Month: January 2015

Serie A Team Review 2014-15: AS Roma are they the most international team in the world?


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AS Roma was founded in a clever merger between two rival teams in 1927. Although not as successful as Juventus and AC Milan or even Inter Milan and Napoli they have nevertheless had their share of success and are well known worldwide. They also have missed just one Serie A season since their introduction, in the year 1950-51. Their last big trophy was the Scudetto of 2000-01 however they are always very competitive and this season is no exception chasing Juventus for the title. A beautiful free flowing style based on possession of the ball and attacking has characterized AS Roma since their conception. It’s very interesting to note that AS Roma have always had a large contingent of international players however this year must be a record with no less than 17 countries represented, amazing feat I would say, admirable. It is a good reflection on Italian society as it is a testament to the popularity of the beautiful game.

Here is a breakdown have a look….incredible

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No. Position Player
1 GK Bogdan Lobonț
2 DF Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
3 DF Ashley Cole
4 MF Radja Nainggolan
5 DF Leandro Castán
6 MF Kevin Strootman
7 FW Juan Iturbe
8 FW Adem Ljajić
9 FW Marco Borriello
10 FW Francesco Totti (captain)
12 GK Gianluca Curci
13 DF Maicon
15 MF Miralem Pjanić
16 MF Daniele De Rossi (vice-captain)
20 MF Seydou Keita

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No. Position Player
23 DF Davide Astori (on loan from Cagliari)
24 MF Alessandro Florenzi
25 DF José Holebas
26 GK Morgan De Sanctis
27 FW Gervinho
28 GK Łukasz Skorupski
32 MF Leandro Paredes (on loan from Boca Juniors)
35 DF Vasilis Torosidis
42 DF Federico Balzaretti
44 DF Kostas Manolas
48 MF Salih Uçan (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
82 DF Urby Emanuelson
96 FW Antonio Sanabria

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For further interesting details check out the links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.S._Roma#Current_squad      www.asroma.it

Serie A Review 2014-15 week 20: Juventus extend their lead Roma draws in Florence

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Hello everyone and welcome to the weekly Serie A Review, where the game is played with style

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Juventus defeated Chievo Verona 2-0 on goals from super Frenchman Paul Pogba and Swiss Stephan Lichtsteiner. With almost 2 thirds of the season completed Juve took a commanding 7 point lead and a serious option on the Scudetto. The depth of La Grande Signora is striking even without their best players they continue to dominate, at this point with the Romans in a bit of a slide I cannot see what will prevent them from winning again. Chievo continue to be an enigma after adding 11 players to the team it did not give expected results, in my view they will continue to flirt with relegation and possibly be demoted

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Roma and Fiorentina played to a 1-1 draw in a beautiful day in Florence. Serbian Adem Ljajić for Roma and German Mario Gomez who seems to have found his touch after a tough start in Florence. An evenly played game Fiorentina matched the Romans in every aspect, the Viola supremacy at midfield was surprising at times however Roma came back in the second half and the Tuscans we’re playing on their back heels for the rest of the game. Although a fair result in my view. Roma who are going through a tough stretch of the season (by their standards) with 3 draws in their last 5 games, Juve has taken full advantage and have stretched their lead. I have faith in the Romans they play a smart game and if Juve lets up they will be right there to pounce. The Viola for their part are in a good moment and are inching closer to the Champion League territory, it would not surprise one bit.

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Napoli defeated a tough Genoa team 2-1. Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain got both goals for the Partenopei while Spanish Iago Falque replied for Genoa. A well balanced game although Napoli had the better chances, a big win for the Neapolitans that sees in 3rd place 6 points behind Roma. Higuain was spectacular and could have had more goals he is now chasing Carlos Tevez for the scoring lead. Genoa have a very good team and in spite of the loss they should be very proud of taming one of the best teams in Serie A, with a little luck they could have come out of this one with a least a point.

