our failures in the UEFA Youth League, Viareggio and Coppa Italia Primavera tournaments, the league championship is the last chance for any sort of success in a season which promised so much but has delivered so little. Like many others I would be shocked if Zanchetta and Grosso were not replaced in the Summer. Too little return on Too much investment. Still, until then, we are looking a sure bet to qualify for the play-offs, and then…who knows eh???
Buffon – 6
His fate was tied to that of the defence in front of him, which was lacking confidence and security throughout the match. Thankfully, Bonucci put in a solid shift leaving Buffon with very few direct shots to deal with. Several of his decisions to parry and punch rather than catch the ball could of put us in danger.
We are used to so much more from our swiss nazi. His energy levels seemed fine, but the final ball was profligate and I felt that he lacked confidence in Caceres (especially after that horrible own goal!). An off day for the marauding wingback.
Hardly one of his best showings for the club. I am fond of the lad, for his tackling and determination, but am close to concluding he is best deployed on the flank (where he plays for his country). Needs to work on his positional awareness.
He was the rock we needed in absence of his two regular partners at the back. Cleaned up, covered brilliantly, distributed the ball carefully and made his presence felt in both boxes. Five interceptions, five clearances and two shots blocked. A mature performance from Leonardo.
Still yet to persuade me that he is worth the money we spent, but in his defence its his first season and he hasn’t had many games. Perhaps a run in the side would settle him down and bring out his best form. Deserves praise for keeping things simple and the ball moving whenever he received it. He made 98 passes, but the vast majority were over 5-10 yards, which suggests his plan was to sit deep. Which is different to how King Giorgio plays, who despite his lack of technique on the ball, loves to bomb forward and try to get involved.
The most talented man on the field. Drove forward constantly, made himself available as the fulcrum of all our attacking play. Put himself about defensively. Two assists…always a danger from set pieces. He ran the Juve show from start to finish. Tremendous, but its what we have come to expect from the great man…
Never stopped running and gave great support at the back to Ogbonna and Asamoah. I was so happy to see him get on the score-sheet. Never one to complain, just gets his head down and gets on with the job. As mentioned further down, he is a definite second choice for me behind Pogba, but few teams will have such a wonderful back-up.
Dogged in the challenge, but offered little moving forward. Maybe this was partially due to an awkward outing by Lichsteiner, forcing the Chilean to hold the fort more than forage in the final third. He appeared low on steam, yet still dependable. His season has been magnificent, its to be expected to find a run of games where he is below his best form.
Probably would have been closer to a 7 but that goal was magical. We don’t see that much of his prowess in that position driving through the middle, and it was one of those moments which made me think he is somewhat wasted out wide. His defensive work was average, and with Chievo heavy in numbers in both fullback areas, he found it hard to make headway in the final third. Wonderful strike though.
Well marshalled by the Chievo rear-guard, chances were running at a premium for the spaniard. Took his goal well enough but his link-up play with Giovinco was non-existent, the two of them often found far too close together. I hope that Osvaldo’s arrival doesn’t affect his form negatively.
Displayed great enthusiasm but was simply out-muscled or ran into a group of players too many times. His movement was out of sync with the rest of the team, but what can we expect when he hardly plays. Ran out of tricks or into a Chievo wall whenever a good chance seemed possible. The critical reception of the crowd when he was subbed off will have done his confidence no good, which shouldn’t be happening, especially when we are winning a game at home, top of the league and unbeaten in 15 matches. He deserves more respect, yet I assume, the fans feel they deserve more from him…
Instantly at ease on the field, Danni was given twenty minutes to impress when Chievo were shutting up shop and fatigue was setting in for both sides. He found two chances, one of which he nearly put away, the other, rather wayward. His link-up play with Tevez was present throughout and I suspect he has a chance of starting one of next two games.
Showed eagerness to involve himself and linked up well with Osvaldo. Merely a run-out to prepare him for our tie with Trabzonspor on Thursday.
