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Juventus Youth Update

1 Sep

To cover each and every movement in and out of our youth sector – the loans, co-owns, sales, contract terminations and purchases – in any great detail would take longer than this Sunday afternoon affords me. And so rather than try to fit a mountain into a mole-hill I will focus on the main players of interest both those with our primavera and those plying their trade away from the club yet still owned by Juventus.


Let us begin with the progress report on ace goalkeeper, Nicola Leali. After a Summer spent fending off suitors, some from the top flight, the young shot stopper – who excelled hugely at Lanciano last term – signed with solid serie B outfit Spezia. The Aquilotti (Little eagles) of Liguria have a chequered history, having declared bankruptcy in 2008 after a lengthy partnership with Inter which saw them act as a feeder/ reserve club of sorts to the rightfully maligned by all juventini Milanese powerhouse. Returning to professional football the same year as A.S.D. Spezia Calcio 2008, the Ligurians were admitted to Serie D, from where they have quickly clawed their way back to the second tier, winning promotion to Serie B in the 11/12 season leading to a respectable finish of 13th in the table.

Joining Nicola from the Juve stable of hot prospects are Hordur Magnusson (free kick specialist, solid CB of our primavera) and more recently, brazilian regista Gabriel Appelt, who spent last season doing a fine job at the unfortunately relegated Pro Vercelli. Suffering from injury at key points in the season, Appelt clearly impressed enough to invite interest from Spezia. Too good to go down with that sinking ship.

Leali endeared himself to the fans with a match winning performance in the coppa italia against Genoa (5-4 on pens) with Magnusson also making his official debut, arriving as a second half substitute and scoring in the shoot-out. The keeper appears to have won the trust of Luigi Cagni and has remained between the sticks for Spezia’s first two matches in the league – An average 0-0 home draw with Cittadella followed up with a promising 1-2 away scalping of Juve Stabia. Icelandic U21 star Hordur has not yet debuted in the league but his time will surely come. The same can be said of Gabriel, who made the bench yesterday but couldn’t reach the field.

Gabriel Appelt…can he make the grade???

After wowing spectators with his goal and all round performance in the Villar Perosa match, Swiss striker Zoran Josipovic moved on loan to Novara. Only recently turning 18 years of age, the forward has already made his debut for his promotion seeking new side, appearing as a substitute in their opening day shock 2-1 away loss to Avellino. A largely unknown quantity given his lack of games since joining Juventus, but the early signs of his loan move are certainly positive.

Over at Pescara, midfielder Elvis Kabashi and star prima punta of last year’s primavera Stefano Padovan are yet to make their competetive debuts. Both players only managing thus far a place on the bench for the 1-2 away coppa victory over Torino. After netting a phenomenal 16 goals in 16 matches last season, Stefano will be hoping to prove he can repeat such feats at this higher level. Elvis also featured regularly in Baroni’s talented midfield. High hopes for the duo.

Alberto Masi’s brilliant efforts in the Ternana back line after moving there on loan last January prompted the Umbrians to send 2m euros to Turin in exchange for a 50% stake in the promising defender. Having broken into the Azzurrini set-up, Masi has begun the season as he ended the last, putting in two admirable shifts in his sides opening league games. After finishing 9th last season Ternana will be aiming for promotion which can only benefit Masi’s development.

Daniele Rugani returned to Empoli after his sterling showing for our primavera in our last campaign, but with 50% of his registration now in our pockets we must keep an eye on the towering centre halve whose career at both international and domestic level is on a steady upwards trajectory. Its no surprise to see Daniele involved in all four games played by his club this season and with his recent call-up to the italian U21 side to boot, its fair to say that he is taking the step up from primavera level in his hefty stride.

The same cannot (yet!)be said of former primavera ace portiere, the romanian giant Branescu, who made his debut for new loan club Juve Stabia in a depressing 3-0 defeat to Pescara. Blameless for all three which passed him, let us hope that his confidence and chances haven’t been too badly dashed against the rocks.

Your hitler salute is meaningless when you let in three on your debut…

After a merry go round which saw two handfuls of clubs at home and abroad vying for his signature, Richmond Boakye finally left the club a week ago. Swapping Italy for Spain, the up and coming ghanaian international joined primera liga newcomers Elche FC on a year loan deal. Much talked about over the summer as a possible inclusion in our senior squad after his second quality season in Serie B on the trot, the explosive front man announced his arrival in Spain by scoring a very late equalizer in his club’s hard fought 2-2 away draw with Almeria. Elche crunched the second tier last year, waltzing over the finish line an impressive 5 points clear of their nearest rivals. Its an interesting choice of club, given the interest from Serie A, but what has likely secured what must be seen as a coup of sorts, was probably the lack of a set price to purchase Richmond at the end of his loan. They need his goals and he needs playing time at a stronger level than Serie B. Long may his early success continue…