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AC Milan was defeated 3-1 by Lazio in Rome. Italian Marco Parolo with 2 and German Miroslav Klose scored for the Laziali while Frenchman Jeremy Menez replied for the Rossoneri. A fantastic game marked by a brawl and an ejection to Frenchman Philip Mexes. AC started well however Lazio came back in a hurry and stronger, impressive display from the Celeste a game which confirms their excellent form this season. In contrast Ac are in a slide and they must find a way to regroup if they don’t want to fall too far behind the leaders and Europe

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Inter Milan lost at home to Torino 1-0 on a 90th minute goal from Italian Emiliano Moretti. A tough game to say the least very combative where Inter dominated possession but the Torinese we’re able to show their qualities also, it bodes well for them, an important victory that will give them wings. After a string of positive result the hopes we’re growing for the Neroblue after this hard fought defeat they must not lose sight of their definite improvement

In other scores

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Sampadoria continue to stick around the top with a 1-1 draw against a much improved Palermo team

Hellas Verona got back on the winning track by holding Atalanta 1-0

Parma who are in desperate times lost at home to lowly Cesena 2-1

Cagliari who are always tough at home defeated Sassuolo 2-1

Udinese got back to winning ways by defeating newly promoted Empoli 2-1

Here you have it folks another edition of the Serie A Review..hope you enjoy it..stay tuned..

Serie A Review 2014-15 week 19: Juventus win big-Roma lose ground

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Hello everyone and welcome to the Series A Review where the beautiful game is played with style

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Juventus got an important win by clobbered Hellas Verona 4-0. Goals for La Grande Signora we’re scored by Carlos Tevez with 2, super Frenchman Paul Pogba and new comer Argentinian Roberto Peryera. A big win for the Bianconeri who dominated play in every category, they now have a 5 point cushion on top of the table.  Carlos Tevez continues his torrid pace I think we can safely say after an inconsistent start of his carrier he has found his game in Torino, Maradona’s prediction is coming to fruit it seems. Andrea Pirlo had a super game once again with over 80 passes, when he plays Juve is very hard to beat. Verona who must not get down after this defeat did not play bad however it’s very difficult to play against Juve when they are playing well. With almost half the season left anything can still happen 5 points can be lost in 2 games.

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Roma stumbled in Palermo in a 1-1 draw. Italian Mattia Destro got the goal for the Romans while Argentinian Paulo Dybala got the goal for the Sicilians. A hard fought game Palermo are very impressive at home although Roma played their game to almost perfection once again Bosnian Miralem Pjanic controlled midfield and the ball distributing 86 passes in total. In spite of their losing ground to Juve the Romans can be proud of their performance it’s very promising for the rest of the campaign. Palermo for their part that proved once again that it is very difficult to get points in Sicily.

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Napoli got a much needed 3 points by defeating Lazio in Rome 1-0 on a very opportunist goal from Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain. A strange game to say the least Napoli who are rarely dispossessed got a lesson in control of the ball from a very well organized Lazio team yet won the game. A big win for the Partenopei who climb back in 3rd place in a two way tie with Sampadoria. I must note the play of Argentinian Lucas Biglia who continues his impressive play for Lazio with over 80 passes completed he played a big part in the game. Lazio in spite of the loss can take a lot of positives from this game they outplayed one of the better passing team in Europe they must remained focused and look up.

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AC Milan lost a bitter game at home 1-0 to Atalanta on a goal from Argentinian Germain Denis. A tough loss for the Rossoneri who completely dominated play and had lots of chances although once again their defensive play let them down. Dutch star Nigel De Jong had a very good game at midfield for the Rossoneri although AC continue to struggle a sew saw season at best. By their standard they are doing poor something is not the same at Milan they must find a new lead in my view someone who bleeds red and black. Maldini where are you? Atalanta got an unexpected 3 points and can take pride in this win that can maybe help them regain some of last season form.