The early stages of the game saw Chievo forced back and a lot of possession at our feet, as to be expected. It became quickly clear that our opponents were making up for their deficit of quality with brute force, with several of their tackles bordering on atrocious. What pleased me was to see how we reacted to the onslaught of hacking and scything, trips and barges. It began with two brilliant fouls by Pirlo and Marchisio, which demonstrated that if they wanted a scrap, we would be happy to oblige. I like that about our team, its one of those those vital ingredients which have been gradually creeping back into our game since Conte appeared on the scene. Its grinta…
The Asamoah goal was a thing of beauty. How often would we see such incisive penetration were he deployed as one of our central midfielders?? It is a good question, which cannot be answered until/unless we employ a specialist LWB. The one-two and the finish were sublime.
Marchisio got the goal his efforts deserved, threw himself into challenges, made himself available all over the field and gave as good a performance as I have seen of him for many moons. However, it was evident for the entirety of the game that our midfield was noticeably weaker without Pogba. It was suggested, by myself as well as many others last Summer, that this season could see il principino deposed from the starting XI and its easy to see why. Claudio is a wonderful servant to the club, technically solid, intelligent, but a weaker player than Pogba, in all areas of the game other than covering and moving around un-noticed. Yet I feel that despite Pogba’s understandable inexperience and greater comfort in the offensive phase of the game, the frenchman is not far off the italian defensively, due in no small part to his physique and robustness of bone and gristle. Whereas Claudio reads the play, senses danger with more zeal, I would always rather be facing him in a challenge on the ground or especially in the air, than Pogba. As with the player I measure as the only central midfielder superior to Vidal, (Yaya Toure), when Pogba has the ball, players literally bounce off him…He is very hard to stop once driving forward. His natural advantage of height and strength allow him more time to think before passing or shooting.
Speaking of Vidal…he is suffering from a lethargy of sorts. I would have preferred to see him rested for this game. He tackled well, but was far from his usual swashbuckling presence moving forward. Part of that problem could well be down to Caceres and an off game by Lichsteiner, both of whom I did not feel played well. Its tricky at times to see how he could ever get into our starting XI, certainly as a CB. He loves to tackle, but positionally, he is often suspect, and can tend to stand off players when worried about what is behind him. Which worries me even more!
Without Pogba to create from the centre and Tevez fighting his way all over the pitch, we became, at times yet again one dimensional, with literally everything going through Pirlo. Adding in another creative force makes us a far more dangerous team.
Llorente toiled hard but often found himself in the same area as Giovinco, which didn’t help matters. Regardless, he got his goal, well taken in the air, where he will become absolutely lethal I am sure, in time. The front two were not working in tandem, which had a knock-on effect for the rest of our play. Not just Llorente, but also Tevez, both act as reference points in the final third. The Argentine is a dwarf, but he not only has superb body strength but he uses it very smartly. Asking Seba to muscle it out with uncompromising centre-backs is a waste of his talents and our tactics. There seems no room for him in our 3-5-2.
If we want to make the most of his natural abilities, we would place him in a role between midfield and attack, not ask him to fight to even receive the ball against giants. That role does not presently exist. Whilst it seems reasonable to assume he will be heading out in the Summer, his final chance at Juve finished, I do wonder how he could perform in a 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2. And then there is that extremely successful stint at Parma to consider…Something along the lines of 15 goals and as many assists, when deployed often as one of a front pairing in a 3-5-2 (although equally often as an AM in a 4-2-3-1).
Pirlo seems in fine fettle and the Tevez/Osvaldo axis seemed far more dangerous a pairing in the brief time they had to shine, yet some of that was due to their freshness. I get the impression they could be rather handy together.
Defensively we were far from stable. Ogbonna was more impressive than Caceres, but the absence of Chiellini and Barzagli was palpable and at times a major concern. Let’s hope they are both ready for the Europa tie mid-week.
Overall, a 3-1 home victory, with 4 of our starting XI rested, with the only goal conceded something of a freak occurrence, is hardly worth whining about. Still, I have to admit that I felt that same unease as from last season, when we would sometimes dominate games but find it hard to turn our dominance into clear cut chances. Llorente’s goal was fortunate, given the keeper’s position, who should have cut out the cross. Marchisio’s was off a rebound, always a luck affair. One other clear chance for Osvaldo…other than which, not much to show for 64% possession.
We struggled in aerial challenges, no doubt due to the absence of Pogba in the middle, who towers above most players, and also Tevez in attack, whose ability to win the ball in the air, bring it down and play it on, is rarely mentioned but always valuable.
