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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.

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)

Juventus Youth and Primavera UPDATE November 8th, 2013

9 Nov



Since returning from injury, Luca Marrone has played well in the 2-1 home win over Bologna, creating a goal in the process, deployed in the Pirlo role in a familiar 3-5-2 formation. Fought hard, did little wrong, but nothing wonderful in his side’s 1-2 loss to Udinese, again as part of a midfield trio flanked by wingbacks. His latest outing was solid and industrious with the ball, managing a superb 93% accuracy with his 41 passes over the 90 minutes.


Many believe, myself included, that Marrone possesses some real class. Now that he is fit, and gaining match sharpness, acclimatizing to his new surroundings, and has an in-form Berardi in front of him, and the chance to play regularly in his favoured midfield berth…its time he proved himself, and I think he will. Maybe we won’t need to look too far in terms of a Pirlo apprentice, or even challenger…


There has been a change in fortunes for Sassuolo since Berardi returned from suspension and Marrone from the treatment room. Without the striker, of whom we own 50% registration rights, they played four games, lost them all, with a goal difference of -12. With Domenico back in the side, they have won a couple of games, and only lost twice in seven, producing a goal difference of -1. Two assists and five goals in those seven games represents a major attacking threat. At 19 years old, making his debut in the top flight, we are potentially looking at a real gem here…Especially when we compare his stats (a goal every 94 minutes) and form with our other players establishing themselves in Serie A…


Gabbiadini– 2 Goals in 10 serie a starts. One goal per 400 minutes.


Zaza- 3 goals in 10 serie a matches (7 starts). One goal per 234 minutes.


Immobile– 3 goals, 2 assists, 9 serie a matches (6 starts). One goal per 210 minutes.


Manolo is the one who is lacking, and yet arguably playing in the most settled and well seasoned side of the four youngsters in question.


Further afield…


Our surprise signing from Bra, Mbaye Diagne, has yet to make his debut for Ravanelli’s struggling Ajaccio of France, who remain as they have been since the opening few fixtures, perilously loitering near the trap-door.


Moving across the border, bypassing those gritty basque tribes and finding ourselves in the sunny South-east, so close to the sea we can feel it in our lungs when we take our first full breath of fresh morning air…but no, we are not here to swim, to relax in the soothing gaze of the sun goddess. We are here to check on the progress of Richmond Boakye. Who has been in solid form for the struggling newcomers to la Primera. The explosive young striker has scored just the two goals from eight matches, but 6 of those performances have come off the bench and he remains the club’s second top scorer. Too hard to gauge much, but no reason to worry. His promise remains secure.


With the primavera still to cover, the wind howling not quite as loudly as my hellhound desperate for attention and my desire to be outside, strident and demanding, after spending too much time today stuck in the anemic atmosphere of my office, I will focus on not only my three favoured loanees cutting their teeth in the second tier, but also perhaps the presently most promising of our huge flock of youngsters. Thankfully, for the purpose of brevity of research, they are all at Spezia. Who are enjoying a promising start to the season, presently sitting 9th, just outside the play-off zone, on 17 points after 12 games.


Best of Leali 2012/13


Leali (GK)-
Surely destined for Serie A sooner rather than later Nicola Leali has been in fine form for Spezia. Fast establishing himself as the number one choice between the sticks and continuing where he left off last term when he won an award for best goalkeeper in Serie B. Played 9 in the league, 2 in the coppa.
Magnusson (CB)-
Already a regular in the Icelandic U21 set-up, Hordur the Iceman Magnusson has worked his way into the starting line-up. No mean feat for his debut bow in professional football. With more competition for his place, his 9 appearances so far represents wonderful progress for the stopper with great free kick skills confirmed by his 3 assists for his country over the last 3 months.




juve3Appelt (DM)
After impressing in the ill-fated Pro Vercelli campaign of last season, Gabriel has already managed 9 full games for his new club. With only 2 losses in those 9 games it seems his value to Spezia is growing steadily, and in turn his value to us. His position, as a deep lying regista with sound defensive zeal, is surely of interest to us, for we have only Marrone in the Pirlo role with any chance of staking a claim for a chance in our senior squad in the near future.


