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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.


Juventus Youth Mercato Update

8 Jan


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.

Returning to our ranks from their recent loan moves are former primavera target-man Stefano Padovan and Albanian attacking midfielder Elvis Kabashi. Both failed to make any headway towards the first team at Pescara, where they both headed last Summer –

Kabashi – 1 SUB Appearance, 11 minutes in 4-2 victory over Carpi

Padovan – 5 SUB Appearances, 45 minutes in total, 1 assist. (Stefano has continued to produce goals for the Italy U20, for whom he has made 3 second half appearances since September, scoring 3 times)

The big striker may be on his way to Vicenza, who look set to fight hard for promotion from Pro Lega 1 this season. A club will hopefully be found for Elvis in the coming days.

Rugani…A future Juventino??

Over at Empoli, towering CB Daniele Rugani is enjoying a tremendous season, having played in 19 of his side’s 21 fixtures. Sitting just a solitary point off top spot, promotion appears well within their grasp. The defender, whom we co-own, has also found promotion to the Italy U21 squad in recent months, making it to the bench of the azzurrini in their last three fixtures. Due to his very solid progress, we will probably be speaking to Empoli this month in order to purchase his remaining 50%. Leaving him on loan at Empoli, perhaps even beyond the Summer if they were to reach Serie A.

Dropping down ever deeper to Lega Pro…Left wing-back Nazzareno Belfasti has moved to Gubbio on loan after a disappointing stint at pro Vercelli.


Elvis Kabashi – Juventus Primavera

5 Mar

Elvis Kabashi

Date of birth 20.02.1994
Place of birth Durrës, Albania
Nationality – Albanian
Foot Left
Playing position CM/LW/DM

Playing History

Netted 4 goals in 15 games for the Empoli primavera squad.Kept it clean picking up just the one yellow card in that period.
Scored for Albania U19 in 3-1 friendly victory over Bosnia.

Moving to Juventus on loan in late August, Elvis quickly earned regular playing time with the primavera. He has been a regular in the starting XI for our primavera NextGen matches, starting 5 out of 6 games in the group stage. Likewise in the primavera u19 league he has started in 12 of our 18 fixtures played. The signs are very promising. Presently he is with Baroni and the boys fighting for victory at the torneo di Viareggio, in which he has started the first two matches, then appeared as sub in the final group game.

He has represented his country twice this season, scoring in the 3-1 win over Belgium and also appearing in the heavy 3-0 defeat to Italy.


Given his growing success with our primavera and sharp development curve domestically and with the Albanian national squads, its highly likely that we will take up our option to purchase outright the talented youngster in the Summer.(EU$1.8m)

Information regarding the brilliantly named Elvis Kabashi is far from freely available to my english eyes, and the below are the scraps I have managed to gather…

The albanian flying winger, who can also be deployed in a central midfield, or attacking midfield role, joined Juventus in the summer of 2012, on loan from Empoli, with an option to purchase at a set price once the loan expires. 

A regular in the Albania U19 team, also selected for the squad of the Albania U21 in late 2012, though yet to make his debut. Purely finding himself in the squad with the U21s at the age of just 18 is a testament to his ability and the confidence in his talent of the management. However, Kabashi caused consternation in late February when declining the invitation of the Albanian Football Federation to be a part of the U12 squad for the international friendly against Macedonia. Much has been made in the media about his decision, with the usual suspect quotes appearing such as ‘im too good for that team’, when the truth of the matter appears that young Elvis made it clear his obligations to Juventus are more important presently than his appearances in friendly games for his country, indicating that its crucial for his training and momentum with the Juve primavera not be interrupted at this stage. There is also a story suggesting his father was annoyed that a fellow albanian, playing for the Empoli senior side was called up for the Albanian senior squad, and in response, refused to allow Elvis to don his blue suede shoes and hotfoot it back to the motherland…finally, to add another page to this increasingly complex web of deceit, treachery and blossoming natural talent, Elvis apparently refused an invitation from the Italian football federation to play for them, citing that he had red and black in his blood.

According to the media he was apparently the ‘best player on the field’ during Albania’s 3-1 victory over Bosnia U19 last year. He also scored a penalty for Albania against Belgium in a U19 EURO qualifier in late 2012.
(EURO U19 QUALIFIER Belgium v Albania)

His idol is Marchisio. The Albanian football community thinks very highly of the chap indeed, pretty much unanimously agreeing that he is destined for greatness. A sign of Conte and Baroni’s positive opinions towards the player are the two occasions in January when he made the bench for the senior side (v Udinese serie a, Lazio coppa).