6/2/2013 Juventus co-owned/ loans UPDATE

5 Mar

Brescia wasted a chance to dig their heels deeper into the play-off turf with a disappointing scoreless draw at home to mid table Spezia. Dutch midfielder Ouasim Buoy started and was subbed very late on, with his juve buddy Fausto Rossi entering the fray for the last 20 minutes. 

‘Uncle’ Albert Masi failed to make his debut in another boredraw, with his new side Ternana failing to overcome the rear guard wall of a Bari team slowly sinking towards the trapdoor of Serie B. It may be a case of fitness, for Masi was suffering from injury for much of December and all of January. Let’s hope he recovers soon and gets given the chance to continue his development, for prior to his stint in the sick ward, he was a first team regular at Pro Vercelli, gaining solid experience. Ternana remain in 13th, distant enough from the relegation ménage a trois to feel comfortable, and within screaming distance of the promotion places.

The future is looking increasingly bleak for Masi’s former team-mates at Pro Vercelli, who continued their woeful form and steady march towards a swift return to the lower leagues with an expected 2-0 loss away to 2nd place Livorno. No sign of Elio de Silvestro and it appears that Brazilian regista Gabriel Appelt remains crippled and crying in the treatment room. 9 points presently stand between their present position and Safety. Far from insurmountable, but the situation is looking worse by the week…

Vicenza appear to be fighting tooth and claw against Pro Vercelli for the title of ‘worst form in Italy’, adding another defeat to their recent run of LLDL with their predictable 1-2 reverse to Juve Stabia. What the $#@! do they expect when not only refusing to place new signing The Prince of $#@!, Monsieur Gouano on the bench, but to add insult to injury, removing Carlo Pinsoglio from the starting role in goal. The young keeper was first choice for the pre Christmas period and we can only hope that he is injured, or if fit, that he regains what is rightfully his jersey sooner rather than later. Why any club would choose to sign prince Gouano is beyond my ken to fathom…This is the kid who gained infamy when caught reciting Rimbaud during his one and only appearance for Virtus Lanciano in the heavy 0-3 home defeat to Bari. A debut in which he was rightfully subbed, the manager opting to bring on a member of the crowd in his place…


Chibsah. Born in 1993 or 1963??? 

Lacking Richmond Boakye, Sassuolo missed the chance to extend their lead at the summit of Serie B when engineering a 1-1 draw at home to fellow promotion rivals Empoli. Ghanian midfielder Rahman Chibsah, the kid who looks at least 40, appeared in the second half to shore up the midfield, which he did with aplomb. 

U19

Our primavera took advantage of Fiorentina’s slip up in their home draw with basement dwellers Cagliari…Making it 5 wins on the trot, Baroni’s bashers poleaxed poor Grossetto 3-1…extending their lead at the top of the primavera championship to an impressive 6 points.
Federico Gagliardini – Francesco Bertinetti, Hördur Björgvin Magnússon, Christian Tavanti – Matteo Gerbaudo, Filippo Romagna, Giuseppe Ruggiero (SUB- Di Benedetto), Andrea Schiavone(SUB-josipovic) – Edoardo Ceria, Eric Lanini(SUB – Braccini), Léo
The goals came from Gerbaudo, Lanini and Magnusson. 

Before this convincing execution of a team which looks destined for more doom and gloom, the lads conjured a tight 0-1 victory away to Cagliari, with Schiavone’s first half penalty deciding the affair.
Federico Gagliardini – Jacob Laursen, Filippo Penna, Daniele Rugani, Christian Tavanti(SUB- Ceria) – Elvis Kabashi, Federico Mattiello, Giuseppe Ruggiero(SUB- Gerbaudo), Andrea Schiavone – Eric Lanini, Léo
Goal – Schiavone (pen)

Heading back even further…

12th January, 2013 Pro Vercelli 0 – 1 Juventus (Gerbaudo)
19th January, 2013 Juventus 2 – 1 Spezia (Lanini 2)

With several key players to return to the squad, (Branescu, Beltrame, Padovan), and the additions of Cevallos and Pepic, perhaps also Sakor, the immediate future for the primavera appears wonderful. The Viareggio tournament kicks off on February 11th, with our primavera as reigning champions, kicking off their campaign with a tie they will very much be expected to win, against Slovenian slouches Maribor. Two days later on the 13th we face Avellino, with the final group game falling on the 15th, pairing us with Sydney’s A.P.I.A. LEICHHARDT. 
We have won the prestigious tournament 8 times alongside perennial rivals AC Milan and Fiorentina. With midfielder Spinazzola winning the golden boy award in last season’s competition, the stage is set for Bonatini and company to step up to the challenge and retain the title as well as the player of the tournament accolade.

Serie A

Finally, a quick peek at our investments placed in Serie A reveals a great month for Gabbiadini at Bologna with 3 goals in his last 4 outings, where Sorensen has also been playing regularly and Pasquato impressing when given the chance. The same cannot be said of Immobile, whose is getting the games but not the goals. Since we were apparently attempting to prize one of the two strikers away from their present clubs during the recently shut January marcato, a quick comparison of their fortunes this season seems of interest…

Ciro Immobile- Played 22 (4 SUB ON, 6 SUB OFF) 5 goals, 2 assists. 1633 minutes. 326 minutes per goal.
Manolo Gabbiadini – Played 19 (9 SUB ON, 7 SUB OFF) 6 goals, 1 assist. 946 minutes. 157 minutes per goal.

Manolo gabbiadini…improving by the week. and also known as…tate Langdon…of American Horror Story fame>

A quick peek at the African Cup of Nations, where our support lies firmly with Ghana. Asamoah has, as expected, played a prominent role in his team’s progress to the semi-finals. And young Richmond Boakye, after been ruled out through injury for the 3 group games, made the bench for the victory over Cape Verde, but found no action. Let us wish Richmond the best of luck with selection for today’s crunch match against Burkino Faso.

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