July 5: Happy Birthday Hernan Crespo and Alberto Gilardino

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Italian Soccer Serie A blog hosted by Anna Italia congratulates Hernan Crespo and Alberto Gilardino for their birthdays on July 5!

Hernan Crespo was born on July 5, 1975 in Argentina and is turning 40 years old.

  • Crespo played for River Plate, Parma, Lazio, Inter, Chelsea, AC Milan, Genoa.   Crespo also played for Argentina National team being the third highest goalscorer with 35 goals behind forwards Gabriel Batistuta and Lionel Messi.  Crespo playing with Argentina in three FIFA World Cups: 1998, 2002, and 2006.

Crespo was appointed as new coach of Serie B team Modena on June 30, 2015.

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Alberto Gilardino was born in Biella, Italy on July 5, 1982 and is turning 33 years old.

  • Gilardino had played for Piacenza, Verona, Parma, AC Milan, Fiorentina, Genoa, Bologna, Guangzhou Everfrande.  Currently, Gilaridno is playing on loan with Fiorentina.   Special achievement for Gilardino including being part of Italy National team winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  The second youngest player scoring 100 goals in Serie A after Altafini.  Gilardino is also the  all-time top scorer of the Italy U-21 national team scoring 19 goals in 30 appearances.   Gilardino  also participated at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.  Gilardino won with AC Milan  the Scudetto, UEFA Champions League and World Club Cup.


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2 PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES ON THE WAY FOR MILAN

MILAN – The rossoneri are set for the first 2 friendlies as part of pre-season preparations. Milan will face Alcione on Friday the 10th of July at 18.00 CET at Solbiate Arno (Va) followed by a friendly with Legnano on Tuesday the 14th of July at 18.00 once again at Solbiate Arno. For residents in Italy, the two matches will be broadcast live on Premium Sport.

AC MILAN PHOTOS – Training on Sunday 5 July 2015

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Here are AC Milan photos from the training at the Centro Sportivo Milanello on Sunday 5 July 2015 courtesy of acmilan.com

AC Milan Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic having an open training session. It’s the third session to prepare the 2015 – 2016 Pre-season.   A party mood  with around 1,000 Milan fans  gathering at Milanello to root for the team.

As reported by AC Milan official website, Mihajlovic starting training with a warm-up, running and stretching, the squad moved onto passing drills over 3 work stations followed by a possession exercise of 5 v 5 with 6 free-floating players; 2 in the middle of the pitch and 4 at the far end.

Following that, the session focused on fitness with running at various speeds and intensities before going back to working with the ball and another possession drill 6 v 6 with 3 free floating players.

The session ended with further fitness work and running.

Individuals:   Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo and defender Luca Antonelli took part in some of the exercises with the rest of the squad and some apart based on their respective training programmes and needs.

Forward Niang Mbaye, forward Jeremy Menez, defender Gabriel Paletta and forward Alessio Cerci worked out in the gym.

From Monday July 6,  pre-season preparations will get into full swing and the playing squad will stay over at Milanello and have daily double training sessions. This phase of pre-season will last until the 20th of July.

 

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AC Milan Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic directing the open training while getting to know his new players…

Players training .. warming up..

 

AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate controlling the ball  while fans encouraging the players

 

AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong with a headed shot..

 

Practice match session

 

AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pioli controlling the ball

 

AC Milan defender Cristian Zaccardo and Mastalli competing to get the ball.

 

 

AC Milan fans gathering at Milanello to watch the team training.

 

 

AS Roma Players at Trigoria on Sunday 5 July 2015 to kick off the 2015-16 Season

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It’s a sunny day in the city of Rome.  AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia gathering his players at the Centro Sportivo Fulvio Bernardini  this Sunday 5 July 2015 to formally kick off the 2015-16 season.

As reported by AS Roma official website, players meeting in the morning in Trigoria.  It’s another season for Coach Garcia on his third season.    “There’s always a great deal of enthusiasm. I couldn’t wait to get started again because although the summer is great, working is much better. It’s a new experience, it’ll be a new group but we’ll all be giving 100% to make sure we have a great season and continue to build on the previous two.”

Captain  Francesco Totti also present and declaring: “I’m pleased we’re starting up again. I’ve played for many seasons but luckily I’m still here. I’m honored to have worn only one jersey so I’m grateful for that. Summer is always nice as you don’t have to worry about anything, but then you look to get back in shape and prepare for the new season. Players are always full of adrenaline and desire at this point.”