Essentially, we were disjointed in defence and attack. Had we started with Pogba, Tevez, Chiellini and Barzagli I suspect we would have pummelled Chievo. As it stood, we were still worthy winners, yet were scrappy and lacking ideas/ intelligent movement for much of the game.
Juventus (4-3-3) : Audero; Tavanti, N.Curti, Garcia Tena, Marin (68 ‘Varga); Sakor, Cevallos, Roussos, Di Benedetto (46′ Ceria), Donis, Soumah (46 ‘Marzouk). SUBS: Elezaj, bertinetti, Gerbaudo , A.Curti. Coaches: Andrea Zanchetta. Scorers : 12 ‘. aut © Marin, 26′ Garcia Tena (J), 62 ‘Sakor (J). BOOKED : Donis Garcia Tena, Ceria. RED : Roussos.
Early pressure saw Man City import, Marin score a disgusting own goal, lashing the ball past startled Audero, whilst under pressure from an opponent.Surely that’s the end of his Juve career.
A fortunate free-kick was then awarded on the edge of the 18 yard area, with Cevallos and Pol Garcia looming over the ball. The big centre-back despatched a beautiful curling strike into the corner to level the scoreline in the 25′.
On 62 minutes, Sakow was found in the box, scrambled past the defenders and goalkeeper and put us in the lead from close range.
Victory looked certain, with more opportunities coming our way before a last ditch scything challenge in the area led to a penalty in the dying seconds, which was duly converted, leaving us licking our wounds, bothered, like the seniors, to be leaving Denmark with a solitary point.
Next on the fixture list was the visit of the hated turks…
Juventus 3 -1 Galatasaray
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Audero; Curti, Romagna, Garcia Tena; Tavanti, Slivka (78 ‘Cevallos), Sakor (67′ Hromada ), Gerbaudo, Ceria; Soumah Marzouk (71 ‘Clemency). SUBS: Elezaj, bertinetti, Marin County, Penna. Coaches: Andrea Zanchetta. . Scorers: 48 ‘Bnou-Marzouk, 65′ Gerbaudo, 74 ‘Orhan, 79′ Soumah. Booked: 54 ‘Garcia Tena, 90′ Hromada.
Marzouk opened the scoring early on, latching onto a cross whipped in from the right flank for 1-0.
It was the Moroccan again…driving down the left flank, beating the defender with north african flair, then serving up a great chance on a plate for Gerbaudo, who made no mistake lofting the ball into the top corner with his left boot from 10 yards out.
Orhan pulled one back for the Turks, following up to slot in after a solid save from Audero. With 79 minutes played, it was 2-1.
Late on in the match, Juve secured a welcome victory when Tavanti found space to cross from the right wing, finding Soumah in the middle for a perfect header to fire in our third.
Our next opponents were Real Madrid. Confidence was high but the result was horrible, in every way imaginable.
Real Madrid 6 – 2 Juventus
Juventus (3-5-2): Citti, Garcia Tena, Tavanti , Curtis N. (46 ‘Barlocco), Pen, Sakor, Gerbaudo, Slivka (46′ Di Benedetto), Buenacasa Alba, Ceria (46 ‘Soumah), Donis. SUBS: Elezaj, bertinetti, Roussos, Otín. Coaches: Andrea Zanchetta. Referee: Rene Eisner (AUT). Scorers: 14 ‘, 33′, 51 ‘and 84′ Narvaez, 38 ‘Rodriguez, 74′ Buenacasa, 78 ‘Soumah, 80′ Jimenez. Booked: 15 ‘pen, 82′ Tavanti, 84 ‘Of Benedict
No need to go into any detail here. Simply put, we got smashed.
And then the return…
Juventus 0-2 Real Madrid
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Audero; Tavanti, Romagna, Garcia Tena, Barlocco; Roussos, Sakor ( 55 ‘Slivka), Mattiello (73′ Ceria); Donis, Marzouk (65 ‘Buenacasa), Soumah. SUBS: Citti, bertinetti Pen Otin Lafuente.
Scorers: 36 ‘Jimenez, 92′ Sáez Carrillo. booked Juve: Roussos, Sakor, Soumah, Garcia Tena.
Yet again, no need to go into detail with this one. For who wants to see us dominated, beaten and goal-less??
So onto the visit to Turin of Copenhagen. Our future was in our hands. Surely we could win this one, and place ourselves in a comfortable second position in the group???
