Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Transfers ahead?

Two of Italy's most well known players have minimized reports that link them to other clubs during the transfer period.

Goalie Gianluigi Buffon has denied rumors that he is headed for Chelsea in England's Premier League, while Luca Toni has assured the Fiorentina faithful that he is staying in Firenze.
Buffon not leaving for Chelsea

Toni to stay

Monday, October 23, 2006

Palermo leads Serie A

Palermo has taken Serie A by surprise and by storm as they sit atop the standings with 15 points on five victories. Just six years ago they were a team playing in Serie C.
Palermo in first

Serie A Standings

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Champions League Results - Matchday 3

The Uefa Champions League Tournament resumed for Matchday 3 over the last two evenings. It was a clean sweep for the three clubs representing Serie A in this event.

Milan was the first of the Italian trio to secure a win as they won the game versus Anderlecht in Brussels. Kaka found the net early in the second half for the lone score of the match.
Milan 1 - Anderlecht 0

Roma sent the host away disappointed on Wednesday when they beat Olympiacos 1-0 in Athens on a goal by Simone Perrotta in the 76th minute of play.
Roma 1 - Olympiacos 0

Also on Wednesday, Julio Cruz thrilled the homefolks when he scored two goals in the first 9 minutes of the game, as Inter defeated Spartak Moscow 2-1, in Milan.
Inter 2 - Spartak Moskva 1

Inter is in third place in Group B with 3 points as they trail the leader, Barcelona with 9 points. Roma is in second place in Group D with 6 points trailing Valencia by 3. Milan leads Group H with 7 points, two ahead of Lille.
Matchday 3 Results

Matchday 4 will resume on October 31 and November 1. Home teams in this round will become the visitors for the next round.
Matchday 4 schedule

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Italy continues to move forward in Euro standings

The winning ways continued for the Azzurri after their victory in their Euro 2008 qualifier this evening against Georgia, 3-1 in Tblisi. The Italian side now has back-to-back victories following a 1-1 tie with Lithuania and 3-1 rout by France to start their play in Group B.

Italy opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Daniele DeRossi found the back of the net for Italy. Georgian Georgi Shashiashvili finished the first half scoring when he knotted the score in the 26th minute.

Midway into the second half, Mauro Camoranesi's header put Italy ahead for good at 63 minutes. Simone Perrotta would complete the scoring with a goal in the 71st minute.
Italy 3 - Georgia 1
Euro 2008 qualifier photos

Italy finds themselves firmly in third place with 7 points, trailing behind France and Scotland by 2 points and ahead of Ukraine by 1 point.
Group B standings

Qualifying games will resume in March 2007 when Italy takes on Scotland.

Monday, October 9, 2006

All of Italy exhales at once after win

Italy jump started its Euro 2008 hopes with a big victory over the Ukraine on October 7th.

The pressure was mounting on Azzurri coach Roberto Donadoni to get his first win since he was hired right after the World Cup win over France. He would have to wait nearly the entire game to be rewarded for his patience.

Luca Toni phoned home when he scored a goal in the 79th minute shortly after Massimo Oddo scored a goal on a penalty kick in the 71st minute in a game played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Toni was tackled by Andriy Rusol resulting in Oddo's PK.
Italy 2 - Ukraine 0

Italy also received a bit of help in the standings when Scotland stunned France, 1-0.
Scotland 1 - France 0

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Champions League Results - Matchday 2

AC Milan and Lille dueled to a 0-0 draw last week in Champions League action.
Milan Ties

Meanwhile, Inter was defeated by Bayern Munich 2-0 on two late goals. They are at the bottom of the standings in their group.
Inter hurting

Roma found itself on the short end of a 2-1 game against Valencia.
Roma falls

The next round of games is October 17 and 18 on Matchday 3 as Milan faces Anderlecht, Inter takes on Spartak and Roma versus Olympiacos.

Matchday 2 results

Champions League Standings

Grosso out for awhile

It appears that Fabio Grosso will miss several weeks due to a leg injury. He will probably be out of Inter's Champions League game against Spartak and the Azzurri's Euro qualifier match against the Ukraine.

Grosso out?