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Juventus 3 – 1 Siena Primavera

13 Apr

Matteo Gerbaudo – The attacking midfielder took his season tally to 12 (in all competitions).


Mattiello Varga Romagna Barlocco

Slivka (14 ‘st. Roussos), Gueye (7’ st. Tavanti), Sakor, Gerbaudo (32 ‘st. Ceria).

Buenacasa, Donis

GOALS – Sakor 16′, Gerbaudo 20′, 60’.


The steady improvement in performances and results continued for our Primavera squad yesterday with a convincing victory over Siena.

Sakor put us into the lead, with a decent strike from outside the box, before Gerbaudo soon made it two, finishing well in the area after good work from Barlocco.

Siena managed to pull a goal back before the break, with a penatly, but Gerbaudo put the game to bed 15 minutes into the second half, completing his brace with his 12th goal of the season in all competitions.

The result concretes our position of 2nd in the table, with two games left to play. Since taking over from banished to the shadows Zanchetta, Fabio Grosso has masterminded 4 victories and one draw, scoring 14 in the process whilst conceding 5. Our form looks vastly superior to the shambles we were offering under the former coach.

If the goals keep flowing and key players remain fit, the season may not prove to be the disaster we all assumed would transpire.


Modena 1 – 4 Juventus (primavera)

7 Apr


Mattiello Varga Romagna Barlocco

Cevallos Sakor (Roussos 69′) Kabashi (Penna 89′)

Donis Beunacasa(Soumah 65′) Gerbaudo (c)



Dezai (M) 33′ 1-0

Gerbaudo 41′ 1-1

Donis 51′ 1-2

Cevallos 58′ 1-3

Soumah 94′ 1-4 (pen)




Juventus 3 – 3 Sassuolo PRIMAVERA

2 Apr

Vykintas Slivka – The hero of last week become the villain of today. Continued his scoring run with his second in two matches, but followed it up with a headbutt and straight red. Amusing and certainly the sign of a strong will, but it didn’t help our cause.


Tavanti Varga Pellizzarri Barlocco

Gerbaudo (Ceria 80′) Kabashi (Cevallos 67′) Sakor Alivka

Soumah (Roussos 57′) Donis


Slivka 18′ , Donis 22′, Sakor 52′

A topsy turvy game saw us fall behind as early at the 5th minute, with Slivka pulling us even in the 18th minute. Unfortunately Vanucchi soon turned the tie in our opponents favour with a haphazard own goal…

The see-saw nature of the match continued, with Donis scoring his tenth league goal of the season on 22 minutes to once again bring parity. Disaster struck early in the 2nd half with Slivka expelled for a filthy challenge on an opponent’s rib-cage. Which didn’t stop our midfield dynamo Vajebah Sakor driving forward and scoring his first of the league campaign to put us in the lead at 3-2.

Vajebah Sakor – Finally showing some solid form after been moved to his favoured regista role at the base of midfield.

Already down to ten men, Tavanti was also given his marching orders with 56 minutes on the clock, leaving us facing a testing final half hour. Bringing on three fresh strikers gave Sassuolo the impetus required and they broke our resolve on 74′. The game petered out to a draw.

Entertaining, yet the draw sees us drop down to 3rd place in the table, on equal points with second placed Sampdoria, but with a far inferior goal difference. Next up on the fixture list is a visit to bottom placed Modena, where surely we will pick up a much needed victory. With four games left to play until the finals (Modena A, Siena H, Sampdoria A, Novara H) we really need to be picking up momentum, aiming for the automatic qualification to the knockout competition and hoping to bring some success to an otherwise hugely disappointing season.

Juventus (Slivka) 1 – 0 Bologna Primavera

24 Mar

Fabio Grosso’s second match in charge of the primavera ended with another victory…with 18 year old central midfielder Vykintas Slivka scoring the winner. The Lithuanian U19 star chose a choice time to score his first of the season and let’s hope he can earn a more regular starting role in the slowly re-shaping Primavera outfit.

18 year old Slivka grabbed the winning goal…

Having played in every one of our 6 UEFA Youth league games, Slivka has been in and out of the league squad, making only his 11th appearance over the weekend. He has represented his country at both U17 and U18 level and recently made his debut for the Lithuanian U21 side, completing the full 90 minutes in the unfortunate 5-0 defeat to Poland.

The Line-up


Mattiello Penna Varga Barlocco

Roussos Sakor Slivka


Buenacasa Donis


The result moves us up to 2nd in the table on 40 points with 21 games played, 5 left to play.

