Giampiero Ventura comments on Italy Competition Kick-Off Time

Giampiero Ventura reckons that the tier-one competition in Italy this year kicked off a week or two later than it should ideally have.


As per Ventura, the main reason of the defeat at the hands of France in what was his debut game as the Italy coach earlier in the summer was that the players had not had too many top tier games under their belt ahead of that game.

If they had had played some more games, maybe two if not more, for their clubs by that time, they would have handled France better and would not have been beaten as comprehensively as they were.

In the words of Ventura, “The first interaction that I had with the team was a day before the France game, just a day before; I had no interaction before that and we were going to go into that game with not much exposure in the league either. So, you can understand.” Read more »

Andrea Dossena praises the former Udinese manager Giuseppe Iachini

Giuseppe Iachini is an Italian football coach who is not such as accomplished or successful in comparison to other well-known managers and his latest coaching position saw him only being able to take charge of Udinese for around 5 months in what was a fairly disappointing spell.


The 52 year old manager became the head coach Udinese as Giuseppe Iachini took charge of Udinese from May 19 until October 2 of 2016 but after losing 4 of his 7 opening matches as the new coach of the Italian team, the pressure quickly was quickly being built and he was swiftly sacked.

Iachini would later be replaced by Luigi Delneri as Udinese is attempting to find someone that can push the club safely away from the bottom relegation zone.

Even though Giuseppe Iachini’s time as the head coach of Udinese was an underwhelming one, Andrea Dossena has come out and defended the experienced manager. Dossena is an Italian footballer who has performed in various Italian clubs including: Napoli, Palermo, Verona, Treviso and Udinese.

Andrea Dossena spent 2 years performing with Udinese and he is aware of how the environment and how things work in that club. The 35 year old player has recently come out and defended Giuseppe Iachini as he said: Read more »

MILNER SET FOR LEFT BACK ROLE AGAINST LEICESTER

Liverpool haven’t not gotten a replacement to take on the left back role in the squad, so James Milner is set to continue in the role as Liverpool continue their quest for Premier League title under Jurgen Klopp.


The defence has hampered the Reds for many years, and the experiment continues.

Alberto Moreno was very poor in the first half of the first game against Arsenal, drawing criticisms from all corners. The game angered many, as they remembered his inept showing when Liverpool lost out on a major silverware against Sevilla in the Europa League.

Klopp had to place James Milner in the role as the criticism went off the room. He defended his decision to use him, yet removed him to place Milner. Milner couldn’t do much to stop the attacks as the Reds painfully lost their second game to Burnley, the new Premier League entrant. The myriad of players that have played the role since John Arne Riise have not been able to fit into his shoes. Julian Dicks, Gregory Vignal, Christian Ziege, Andrea Dossena, Jose Enrique, Aly Cissokho and co, have tried at various point but none could fit Riise’s shoes or Fabio Aurelio’s.
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BRAZIL WANT FIRST OLYMPIC FOOTBALL GOLD

Host of the 2016 Olympic tournament, Brazil, are keen on landing their first gold medal in football.

The top football nation has never won the gold medal despite their record five times win of the FIFA World Cup. They will be playing this time at home with their biggest star player set to feature, they are set to lift the title in Rio de Janeiro.

Coach Dunga refused to take Neymar to the Copa America Centenario in the United States as he opted to allow the player join the three allowed over aged players at the tournament. Brazil were knocked out at the group stage by Peru ending their hopes on moving further instantly. Dunga was sacked as a result of the loss and Tite was chosen to replace him. Dunga, who was set to lead the team to the Olympics, also lost the opportunity as the usual 23-coach Rogerio Micale will lead the team. Read more »

LIVERPOOL LEFT BACK PROBLEM REMAIN UNSOLVED

The lack of a sterling Left Back affected Liverpool when they lost the Europa league final to Sevilla.


The reason for the loss was a collective poor performance but the position was one the opposition used to terrorize the defence and it was naturally blamed after the loss. Even popular Pundit and former player Jamie Carragher tweeted that the coach Jurgen Klopp or the transfer committee to get another capable left back.

The players are set to return to training on Saturday for the pre-season plans, especially those not on national team duty at the Euro 2016 or Copa America.

The team is set to play their first friendly on Friday July 8 against Tranmere. New signings Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane are likely to join the team in training, if not play at the friendly. The major concern going into the new campaign is the fact that a Left Back is missing. Alberto Moreno is favoured to continue but the plan of the management to sign Leicester City’s 19-year old Ben Chilwell doesn’t sit well with the fans. Moreno, 24, seems a better option with his pace, ball control and attacking prowess.
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ANDREA DOSSENA: I WAS TREATED “LIKE A TERRORIST”

Italy International, Andrea Dossena narrated his embarrassing experience in Harrods. The defender who played in England at Liverpool and Sunderland described being treated “like a terrorist” during his recent arrest on suspicion of shoplifting in Harrods.


The 33-year-old Italian, who joined Leyton Orient in November 2014 before moving to FC Chiasso, was detained with his wife, Deborah, and young son, Romeo, at the Knightsbridge department store, but all charges were later dropped when the issues were cleared. The left back described the embarrassing experience to Corriere dello Sport. He said:

“When we got to the checkout and paid, I didn’t notice that there was also a pack of dried beef and a jar of honey in our bag. I don’t know how it happened, I’ve no idea.”

When the alarm sounded and staff called police, Dossena said they were handcuffed, “as you would do with a terrorist. I was obviously in disbelief, not only because of that gesture but because I didn’t know what was going on – I hadn’t realised the mistake we’d made.”

“They asked to see our documents that prove our status as residents of London, and obviously I didn’t have them with me – I’d left them at home. So then they took us to the police station, where they held us until half past 10 at night, despite the needs of a two-and-a-half-year-old child. It’s absurd to treat a child this way. Read more »