Briefly, I will mention our two Stefanos, who worked so well together in Baroni’s primavera before the Summer, when both moved on to mix it with the men…


The race for the cultured second striker’s signature was hot over in the close season, with his final destination ending up in Bari whose wretched form finds them languishing in 20th position. 3 starts and 5 appearances from the bench isn’t terrible, but with just the one assist to show for his efforts, its no surprise that he is struggling for a spot in the first XI. With such high promise shown in the recent past, Beppe and Paratici will need to seriously consider finding him a stronger club if Bari continue to falter. On a more positive note, Beltrame continues to play a regular role for the Italian U20s notching up 2 goals in his last two showings.


Our primavera top scorer decided to head to Pescara. And what a shame that Zeman isn’t still at the helm…The Turin born prima punta has been given just the four substitute appearances, setting up a goal in the process, but clearly hungry for more. As with Beltrame, he continues to prove useful for the Italian U20s, scoring once in his last 2 games at international level.


Room for improvement for them both. Yet the season remains young, and their situations can be reconsidered during the Winter mercato if an upturn in form and fortunes fails to appear.




juve4Led by Zanchetta and Grosso, our youngsters have been toiling away on two fronts. Firstly domestically, slowly finding their rhythm after a topsy-turvy start, which was to be expected with so many changes to the squad. At this stage of the campaign, we are third in the table after 6 games. Our latest fixture in the league was a hard fought 2-3 away victory against Parma. Otin, Penna and Tavanti grabbing the goals.


In Europe, Zanchetta has had to negotiate our efforts in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, which marries itself for the group stage to the senior Champions League competition. Our fortunes there have been mixed to say the least.


We began by almost mirroring our senior side with a 2-2 away draw in Copenhagen. Dynamo midfielder Vajebah Sakor and towering centre back Pol Garcia scored the goals. Following this, we smashed the Turks, Galatasaray, 3-1 at home, thanks to strikes from Marzouk, Gerbaudo and Soumah.


Unfortunately that is where the good news ends, for our last two matches in the Youth league have seen us face off against Real Madrid, and lose horribly in the first game 6-2 (Buenacasa, Soumah), then lose yet again at home in the follow-up, somewhat more respectably, 0-2.


With a home tie against the Danes still to come, and a tasty adventure in Turkey set to prove decisive, our future progress in the competition remains in our own hands. We sit third presently, with 4 points from 4 games.


In terms of a favoured first XI…very tricky to discern, but the following seems as strong as anything else we have been adopting.
Untersee Garcia Curti
Emmanuello Slivka Sakor Gerbaudo
Donis Souma


Other regulars include Marin, Cevallos, Barlocco, Marzouk. Audero, Marin.


It seems that Zanchetta is still seeking his best first eleven, and whilst our league form is enough to keep us near the top, we really must improve in Europe.


Overall, a few bumps in the road, the Spezia lads are doing well and I will hope to feel more upbeat when I concoct the next report before Christmas.


Here is a peek at a recent interview with the rising star of Zanchetta’s midfield, Vajebah Sakor-http://www.juventus.com/juve/en/news/sakor_interview




Written By Daniel Pennuto.


Youth UPDATES of key Juve youngsters

27 Mar

With a hotchpotch of internationals curtailing and colliding with the regular fixtures its a tricky time for pulling together streamlined reports of our finest youth talent, but try I must, for if I lose my rhythm now, momentum will be lost and with it, my up until now keen and constant eye cast firmly on the future in black and white jerseys.

Let us begin with a peek at one of my favourite acquisitions by Paratici and Beppe, from a fairly impressive selection they have brought to the club since embarking on the path of major revitalization of the flagging juventus youth sector.

Gabriel Appelt

(Prior to signing for Juve, Gabriel was playing for Brazilian club Resende…Its an old video, yet still demonstrates his abilities)

Finally back in the swing of things and approaching the fine form of late 2012, the Brazilian regista has played every minute of the last three outings for struggling Pro Vercelli. The hard fought 0-1 away win over Padova was followed up with a devastating 2-3 home reverse to Brescia, but yesterday’s huge 1-3 victory on the road against Spezia leaves the Serie B débutantes still within sight but not yet touching distance of salvation. 8 points separates them from the Spezia team they outplayed, out-muscled and outwitted, who despite the defeat sit in 19th position on 36 points. Pro Vercelli stay 21st on 28 points. With 9 games left to stave off the threat of damnation and relegation, Gabriel’s unpredictable basement dwellers will need to hope that Spezia are devastated by the result, that their morale has started to sink, with infectious ever increasing weight on their hearts and souls, dragging them down, deeper and deeper into the mire.