Reportedly, the first player to arrive was defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, saying: “We’re all ready to get started again ahead of the new season. Forza Roma!”

Newlywed midfielder Alessandro Florenzi was next up: “We have a great party after the wedding – we had fun, we rested and now we’re ready to go again with even more determination.”

Arturo Calabresi, one of the Primavera players selected for the Pinzolo training camp, saying: “It’s my second training camp with the first team and it’s always an honor to be a part of it. I’m happy.”

Leandro Castan saying: “I want to thank all the fans for the strength they gave me. It’s been a nice summer here at Trigoria, I’ve been working very hard and now I’m ready to return. After what happened I’ve become a new man, I have a daughter now and that gives me even more determination to tackle this very important stage in my life.”

Another Giallorossi man to have been badly affected by injuries in the past is Kevin Strootman: “I’ve been training loads and only took a week off. I’m ready to go again and want to play as many matches as possible – we have to win something.”

Much curiosity for the new Roma player,  Iago Falque: “I’m excited to kick on and get to know my team-mates and the staff. Playing for this great club is an honor and I want to perform well to repay the faith shown in me.”

 

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Here are the photos of AS Roma players arriving at Trigoria courtesy of asroma.it

 

 

New AS Roma player Iago Falque

 

AS Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.. ready to start…

 

 

AS Roma midfielder Florenzi optimistic for the new season.

 

Midfielder Salih Uçan

 

Shaking hand to start the season.. Florenzi and Salih Uçan

 

AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman totally ready to start test, training.. carrying sandals, cleats, “his cell”, but most of all full of positive energies …

Captain Francesco Totti, 38 years old, is still ready to play with the team of his heart, AS Roma.

 

 

 

 

CARLOS BACCA BIDS FAREWELL TO SEVILLA

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It’s time to move on.  Former Sevilla player forward Carlos Bacca thanking his former club as he moves now to AC Milan.   Bacca using his Facebook account to express his gratitude.

Bacca saying, “It’s difficult to explain these mixed feelings that I have, happiness and sadness at the same time. Feelings that I will try and explain like this: on the one hand I am sad because I am leaving a very special club to me and my family. Sevilla have made it possible to achieve one of my childhood dreams, to play in one of the best championships in the world against the best players in the world every weekend. Sevilla have helped me grow as a man and as a player, it has allowed me to live in one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever seen: Seville. I am leaving, and I want to thank first of all the management and the president, that all believed in me. All of my team-mates from these two seasons, the coaching staff led by Emery. Together we have won titles that I would never have imagined. Lastly, all those that work and have worked in this club. In this great club. I also thank the press: I am not usually one to talk, but the press have always respected me. I thank the fans, that will always be in my heart.”

“Chile win Copa America. Salah chaos. Roma retreat today” Front Pages La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport from Sunday 5 July 2015.

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Good morning my friends! Here are the front pages from Italy main Sports newspapers La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport from Sunday 5 July 2015.   Hello, hello, hello, hello guys!   It’s a sunny day for Italian Serie A football!  Yep, my friends.  Headlines reporting the victory of Chile winning the Copa America after defeating Argentina.  Ooops… I meant it’s a sunny day  for Serie A players playing with Chile, but not for those playing for Argentina..   I felt so sad to read the headline about Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain betraying because he failed to score and failed to convert a penalty…

In any case,   Anna Italia Congratulates Serie A Players with Chile winning the Copa America: Matias Fernández, Mauricio Isla, Arturo Vidal, Gary Medel, Eduardo Vargas, Mauricio Pinilla, and David Pizarro

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La Gazzetta dello Sport
Front Page, Prima Pagina
Sunday 5 July 2015

 

Salah – Inter, yes from Chelsea
But there is  the Viola warning
Fiorentina:  “He is under contract, irregolar negotiation”

Copa America
Chile Paradise, nightmare Messi
It ends 4-1 in penalty shootouts.
After the World Cup, another Argentinian disappointment
Only la Pulga scores, Higuain and Banega no.
Vida and Sanchez signed the “red” party

Vidal-Real?  Juve denies it and think on Oscar
In Chile, they are certain of the agreement. In England, Manchester City has the money for Pogba

To work, Garcia’s team retreat today.
Roma and Totti, act number 24.
The Captain almost 39 years old living another adventure in Giallorosso, and it might not be the last one.  Pallota has given him freedom of choice

Milan
EL Shaarawy at Di Maria’s style:  The project of Mihajlovic

 

 

 

Corriere dello Sport
Front Page , Prima Pagina
Sunday 5 July 2015

 

Salah, it’s storm
Florence denounces Inter!
The Della Valle brothers take legal action against the Nerazzurri for contacts with the Egyptian
A letter is also ready for Roma
Suarez: Ausilio in Spain

Juve decided: ‘Cuadrado yes, but on loan’

Milan seek a centre-back, is it Maksimovic?