Juventus 2-2 Copenhagen
Juventus (4-4-2): Audero; Tavanti Pen Romagna (78 ‘Buenacasa), Barlocco; Donis, Slivka (46′ Cevallos ), Gerbaudo, Mattiello (59 ‘Ceria); Soumah Bnou-Marzouk. available : Vannucchi bertinetti, Marin, Sakor. Coaches: Andrea Zanchetta. Scorers: 34 ‘Nordam, 38′ Soumah, 50 ‘Felfel, 80′ Gerbaudo.BOOKED Juve: 63 ‘Gerbaudo.
Finally, we faced the turks in their own back-yard, knowing that if Real Madrid beat Copenhagen away, and we won our tie, we would go through to the next round…
Galatasaray 0 – 5 Juventus
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Audero; Pen, Romagna, Garcia, Mattiello, Cevallos, Slivka, Gerbaudo (82 ‘Sakor), Barlocco; Soumah (60′ Donis), Bnou-Marzouk (81 ‘Clemency .) SUBS: Vannucchi bertinetti, Tavanti, Buenacasa. Coaches: Andrea Zanchetta. Scorers : 15 ‘Soumah, 64′. 76 ‘and 78′ Bnou-Marzouk, 72 ‘Donis. BOOKED Juve Garcia Tena, Barlocco, Gerbaudo, Slivka.
Soumah opened the scoring, slotting past the keeper to five us the lead. It took until the second half for us to double the lead, Marzouk guiding the ball into the net when put through one on one.
The flood gates opened…Donis was next on the score sheet, been pushed wide left but squeezing the ball over the line from an acute angle.
Marzouk added two more for his hatrick before the fat lady sang, but alas, it was all in vein, for the Danes beat Madrid 3-2, sending us out of the tournament.
Final group standings left us third, on 8 points from 6 games.
After a terribly disappointing viareggio showing, coming soon after our exit from the coppa italia, it was time to get back to the business of winning.
Unfortunately the hosts took the lead in the 11th minute after a slip-up by Romagna at the back for Juve, allowing Frugoli to open the scoring.
Roussos almost drew us level when heading against the crossbar from the corner kick.
Still they came at us, with two chances well cut out by Mattiello. And then…our luck finally changed, with Konate given his marching orders after earning his second yellow for a lunch on Roussos. Down to ten men, but a goal up, the game was there for us to grab by the horns…
It didn’t take long in the second half for us to finally get on the score-sheet with up and coming greek star Donis leveling the match in the 48th minute. Within two minutes of the restart, Marzouk popped up to register his first strike since that memorable hatrick against Galatasaray in the Uefa Youth League on the 10th December.
The result, which it must be said did seem to hinge on the rather harsh red card for Konate, moves us up to third spot in the table…
As agents busied themselves in hotel corridors, the phone lines jammed (for everyone but Beppe and Paratici, courtesy of those ultra-handy foreign SIM cards bequeathed to them by Moggi!!) and many a last minute deal was scuppered by injury concerns or just managed to sneak through before the winter mercato door slammed shut, most juventini were left largely where they were at the start of January. Some celebrated the departure of Motta with a bottle of limoncello, others, like me, organized feasts and festivities to share in the joy of DJ Paolino’s move to…anywhere but Vinovo and all of us pondered, with a mixture of tentative glee and concern, the arrival of Dani Osvaldo.
Sitting pretty at the summit of Serie A, our traditional January slump avoided, it could be very reasonably argued that our senior squad was far from in need of major renovation. Just a few loose ends to tie up, perhaps the movement of one of our strikers to pastures anew. Yet what of our youth sector? Was that also left relatively unchanged? Not in the slightest. For Beppe had his fingers in so many pies that even now, he remains caked in pastry.
Too much transpired of potentially little newsworthy value to offer a run-down on the whole show. I will attempt to focus on the most interesting of happenings. Beginning with a player much talked about prior to his injury, Ouasim Bouy.
A former Ajax academy star, Bouy has moved on loan to Bundesliga side Hamburg SV. After impressing greatly in Holland, Juve snapped up the Dutch U-19 international attacking midfielder in late January 2012. Involved with the primavera for the remainder of the season, he scored several goals and impressed with his creativity and maturity. During the Summer, he found a loan move to Serie B side Brescia. The then-19-year-old quickly forced his way into contention, and went on to make an impressive 17 first XI appearances, assisting 5 goals and netting one for himself. However, that cruel jester of misfortune soon struck, when during a friendly match in early February of 2013, the dutch flair merchant ruptured his cruciate ligament (similar injury to the woe Fabio Quagliarella suffered a year before).
