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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.


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)

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.


Youth Prospects update from the tropics…

6 Jul

With our ‘sunset’ trip to Angkor Wat seeming suddenly like a bad idea, given the deluge which has just erupted from the clouds above, and the deafening thunder sending shivers through the nervous systems of all those of a superstitious leaning, it seems a great time to pull out this haggard netbook and thread together the latest rumours and confirmed departures and arrivals of our youth prospects…

Zaza…Our new Co-Owned frontman.

Simone Zaza, scorer of an impressive 18 goals in Serie B last term for Ascoli (on loan from Sampdoria) has been snapped up by that dream team of Beppe and Paratici. In exchange for the full registration of the young striker and 2m, we first purchased Atalanta’s 50% of Gabbiadini for 5.5m then promptly gave 50% of the forward to Samp, where he will likely play in the forthcoming stagione.

Nicola Leali, never short of admirers, is allegedly close to Spezia, who are aiming for promotion from Serie B. Whilst it would be great to see him in Serie A, the most important thing to consider is regular playing time. Lanciano to Spezia IS a move up in terms of quality. Speaking of Lanciano, our primavera coach Baroni has moved there as head coach, leaving the post open to be filled by Andrea Zanchetta…

With Baroni heading out to try his hand at the head coach role of senior side juve have moved swiftly to bring in a new boss for our talented crop of primavera players. Andrea Zanchetta arrives fresh from achieving excellent results last term with cremonese’s allievi nazionale (u16) squad.

As a player zanchetta spent most of his career as a midfielder for chievo with stints at lecce, inter, vicenza, foggia and cremonese.

with the major investments poured into the youth sector and relative success of recent years lets hope that zanchetta can continue the good work began by baroni and build a team capable of bettering last season’s solid outing in the next-gen series, 1st place finish in the league(but dumped out of the finals), poor viareggio effort and wonderful victory in the coppa.
Benvenuto Andrea.

Pessotto flanked by new primavera boss Andrea Zanchetta and his assistant Fabio Grosso.

Assisting Zanchetta will be none other than world cup winner and former Juve squad member Fabio Grosso, who fresh from gaining his coaching badges rejoins the club to work with the youth sector as Vice-Manager.

“In addition to a pleasure it is an honor that a company like Juve has called me to give me the ‘ opportunity to move ahead with this new job. I’m full of passion, I really want to do well, I intend to be able to pass it on to kids. Our goal as a staff is to get the most out of them to grow future champions for the first team ” .- Grosso

18 year old attacking midfielder Michele Cavion has moved to Reggiana on loan for the season…He played regularly for Vicenza’s youth team up until the new year when he moved to Juve. Then played 6 games for us before the summer break.

Can the big fella make the jump up to senior level???? (stefano Padovan)

Also…High scoring prima punta Stefano Padovan, who smashed in 16 goals in 16 games in the primavera league last season, has signed for serie B club Pescara. Its a shame that Zeman isn’t still there eh!

Wide midfielder Guiseppe Ruggiero (15 appearances in primavera league 12/13) has moved to Pro Vercelli in a co-ownership deal as has left back Nazzareno Belfasti (regular for Modena’s primavera last term)…

In a move which will surprise nobody, highly thought of centre back, Albert Masi has officially been loaned to Ternana for next season, with the option to co-own. (I wouldn’t worry about that option in any way whatsoever, for Ternana will never be in a position to hold us to ransom and will want to continue the flow of quality youth heading their way for free/ a pittance). Its a sensible move for Albert who did brilliantly in the Ternana rearguard after moving there in January last season.

La Penna Bianca…

Fabrizio Ravanelli, former player and coach now managing Ajaccio

Our old buddies recently installed at league one french club Ajaccio may well be pursuing several of our promising youngsters for their new adventure in the top flight of what the gallic folk call la foot…
Ravanelli, former juve star striker and Ventrone (ex-marine super trainer) have their eyes on Fausto Rossi, Gabriel Appelt, De Silvestro and also Spinazzola, Liviero and Giandonato (scorer of that beauty v Man United in the testimonial a year or so back).

The link-up should see a strong relationship built up…a greatly diluted version of Watford/ Udinese.

Before heading outside of this siem reap hotel room, and diving into the strangely warm water of the pool, I will briefly mention that Crotone are very much after Beltrame (as well as Liviero) with the young and hungry striker instead more likely to head to Virtus Lanciano…(the  second striker’s other suitors include Brescia, Modena and Juve Stabia. Truly a man in demand.)

Serie B newcomers Trapani (whose president Daniele Faggiano is a close mate of Conte and attended his recent wedding) were rumoured to be interested in our swiss fullback Untersee and iceman CB Magnusson. After signing the senegalese Mbaye Diagny from Serie D club AS BRA, there is a chance we will send him on loan to Trapani…


…Branescu, star goalkeeper of our primavera for the last two seasons has moved on loan for the season to serie B Juve Stabia. Heralded for a while now as a solid prospect, now is the time to prove himself amongst the big boys.

Of some annoyance, Dinamo Kiev are suggested as harbouring covetous designs upon none other than Freddy ‘Kruger’ Sorensen. The co-owned CB had a decent campaign with Bologna and whilst the co-ownership deal has been renewed, if there is any truth to the ukranian advance, it would surely mean an outright sale. I hope its untrue, for I have been a fan of Freddy since his debut for the club two years ago and maintained firm hopes of seeing him return to our back-line. Of the many young defenders I have seen in recent years, he has stood out as possessing brilliant natural talent as a stopper, a true diamond in the rough.

More positive news comes from Carpi, who recently made the jump from Lega Pro to Serie B and have set their sights upon Juve owned left back,  20 year old Matteo Liviero (mentioned elsewhere), who made 20 appearances for Perugia in the in their ill-fated 12/13 campaign which culminated in a promotion play-off loss to Pisa. Matteo obviously impressed in his spell with Perugia, as demonstrated by his three outings for Di Biagio’s Italy U20s in 2013. Definitely one to watch for the future.

The rain has now stopped, the sunshine has returned and I fancy a dip in the pool, or a waltz around the cambodian streets, maybe ending up at the aptly named Pub Street for a tiger beer or five.

forza juve.