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Fiorentina got a big away win defeating Chievo Verona 2-1. Senegalese star Babacar M’Baye Gueye with a late winner (94th minute) and Argentinian Gonzalo Rodrigues got the goals for the Viola. Frenchman Sergio Pellesier replied for Chievo. A big win for Fiorentina who in my view have one of the best passing teams in Europe, 3 big points that sees them inch closer to 3rd place, Spanish Borja Valero had a big game for the Viola as did Babacar. Chievo deserved better they fought like mad men although the Tuscans we’re just too strong in the end.

In other scores

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Sampadoria continue their impressive form with a 2-0 away win over a struggling Parma team.

 Inter Milan lose ground drawing in Empoli 0-0

Genoa and Sassulo played a to a 3-3 goal fest

Torino got back to winning ways by defeating Cesena 3-2

Cagliari and Udinese also played to a 2-2 draw

Here you have it another edition of the Serie A Review..stay tuned

Here you have it folks another edition of The Serie A Review..stay tuned

Serie A Review 2014-15 week 18: Big win for Juventus while Roma draws in the derby

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Hello everyone and welcome to the Serie A Review

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Juventus defeated Napoli 3-1 in front of a packed San Paolo statement to the chagrin of the Partenopei fans. With Juve slugging of late the hope we’re high in Naples for the Partenopei however Juve came our fighting and it made all the difference. The goals for Juve came from French superstar Paul Pogba, Chilian international Arturo Vidal and Uruguain international Martin Caceras. Britos replied for the Partenopei. An evenly played match and in spite of the score line the game was up for grabs till the final moments. A big win for Juve to say the least that Roma at bay for at least another week and kept Napoli from dangerously inching closer to the top. A tough lost for Napoli the team was in a good period and hopes we’re high, it was not meant to be, the defense leaves to be desired and in my view it will keep them from the top spots.

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Roma and Lazio played to 2-2 draw in the Roman derby, the goals for Roma came from ageless Francesco Totti with both goals while newcomer Felipe Anderson and Stefano Mauri replied for Lazio. Although the Roma dominated the contest Lazio played well and could have had the win except for Totti’s magic. With Juve winning in Naples the Romans had to win to stay close it was not to be I guess. Lazio are in a good period right now and are sitting right behind Roma tied with Napoli in 3rd spot

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Ac Milan played to a 1-1 draw at Torino. Frenchman Jeremy Menez who has blossomed at AC scored for Rossoneri and Polish international Kamil Glik replied for Il Toro. Although AC scored first the Torinese dominated the game throughout especially in midfield and could have easily won with a little bit of luck. This game will surely give Torino wings it bodes well for the second half. AC Milan in contrast continue to struggle in my view if they don’t get some help they will not climb much further in the standings. I hope they don’t start to lose confidence after this game.

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Fiorentina got back to winning ways by defeating Palermo 4-3 in an exciting goal fest. Colombian Juan Cuadrato, Italian Manuele Pasqual, Spanish Joaquin and Argentinian Jose Maria Basanta got the goals for the Viola while Swedish/Ghanian Robin Quaison with 2 and Italian Andrea Belotti replied for the Sicilians. Fiorentina who have been fantastic in European competitions have been rather inconsistent domestically although they are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot. Palermo should be proud of this game and they have been very good of late although their defence leaves to be desired. I do believe they have enough talent to remain in Serie A.

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Inter Milan defeated Genoa 3-1 in a must win for the Neroblue. Serbian and ex MU Nemanja Vidic and fellow Argentinians Rodrigo Palacios, Mauro Icardi scored for the winners while Italian U21 international Armando Izzo replied for the Genovese. After a good performance against Juve the hopes we’re high for Inter and Mancini’s men did not disappoint a very good win against a very good team. In spite of the score line the match was hard fought all the way through Genoa certainly deserved better after that performance. This might be the boost Inter needs to make a late challenge for the top spots. Genoa for their part in spite of their loss must continue to play this way if they want improve their standing.

