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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.


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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Spezia 4 – 4 Juventus (Primavera League)

29 Jan


JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Vannucchi; Tavanti, Pen, Varga, Barlocco; Emmanuello (84 ‘Roussos), Sakor (54’ Kabashi), Gerbaudo; Donis (46 ‘Buenacasa), Soumah, Mattiello. BENCH: Citti , Marin, Di Benedetto, bertinetti, Marzouk, Romagna, Slivka, Cevallos. Coaches: Andrea Zanchetta.
SCORERS: 18 ‘, 22’, 26 ‘Donis(J), 48’ Poles (S), 65 ‘De Santis (S), 68’ Soumah(J), 71 ‘(S), 92’ Miocchi (S).

BOOKED Juve: Donis, Gerbaudo, Barlocco, Tavanti.

21 goals conceded in 14 games makes far from pleasant reading. From a commanding 0-3 lead, courtesy of a wonderful hatrick from Donis, our defence capitulated in the second half. The icing on the shit-cake was the 92nd minute equalizer for 4-4.

Next up for the Primavera is the first leg of our coppa italia tie against Fiorentina.

Edoardo Goldaniga – Latest addition to our youth portfolio

Our latest investment finds our EUROS heading into the Palermo coffers for a 50% stake in 20 year old CB Edoardo Goldaniga. The Itay 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 1.88metre tall left footed Yoan was born and bred in Lyon, where he played until moving to Evian and only yesterday, to Juve.

The wonderfully named ERIC MAXIM Choupo-Moting

Lastly…we are rumoured to be pondering a move for Cameroonian wide forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Born in Germany to an native mother and father from Cameroon, the 24 year old frontman has been enjoying a solid season at Mainz and is out of contract in the Summer. And has 6 goals and 2 assists from his 17 outings (6 starts) for his club side in the bundesliga this term.

A natural dribbler (one thing our squad lacks), happiest on the left flank, capable of shooting from long range and eager to use his physicality to win duels.

Considering his age, he would surely be either an addition to the first team squad or loaned to another serie A team. The other idea is that he will prove a bargaining chip, for another team in Italy or elsewhere, who want Eric and have a player we desire.

International Youth Players in our ranks…

14 Dec

With some Juventini wondering just what the hell is going on with our youth procurement policy, I feel that rather than bang on about the wily scouting and sound investments made under the direction of Beppe and Paratici, the best way forward is to list the internationals we have in our youth ranks…

Younes Marzouk CF – Morocco U17

Anastasios Donis CF/SS- Greek U19

Luca Barlocco LB – Italy U18

Vajebah Sakor DM/CM – Norway U17

Fillippo Romagna CB – Italy U17

Jakub Hromada DM – Slovakia U17

Almpertos Roussos CM – Greek U19

Vlad Marin LB – Romania U19

Emil Audero GK – Italy U18

Jose Cevallos AM/CM – Ecuador U20

Joel Untersee RB – Switzerland U20

Leonardo Citti GK – Italy U19

Vyjkintas Slivka CM – Lithuania U19

Edoardo Ceria LW – Italy U19

Christian Tavanti RB – Italy U18

Attila Varga CB – Slovakia U17

Matteo Gerbaudo CM – Italy U18

Etonjo Elezaj GK – Albania U19

(All the above are part of the primavera squad. The below are from younger age groups)

Luigi Rizzo LB – Italy U17

Mattea Vitale CM – Italy U16

Roman Macek RM – Czech U17

Simone Muratore RM – Italy U16

Luca Clemenza RW – Italy U17

Matteo Del Favero GK – Italy U16

18 of our primavera squad are international players. Which to me, suggests our transfer strategy is healthy…and all we need it patience.

There is not a queue of Pogbas awaiting our interest. He is the kind of player who appears once in a generation. So what are we to do, in terms of locating new talent?? Surely it makes sense to acquire youth players who are recognized by their national spies and coaches and given the chance to represent their country.

We have a roster of internationals in our youth ranks. Where they go from there is up to the players themselves, but perhaps more so, the coaches, whose job it is to develop, nurture and mature the promise shown at such an early age.

Whilst the results of our senior squad procurement policies are plain to see as wonderful (from two consecutive 7th place finishes to two consecutive title winning squads), the youth arena is a different game altogether. Physicality plays a huge part in the youth sector, for those players blessed with gargantuan frames find it easy to impose themselves against weaker boys. It is only when these combatants are mixing it with the adults, the men, can we begin to see what they are truly made of.

In the cut and thrust high octane realm of football, that step from youth to senior is immensely important. Were we a Serie B club, perhaps these players would be afforded a far greater chance to progress to our senior squad. However, this is not the case. We are well on our way to becoming the domestic powerhouse of italian football. We have not the time or opportunity to blood our little ones in the upper tier of domestic and european football. Which means…they must be loaned or co-owned, to clubs who will give them a chance to mature.

As far as I can tell, Zanchetta and Grosso hardly seem a dream team, but on the transfer side of things, we are most definitely bringing to the club, a healthy portion of the best kids from around the world. What more can we ask for???

Uefa Youth League kicks off today…Copenhagen v Juventus

17 Sep


Can Sakor emulate his hero????

Whilst Vidal and Tevez launch themselves into battle against the Danish champions, their younger counterparts at Juve are set to do the same with the commencement of the Uefa Youth League ready to kick off today. The tournament, which replaces to some degree, the now defunct NextGen series, will run concurrently alongside the seniors champions league routine, that is, of course, until the end of the group stage when anything is possible.

So today at 3pm CET, Andrea Zanchetta and Fabio Grosso will send their young charges to the field in Copenhagen and hope for a promising start to the inaugural competition.

The squad is as follows-

GoalkeepersCitti, Audero, Elezaj

DefendersBertinetti, Tavanti, Curti, Penna, Varga

MidfieldersMattiello, Sakor, Gerbaudo, Cevallos, Di Benedetto, Roussos, Hromada

StrikersMarzouk, Otin, Donis, Ceria

The notable absences of Barlocco, Marin and Beunacasa could well be explained by late arrivals at the club and also a decision of Zanchetta to avoid placing all of his eggs in one basket. It could also be more likely a case of having little time to judge his players and choosing the best of what he has seen since joining the club over the Summer. The regulations of selection demand that only players born after 1995 can take part and also, that 10 of the players per squad must have been with their club for at least 2 years.

Last weekend, we played our third game of the primavera league, beating a stubborn Empoli team 2-1, which leaves us third in the table after 3 games having won two, lost one. Donis was the star of the show scoring a wonderful solo goal as well as winning a penalty, which he missed, and causing the opponents constant trauma. Gerbaudo grabbed the other goal from the rebound and also hit the post late on.

Line-up against Empoli

Vannucchi; Marin, Curti, Pol Garcia, Joel Untersee Sakor, Di Benedetto, Russo, Gerbaudo, Marzouk, Donis.


Tassos Donis, prima punta for Juventus Primavera…Can he mix it with the best of his generation????

The squad contains a large offering of players brimming with promise. Curti, Tavanti and Penna have all impressed in defence. The midfield dynamo Vajebah Sakor will lead the side from the centre of the park alongside the highly thought of Ecuadorian winger Cevallos and italians Gerbaudo and Mattiello. In attack, Marzouk has already opened his account and with rising Greek star Donis in fine form, the omens look generous…