Rich- mond by name, but will he be Rich by nature??? Only Elche will tell…

Sticking with Spain, Italy U21 regular Fausto Rossi has moved to Valladolid on loan. As the player himself noted, it is the best opportunity of his career and whilst I don’t expect to see him in a Juve shirt in the future, I hope he finds the strength of character to finally do justice to the talent he possesses. No doubt with the weaker defences in Spain his free flowing game will mature.
20 year old former primavera captain Andrea Schiavone moved to Siena on loan during the close season and has already made his debut for his new side in their two coppa italia triumphs. Yet to make his debut in the league, Andrea is another player who has left the youth ranks with high hopes for the future.
Other brief mentions go to…Christian Pasquato. Dropped down a league after his misadventures with Bologna, entered into a co-ownership agreement with Udinese and was promptly loaned out to Padova where he has been playing regularly and already notched up his first goal.
Fillipo Boniperti is flying high on the wing for Crotone, already establishing himself as part of their first team.
I could list more, but this article is in danger of becoming a novella. So without intending insult to those I have neglected to mention, let us focus on the primavera…

Juventus primavera and youth update…12th March, 2013

12 Mar


Alberto Masi seems to be gaining momentum at Ternana, following up his début last weekend with a full 90 minutes under his belt in the 0-0 draw with Spezia. After spending the first month of his loan move to the rossoverdi on the bench, the central defender who showed so much promise in his pre-season at Juve last year must now push on, cement his name in the starting XI and perform well enough to encourage a team in the top flight to take a chance on him next term. Still…at only 20 years of age, he has time on his side. I am just keen to see another Italian defender step up to the senior ranks in the coming years and we will likely have to wait longer to see how Rugani and Magnusson fare when playing with the seniors. With his side sitting in 15th, its still possible for Alberto to dream of the play-offs which are only 7 points away. Recent form, however, suggests the 3 points standing between Ternana and the trap-door are more of a pressing concern.

Gabriel Appelt continued to enjoy his return to first team action managing 53 minutes in Pro Vercelli’s disastrous but expected home defeat to Nicola Leali’s high flying in 11th Virtus Lanciano. The Brazilian midfielder put in a good shift until been hooked off in the 53rd minute with his Juve buddy Elio de Silvestro arriving late on in the game to make his 14th appearance of the season. Pro Vercelli find themselves further adrift of safety, with 10 points needed to catch Bari in 19th. An step too far for the newcomers to Serie B ,and we can only hope that they go down fighting for we need Gabriel to get as much work as possible as he bids to continue his development. On the other side of no-mans land, Nicola Leali continued his slow, steady march towards stardom. The goalkeeper said by many to be Buffon’s heir has made 26 appearances during the maiden serie B season of Virtus Lanciano. And surely there can be no doubt that come May, plenty of sides in the top flight will be eager to bring him into their ranks next season. Team-mate and former primavera golden boy Leonardo Spinazzola failed to add to his 7 starts for the season for the visitors.

22 year old wide midfielder Fausto Rossi started and finished Brescia’s annoying 1-1 draw with Novara. With Buoy once again in the treatment room, its encouraging to see Rossi flying the flag with pride in his absence. His contract is up in 2014 so it will be interesting to see what we do with him in the Summer. Brescia remain well placed for an assault on the top six, with our Dutch flair-merchant Buoy hopefully back in contention soon enough. Their opponents Novara are home to Albert Libertazzi, former prima punta star of the youth team who has managed a grand total of 17 minutes of the 2-0 coppa defeat to Fiorentina in August of last year coupled with two appearances on the bench since leaving the nest last year. Questions need to be asked…such as…if Libertazzi has no chance of playing at Novara, why did we not move him elsewhere in January? And…what the hell has happened to a player who was performing consistently well last season (9 goals in 14 games) and was earmarked for glory???

Sassuolo extended their dominance as Kings of the Castle, coming out on top in a 3-4 manic affair with Varese. It seems that Richmond ‘Biggie’ Boakye is having some trouble regaining his spot in the free scoring league leaders attack since returning from his observer status at the African Cup of Nations with Ghana. Plenty of time left for the powerful striker to add to his 9 goals and 4 assists for the season.


Ciro Immobile v Apollo Creed

In the upper tier, Ciro Immobile continues to struggle at Genoa, forced to wait until the 59th minute before been called from the bench to play his part in the 0-2 home mauling by Milan. The striker’s team are now a mere 2 points away from the relegation scramble and yet still Ballardini seems unwilling to adopt a more adventurous line-up which is surely something to consider when goals are presently. so hard to come by. Over at Bologna, Freddy ‘kruger’ Sorensen continues his fine form in the heart of defence starting and finishing the impressive 0-1 away victory over our arch rivals Inter Milan. Manolo Gabbiadini also played the whole match, making his 23rd appearance of the season.