His season was over. A long road of rehabilitation awaited him. As the summer of 2013 began to draw to a close, Ouasim was back on the grass, training with the first team squad. The decision was made to keep him at the club until Christmas, allow him to continue his recovery under the steely gaze of probably a better quality of medical staff than could be found back in Serie B, where it was expected he would return, once fully fit. Some fans concluded that he may even be able to earn a few outings in the league and be seen and used as a back-up as the season progressed. To me, this seemed lunatic optimism as I had concluded that far from been a part of Antonio Conte’s plans, the club was simply keeping him wrapped up in cotton wool until the winter mercato window opened. Whilst he did manage a few minutes against Avellino in the Coppa Italia, it was clearly a gesture of faith and respect for the player, a chance to stretch his legs briefly, get a few touches of the ball in a competitive match for the first time in many moons and taste the action in the safest possible fixture we will have all season.
Brescia were interested in bringing him back to their ranks to add to their promotion push. Novara were also eager to roll the Bouy dice, but his agent, Mino Raiola, and the club, had other plans. Namely, a move to the German top flight to play under his countryman Bert van Marwijk at Hamburger SV. The side currently sit awkwardly in 17th spot, and will be aiming to push up the table away from relegation concerns. van Marwijk is of good pedigree, having won the UEFA and domestic cups with Feyenoord, and taken the Netherlands to a World Cup Final in 2010. Commenting on the transfer, the experienced coach has this to say…
“Ouasim Bouy was a super talent back at Ajax. I have never seen him play, still I am aware of him.
“He will strengthen us in midfield. He had a bad injury but now he is back fit and is longing to play.”
Bouy made his first start in the unfortunate, recent 3-0 loss away to Hoffenheim. Followed up with 45 minutes in yet another 3-0 reverse, this time at the vicious hands of Hertha Berlin.
Apologies for ending what seemed such promising news with mention of an awful debut, albeit not personally, for the team as a whole seems in a rather wretched period of form. What we must focus upon is the experience value of playing for the first team in one of the top leagues in Europe.
On to something more appetizing, and not yet soured by any horrible results…
After much discussion we have finally signed Grigoris Kastanos, the deal coming to fruition as the player turned 16 on the 30th of January. Whilst Man City and Arsenal were coveting the player, Beppe and Paratici swooped in for him in December, with a bid thought to be around €100,000, to secure the services of the Enosis Neon Paralimni FC youngster. Already part of the Cyprus U-17 squad at 15 years old, Grigoris found himself in the spotlight after scoring a wonderful free-kick against Germany in November, when turning out for his country’s U-16 team. Comfortable as a striker or winger, the up and coming forward is good with both feet and talked off in his homeland as one of the most promising talents ever to emerge from Cyprus.
Clearly too young for the Primavera (U-19s) Grigoris will join the Allievi (15-17 year olds) squad.
Another of our latest investments finds our EUROS heading into the Palermo coffers for a 50 percent stake in 20-year-old central defender Edoardo Goldaniga. The Italy U20 starlet has been a regular in the first XI for Lega Pro side Pisa and will remain at the club until the Summer.
Also signed up is French defender, Yoan Severin. At just 17 years of age, the 1.88m tall left footed Yoan was born and bred in Lyon, where he played until moving to Evian and then, in late January just passed, to Juve. A centre-back who was a commanding captain of the Evian U17s is welcome to the fold.
Twenty-year-old left back, Matteo Liviero has moved to Juve Stabia on loan. The fullback who has represented Italy at every level from U-17-U-21 started the season at Serie B newcomers Carpi, after a solid previous campaign with Perugia in Lega Pro.
With only three appearances in the league and 1 in the Coppa Italia, it was decided to move him to a club where it is hoped he will find more competitive action. And with his new side Juve Stabia sitting rock bottom, surely they will give Liviero a chance to impress sooner rather than later.
I have followed the youngster since been alerted to his horrific kidney injury suffered during a game against Pisa in the 2012-13 campaign. Within two months, he had not only emerged from the hospital ward but was back on the field for Perugia. Clearly he is made of stern stuff.