Once the league stage finishes the competition morphs into a tournament. 16 teams in total qualify for the play-0ff stage, on home and away basis. The eight best teams qualify for the Final Eight on a neutral venue. The winners are eligible for the Supercoppa Primavera.

Whilst the two victories since the removal of Zanchetta have been welcome, our form remains sketchy at best. After our hardly awful but still disappointing exit from the inaugural UEFA Youth League at the group stage and subsequent failure to impress in either the coppa italia or Viareggio tournament, all that remains in terms of silverware on offer this season is the league title. It would be wonderful for Grosso and the lads to go all the way, but it would come as no surprise were they continue the trend of failure until the final whistle of the season.

Regardless of the results, its extremely unlikely that Grosso will be retained as Primavera manager for next season. He lacks the experience and is acting presently in a care-taker role.

The smart money is on Della Morte moving up the ranks, after competing a successful season with out U17 squad (Allievi) this term





Grosso’s debut as Primavera coach…Carpi 0-3 Juventus

17 Mar

After a poor run of form which saw head coach of the primavera, Zanchetta, deposed and ushered into areas of our youth sector involving less responsibility, former world cup winner and despised Juve outcast, Fabio Grosso stepped up from Assistant to Allenatore and made his debut away to Carpi…

One goal from Gerbaudo and a double from Soumah was more than enough to achieve a 0-3 victory. 

The result keeps us in third spot of the table, 2 points off second, with 6 games left to play before the knock-out phase.

(more details to follow)

Marzouk defects!

13 Mar

Marzouk, celebrating a goal for Morocco.

Juventus youngster, Younes Marzouk, made his debut last week for the French U18 squad, in a 1-3 rout of Germany. A stunning result, but what is more worthy of the eyebrows raising is the fact that only last Summer, Marzouk was the star of the Moroccan U17 side which did ever so well at the U17 world cup, when his (then) national side achieved a respectable 4th spot finish, with the young striker scoring 3 in the process.

Clearly he has decided to alter his allegiance. From his North African heritage, which served as a platform for his vibrant talents, to the country of his birth and upbringing, France.

On one hand, this can be seen as great news for Juventus, for the French national sides are clearly above the Moroccans; they have far greater exposure and a considerably higher ranking.

Yet…it bothers me somewhat, to find any player, young or old, changing his allegiance. Especially after playing a starring role in a country’s last international tournament.

Still, with a lad of barely 18 years of age, I can point my finger of contempt at his agent. For his job is to make money for his client and to engineer the best opportunities available to them both.

In absence of the details, such as…was Marzouk approached by the French FA???…its tricky to offer judgement, and also, why should any judgement be offered. Certainly, its great for the club for one of our youngsters to have ‘progressed’ to a stronger national side. Perhaps guarantees were given in terms of his selection??

Essentially, I find the situation at best…odd. But I wish him well, hope he continues scoring for our primavera and forges a regular starting place in the french U18s.

The end of the road for Zanchetta…

13 Mar

Happier times for Zanchetta…

Earlier this week, several days after our primavera suffered yet another loss, (a 1-2 home defeat to Parma with Beunacasa grabbing our consolation goal), Andrea Zanchetta was relieved of his duties as first team coach.

This has been coming, due to a season of abject failure on all fronts. With our third defeat in our last five games in the league, disappointing exits in the UEFA Youth Lague at the group stage and coppa italia in the semis, followed by falling at the first hurdle in the viareggio cup, the writing was on the wall for the former Cremonese Youth Coach. Whilst we won the primavera supercup early on in the season, its often seen as not much more than a pre-season friendly, and in every other measure we have not reached our targets.

A season wasted, with tactics often seemingly completely absent from our performances, and several key players halted in their development. I was one of the majority who assumed we would replace Zanchetta in the Summer, but Juve have taken the unprecedented step of dispensing with his services (albeit to a position of less responsibility in the youth sector) mid season.

Whilst Fabio Grosso has been put in charge for the remainder of the season, the move seems more a stop-gap measure than a reward for what Grosso has accomplished thus far. For his debut in the coaching realm presently centres solely upon his role as assistant manager this term to Zanchetta.

It will be interesting to see if there is a change in form and with only the league to play for, with the team sitting in 4th with 7 games left to play, stopping the rot and producing a few convincing victories is the least we will hope to see if the new boss has any chance of remaining in the role after the summer break.


Primavera Updates…

28 Feb

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.
MANAGER: Zanchetta.

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.

Tasos Donis – 2 more goals for the 17 year old…

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???

UEFA Youth League Overview

16 Feb

17th September, 2013

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…

Delightful scene…shame we went down 0-2 at home.

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.


Empoli 1 – 2 Juventus (PRIMAVERA)

16 Feb

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…

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