Last Thursday, our primavera returned to Nextgen action with their second round do or die knockout match against Rosenberg. The big man up top, Padovan, was a steady thorn in the side of our foes, forcing three efforts on goal before the game was won by his strike partner Stefano Beltrame, who pounced on an error by the opposing defence, rounded the keeper and scored his 7th goal of the season. The Norwegians did have a chance or three, hitting the post in the second half, but Baroni’s troops held firm and now face a glamour tie in London in the quarter finals where they face Chelsea who reached this stage by beating Barcelona 0-2 in Spain.

Untersee Rugano Magnusson
Laursen Kabashi Cavion Gerbaudo Ruggiero/Tavanti
Beltrame Padovan/ Bonatini

GOALS- Beltrame

(for reports of our previous matches head here> http://tearsforthesheep.com/forum/vi…c.php?f=5&t=96)

After the shock defeat in the primavera league to Genoa last weekend which ended an astonishing run of 12 consecutive victories, it was important to produce a solid showing against local rivals Torino in the derby. Coach Baroni opted, probably wisely, to rotate the squad, with yet another big game coming this week against perhaps an even more hated rival, Napoli, in none other than the primavera coppa italia final.

For the Torino grudge match, all three of the January additions to the squad played from the start (Pepic, Cevallos, Sakor)

JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Branescu; Bertinetti, Magnusson, Pol Garcia; Tavanti, Cevallos, Sakor, Pepic, Mattiello; Lanini, Bonatini.

GOALS- Padovan (pen)

Stefano Padovan – 10 goals in 13 matches.

The match started at a frenetic pace with both teams playing with aggression and intensity. Clearly the spirit of the turn derby is not lost on the youngsters. Albanian Elvis Kabashi was the first to make it into the ref’s book for a scything challenge on Gatto. After 20 minutes the sides seemed to be cancelling each other out with only one shot by Juve striker Lanini to shout about. Soon after, 16 year old Vajebah Sakor won the ball in midfield, released our new Ecuadorian wizard, Cevallos, whose charge towards goal was thwarted by the defence. Positive signs from the Norwegian midfield dynamo, still so young yet mixing it well enough with player several years his senior. Unfortunately, Sakor was soon after involved in the move which brought Torino’s goal, losing the ball which was then delivered into the centre for Coccolo to finish past a stranded Branescu. 22 minutes gone and a goal down. What would the reaction be of Baroni and his beastly boys???

Mattiello and Tavanti had efforts blocked before Bonatini almost scores a freak goal! Torino goalkeeper Gomis cleared the ball into the body of our Brazilian front man with the ball rebounding just over the bar. The second half trod a predictable path with Juve chasing the equalizer and Torino attempting to sit back, absorb our attacks and hit us on the break.

Coach Baroni saw red when protesting too vehemently against a foul on Kabashi and soon after he was banished, Tavanti was replaced by ace goal-poacher Padovan. It took the burly striker just over 10 minutes to make his mark on the game, slotting away the equalizing penalty after Sakor was brought down in the box.

Chaos then rules as Lanini applies the pressure, leading to a corner, the clearance from which ends with a debatable foul by Kabashi, but the ref has lost his mind, and instead sends Ceria for an early bath! A manager down, and now a player down, Juve fight onwards, always onwards with their oars beating fiercely against the tide…Sakor smashes one towards goal late on but its turned away. Surviving the late onslaught from Torino, Juve emerge from a strange match with a creditable 1-1 draw.

We remain comfortably top of the league,-

1st Juve 45 points from 20 games.

2nd Fiorentina 44 points from 21games

3rd Torino 41 points from 19 games.

Which brings us up to speed…but before I end this rather clunky update on youth affairs, let’s preview the coppa final against Napoli…which kicks off this Wednesday at 845pm in Turin.

Napoli lie presently 4th in Girone C of the primavera leagues. (juve play in Girone A. The 42 primavera teams are divided into three leagues of 14, with 16 qualifying at the end of the season for the knock-out competition which produces the season victors). They have amassed 43 points from 21 games, with a goal difference of +23.

Juve league form WWWWLD
Napoli league form WLLWD

The most obvious threat from Napoli comes in the form of Roberto Insigne, who has plundered a fearsome 17 goals in 21 matches so far this campaign. We will need to be at our best to keep him quiet.

Forza Juve.

11/12/2012 Juventus Co-owned/ Loans UPDATE

5 Mar

Sassuolo continued to cement their position as top dogs of war and w*hore in Serie B, with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Modena. Its smiles all round again for young Juve striker Richmond Boakye who netted his 7th goal of the season (from 14 matches). A few of his strikes this term can be found here- http://www.ghanamma.com/2012/12/vide…-for-sassuolo/). His countryman, dynamo midfielder Chibsah, failed to play a part in the victory, though has been a regular for the league leaders throughout this season (13 games, 1 goal).