His last international outings came in September of last year for the Azzurrini and October with the U-20 squad.
Fledgling terzino Lorenzo Granatiero is on a whirlwind of a voyage. At just 16 years of age, Lorenzo was turning out for his local side, Manfredonia in Serie D in September. Forcing his way into the team, his solid performances belied his tender adolescence and with several teams scouting him, Juve stepped in to bring him into the fold.
For a 16 year old to have made 14 first team appearances in Serie D bodes very well for the future. A brief analysis of the move can be found HERE.
Yet another addition to our youth ranks comes in the form of Daniele Guglielmi. Also a terzino, not yet 16, needing special dispensation to play with the seniors, Daniele has made 3 appearances for Barletta Calcio this season which was enough to place our EUROS on the table and entice him to Turin. His agent is the same shrewd operator who discovered Marco Verratti…
Also on the move is former primavera frontman, Stefano Padovan, who has joined Vicenza (Lega Pro) on loan after finding minutes on the field too hard to come by at Pescara, where he made five appearances from the bench after his summer move. Whilst it is a shame to see him drop down to the third tier of Italian football, if he gets games, and gets goals, the transfer is certainly better for his development than rotting on the bench elsewhere. At his age, he needs matches at senior level. Let us hope that Vicenza can give him the opportunity his talents – displayed last term in Juventus’ primavera — suggest he strongly deserves. Vicenza are currently 7th, two points away from the play-off zone.
Ecuadorian U20 international Jose Cevallos has been signed outright from homeland club LDU Quito. After paying €200,000 for his loan deal which ran from late January 2013 to the end of the year, Juve have paid another €1.5 million to secure the player’s full registration. Jose heralds from a footballing family, with his father, Jose Cevallos, considered by many to be the greatest Ecuadorian keeper of all time. Like his old man, Jose junior made his name domestically at Quito, making an impressive 30-plus appearances for the senior side before moving to Italy. So far this season the attacking midfielder has made six appearances in the primavera league, four in the UEFA Youth League and two in the Primavera Coppa Italia. It would have been great to see him find a loan club in January, get back amongst the seniors, although, at 18 years old, he really does have time on his side.
The German U-19 international centre-back. Marc-Oliver Kempf, whom the club were close to signing last Summer, seemed set to sign for Juve in January, but now it appears that they must wait until the summer.
The figures been broached are €500,000 for the loan, with €4.5 million to make the move permanent. Which certainly seems a fair amount of gold nuggets to exchange for the ownership of a player with solely 4 first team appearances to his name. Although, he has been a regular for the German U-19 since last September (8 caps), which is no mean feat for an 18 year old.
Whilst he is not part of the starting XI for Frankfurt, he is a regular for their U-19 team and also Frankfurt II, which operates as their reserve squad, sticking to U-23 players, acting as a bridge between the youth team and senior squad. They operate in the Regionalliga Südwest league, which is the fourth level down in German football (alongside other regional leagues). So whilst young Marc-Oliver hasn’t made strides with the first XI, he has managed 21 games for the German U-19s and two other squads he is a part of, which is encouraging when added to his solitary Bundesliga showing and europa league outing against Bordeaux for Frankfurt.
He certainly appears an interesting prospect, and our consistent eagerness to bring him into the fold suggests we have found a player too special to leave alone, but the end of this story must now wait until the Summer.
Juventus youth product, Joel Untersee is set to move on loan to Swiss second division outfit FC Vaduz. South African born Joel is a right back but can also operate higher up the field as a right midfielder and has represented Switzerland at international level since he was 14 years old. Currently a regular for the Swiss U20s it is hoped that the senior experience will help his development.
I feel I have gone far enough, in terms of detailed (in some cases) analysis of the moves…and will now aim for a menage-a-trois with Useful News and my nemesis, Brevity.
Of all our primavera players last year, he was the one whose star shone the brightest. A devil in the final third — Intelligent, aware, always making brilliant runs and as useful at creating opportunities for others as finding the net himself. Undoubtedly our most talented forward between the Boakyes and Berardis of the more established of our youngsters and the up and coming Marzouks and Soumahs of our present U-19 squad. Definitely one to keep an eye upon…It comes as no surprise to see him regularly turning out for the Italian U-20 first XI.