What is useful for Gabriel and for us in turn as juventini all eager to see our young seedlings blossom into great oaks and vicious venus fly traps, is that the Brazilian has not only regained his form and starting spot very soon after returning from a nasty injury (fractured fibula), but he is receiving the added education and toughening up of a relegation dog fight. The longer Pro Vercelli can continue to smell an escape from the purgatory of their own making, the better for senor Appelt.

Played 16 (3 SUB appearances, 1 substitution)
Scored 1
Assists 2

NB. His fractured fibula kept him out of first team contention from 17th November – 26th January

Alberto Masi

Alberto Masi – Future Juventus centre-back???

Its a good sign, as with Gabriel at Vercelli after his injury, that Masi, once finding himself in contention for a starting place at Ternana, has grabbed it and made it his own, putting in several rock solid performances over the last few weeks. The elegant centre back, likened to Nesta last year, has started and finished the last four for Ternana, a run which has seen them successfully achieve a quartet of clean sheets on the bounce. I suspect its more than a mere co-incidence that the run began with Masi’s inclusion in the starting XI. His team reside in 12th spot with 40 points, 6 away from the play-off zone.

Its taken some time for Alberto to force his way onto the starting team-sheet, but now he appears set to stay put until the end of the season. Positive signs indeed. Much was written of the lanky stopper when we signed him outright in the summer of 2012 and his season must be seen as one of success and progress. He has made the step up from Lega Pro to Serie B football with confidence and quality, and its fair to wonder if his form this season will be enough to possibly win him a spot at a lower ranked Serie A team for next season. At 20 years old, another season in serie B wouldn’t do him any harm…

Played 18 ( 2 SUB appearances, 1 substitution)
goals – 1
3 yellow
1 red

Seldom mentioned is a player who recently made his 18th appearance for the Italy U21 squad and has been enjoying a fine season with promotion chasing Brescia. 22 year old midfielder Fausto Rossi has been a consistent performer for both club and country and this season, it could be make or break for him in terms of a continued association with Juventus. His contract runs until the middle of 2014, but surely its time to make a decision on a player with obvious talent. Ideally, Brescia will gain promotion and be eager, after his 23 showings this season, to retain his services for their return to the top flight. Failing which, it seems likely that Fausto will be loaned, yet again, to another club in the second tier or used as a make-weight in a deal for a Serie A player. From our perspective, it can only be positive to see him continuing to turn out for the Azzurini, as well as playing a regular part in Brescia’s charge towards the play-offs. As for Fausto himself, dreams of earning a call from Conte seem far-fetched at present and for the foreseeable future given the powerful state of our midfield.

Fausto has been deployed by Brescia coach Calori generally as one of three centre midfielders, sporadically placed further up the field in a more attacking role in the middle behind the two strikers, more often than not in a 3-5-2 formation. Which potentially suggests him as a viable option for our MVP region. But our MVP is now MVP/P, with Pogba already at the stage of development and potency which places him next in line for any of those 3 positions. Asamoah is also likely higher up the pecking order and more than able to play in the Marchiso or Vidals roles. Then there is Isla, who once back in form could be used in the middle. So where could young Fausto fit in??? As the back-up of the back-up for the back-up???

A huge challenge lies ahead if he is to make it back to piedmont…

Played 23 serie b ( 7 SUB appearances, 7 substitutions)
2 assists
Played 5 Italy u21 (2 SUB appearances, 1 substitution)
1 assist

I’m giving Leali a break…not due to a lack of information, but others deserve their time in the limelight for a change. Suffice to say, he has continued his VERY impressive form, although gave a silly penalty away recently which directly contributed to a defeat for Virtus Lanciano. He has much to learn, but what is clear now, week in, week out, is that he has extraordinary natural talent, is very vocal and commanding in his area, enjoys the cat-like reflexes so important in any top keeper, and all that he lacks is experience.

Following on from Rossi is another player seldom spoken of in Juve circles. A player who scored a beautiful goal at Old Trafford a couple of years back. ().

At 21 years of age, Manuel Giandonato has represented Italy at every youth level, managed 8 games for Lecce in serie A, and is currently enjoying a solid spell at Cesena after putting in a good shift at Vicenza before his late January move. Swapping the dogfight at the bottom offered by Vicenza for the relative mid-table comfort of Cesena seems a wise choice and confirmation of his value in the midfield. For why else would Cesena have wanted a regular part of a failing team??? He likes to shoot and get involved in the attack as much as possible although is content and often used in front of the defence in a more defensive role.