Roma get started amid doubts and gaps
Offer for Dzeko

Lazio close on Milinkovic
the true objective

Sarri mission to recover Hamsik immediately

Higuain betrayal, Chile triumph
Argentina beaten on penalties, Copa America to the Roja for the first time
 

 

 

Tutto Sport
Front Page, Prima Pagina
Sunday 5 July 2015

 

Cuadrado, Mourinho is the anti-Juve
Marotta confirms: ‘The Colombian could join us on loan’
But the Chelsea Coach, old enemy of the Bianconeri, so far will only accept a permanent transfer

Gerson in a hurry: ‘Juve are a dream’

Vidal mystery: Chilean media talk of a deal with Real Madrid

Martinez is also among the 12 players who need moving

Man United go for Darmian
Toro sprint for Belotti

Official letter from Fiorentina
Inter-Salah, Viola legal warning
And there is an offer for Perisic

The first friendly at 17:30
Samp open to Cassano repeat? Zenga brakes

Not to miss

The ex Interista
Genoa test Jonathan

How many unknowns
Roma resume today, but are already late

From International
Verona, the Brazilian Winck on his way

Milan stadium, the hypothesis Sesto rise
Towards a no to the Portello project: Berlusconi goes outside the city?
In the meantime, continues to dream of Ibra

 

 

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Colombian Forward Victor Ibarbo is staying with AS Roma for the 2015 – 2016 Season

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AS Roma official website confirming that Colombian forward Victor Ibarbo is staying  for the next season 2015 – 2016.   Ibarbo was called up by Colombia National Team  for the 2015 Copa America reaching all the way to the Quarterfinals.  Ibarbo  will join up with the team for their pre-season tour of Australia.

 

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  • Ibarbo, 25 years old  joined AS Roma on February 1, 2015 under a loan agreement with Cagliari.
  • Ibarbo made his debut with AS Roma in the Coppa Italia Quarterfinal game just two days later on February 3 after replacing forward Francesco Totti for the last  17 minutes:  AS Roma 0 – 2 Fiorentina.
  • Ibarbo  ended the 2014-15 season with a total of 11 appearances, ten of which came in Serie A.

Victor Ibarbo is staying with the Giallorossi!
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AS Roma to play Valencia on 8 August 2015 in the Trofeo Naranja Estrella Damm

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AS Roma’s 2015 – 2016 pre-season preparations will include a visit to Spain La Liga team Valencia at the Estadio Mestalla  to take part in the 44th edition of the Trofeo Naranja Estrella Damm on August 8.    It will be a challenge for AS Roma to win the game.   AS Roma previously played in the Trofeo Naranja in 2006 and 2011 losing both games.   So, this time, is a must win for the Roman gladiators to conquer the Mestalla!

AS Roma CEO Italo Zanzi says,  “We’re honored to take part in the Trofeo Naranja this year.  Valencia is a club with great history and we hope it will be an exciting match.”

It’s always a special game to play against Valencia for Captain Francesco Totti.   Precisely, Totti scored his first goal for AS Roma at the tender age of 17 in a friendly game on 21 August 1994 just two weeks before Serie A kickoff.

  • AS Roma ending the Serie A in the 2nd position last season.
  • Valencia finished fourth in La Liga last season, as Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo steered them into a Champions League play-off berth in his debut campaign.
  • AS Roma will play against Valencia for the 12th time including in friendlies  with stats showing  five wins AS Roma, Valencia 5 wins, and one draw.
  • AS Roma winning only once at the Mestalla Stadium back in the 2002-2003 Champions League Group Stage ending with Valencia 0 – 3 AS Roma with iconic Captain Francesco Totti scoring 2 goals.  Coach at that time was Fabio Capello.

 

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