Beltrame has been co-owned with Sampdoria, but remains at Bari. In exchange we have a 50 percent stake in goalkeeper Vincenzo Fiorillo. I am unsure how this benefits us but I suppose it is good news to see other Serie A sides investing in our youth prospects. The striker will remain at Bari for the remainder of the season.
Sassuolo, fast becoming Juventus B, have purchased Empoli’s 50 percent stake in the ultra promising CentreBack Daniele Rugani. We own the other half of his registration, which seems a very solid investment, given his 20 Serie B starts and continued selection for the Italy U20 squad. The 19-year-old has also been involved in the Italy U-21′s last three fixtures, but is yet to make his debut.
We have entered into a co-ownership deal for Senegalese flying winger Mame Thiam with Lanciano. At 21 years of age, big Mame has been a first team regular all season for Baroni’s boys. Tricky on the ball with an eye for goal, it appears an interesting move, at the cost of 50% of Romanian goalkeeper Branescu. Mame will remain at Lanciano until the Summer.
The vodka has got to me, and with the enticing aromas of my rissotto drifting out of the kitchen I must bring this to a swift conclusion. I am happy to oblige any of you who desire information of any of the above or below…so please…feel free to demand answers.
I can’t help myself. Before we head into bullet points and anemic mentions of transfers, let me bring you just the one Daniel focus upon a player we remain, attempting to grab.
…the African Dane who recently attended a trial with us and impressed mightily. Pione Sisto, 18, played as a right midfielder in Denmark for FC Midtjylland. Expect to see him signed up soonish.
Okay…all that remains are the nuts and bolts.
Still trying to grab-
Adamonis Marius: 1997 | POR | Panevėžio futbolo akademija
Alampasu Dele: 1996 | POR | Football College Academy
Berisha Valmir: 1996 | ATT | Halmstads BK
Brown Erik: 1997 | DIF | Sporting Kansas City
Celia Raffaele: 1999 | DIF | Catanzaro
Coppolaro Mauro: 1997 | DIF | Reggina
Correa Angel: 1995 | ATT | San Lorenzo
Curovic Adnan: 1998 | DIF | Lyngby
Danilo: 1996 | CEN | Vasco da Gama
Driussi Sebastian: 1996 | ATT | River Plate
Gori Stefano: 1996 | POR | Brescia
Guglielmi Daniele: 1998 | DIF | Barletta
Kempf Marc-Oliver: 1995 | DIF | Eintracht Francoforte
Lucas Silva: 1996 | DIF | San Paolo
Muric Robert: 1996 | ATT | Dinamo Zagabria
Piccinini Federico:1996 | ATT | Reggiana
Sisto Pione : 1995 | CEN | Midjylland
Stolarski Pawel: 1996 | DIF | Wisla Cracovia
Zivkovic Richairo: 1996 | ATT | Groningen
Alessandria Christian: 2000 | CEN | Bra (prestito)
Andrei Tiziano: 1998 | DIF | Carrarese (definitivo)
Cais Davide: 1994 | ATT | Atalanta (comproprietà)
Cevallos José Enrìquez: 1995 | CEN | LDU Quito (riscatto)
Fiorillo Vincenzo: 1990 | POR | Sampdoria (comproprietà)
Giannarelli Andrea: 1996 | CEN | Venezia (fine prestito)
Goldaniga Edoardo: 1993 | DIF | Palermo (comproprietà)
Granatiero Lorenzo: 1997 | DIF | Manfredonia (prestito con diritto di riscatto)
Grinzato Umberto: 1999 | DIF | Pro Vercelli (fine prestito)
Kabashi Elvis: 1994 | CEN | Pescara (fine prestito)
Kastanos Grigoris: 1998 | ATT | Enosis Neon Paralimni (definitivo)
Moncini Gabriele: 1996 | ATT | Cesena (fine prestito)
Pellizzari Stefano: 1997 | DIF | Cesena (comproprietà)
Prandoni Gianluca: 1997 | DIF | Catania (fine prestito)
Severin Yoan: 1997 | DIF | Evian Thonon-Gaillard (prestito)
Thiam Mame: 1992 | ATT | Virtus Lanciano (comproprietà)
Sold or sent out-
Belfasti Nazzareno: 1993 | DIF | Gubbio | Prestito (è in comproprietà con la Pro Vercelli)
Beltrame Stefano: 1993 | ATT | Sampdoria | Comproprietà
Bertinetti Francesco:1995 | DIF | Torino | Prestito
Bianco Raffaele: 1987 | CEN | Carpi | Definitivo
Bouy Ouasim: 1993 | CEN | Amburgo | Prestito
Branescu Laurentiu: 1994 | POR | Virtus Lanciano | Comproprietà