The right footed central midfielder is facing a similar problem to that of Rossi, namely : is there ever going to be a chance for him at Juventus given the quality of the players in our squad presently occupying his position?.

Unfortunately, the best Manuel can hope for is progression to a team in Serie A next season, who will showcase his talents well enough to earn the attention of Conte. Even then, what of Pogba and Marchiso and Vidal and the rest??? Its pleasing to see him play well in a regista role, and the same can be said of Appelt, for if any part of the MVP midfield is to be up for grabs in the next year or three, its the Pirlo element. As things stand he will be fighting against Appelt and Buoy for the chance to get in the mix for the that role.

So far so good, a solid season of…
Appearances 22 (9 SUB appearances 8 Substitutions)
3 assists
1 goal

Our primavera team got back to winning ways in the league with a savage 1-5 mauling away to Parma. The big fella up top, Stefano Padovan, grabbed a hatrick with Ruggiero and Beltrame wrapping up what turned out to be a comprehensive slaughter and return to their devastating pre-viareggio form. Padovan now has a stunning record of 13 goals from 14 games, with his strike partner Beltrame in hot pursuit with 7 goals from 13 outings.
Untersee Garcia Rugani
Cavion Gerbaudo Mattiello(Slivka 61′) Ruggiero (Di Benedetto 81′) Schiavone
Beltrame Padovan (Penna 72′)


Padovan 41′, 63′(pen), 72′
Ruggiero 81′
Beltrame 85′ (Pen)

With the second leg of the primavera coppa set for April 16 , contrary to earlier reports, the primavera now have a fairly open fixture list, which should allow us to regain a decent lead at the top of the league, gain some vicious momentum and allow some of our recent additions to the squad a chance to settle in more thoroughly. Cevallos and Pepic have hardly featured, but one of the new arrivals from January who has already caught the eye is …Vejabah Sakor.

I feel the need to offer a brief update on the slowly, but surely rising star of Mr. Sakor, who has recently played a captain’s role in Norway U17’s solid showing in the elite stage of the U17 European championships. Losing to Italy 1-0, edging past N. Ireland 2-1 and drawing their final group match 1-1 with Holland was only enough to place them 2nd in the table, meaning the end of the road.

At 16 years old he is captaining his country, gave a great showing in the Nextgen series for former club Rosenborg and has already managed 2 appearances for our U19 primavera outfit. We must keep an eye on the lad…There is something special about him. So young, yet so strong, both physically and technically.

Vajebah Sakor

5 Mar

Vajebah Sakor
Age – 16 (DOB 24/4/96 (Liberia)
Position- CM
Previous clubs- Asker, Rosenborg (on loan)

Young, black, Norwegian and ultra talented…the first three words combined are an oddity, but adding the last two makes Vajebah suddenly of great interest to us juventini, along with the fact that we recently signed him of course.

Making his debut in the second flight of norwegian football aged a remarkable 15, unsurprisingly breaking the record for the youngest debut age in Norway’s professional leagues, Vajebah was tracked as early as last summer by Milan. His team, Asker, loaned him to Rosenberg in order to further his development, and the central midfielder promptly became a star in their primavera squad, producing several quality displays in the NextGen series, helping them finish a very respectable joint 1st spot with Inter, in a group which also included Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund. Funnily enough our own primavera have drawn Rosenberg in the knock-out stages of the NextGen competition…

His performances for Rosenberg drew increasingly feverish interest from Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal, but from out of the shadows emerged Beppe, Paratici and their insiduous scouts, whisked the little blighter off to Piedmont and signed him up for peanuts.

Some facts which may be of interest…

Vajebah managed an impressive eight goals in a youth match earlier in his career, when facing the mighty Heggedal IL.

During his debut season for Asker, he made 8 first team appearances.

He was in Italy in March of 2012, to train with AC Milan, from there heading back to his homeland to play with the Copenhagen youth team.

Already represented his country at U16 level and now a regular part of the U17 national team setup. The Norway U17 team sit in 1st position in their group in the UEFA u17 championships, Vajebah played in all three games, all won, against Iceland, Portugal and Malta. 

Goal v Dortmund (NEXTGEN Group stage, October 2012)