In Other scores

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Sampadoria kept their eyes on Europe by defeating Empoli 1-0

Hellas Verona kept pace with the middle pack winning 3-1 against Parma

Udinese and Sassuolo played to 1-1 draw which I think satisfies both teams

Cagliari stopped their losing streak with a win of 2-1 over Cesena

Finally Atalanta and Chievo Verona played to a disappointing 1-1 draw

There you have it folks another edition of the Serie A Review, the next couple of weeks traditionally means surprises lots of them….stay tuned

Serie A Review 2014-15 week 17: Juventus drop points Roma closes the gap

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No less than 4 draws we’re played in this round with Juventus and Inter Milan leading the way with a 1-1 nail biter. Mauro Icardi scored for Inter and fellow Argentinian Carlos Tevez replied for Juve although I must say in my view Mateo Kovacic was the man of the match he was rarely dispossessed, controlling the ball with ease and made a total of 75 passes. Surprisingly an evenly matched game the result was in doubt till the final whistle, a game that kept the fans on the edge of their seat throughout the game and in particular the second half. Inter will take away a lot of positives from this game that will definitely help them in the second half of the campaign, I believe Roberto Mancini is steering them the right way. Juve for their part are having trouble being consistent, funny thing though they are playing better in the Champions League. It will interesting to see if they can hold on for a 4th consecutive Scudetto, my money says no.

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Roma got an important away win defeating Udinese 1-0 on a disputed goal. This win combined with Juve losing points at home means Roma has closed the gap that separates them to 1 point. The goal for the Romans was scored by newcomer Davide Astori who has been playing well since coming in, the goal was disputed by the hosts with no avail however I must admit after watching the replay over and over I’m still unsure. Nevertheless the Giallorossi deserved it they dominated the game with precision passing and control, Miralem Pjanic was great once again with over 80 passes, the team made no less than 782 passes a phenomenal achievement in my view. Bodes well for the upcoming weeks for the Romans they might even be on top this time next week. Udinese for their part did not play particularly bad but not good enough to win or draw in my view, they must regroup and focus on their next game with hopefully with a few lessons learned

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Napoli got back to winning ways with a 4-1 drubbing of newly promoted Cesena. Gonzalo Higuain with 2, Jose Callejon and an own goal by Daniele Capelli completed the score sheet for the Partenopei while Franco Brienza replied for Cesena. Hard to fault the hosts in this game the Neapolitans we’re just fantastic, too strong on this day, precision passing and ball control in midfield made this game fun to watch especially for the Partenopei fans. Callejon and Higuain continue to score and it’s a good thing that they do because Napoli looks soft defensively, they must find a way to keep out bad goals. Not much to say for Cesena except that they must forget this game and refocus if they don’t want to be back in Serie B.

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AC Milan took a step back with a 2-1 home defeat to an emerging Sassuolo team. Super Simone Zaza and Nicola Sansone scored for Sassuolo while Andrea Poli provided the feeble reply for AC. As much as they we’re impressive against Napoli the Rossoneri we’re just as much unimpressive in this game, their defense is very ordinary and I’m still not convinced they have improved from last season although I like their front line. Another great win for the Sassuolo who keep confusing the experts, with one of the lowest budgets in Europe they are able to be very competitive, a testament to the excellent work of their coaching staff and scouts

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Lazio defeated Sampadoria di Genoa 3-0 in 3rd place matchup. Lazio’s goals came from ex Italian U21 international Andrea Parolo, Felipe Anderson and Filip Djordjevic. An important win for the Laziali which gives them a share of 3rd place with Napoli and a clear opportunity for the Champions League spot. Sampadoria lost a good opportunity to show what they got although they play well their offense leaves to be desired. Clearly if they can get some help on the front line they can be very dangerous even though we did not see much from them in this game

In other scores

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Fiorentina suffered a setback going down 1-0 in Parma, tough loss for the Viola after dominating the whole game

Torino and Chievo Verona settled for a 0-0 standoff

Hellas Verona and Empoli also settled for a 0-0 draw

Palermo spanked a freefalling Cagliari team 5-0

Finally Atalanta and Genoa played to an entertaining 2-2 affair

There you have it another installment of the Serie A Review the standings are very close only time will tell..stay tuned