Di Benedetto Marco: 1995 | ATT | Feralpi Salò | Prestito
Elezaj Entonjo: 1996 | POR | Lanciano | Prestito
Emmanuello Simone: 1994 | CEN | Atalanta | Comproprietà (va in prestito alla Pro Vercelli)
Guiducci Niccolò: 1996 | DIF | Chieti | Prestito
Hromada Jakub: 1996 | CEN | Genoa | Prestito
Lanini Eric: 1994 | ATT | Palermo | Comproprietà (rimane in prestito al Prato)
Libertazzi Alberto: 1992 | ATT | Aquila Calcio| Prestito (è in comproprietà con la Pro Vercelli)
Liviero Matteo: 1993 | DIF | Juve Stabia | Prestito
Marin Vlad: 1995 | DIF | Roma | Prestito
Montrucchio Andrea: 1994 | POR | Bra | Prestito
Nocchi Timothy: 1990 | POR | Padova | Prestito
Padovan Stefano: 1994 | ATT | Vicenza | Prestito
Pira Vincenzo: 1996 | CEN | Torino | Prestito (svincolato)
Pontone Lorenzo: 1998 | DIF | Torino | Definitivo (svincolato)
Untersee Joel: 1994 | DIF | FC Vaduz | Prestito
(Prestito – Loan, Compoprieta – Co owned, Definitivo – SOLD, prestito con diritto di riscatto – Loaned with the option to buy)
Well, that seems to conclude this avalanche of an update. Expect an in-depth report upon the adventures of our primavera soon. For now, I will mention that Zanchetta and former fans favourite Grosso are struggling in their debut season as custodians of our U19 squad. There are positive signs, namely in our ability to create and score, but defensively, as demonstrated by our recent capitulation to Spezia (Spezia 4 – 4 Juventus), we are wretched. Our 5-0 aggregate semi-final coppa italia loss – over two legs – against our good friends in Florence, has only served to confirm growing unease over the management.
It is not all bad news though, for Donis and Marzouk are enjoying fine seasons in the final third and Pol Garcia in the rear-guard continues to cement his reputation as a centre-back of serious potential. The worry is that some of our more promising players from last season have actually lost form and direction this term.
In the league, we remain in third spot, 6 points off top with a game in hand. Plenty of time left to steady the ship.
A change in results is certainly expected, which we must hope appears this coming Tuesday, when the primavera squad take to the field against Verona, for their first match of the Viareggio tournament. Due to our former successes in the tournament (8 victories, 3 times runner-up), we have avoided the group stage and been thrust straight into the quarter-finals.
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Towering Senegalese striker, Mbaye Diagne opened his account for new club, Lierse (of Belgium) with a goal on his debut in their impressive 2-0 victory over Anderlecht. After failing to find any action at Ravanelli’s Ajaccio before Christmas, due to issues with his registration, it seems that Mbaye is hungry for glory…as witnessed by his beautiful hatrick in the next outing; a 1-5 slaughter of bottom club Mons. Lierse sit in 9th spot in the juliper league, 8 points off european qualification.
After showing a goal-poachers instinct to fire in a rebound against Anderlecht, Mbaye was simply unplayable against Bons. The second of his hatrick was a joy to behold, making space on the edge of the 18 yard box before pummeling an unstoppable shot into the top corner. The icing on the cake was the deft chip over the oncoming keeper for his third.
The 6ft8 tall 22 year old appeared on our radar after banging in an impressive 23 goals in 29 appearances for Serie D outfit FC Bra in the 12/13 campaign. Not often do we find a player moving from semi-professional standard to the top tier of Belgian football and instantly finding his rhythm.
For such a behemoth of a striker, it is rare to see such a wonderful touch, clinical eye for goal, and intelligence to make potent runs into space. The early signs are very promising. Beppe may well have unearthed a true gem…