A buoy mixing it fine and dandy with the men…

Dutch flair merchant Ouasim Buoy has won back his starting spot at Brescia, and put in a good shift in Brescia’s 2-2 home drew with Reggina. Its great to see him back in the first XI after returning from injury in late November. His Juve cohort at Brescia, Fausto Rossi fared somewhat worse, finding himself nursing a gouged eye with just ten minutes on the clock, after a drunk gypsy broke through the barriers and aimed a nail at his snout, forcing him to head for the emergency ward!. Both players have managed 12 games thus far during their loans, and as with the Africans mentioned above, they deserve praise, for playing prominent roles in teams fighting for promotion. Brescia remain 5th in the table.

Pro Vercelli continue to suffer greatly, I would like to think mainly due to the absence of still recovering from injury Gabriel Appelt, suspended Uncle Albert Masi and out of form Elio De Silvestro. Their 3-0 mauling at the hands of bottom of the league Grossetto would have been terrible for morale and perhaps rotten food for thought for the chariman, who must be wondering how long to persevere with the hapless Giancarlo Camolese. They were always likely to struggle after jumping up a league, but at this rate they could be dead and buried before Christmas. The return of Arch Angel Gabriel can not arrive too quickly…

The latest in a short line of potential Buffon heirs, Nicola Leali, made his 15th appearance of the season between the sticks as his loan club Virtus Lanciano fought hard to achieve a creditable 0-0 away draw with Crotone. It will surprise nobody, despite his royal lineage, to learn that French defender Prince Gouano remains stuck on 1 game played this season, yet again failing to even make the bench…shame on him. Surely something must be done when the window re-opens, or are we to let him rot into nothingness, only to achieve a place in the Juve senior ranks a la vierchowod, aged 46…takes a while longer for some players to mature.

Over at Cesena, Empoli continued their siege on the top 6 by demolishing their opponents 1-3, with regrettably little to no help from any of our youngsters. Boniperti, still to set foot onto the field for a competitive fixture this season, was nowhere to be seen, and Spinazzola managed solely a handful of minutes in stoppage time.

More positive news drifted out of Vicenza, where both attacking midfield M. Giandonato and always improving goalkeeper C. Pinsoglio played from start to finish in the 3-3 draw with Livorno. With the latter maintaining his ever present first team selection for the season…

Frederick Sorensen – The young dane who grew up idolizing Freddy Kruger is now finding consistency in Serie A, swapping his blades fingers for quick feet at Bologna.

Our Danish berserker Freddy ‘kruger’ Sorensen showed his value with a calm performance in Bologna’s 0-0 draw with Lazio. Christian Pasquato made a cameo towards the end of the game, with Gabbadini crying off injured before the first XI was announced. Ciro Immobile was entered the fray after an hour, but was unable to stem the flow of woe his Genoa side were receiving from Pescara, resulting in a 2-0 loss.

Over the last few weeks, the primavera have been storming their way to the top of their domestic league…beginning with a 2-0 home victory over Parma-
Laurentiu Branescu – Jacob Laursen, Hördur Björgvin Magnússon, Filippo Penna, Daniele Rugani – Jakub Hromada, Elvis Kabashi, Giuseppe Ruggiero, Vykintas Slivka – Stefano Beltrame, Léo 
Goals- Bonatini 45, Beltrame 71

Followed up with a 1-2 away win over Livorno-
Laurentiu Branescu – Pol García, Hördur Björgvin Magnússon, Daniele Rugani – Elvis Kabashi, Federico Mattiello, Giuseppe Ruggiero, Andrea Schiavone, Vykintas Slivka – Stefano Beltrame, Stefano Padovan 
Goals- Kabashi 6, Padovan 73

Finishing with a 1-0 triumph over Sampdoria-
Laurentiu Branescu – Pol García, Hördur Björgvin Magnússon, Daniele Rugani – Matteo Gerbaudo, Federico Mattiello, Giuseppe Ruggiero, Andrea Schiavone, Vykintas Slivka – Stefano Beltrame, Léo 
Goals- Beltrame

We now sit 1st in the league…Played 13, 29 points, GD +8.
Top scorers in our Juve crèche- 
Padovan 7 (10 games)
Beltrame 5 (10 games)
Bonatini 2 (8 games)

(in response to a question regarding the highly regarded Leo Bonatini…He has a tricky task to dislodge Padovan and Beltrame as the main strikers in Baroni’s team, but has shown consistent quality in the minutes he has managed. Two goals from seven starts in the league…2 goals from 3 substitute appearances in the NEXTGEN series. Perhaps by the time the Viareggio tournament appears on the horizon, he will be firing on all cyclinders, but even now, he is fast becoming a delightful luxury to have on the bench to bring on and dance the samba before shotting his pistols in the air Asprilla style)